Naples Transportation

When I sat down to write this section I found myself going around and around in circles. Trying to explain Naples transporation system is like trying to explain abstract art. Individually, the parts seem disconnected, yet somehow the compilation works. I imagine it’s the same in any major city. With so many different modes of transporation and so many agencies involved it can be difficult to see the whole picture no less navigate it. And yet, Naples seemingly disparate conglomerate of bus, rail, sea, and air transportation agencies move millions of passengers in, out and around the city every year.

And despite its flaws, Naples transportation system is extremely economical and easier to use and more reliable than ever before as great strides have been made in recent years to expand, improve, and upgrade the system. Not for the feint of heart however, Naples transportation system can be quite daunting at first. It takes a bit of practice and a lot of patience to master. Beyond that, it suffers from the same issues as any other major metropolitan transportation system in the world. Yes – it can get very crowded. And yes – it can be subject to closures, delays and just plain general inconveniences. But with major initiatives underway to expand and improve the system and its low price tag, if you live in the city or are just visiting you just might want to park the car and give Naples transit a try.

Alibus Airport Shuttle
Cheaper than a taxi and more convenient than the city buses, Naples Alibus runs between Capodichino Airport, the Central Train Station and the city center.

Buses and Metro
Naples Transportation System is operated by a consortium of 14 different agencies moving passengers around Naples and in and out of the Campania region.

Capodichino Airport
With service to 13 domestic and 29 international destinations from Naples Capodichino Airport, flying in and out of Naples, Italy has never been easier.

Ferries & Hydrofoils
Naples Ferries and Hydrofoils transport passengers to the Amalfi, Sorrentine and Salerno Coasts, the Islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, and beyond.

Rental Cars
Most Naples rental car agencies have offices at Naples Capodichino Ariport and other locations in the city. Major companies include Avis, Dollar and Hertz.

Sightseeing Buses
If you are short on time and want to take a lot in, Naples Sightseeing Buses are a good alternative.

Naples taxis are clean, comfortable, well regulated and fairly economical. Catch one at any of the 100 taxi ranks in Naples or book by phone or online.

Transportation Bulletins
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  1. Jackie, October 2, 2012 9:51 am - Naples Transportation

    My mother and I are flying out of Naples today and bought tickets for the Alibus airport shuttle
    at the central station when approached by a gentleman
    who told us Alibus was on strike. We paid 5€ each and are now at the airport but
    otherwise would still be waiting!

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  2. Janet Pollock, April 20, 2014 7:44 pm - Naples Transportation

    Hi Bonnie we are arriving into naples airport on a sunday evening at 19.00 in May and need to get to Pompei. Will the trains still be running at that time ??

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      Bonnie Alberts, April 22, 2014 10:09 am - Naples Transportation

      The last train to Pompeii leaves at about 2140 from Garibaldi. The Alibus to the train station runs about every 20 or 30 minutes.

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  3. tracy, April 30, 2015 12:03 am - Naples Transportation

    Hello. I think i emailed via your ontact form in error. Please could you tell me how long the bus to the ferry port takes. I would like to takea ferry rather then the hour and half coach tranfser we have. We will be travelling to Sorrento. Also, are babies able to stay in their buggies when on board, we have a one year old. Many thanks.

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      Bonnie Alberts, May 1, 2015 8:20 am - Naples Transportation

      Hi Tracy – the bus takes about a half hour or so depending on traffic. The buggy needs to be folded up when getting on public transport.

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    Bonnie Alberts, May 6, 2015 8:20 am - Naples Transportation

    Hi Peter – if you are saying here for 17 days and want to do things like Pompeii, Herculaneum, the major museums, etc., yes a 365 card would probably be best but it does not include transportation so you will need to pay for that as you go. Naples is a very walkable city, so depending on where you stay, you may only need public transport to get to the outlying sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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  5. Tacio Carvalho, October 15, 2015 8:55 pm - Naples Transportation

    My wife and I will be visiting Sicily in May 2016. we would to take a boat from Palermo to Naples.
    Do you know whether they have fast speed hydrofoil services between these locations at that time of the year??? Do you have information on contacts fro ticketing or reservations?

    thanks for the information.

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      Holly Willmott, October 19, 2015 3:15 pm - Naples Transportation

      Hello Tacio,
      I’m afraid I don’t have any information on ferries or hydrofoils from Palermo to Naples, but I would say check here, but also check nearer the time, as timetables can change.

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  6. peter, May 8, 2016 12:56 am - Naples Transportation

    Hi Bonnie,
    Arriving in Napoli airport on 11 may, at 22 pm, is it still possible to catch a train to Castellammare de stabia?

    thank you very much


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