There are 4 operators that run from Capri to Naples. If you decide to take a ferry, you can take the Economy and High Speed options.
Capri is known for its upscale, designer shopping, stunning coastlines, and delicious limoncello. But when you’re ready to leave the island or if you are in desperate need of a pizza Napoletana, there are several ways to get back to the mainland. A Naples day trip from Capri, even for pizza, is entirely possible!
Naples is often overlooked in favor of Italy’s other popular tourist destinations such as Venice, Rome, and Florence. When people make it down to the Sorrento Peninsula, they head straight for the Amalfi Coast or the islands in the Bay of Naples: Capri, Ischia, and Procida.
However, when planning your trip around Italy, it is definitely worth sticking around Naples for a few days.
Located in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius, Naples is chock-full of history, just like many of Italy’s other cities.
It’s only a short train ride away from Pompeii and the Herculaneum. Still, Naples itself is actually one of the most culturally rich cities in the entire country. There is also a robust aperitivo culture in Naples, so it is very common to see people strolling along the promenade, sipping an Aperol Spritz and enjoying a few snacks before dinner.
Capri is located in the Gulf of Naples, and the distance from Capri to Naples is only 33.2 km (20 miles). This makes the trip between the island and the mainland relatively quick and easy. However, even though the island is so close to the mainland, transport from Capri to Naples is very limited.
It is also important to note that all trips landing on Capri are subject to a $3 fee. Usually, you’ll pay this only on the way back to the island, but occasionally you may be expected to pay when arriving in Naples.
The best way to travel from Capri to Naples is by ferry. This is also the only option, as Capri does not have an airport.
There are a few different companies to choose from when booking your ticket: Snav, NLG, and Alilauro. Each company has its own amenities and price points to offer.
Ferries only operate during particular months and only during high tourist season on Capri. Because each company is different, make sure to check the Capri to Naples ferry schedule to see when boats are running and which option works best for you.
All ferries depart from Porto Turistico di Capri, and each company has its own area of the port. So no matter which company you choose to go with, you will arrive at the Ferry Terminal in Naples. From there, it is easy to get a cab or order an Uber if you want to explore the city. Or simply walk down to the promenade to enjoy some Napolitan pizza or an aperitivo.
High-Speed Ferry by Snav
The high-speed ferry operated by Snav takes approximately 45 minutes and costs $35. There are three departure times per day: 8:05 am, 12:10 pm, and 17:10 pm. These boats are comfortable and come equipped with AC, a snack bar, and bathrooms.
There are seats inside, where you can enjoy these amenities, but there are also seats outside where you can take in the beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples.
They allow passengers to bring 10kgs of hand luggage with them, perfect for a Capri day trip. Additional baggage is subject to a surcharge.
Pets are also welcome on board for an extra fee.
Once you book these tickets, they are nonrefundable. It is also important to note that this Capri to Naples ferry service only operates between July 1 and October 31.
High-Speed Ferry by NLG
Another high-speed ferry option is operated by NLG (Navigazione Libera del Golfo). One-way tickets are slightly cheaper, at $29 per person.
There are four departure times per day: 9:35 am, 10:35 am, 12:40 pm, and 16:30 pm. This journey also takes approximately 45 minutes. Both boats have similar amenities, with AC and bathrooms, and you can also sit inside or outside during the trip.
There is no snack bar on the NLG ferries, though, so make sure to pack your own food if you need something to eat.
The luggage policy also allows you to bring a bag that is 50 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm in size. Any luggage larger than that is subject to an extra charge. You’re able to bring your bicycle on this ferry for a small fee.
A nice feature with NLG is that you can cancel this ferry up to five hours before your journey, minus a 30% fee.
Note that NLG operates its ferry service from April 1 to June 30.
Economy Ferry by Alilauro
The economy ferry from Capri to Naples operated by Alilauro is a popular choice for tourists.
It costs $29 and takes about 50 minutes to get from Capri to Naples. Even though this is listed as economy, it has many similar features as the high-speed options. The boats have AC and bathrooms on board and allow passengers to bring one piece of luggage with them, weighing up to 9kgs. Additional luggage is $3 per piece.
You can also bring a pet ($5 extra) or your bicycle ($7 extra) on the economy ferry. There is indoor and outdoor seating on these boats as well.
The economy ferry runs from June 15 - September 15. You can also make changes or cancel your trip up to ten days in advance, minus a 10% cancelation fee.
When you’ve stuffed yourself with pizza, the ferry back to Capri from Naples is just as easy.
No matter which company you choose to book with, you’ll be sure to enjoy the views of Mt. Vesuvius once you arrive in Naples. And if you do decide to stick around, there is plenty to do to keep you busy – your stomach will thank you for it!