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A Beautiful Day Trip to Capri From Naples

Traveling to the Almalfi Coast of Italy? Is the port of Naples on your cruise itinerary? Add a beautiful day trip to Capri from Naples to your itinerary.

Whether you’re looking to plan a Naples to Capri day trip or on an Italian adventure exploring the Amalfi coast, this post has you covered. We discuss the things to do in Capri in a day and how to get there from Naples to Capri.

Capri is a small island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Southern Italy. It is a popular tourist destination and is known for its rugged coastline, luxury hotels, and its celebrity visitors. The island is also home to a number of historical sites and its large lemons the size of your face.

If you didn’t know, we LOVE Italy.

Every time we return, we always feel at home and exactly where we belong – one of the many reasons we love traveling to Italy. Hubby’s Italian roots are from Naples. Without a doubt, he fits right in. Me? I just feel deeply connected to this beautiful country.

On this trip, we were sailing the Norwegian Epic on a 7-Day Western Mediterranean cruise. Naples was our first stop. Since we’ve been to Naples before and other cities on the Almafi Coast, we really wanted to do something different.

There was a slight resistance from me at first before we booked this cruise. We love Italy, but we are always ready to explore new and the first three stops (Naples, Rome & Florence) we’d been to more than once.

A Beautiful Day Trip to Capri From Naples

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One thing you have to remember when planning a cruise or even a land vacation is that you’re not obligated to stay in that port-of-call, or the city you’re hotel/resort is in.

There are options!

Most of the time, you just have to be willing to make the effort to explore outside of what may be in your comfort zone. Because there are many beautiful discoveries and adventures to be had.

From Naples, you can…

Your options aren’t limited if you want to get creative.

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Day Trip to Capri From Naples

marina grande capri italy

However, for us, there was one unexplored destination near Naples we hadn’t made it to and it excited us: the island of Capri. So we planned a beautiful day trip to Capri from Naples.

And as long as the weather stayed in our favor and-or the cruise line didn’t decide to change the itinerary, we would spend a day in Capri, Italy.

We did research tour options. When you only have a short time to explore, sometimes it’s easier to meet a guide. A great guide will really help make the best use of your time.

After looking up the ferry location and the ferry schedule, we realized anyone can do this all on their own.

Cruisers: Just make sure you plan your time to Capri within the allotted time given to you by cruise. For example, our cruise ship was docked in Naples from 7 AM to 7 PM (a full 12 hours) with a 6:30 PM all aboard time. You would want to be back in Naples no later than 6:00 pm.

How to get from Naples to Capri?

The only way to get from Naples to Capri is by boat. You either…

  • hire a private boat to take you to Capri,
  • or you travel with everyone else via ferry or hydrofoil (high-speed ferry).

How far is Naples to Capri?

Caples to Capri is only a 50-minute ferry ride on a high-speed ferry.

Ferry from Naples to Capri

It’s easy to hop on a high-speed ferry from the port of Naples. The hydro ferry leaves Molo Beverello and it was located to the left of where the Norwegian cruise ship docked.

Departure from Molo Beverello

Hydrofoil | High-Speed Ferry
Travel time: 50 mins
Cost: 20 – 23 € per person, each way

Click Here for Ferry Schedule

Location:
Stazione Marittima: Molo Beverello
Molo Beverello, 80133 Napoli NA, Italy

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The ticket office is past the ferry dock and it will be facing the city of Naples, not the docks.

Be prepared to stand in line with impatient (but endearing) Italians trying to cut to the front of the line to depart on the same ferry. Thankfully hubby is can speak some Italian and was able to hold his own.

Optional: You can purchase your roundtrip tickets online ahead of time. There may be an additional surcharge.

Cruisers: The problem with purchasing your tickets online is ship arrives later than anticipated, and you may not be able to exchange or return the tickets. It is a small gamble, but you can save time that way.

We made it onto the 8:05 AM ferry and arrived in Capri by 9 AM. We purchased our return at the same time for a 5:05 PM departure from Capri.

We made it back to the Naples port by 6 PM, with more than enough time left to make it back on board before 6:30 PM.

A Day in Capri: What to Do in Capri, Italy

How do you spend your Naples to Capri day trip? There are many things to do on the island. Some people even get to vacation in Capri for longer stays, but with less than a day, you can still hit some of the highlights.

The top things to do in Capri:

  1. Take a stroll through Capri town and explore the narrow streets.
  2. Ride the funicular up to Monte Solaro for panoramic views (€3,00 one way).
  3. Sip on limoncello.

We managed to fit a little more than that. Combing the few things above with a boat tour and some walking, you’ll have a fantastic day trip to Capri from Naples.

Take a Capri Island Boat Tour

A boat in front of us going under the Faraglioni Rock.
A boat in front of us going under the Faraglioni Rock.

Cost: Starts at $18 and up.

As soon as we got off the ferry at Marina Grande, we booked a boat tour of the island. There is a tour operator right when you step off the ferry to your left.

We suggest you book this first thing.

The tour takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes on a double-decker boat. It goes all around the island of Capri to show you some of the amazing cliffside views. Tip: Sit at the top and on the left side for the best views.

You will also have the option of adding the Blue Grotto to your tour.

dark shadows of boats in a cave over glowing blue water
Inside the Blue Grotto

What is the Blue Grotto?

The Blue Grotto is a sea cave on the coast of the island of Capri, southern Italy. Sunlight reflecting through the water gives the cave its blue glow.

There is an additional cost to see the Blue Grotto because it’s another boat service that will take you inside of the cave.

Sadly, on the day we were there, high tides made it impossible to enter the Blue Grotto. 

Be aware, that the tour company you will most likely insist they aren’t aware of its status. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. Open or not, you may have to go for it, take the tour and find out when you arrive at the Blue Grotto.

During our tour, we were shown a small hole because the entrance was covered by high tide.

What does the island boat tour include?

The island tour was fun and we were happy we did it first thing. The sights of natural beauty around the island were something special to see. Some of the things you’ll see on the tour…

  • The Statue of the Scugnizzo will welcome you from its spot
  • A close look under the Faraglioni Rocks [share a kiss with your partner when you sail beneath the arch for a lifetime of happiness
  • Tiberius’ leap
  • See the point of entry of a few different grottos
  • Pass by the Punta Carena lighthouse
  • See the Sirens Rock
  • And much more.
private boats anchored in marina

Can you book a private boat tour? YES! If you can swing it, go for it.

For those of you reading this that are lucky enough to stay overnight, consider a sunset tour.

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Hop on the Funicular to Capri Town

In order to get to Capri Town, you have a few options.

We chose to take the funicular (cable car) to town. We were lucky and there wasn’t a long line, so this was the best choice for us.

You can consider taking the bus, a taxi, or set out on foot, but I wouldn’t recommend walking up to Capri because it is a long walk with lots of stairs, uphill.

Entrance to the Funicolare in Marina Grande Capri

Marina Grande Funicular

In order to get to Capri Town, you have a few options:

  • walk
  • take a cab
  • take the bus
  • take the funicular to town.

We chose to take the funicular (cable car) to Capri Town. When you get off the ferry or the boat tour, you’ll want to make a right on Via Cristoforo Colombo towards the ticket off for the Funicular.

Marina Grande Funicular Info

Cost: 2 Euros pp
Travel time: 15 min
Click here for more info.

The ticket office for Funicolare is past it across the street at the pier.
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After you have your tickets, you can return to the Funicolare to wait in line. Luckily, we didn’t wait long and we had an easy ride up to Capri Town.

You can consider taking the bus, a taxi, or set out on foot, but I wouldn’t recommend walking up to Capri because it is a long walk with lots of stairs, uphill.

Of course, on the return back to Marina Grande later in the day, the line was LONG and so we choose to walk back. However, it is easier to go downhill than it is to go down.

Explore Capri Town

You can explore Capri Town away or at the end of the day on your way back from Anacapri.

We explored and walked Capri Town at the end of our day, before leaving to catch our ferry back to Naples. Capri town is a lovely place to explore. It’s a cute town with tons of shops and the farther in you walk, you’ll find a ton of high-end shops. 

Just a little word of caution, unless you look like a VIP, you’re probably going to get the “Pretty Women” treatment when you step inside one of the designer stores. Hubby stepped inside Dolce & Gabbana and was told to not come in. It was quite shocking. And, he loves their cologne.

Big mistake. Big. Huge! – Pretty Women

Happy it happened at the end of our day! They have no idea who they are turning away at the door.

Experience an Open Air Taxi

red convertible fiat driving as an open air taxi in capri

One of the coolest things to do in Capri is to take a ride in one of the open-air taxis. You’ll see them all around Capri. From old vintage vehicles or newer ones.

You can also book and negotiate a price for a full island tour with a taxi driver. If you do this, make sure to agree on a price before you get in the car.

In Capri town, we decided to take a taxi up to Anacapri. This short drive was so much fun and the view from it were spectacular.

The drive was so nice, he even gave us a few tips.

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Take the Capri Chair Lift to Monte Solaro

Here is a small peek of our descent from Mount Solaro summit to Anacapri.

We had our hearts set on the chair lift to Mount Solaro. So we had the cab driver drop us off at Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri which is where you’ll find the Monte Solaro Chair Lift.

Monte Solaro Chair Lift Info

Cost: 12 Euros pp round trip
Location: Via Caposcuro, 10, 80071 Anacapri
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Take the “chair” part of chair life to heart. It literally is a one-person chair you quickly slide your behind into. Then a simple bar is swung over your lap to “secure” you into it. Once you’re in you’re on the way up to the summit of Mount Solaro.

Sort of like when you go skiing.

If you’re afraid of heights, this Capri attraction may not be for you.

The 10-minute ride up was peaceful with an amazing view. But the views are even more incredible when you reach the top!

So, don’t be afraid of the chairlift! Cause the other option is a 2-hour hike. Eeek!

Explore Anacapri

Once we took the chairlift back from the summit to Anacapri, we explored this delightful part of the island.

Anacapri is located on the slopes of Monte Solaro. It is said to be quieter and less touristy than Capri Town. While it was busy with tourists wandering around, there was definitely a different vibe here. I suggest spending more time in Anacapri, than in Capri Town.

We enjoyed poking around the small charming streets, admiring the pretty houses, doors, and flowers. There are plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants to enjoy in this picturesque town.

How to get to Anacapri? To get to Anacapri, you can walk, take the bus or a taxi.

Visit the Church of San Michele in Anacapri

floor fresco painting at the church of San Michele

Location:
Piazza S. Nicola, 1, 80071 Anacapri
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My gratitude goes out to the wonderful cab driver from earlier that recommended we see this church.

Being that St. Michael is hubby’s patron saint, we had to see it upon our return from Mount Solaro. It is about a 5-minute walk from Piazza Vittoria.

We’ve seen plenty of churches during our travels, but this small church built in 1719 is a must-see. The inside is unique in its octagonal shape and the hand-painted floor showcases the biblical story of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden that dates back to 1761.

To preserve the floor’s painting, you are not allowed to walk on the floor. Instead, use the wooden walkway built along the edges of the floor.

Make sure to look up and around as they’re many beautiful details that make this church special. Climb up the spiral staircase and take in the full view of the art from above.

Departing Capri Island

Afraid we weren’t going to get to our ferry on time, we decided to leave Anacapri.

While standing in line for a taxi, we met another couple also heading back to Capri, so we decided to split a cab ride. It’s always nice to meet new people!

Since we had some time, we walked around Capri. This is when we had our “Pretty Women” moment. After that, we decided to just head back to Marina Grande to wait for our ferry.

Now, if you have already explored Capri or feel like you’ve seen enough, I suggest taking the taxi from Anacapri all the way back to Marina Grande. And not go back to Capri as we did.

We hadn’t purchased a return ticket for the funicular and the line was so long. Since we had time, we decided to just walk down to Marina Grande.

If you decide to walk down to Marina Grande, give yourself at least 30 minutes to head down on foot. There are a lot of stairs and at times you’ll have to trek downhill on the side of the street.

The upside to this is you’ll see another part of this island with beautiful residences and views of the marina on the way down.

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Quick Bites to Eat and Drink in Capri

This is my favorite part of every blog post. Sometimes during these one-day trips, we decide to have a sit-down meal. Other times, we grab quick snacks as we go and try several items that may fancy us. This day, it was kind of grab-and-go.

When you start planning your day trip to Capri from Naples, don’t forget to look out for a couple of these well-known Capri treats, Limoncello and Granita.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to wander into local supermarkets. Take a look at all the local goodies. We came across a supermarket, where I ran in and purchased a few pounds of espresso. If you love Italian coffee, consider buying some at a local market.

Il Raviolo Caprese & Gusto Caprese

Location:
Via Roma, 79, 80076 Capri
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When we first arrived in Capri Town, Hubby and I were starving. The big breakfast we had on the cruise ship was no longer holding us up. We needed fuel! We ended up finding this cute deli/cafe with an Italian mama standing outside drawing us in with her freshly baked goods.

Sometimes waiters stand outside a restaurant waving people in with their menus. I normally ignore those desperate restaurants trying to bring us tourists in like cattle.

But when mama or nonna is standing outside waving you in with delicious Italian baked goods you can smell from a distance, you don’t ignore her.

When the wonderful aroma pulls you in and under a spell, you follow that delicious goodness. When your mouth starts to water at the sight of it all, you decide you’re having one of everything!

Okay, maybe not one of everything as we didn’t even get to try these baked goods, but what we had was delicious!

slice of fresh square pizza in Capri, Italy

Pizza, guys! PIZZA! The pizza was fresh out of the oven! You know, I had to have a slice. It wasn’t your usual pizza pie, it was more like a Sicilian but not really.

The dough was freaking delicious! I think it had cornmeal in it. It was topped with roasted mushrooms, onions, and some sort of Italian meat. I didn’t care. It was perfect!

Hubby loves a good Italian sandwich. That’s all he wanted from the moment we booked our trip and that’s exactly what he got (many times throughout our trip). They had fresh bread and hand-sliced Italian prosciutto and cheese. He was in heaven. 

So mama handled the front while her daughter (the chef) was behind the counter in her small kitchen, preparing food.

We found out after that the chef specializes in ravioli. If I had more time and more room in my stomach, I would have totally returned to try some. If any of you decide to stop by and end up trying it, let me know what you think.

Limoncello

Big yellow lemons in Capri, italy

When I think of Capri, fat lemons the size of my head come to mind, and it’s exactly what we found outside some of the markets. From those juicy lemons, you can prepare a vat of limoncello. It’s basically alcoholic lemonade, but way better.

Limoncello is sold everywhere. I mean, everywhere! I recently found out from The Uncorked Librarian that the ferry has a bar, and they serve limoncello to help with your motion sickness (I’ll let her tell you that story). The limoncello is an additional cost, of course. Nothing is really free in life.

So if you do not start sampling the limoncello on the ferry, stop at a bar or cafe on the island to have a taste or pick up your own bottle at one of the many shops. You can’t miss limoncello.

Granita

If you’re looking for a refreshing treat while in Capri, Italy, be sure to try the local granita. This lemon slushy is perfect for a hot day, and it’s easy to find at restaurants and cafes throughout the island. So why not cool off with a delicious cup of granita?

Is a day trip to Capri from Naples worth it? Yes!

It was a successful day in Capri. With only 8 hours, we rocked it and so can you!

We got lucky and had a beautiful day in October. The only thing I would change is less time in Capri town and that’s only because of the snooty vibe we encountered towards the end of the day. 

Capri is a gorgeous island with many nooks and corners to take plenty of pictures in or to enjoy a bottle of limoncello. In my opinion, a day trip is more than enough to quench your curiosity.

Will we return? Perhaps someday in the future. For now, we have scratched the Island of Capri off of our bucket list.

What do you think about spending a day in Capri, Italy?

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Just Us Two Travel

Wednesday 20th of February 2019

we absolutely loved our time on Capri last year, we too had a day there on the ferry from Naples, beautiful island

Kathy

Wednesday 20th of February 2019

Thank you! It was a great day!

Alicia

Friday 4th of January 2019

Oh Italy, how I long to revisit this gorgeous place again! Back when I was 14 we took a family Mediterranean cruise and I just can’t help but I took the whole thing for granted! As a grumpy teenager I didn’t want to be dragged around Italy, I would’ve rather stayed in the pool on the ship! - let’s hope my own children don’t get teenagitis so badly ;)

I have never been to Capri but I kinda feel like I have after reading this post! You capture it so beautifully with your words and photographs- my mouth is literally watering at the thought of baked goods and PIZZA!

When we make it to Italy (Dave is desperate to go!) I’ll be sure to bring myself back to this post!

One thing that caught my attention though?! Lemoncillo for sickness?! I get all kinds of sick on transport- boast, cars, trains you name it without tablets I’m puking! Could lemoncillo be my saving grace?!

Kathy

Tuesday 15th of January 2019

I think when we're younger, we don't really understand what it is to have the privilege to travel. Plus, those cruise ships have so many fun activities that it really is tempting for a kid to just stay behind. Probably designed for the parents in mind, haha. Leave the kids on the ship, while the parents go out to play and explore.

I hope you get to go to Italy soon! The food alone is enough of a reason to visit. Once you have pasta and pizza in Italy, you're spoiled and it will be difficult to find good Italian elsewhere. I know, I have such a hard time finding great Italian without paying through the nose for it. Don't get me started on Pizza! I already miss Italy. Need to go back!

Haha, that is Christine's anecdote for sea sickness. She says it works! Might as well try it out. ;-)

John

Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

Me. I love Italy too. I spent three days in Capri years ago, but seemed to do less than you did in an afternoon. Hmmmm. I didn’t much care for the shops in carpri town either, but the lemons were amazing. There was some great walking to be done throughout the island and I spent my time at that, sampling the most amazing views. Capri still feels like something unfinished to me, and I would definitely return.

Kathy

Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

I would have loved to have spent more time walking around. There were plenty of other things I did not get to see or do. Hopefully in the future we will return and explore more of it. However, this was simply a day trip as we were on a cruise and we left feeling pretty satisfied with our 8 hours there. So anyone who would love to do a day trip to Capri can see that it is possible to get a taste of what Capri has to offer in a limited time. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! The lemons are amazing and the views were definitely out of this world.

Joannda | A Zest For Travel

Saturday 22nd of December 2018

Wow! Sounds like you guys did an awful lot in 8 hours! Way to go!! It sounds like it was a fruitful day (LOL, sorry, couldn't help myself after reading about the limoncello!) Sorry to hear about the snootiness at Armani but other than that it sounds like an awesome day out exploring. (We'd most definitely be turned away too, if it makes you feel any better! Haha) I love visiting churches wherever we go. Not that I'm religious but the architecture and grandeur and art just fills my heart. The Church of San Michele sounds like it's definitely worth a stop! Thanks for sharing - I can't wait to explore more of Italy in the future - Capri and especially Anacapri are on the list!

Kathy

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

It was a beautiful day and the church was definitely a special visit because it was not planned at all. The inside of it really took me by surprise, the art was definitely unexpected.

Elena

Friday 21st of December 2018

It seriously warms my heart that you feel like you belong in Italy! I haven't been there yet (but I'm dying to go!)...I have a feeling I will feel the same way. Tbh, I felt a lot like that in Greece! Love how much you packed into 8 hours, that's seriously impressive! As if I hadn't wanted to visit Italy enough, I will now def be adding Capri to the list! Great post <3

Kathy

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

Omg, I hope Italy somehow becomes part of your 2019 adventures! Thank you so much for stopping by!