Naples is connected by ferries to numerous destinations on the nearby islands as well as distance ports.
From there you can take a ferry to the popular travel destinations of bay of Naples - Ischia, Procida and Capri as well as ports on the Sorrento peninsula. Naples is also connected to Aeolian Islands, Pontine Islands as well as Sicily and Sardinia.
Numerous high speed hydrofoils and passenger and car ferries leave from Calata Porta di Massa, Molo Beverello, Calata Piliero, Mergellina and Pozzuoli. There are many carriers and their schedule vary depending on the season and the day of the week. The Mollo Beverello, which is the main port of Naples, can be easily reached from main Naples train station (Stazione Centrale) as well as from Naples airport.
From Mollo Beverello all high speed ferries depart while Calata di Massa is the port from which ferries and slow ferries depart. The Alibus that runs from the Naples airport stops at both ports. If you are travelling from the direction of Rome it may be easier to take the Eurostar train which stops at Mergellina.
Service in the Bay of Naples range from fast hydrofoil (aliscafi) to slow car ferries (traghetti) with prices that range correspondingly. There are many carriers and their sailing schedules vary by the day of the week and the season.
Ferry option are very limited from mid-September until late April/early May. During the summer season there is regular ferry service around the Bay of Naples, between all of the Amalfi Coast towns and connections to Naples and Salerno.
Most of the tickets for the ferries and catamarans can be purchased on the spot but we suggest you to buy in advance your tickets, especially if travelling during holiday weekends or the months of July and August.
Ferry tickets can be purchased online through Direct Ferries - an online booking service featuring a wide selection of ferry routes across the world.
Once you make a booking you will receive and email booking confirmation which will either be exchanged for tickets or boarding passes at the port or in some cases used to board the ferry.
For those visiting Italy, a trip to the islands of bay of Naples - Ischia, Procida and Capri is definitely must-do. These islands are ideal for walking and sightseeing on your holiday. From Naples it is easy to reach these islands by ferry throughout the year.
Ischia is the largest of the islands and the ferry route between Naples and Ischia is currently operated by two ferry companies.
Procida is the smallest of the islands and less tourist island in the Bay of Naples and it's a great day trip destination with sandy beaches and fisherman villages.
Capri is the most famous of the island and very popular tourist destination during the summer. Ferries from Naples to Capri depart from two ports: the Molo Beverello and the Calata Porta di Massa.
The city of Sorrento is a small town situated on the coast of the Bay of Naples. The Amalfi Coast is a strech of coastaline along the southern edge of Sorrentine Peninsula. The area is dotted with small beaches and coloured fishing villages.
There are no direct ferry connections from Naples to any destination on the Amalfi Coast. There is an option of taking a ferry to Sorrento or Capri and from there taking another ferry further to Amalfi Coast.
Alilauro offers ferry services from Naples Beverello to Sorrento from where you can catch the ferry to Positano or Amalfi.
NLG operates ferry route from Naples Beverello to Sorrento and Capri with connections to Positano and Amalfi.
The Pontine Islands is an archipelago situated along Italy's west coast, between Rome and Naples. This popular holiday destination consists of two groups: Ponza, Gavi, Palmarola and Zannone in the northeast and Ventotene and Santo Stefano in the southwest.
With high-speed SNAV ferries you can travel from Naples Mergellina to Ventotene and Ponza islands during the summer season.
From Naples you can travel by ferry to Aeolian Islands - a volcanic archipelago north of Sicily. These islands are popular travel destination during the summer. The largest island is Lipari and other islands are Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo.
SNAV company sails from Naples to the Aeolian islands. The route is following: Naples - Stromboli - Panarea - Salina - Vulcano - Lipari. The sailing time from Naples to Lipari is around 6 hours.
Siremar company runs ferries from Naples to Aeolian islands throughout the year. The ferries sails from Naples to the islands of Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, Rinella, Filicudi. The ferry crossing takes from 9 to 14 hours.
For many visitors to the south of Italy who are travelling by car, the chance to take the ferry from Naples to Sicily offers an opportunity to save fuel and effort.
Grandi Navi Veloci is an Italian ferry company running frequent ferry services from Naples to the port of Palermo (in the northwest of the island of Sicily) and Termini Imerese which is situated some 40 km to the east of Palermo.
Tirrenia is another ferry company operating ferry services between Naples and Palermo.
The island of Sardinia, which is situated west of the Italian peninsula, can be reached by ferry from Naples all year round. Tirrenia is an Italian company operating high speed ferries on this route. The service is available twice a week throughout the year.
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