Day trip from Naples to Capri: what to do

Capri is calling and you must go!

Have you always dreamed of going to Capri but haven't crossed it off your bucket list yet? Hop on a ferry from the port of Naples and take a day trip to the beautiful island of Capri!

Find out all about the ferry connections between Naples and Capri and read our travel tips for the best day trip.

The coast of Capri and the Faraglioni Rocks

The imposing Faraglioni Rocks near the coast of Capri

Where is Capri and how to get there from Naples?

Capri is an island in the Gulf of Naples, close to the peninsula of Sorrento. Thanks to its strategic position, you can reach it from several ports in Campania. However, the port of Naples is certainly among the most convenient options.

You can combine your trip to the capital of the Campania region with a short visit to Capri, or choose Naples as a starting point to explore other islands nearby and the Amalfi Coast.

Reaching Capri from Naples is very easy! The Naples - Capri ferry route is active all year round with 16 daily connections and you can travel with a conventional ferry or hydrofoil.

There are usually 3 ferry companies operating the route: SNAV, NLG (Navigazione Libera del Golfo), and Caremar. The Naples - Capri crossing varies between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours, depending on the type of vessel chosen.

Useful info: ferries and hydrofoils to Capri leave both from Molo Beverello and Calata Porta di Massa. During the summer, ferries to Capri also depart from Molo Mergellina.

Why should you visit Capri?

There are many reasons to visit Capri, one of the most popular destinations in Italy! It offers scenic views, vivid nightlife, and strong Italian flavors all year round!

Walking through the narrow streets of Capri, Anacapri, Marina Grande, and Marina Piccola you will come across colorful buildings, cute balconies, and historic villas. And of course, you can't miss enjoying an espresso in the famous Piazzetta! The picturesque square has stolen the scene more than once in many films and will definitely also steal your heart. 

After taking some vitamin D and a sip of a strong Italian coffee, you can also explore the long coastlines of Capri, or take a boat excursion to the imposing Faraglioni Rocks jutting out from the Mediterranean Sea. Also, you can visit Blue Grotto, the magical sea cave with sunbeams creating an illuminated blue reflection.

And if you're looking for more reasons to visit Capri, its fascinating, strong-flavored cuisine is one of them! Have a plate of seafood spaghetti, a Caprese salad with mozzarella, and a shot of limoncello!

Now that you have all the information about the ferries from Naples to Capri and our travel tips for this wonderful island, it's time to find out more about what to do in Capri during the day.

Colorful buildings in the narrow streets of Capri

A picturesque little street in Capri

A one-day itinerary to explore Capri

Capri is beautiful all year round and it's a great destination offering several options. From accommodation and restaurants to fun activities and spectacular monuments Capri has something for every taste. So, are you ready to follow Ferryhopper's one-day itinerary to Capri?

Hop on the earliest SNAV ferry departing from Naples and reach the magnificent island of Capri in about 50 minutes. Keep in mind that times may change according to the season, however, it's better to opt for the earliest ferry trip to take advantage of a full day in Capri.

As you approach the island, glimpse the coast and take some clicks of the spectacular port of Marina Grande by the ferry! Once you disembark, you can take the funicular or walk through the cobblestone alleys and picturesque stairways.

In just a few minutes, you will reach the heart of Capri, the famous square of Piazza Umberto I, also known as the Piazzetta. Treat yourself to a coffee and a tasty breakfast at the Buonocore pastry shop, and recharge your batteries!

Continue to the famous Clock Tower and visit the Church of Santo Stefano, the largest church in Capri. Then, by taking Via Camerelle, you will find yourself in the most fashionable district of Capri, with luxury shop windows, and artisan workshops.

Then, follow the signposts that will lead you to one of the most stunning viewpoints on the island! The Belvedere di Tragara offers stunning views of the Faraglioni Rocks sp enjoy!

If it's summer and you dream of taking a cool dip on the beach, you should head towards the Marina Piccola area and relax for a few hours on the coast of Torre Saracena. An off-season alternative is to visit the Certosa di San Giacomo (a beautiful monastery from 1371) and the splendid Gardens of Augustus, with terraces overlooking the sea.

And if you're feeling peckish, Capri is full of seaside restaurants where you can enjoy delicious fresh fish!

Useful info: keep in mind that most restaurants in Capri close during the winter. However, you can check the list of all open restaurants hanging under the bell tower of the Piazzetta.

Restaurant near the sea in Capri

Seafood restaurant on the coast of Capri

If you still have some time before taking the ferry to Naples, you can also explore the area of Anacapri. Located about 3 km from the center of Capri, it is perhaps the most authentic part of the island.

Here, you can either take the chairlift from Piazza Vittoria to Monte Solaro (the highest peak of the island) or visit the famous Blue Grotto. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the viewpoint of Monte Solaro, and you should take a boat from the port to visit the magnificent sea cave. 

If you decide on taking the latest ferry back to Naples departing at 19:10, you can also take the bus at 18:00 from Anacapri to Marina Grande. In this way, you will arrive at the port of Capri in advance and you will be able to enjoy a nice scoop of ice cream while waiting for your ferry.

Useful tips for your trip to Capri

Here are 4 useful tips that will help you plan your trip to Capri:

  • If you're thinking of taking your vehicle onboard the ferry, bear in mind that the circulation of cars, motorcycles, and mopeds for non-residents is prohibited on Capri from Easter until early November.
  • Capri's restaurants offer spectacular views, but they can be pricy. If you travel on a budget, it's better to prepare a packed lunch for your day trip to Capri.
  • Among the best souvenirs to buy on Capri are handmade sandals and artisanal perfumes made with flowers and herbs.
  • Ferries to Capri that leave early in the morning are usually full. Therefore, we recommend you book your tickets in advance and organize your day trip to Capri on Ferryhopper easily and quickly!

The Blue Grotto on the coast of the island of Capri

The spectacular Blue Grotto of Capri

Can't wait to visit Capri? All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and a great desire to explore one of the most beautiful islands in Italy. Take the ferry from Naples and spend an amazing day in Capri!

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