Italian ferry schedules 2023

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Are you looking for the latest ferry updates for Italy in 2023?

Ferryhopper gives you an overview of the most popular ferry routes to help you plan your trip! Read on and discover the latest news on ferry travel between Italian ports, as well as ferry schedules from Italy to other countries!

Find up-to-date timetables for Italian ferries, see all available Italian ferry offers and book cheap ferry tickets easily!

View to the Italian sea from the ferry deck

Enjoying a beautiful sunny day on the ferry deck in Italy

Italian ferry schedules 2023: domestic routes

Every year Italy welcomes millions of visitors to its beautiful coastal towns and world-renowned islands!

Thanks to 57 national ports and other small tourist harbors, you can travel by ferry between many destinations of the Italian mainland, as well as the different island groups. 

Wondering how to take the ferry from Italy to Croatia? Are you organizing a ferry trip from mainland Italy to Sardinia with friends or family? Are you planning to go by ferry to Italy from Greece?

See the latest info about the top ferry routes in Italy for 2023.

Italy ferries between mainland ports in 2023

Italy has a long coastline with many amazing towns and villages worth exploring. One of the best ways to discover the seaside gems of Italy is to take a ferry! There are many ferries between Naples, Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, and Salerno.

Here are some of the most popular ferry routes that connect the port cities of the mainland:

  • Ferry from Naples to Positano: you can travel from the port of Naples to the beautiful village of Positano from May to September. There are usually up to 16 weekly connections and the Naples - Positano crossing duration is around 2 hours depending on the ferry company.
  • Ferry from Naples to Amalfi: the connection from the port of Naples to Amalfi is active from June until October and it is usually served 4 times per day. It takes up to 1 hour 45 minutes to reach Amalfi depending on the ferry company.
  • Ferry from Naples to Sorrento: the Naples - Sorrento route is active all year round with 15 weekly departures and a crossing duration of 45 minutes.
  • Ferry from Salerno to Amalfi: the ferry route from Salerno to Amalfi is active from April to October. There are more than 10 daily routes and ferries take approximately 30 minutes to reach Amalfi from Salerno.
  • Ferry from Amalfi to Positano: the ferry route from Amalfi to Positano is seasonal and operates from April to October. There are usually more than 10 daily ferry connections with a duration between 15-25 minutes depending on the ferry company.

Tip: the Gulf of Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea are among the most popular vacation destinations in the world. This means road traffic can get intense during the summer, so taking a ferry to get around is the best option for a relaxing trip!

Ferries to the Italian islands in 2023

The most popular routes from the Italian mainland to the islands are between Sicily, Sardinia, the islands of the Gulf of Naples, the Aeolian Islands and the archipelagos of Puglia and Tuscany.

Get ready to discover the islands of Capri and Procida, dive into the waters of Elba, Olbia, Ischia, and the Tremiti Islands, and stroll through the historic cities of Palermo and Cagliari!

Here are some more details on Italian ferry schedules to the islands in 2023:

  • Ferry from Naples to Capri: you can travel from Naples to Capri by ferry throughout the year. There are about 16 daily trips and the average duration of the crossing ranges from 45 to 80 minutes.
  • Ferry from Positano to Capri: the ferry connection from Positano to Capri is seasonal and it is mainly in service from mid-April to mid-October. There are 52 trips per week and the crossing usually takes about 35 minutes.
  • Ferry from Sorrento to Procida: the ferry trip from Sorrento to Procida includes 2 daily connections from April to October. There is only 1 direct crossing, but you can also reach Procida with a stopover in Capri and Ischia. The direct ferry crossing takes around 40 minutes.
  • Ferry from Naples to Lipari: the port of Naples is connected with Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, year-round. There are usually 2 weekly departures during the winter and up to 12 crossings per week from May to September. The Naples - Lipari crossing can take from 7 to 14 hours depending on the ferry company.
  • Ferry from Naples to Palermo: the ferry route from Naples to Palermo runs year-round and it is usually available 1-2 times per day with a sailing duration of around 10.5 hours depending on the operator.
  • Ferry from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Cagliari: ferries from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Cagliari are in operation all year round with 3 departures per week. The crossings are overnight and can last between 13 and 15 hours.
  • Ferry from Genoa to Olbia: the sailing from Genoa to Olbia is seasonal and runs every day from mid-May to the beginning of October. Crossings can take between 10 and 12.5 hours depending on the ferry company.
  • Ferry from Piombino to Elba: the crossing from Piombino to Elba is active all year round with about 70 daily connections. Ferries reach all 3 ports of the island and the average duration of the crossings varies from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the port of arrival.
  • Ferry from Porto Santo Stefano to Giglio Island: the ferry connection from Porto Santo Stefano (in the Argentario area) to Giglio Island is active all year long with 4 daily crossings. The Porto Santo Stefano - Giglio route takes about 1 hour.
  • Ferry from Termoli to Tremiti: the Termoli - Tremiti Islands ferry route is active all year round with more than 20 weekly connections available. The crossing duration ranges from 50 to 80 minutes depending on the ferry company.

Ferries between the Italian islands in 2023

In addition to the routes that connect Sicily and Sardinia, many Italian companies offer crossings between more islands. Get on board and start your island-hopping adventure between the islands of the Gulf of Naples, the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands, and the Tuscan archipelago!

Take a look at the 10 most popular Italian island routes for 2023 and plan your island-hopping trip in Italy:

  1. Palermo - Cagliari ferry
  2. Palermo - Lipari ferry
  3. Trapani - Levanzo ferry
  4. Lipari - Stromboli ferry
  5. Lipari - Panarea ferry
  6. Salina - Vulcano ferry
  7. Filicudi - Alicudi ferry
  8. Ischia - Procida ferry
  9. Ischia - Capri ferry
  10. Elba - Pianosa ferry

A SNAV ferry sailing by the Faraglioni rocks in Italy

SNAV ferry sailing near the beautiful Faraglioni of Capri

Ferries from Italy to other countries in 2023

In 2023, there are also ferries from Italy to Croatia, Greece, Spain, France, Tunisia, Malta, Albania and Corsica! Ferries traveling to the western coast of Greece and Croatia, as well as to Spain are really popular with travelers during the summer season!

Some of the main departure ports for ferries traveling from Italy to other countries are Bari, Brindisi, Palermo, Ancona, Civitavecchia, Genoa, Venice, Pesaro, and Cesenatico.

Good to know: at the moment, there are no ferries from Italy to Turkey, Cyprus, Morocco, Egypt, or Montenegro.

Ferries from Italy to Greece in 2023

If you’re dreaming of an adventure by ferry, Italy to Greece routes are really popular! You can reach the ports of Western Greece by ferry throughout the year.

The ferry companies operating routes between Greece and Italy are Minoan Lines, Ventouris Ferries, Grimaldi Lines, and Anek-Superfast.

Here are some of the most popular ferry routes between Italy and Greece:

Good to know: did you know there are also ferries from Italy to the Greek islands in the summer? Find more info about the ferry from Italy to Corfu in 2023.

Traveling by ferry from Italy to Croatia in 2023

Croatia is a very popular destination with much to see and do! From Dalmatian resorts to beautiful coastal towns such as Pula and Rovinj, continuing your journey to Croatia from the ports of Italy should be on your bucket list!

The most famous ferry companies that operate ferry connections between Italy and Croatia are Gomo Viaggi Pesaro, Righetti Navi, Venezia Lines, and Jadrolinija.

Here are some of the top routes to Croatia from Italy:

Ferries from Italy to Malta in 2023

The island of Malta is very close to Italy and it is an ideal destination if you want to visit two countries on a single trip

From Sicily, you can travel by ferry to Valletta, the beautiful Maltese capital. There are ferries to Malta from the port of Pozzallo (the largest in the province of Ragusa) and Augusta (in the province of Syracuse).

The ferry company that operates the Pozzallo - Valletta route is Virtu Ferries. There are daily connections throughout the year and the crossing duration is less than 2 hours!

The connection from the port of Augusta to Valletta is operated by Ponte Ferries. This is a seasonal route with 1 departure per day with high-speed ferries which reach the island in 3 hours.

Italy - Albania ferries in 2023

Albania is a country of history, sea and nature, and it is a popular holiday destination during the summer.

Since it’s quite close to Italy, you can reach your destination in Albania by ferry thanks to routes operated by Ventouris Ferries, European Ferries (Star Lines), Adria Ferries, European Seaways (A-Ships Management SA), and more.

Ferry routes to Albania from Italy are active year-round. Here are the most popular:

The port city of Bari on the eastern coast of Italy

Bari’s beautiful city center and its port

2023 ferry schedules from Italy to Spain

From the ports of Rome (Civitavecchia), Genoa and Porto Torres, it is possible to reach Spain by ferry throughout the year. Thanks to ferry routes operated by Grimaldi Lines and GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci), you can even travel to Barcelona!

Here are more details about the Italy - Spain ferry routes:

Ferries from Italy to France and Corsica in 2023

If you are dreaming of combining your vacation in Italy with a trip to France and Corsica, you should know that there are several ferry connections from Italy in 2023!

Thanks to routes operated by Corsica Ferries you can travel from Liguria, Tuscany, Sicily, and Sardinia to the French town of Toulon and the beautiful Bastia, Ajaccio, and Bonifacio in Corsica!

The most popular ferry routes from Italy to France and Corsica are:

Ferries from Italy to Tunisia in 2023

From Italy, you can normally travel by ferry to Tunisia throughout the year with Grimaldi Lines and GNV.

There are daily ferry departures from Italy to Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. You can catch a ferry to Tunisia from Genoa, Salerno, Civitavecchia, and Palermo. 

Being further south, the port of Palermo is the closest to Tunisia. The ferry trip from Palermo to Tunis takes between 10 and 12 hours.

Ferries to Italy from abroad in 2023

If you’re planning a mega-adventure this summer, there are many ferries to Italy from other countries. Most ferries to Italy are more frequent during the summer season, but there are also crossings throughout the year, such as between Italy and Greece.

For more information regarding your ferry to Italy from Croatia, Greece, Albania or more countries, have a look at the sections above and use our Map of ferries to see all available ferries to Italy this year.

Cranes and boats at the Italian port of Palermo

The busy port of Palermo in Sicily

Ferry companies operating in Italy in 2023

There are more than 50 ferry companies operating in Italy. Most operators offer routes between the islands and the various archipelagos of Italy.

Some of the major ferry companies operating to/from the ports of Sardinia and Sicily are Tirrenia, Grimaldi Lines, GNV, Liberty Lines, Siremar, and Caronte & Tourist.

Ferry routes to the islands of the Gulf of Naples (Capri, Ischia and Procida) and the villages of the Amalfi and Sorrento coasts are offered by various companies such as SNAV, Caremar, Alilauro, NLG (Navigazione Libera del Golfo), Medmar, Positano Jet, and Travelmar.

The most popular companies operating connections to the island of Elba (Tuscany) and the Tremiti Islands (Puglia region) are Toremar, BluNavy, Moby Lines, and Gruppo Armatori Garganici.

Ferries to other countries including Greece, Albania, Croatia, Spain, Malta, and France/Corsica are operated by Minoan Lines, European Ferries (Star Lines), European Seaways (A-Ships Management SA), Ventouris Ferries, Corsica Ferries, Ichnusa Lines, Anek - Superfast, Virtu Ferries, and Jadrolinija.

Important: some ferry companies haven't published ferry timetables to Italy for 2023 yet. However, you can find all active routes for the current year on our search engine when they are announced!

Discounts and offers for ferry lines in Italy

Most ferry companies operating domestic and international routes in Italy offer standard discounts for children, groups, families, students, residents, and disabled people.

In most cases, children up to 3 years of age travel for free and there are reduced rates for passengers up to 12-14 years old. Residents of Sicily, Sardinia, or the smaller islands of Italy usually benefit from a special resident discount when presenting valid documentation.

All students with an ISIC Card (International Student Identity Card) and passengers with disabilities are also entitled to a discount on Italian ferry tickets.

There are also special offers (usually for a limited time) to travel in Italy by ferry. On Ferryhopper, you can find all available offers to travel by ferry to the Italian islands, between Italy and Greece or other countries, as well as within the popular regions of Amalfi and Naples.

Sunset at a harbor in Venice

Captivating sunset over the lagoon of Venice

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