Are you searching for the latest ferry schedules, routes and itineraries in Italy? The Ferryhopper team is here to give you an overview of the most popular Italian ferry routes so that you can plan your vacation for 2020 more efficiently! On Ferryhopper you can find all direct and indirect ferry routes, organize your island-hopping trip, compare different ferry companies in terms of speed and prices and book your ferry tickets online with no hidden fees!
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Ferry companies operating the routes from mainland Italy to the Italian islands or to other countries such as France and Greece have announced their ferry schedules and itineraries for 2020! Ferryhopper gives you useful information and tips for the most popular Italian ferry routes to help you organize your 2020 holidays. Booking your ferry tickets has never been easier!
Ferry Companies in Italy
Italy is a country with a long-lasting seafaring tradition. There are a lot of ferry companies serving the ferry routes in Italy as well as Italy's connection to other countries, such as France, Greece or Croatia. The biggest ferry operators in Italy are Moby Lines, Grimaldi Lines, GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci), Tirrenia, Liberty Lines, Caremar, Caronte & Tourist, Corsica Ferries - Sardinia Ferries and NLG (Navigazione Libera del Golfo).
Ferries from Mainland Italy
There are several ports on the Italian mainland that serve the ferry connection to the Italian islands and to other countries, like Malta and Greece. The busiest ports in mainland Italy are:
- Ports in northeastern mainland Italy: Venice
- Ports in northwestern mainland Italy: Genoa, Savona
- Ports in eastern mainland Italy: Cesenatico, Pesaro, Ancona, Tremoli, Bari
- Ports in western mainland Italy: Livorno, Piombino, Porto Santo Stefano, Civitavecchia, Anzio, Pozzuoli, Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Salerno
- Ports in southern mainland Italy: Villa San Giovanni, Brindisi
Ferry from Italy to Sicily
Taking the ferry from Italy to Sicily is the best way to visit the largest island in the Mediterranean. You can take the ferry from numerous ports in Italy and reach one of the several ports in Sicily.
The main ports in Sicily are:
- Termini Imerese
The ferry companies that operate the itineraries from Italy to Sicily are GNV, Grimaldi Lines, Tirrenia, Liberty Lines, and Caronte & Tourist. Ferries run regularly throughout the year, with many sailings every week. The most common ferry routes from Italy to Sicily are:
- From Civitavecchia to Palermo or Termini Imerese the duration of the journey is around 14 hrs
- From Genoa to Palermo the ferry trip lasts about 20 hrs 30 min
- From Livorno to Palermo the ferry ride is approximately 19 hrs
- From Naples to Palermo or Termini Imerese the trip duration is less than 12 hrs
- From Salerno to Catania, Messina or Palermo the ferry trip ranges from around 9 to 13 hrs
- From Villa San Giovanni to Messina crossings take just 20 min
Island hopping around Sicily
Sicily is a great destination if you are interested in island hopping in the Aeolian or Aegadian Islands. The ferry company that operates the connection between Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and the Aegadian Islands is Liberty Lines.
- Aeolian Islands: The Aeolian or Lipari is a group of islands located north of Sicily that are accessible only by ferry. The largest island in the group is Lipari, while the other islands are Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo. Ferry crossings from Sicily to most of them take place regularly, usually daily or at least weekly. The duration of the ferry trip ranges from 1 hr 30 min to 4 hrs 30 min depending on the destination. The ferry company that operates the routes from Sicily to the Aeolian Islands is Liberty Lines. Ferry connections between the Aeolian Islands are also regular.
- Aegadian islands: The Aegadian Islands is a group of islands off the northwest coast of Sicily. It consists of five islands: Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo - which are the largest - Formica and Maraone. There are daily sailings from the port of Trapani in Sicily to the three largest islands. The ferry trip usually lasts from around 25 min to 2 hrs.
Ferry from Italy to Sardinia
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean. Cagliari is the capital and the largest port of the island. The other major ports of Sardinia are Olbia, Porto Torres, Arbatax and Golfo Aranci. There are weekly sailings from all ports of mainland Italy to Sardinia. The ferry companies that operate the connections from Italy are GNV, Moby, Tirrenia, Corsica Ferries-Sardinia Ferries and Grimaldi Lines. While crossings are executed throughout the year, they increase in frequency during the summer. The most common ferry routes connecting Italy to Sardinia are:
- From Genoa to Olbia, Porto Torres or Arbatax the ferry trip lasts between 10 and 15 hrs
- From Livorno to Golfo Aranci or Olbia the crossing takes from around 6 hrs 30 min to 9 hrs
- From Piombino to Golfo Aranci or Olbia the duration of the trip is from around 5 hrs to 8 hrs 30 min
- From Civitavecchia to Olbia, Porto Torres, Arbatax or Cagliari the ferry journey could last from 5 to 13 hrs depending on the destination port
- From Naples to Cagliari the ferry crossing usually lasts 14 hrs
Ferry from Italy to Capri
Capri is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. Its picturesque towns and amazing sights - such as the world-renowned Blue Grotto - attract thousands of travelers every year, especially during the high season. The companies that operate the ferry route from Italy to Capri are SNAV, NLG, Caremar, and Alilauro.
- From Naples: There are daily ferry crossings and the trip usually lasts about 1 hr
- From Castellammare di Stabia: The trip takes from around 30 to 50 min. A few daily crossings are offered and prices fluctuate depending on the season
- From Sorrento: It is the closest port to Capri on mainland Italy. The duration of the journey is just 20-25 min and there are a lot of daily sailings
Island hopping in the Gulf of Naples and around the Amalfi Coast
The ferry companies that operate the connections in the wider area of the Gulf of Naples are Alilauro, Snav, NLG (Navigazione Libera del Golfo), and Positano Jet. The ports in the Gulf of Naples are Naples, Pozzuoli, Sorrento, and Castellammare di Stabia. Starting from there, you can take the ferry to ports on the Amalfi Coast (Amalfi, Positano, Salerno) or to Capri, Procida, and Ischia. Sailings in the area are regular, connecting all the destinations directly or indirectly. For more ideas about island hopping in the Gulf of Naples you can visit our interactive map of ferries!
The Tremiti Islands (Isole Tremiti) is an archipelago off the east coast of Italy. It consists of five islands: San Domino, San Nicola and the uninhabited islands Capraia, Cretaccio, and Pianosa. The ferry companies that operate in the area are Tirrenia, NLG and Gruppo Armatori Garganici. Ferries from Italy to the Tremiti Islands depart from the ports of Peschici, Rodi Garganico, Termoli and Vieste and reach either San Nicola or San Domino. The crossing from Italy to the Tremiti Islands usually lasts less than 2 hrs.
Ferry from Italy to France
The most popular ferry routes connecting Italy to France are executed either from mainland Italy or from Sardinia to Corsica. While Corsica is part of France, the ferry connection from mainland Italy is regular, with at least a few departures every week throughout the year.
From mainland Italy to Corsica: The ports in mainland Italy from which ferry routes to Corsica are served, are Genoa, Livorno, Piombino, and Savona. The ferries reach Bastia, Porto Vecchio, or Ile Rousse in Corsica. Sailings are offered weekly throughout the year by the ferry companies Corsica Ferries - Sardinia Ferries and Moby Lines. The ferry routes from Italy to Corsica are:
- From Genoa to Bastia the trip is at least 6 hrs 30 min
- From Livorno to Bastia the journey takes around 4 hrs 30 min, to Porto Vecchio about 10 hrs, and to Ile Rousse around 8 hrs
- From Piombino to Bastia the ferry trip lasts from around 2 hrs 30 min to 7 hrs 30 min
- From Savona to Bastia or ile Rousse the sailing duration starts from approximately 6 hrs 30 min
From Sardinia to Corsica: The ferry companies that operate the connection from Sardinia to Corsica are Corsica Ferries - Sardinia Ferries, Moby Lines, and BluNavy. Ferry crossings takes place regularly, at least a few times per week. The options you have when traveling from Sardinia to Corsica are:
- From Golfo Aranci to Porto Vecchio the crossing lasts 2 hrs 30 min
- From Porto Torres to Ajaccio or to Porto Vecchio the ferry trip is around 4 hrs
- From Santa Teresa di Gallura to Bonifacio the journey is 1 hr
Ferry from Italy to Greece
Taking the ferry is a very popular way of traveling from Italy to Greece. The main ferry routes that serve the Italy - Greece connection either directly or with stopovers are Ancona -Patras and Venice - Patras. The companies that operate the Italy - Greece ferry connection are Grimaldi Lines, Minoan Lines, ANEK Lines, Ventouris Sea Lines, Superfast Ferries, European Seaways and Red Star Ferries. The ferry routes between Italy and Greece are:
- From Ancona to Corfu, Igoumenitsa or Patras
- From Bari to Igoumenitsa, Corfu, Sami (Kefalonia) or Zakynthos
- From Brindisi to Corfu, Sami (Kefalonia), Zakynthos, Igoumenitsa or Patras
- From Venice to Corfu, Igoumenitsa or Patras
Some useful tips for your ferry trip from Italy to Greece:
- Due to the high demand for ferry tickets for bed cabins and vehicles, it would be best to book your tickets from Italy to Greece in advance!
- If you book early enough you can benefit from the early booking discount that some ferry operators offer!
What are the discounts that apply to ferry tickets for the routes from Italy to Greece?
- Early Booking Discount: This is a seasonal discount that starts in December and ends around February/March. A 20-30% discount is usually applied to the overall ticket price. Please note that tickets issued with this discount can be neither canceled nor refunded.
- International Student Discount: International Student Card (ISIC) holders are eligible for discount tickets at the same rate as Greek university students (e.g. 20% discount on economy seats etc.). If you would like to apply it, please select the relevant discount from the drop-down menu.
- Return Tickets Discount: When issuing a return ticket, a discount is provided by the ferry operator (usually 20% or 30% on the return ticket). The discount is automatically applied by Ferryhopper's ferry booking system.
- Children Discount: There are special prices for children, who can travel either free of charge or with a 50% discount. These discounts are automatically calculated during the booking process. Please note that this discount cannot be combined with other discounts e.g. Family Discount.
- Family Discount: This discount is offered by all ferry operators that serve the Italy - Greece route. It is automatically calculated when 3 or more ferry tickets are issued in the same booking. The discount rate varies depending on the ferry company.
You can find all the latest information on ferry routes from Italy to Greece in the Ferryhopper blog post "Ferries Italy - Greece 2020", including schedules and prices for 2020!
Ferry from Italy and Sicily to Malta
The ferry companies that operate the crossings from Italy to Malta are Grimaldi Lines and Virtu Ferries. All ferries traveling from Italy reach the port of the capital of Malta, Valletta. The most popular ferry routes from Italy and Sicily to Malta are:
- From Salerno to Valletta the ferry journey usually lasts 26 hrs 30 min
- From Catania to Valletta the duration of the ferry trip ranges from 4 to 7 hrs
- From Pozzallo to Valletta the ferry ride lasts less than 2 hrs and there are a lot of weekly sailings
Ferry from Italy to Croatia
Croatia is a very popular holiday destination for tourists and locals alike. From the coast of Dalmatia to the northern coastal cities, such as Pula and Rovinj, Croatia offers many beautiful sights. The ferry connection from Italy to Croatia is executed mainly from the ports in the North and West of Italy. The ferry companies operating in the area are SNAV, Liberty Lines, Gomo Viaggi Pesaro, Venezia Lines, and Jadrolinija. The most popular ferry routes connecting Italy to Croatia are:
- From Ancona to Split, Zadar, or Stari Grad
- From Bari to Dubrovnik
- From Cesenatico to Rovinj, Zadar, Mali Losinj, Rab, or Novalja
- From Pesaro to Zadar, Mali Losinj, Rab, or Novalja
- From Trieste to Rovinj, Porec, or Mali Losinj
- From Venice to Pula, Porec, Rovinj, or Umag
Where to book ferry tickets to the Italian Islands or from Italy to Greece, Croatia, Malta or France
On Ferryhopper you can find both direct and indirect connections between Italy and the Italian Islands or Croatia as well as cheap ferry tickets from Italy to Greece! Most ferry schedules for 2020 have been released and will appear directly on our website and search engine. Planning your summer holidays on the Italian beaches has never been easier! On Ferryhopper you can book your ferry tickets safely, fast and at the best prices with only 4 clicks! If you want more inspiration to organize the trip of your dreams you can also visit our interactive Map of Ferries to get ideas!