Italian Ferry Schedules [Season 2020]

Italian Ferry Schedules [Season 2020]

Ferry routes in Italy or how to book Italian ferry tickets in 2020

Are you searching for the latest ferry schedules, routes and itineraries in Italy? The Ferryhopper team is here to present to you an overview of the most popular italian ferry routes to make your planning more efficient! In Ferryhopper you can find all ferry routes-direct and indirect, organize your island-hopping trip, compare different ferry companies in terms of speed and prices and book online your ferry tickets, with no hidden fees! 

We will be updating Italian ferry schedules and timetables as they are released, so stay tuned for more. Until more information is available, here is an overview of the most popular Italian ferry routes, to get prepared for your 2020 ferry vacations! 

SNAV ferry in the port of Ancona - ferries in Italy

Ferry companies in Italy

Italy is a country with a long-lasting seafaring heritage. There are a lot of ferry companies serving the ferry routes in Italy and also the connection of Italy with 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, NLG (Navigazione Libera del Golfo).

Ferries from Mainland Italy

 Italy has multiple ports all over the mainland which service the ferry connection to the Italian islands and to other countries, like Malta and Greece. The ports with the most traffic 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, Sorento, Positano, Amalfi, Salerno
  • Ports in Southern mainland Italy: Villa San Giovanni, Brindisi

Port of Naples Italy - ports of Italy - ferries inItaly

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 may take the ferry from a number ports of Italy and reach one of the multiple ports of Sicily.

Main ports of Sicily are:

  •  Palermo
  • Termini Imerese
  • Trapani
  • Catania
  • Messina

The ferry companies that operate the itineraries from Italy to Sicily are GNV, Grimaldi Lines, Tirrenia, Liberty Lines, and Caronte & Tourist. Ferry crossings from Italy to Sicily are regular throughout the year, with multiple sailings each week. The most common ferry routes from Italy to Sicily are:

  1. From Civitavecchia to Palermo or Termini Imerese in 14 hours
  2. From Genoa to Palermo in 20 hours and 30 minutes
  3. From Livorno to Palermo in 19 hours
  4. From Naples to Palermo or Termini Imerese in less than 12 hours
  5. From Salerno to CataniaMessina or Palermo in 10 hours on average
  6. From Villa San Giovanni to Messina in just 20 minutes

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port in Sicily Italy - Ferries

Island hopping around Sicily

Sicily is a great destination if you are interested in island hopping to the Aeolian or Aegadian groups of islands. The ferry company that operates the connection among Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and the Aegadian Islands is Liberty Lines.

  • Aeolian Islands: The Aeolian or Lipari is a group of islands located in the north of Sicily which is accessible only by ferry. The largest island in the group is Lipari and the other islands in the group are Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo. Ferry Crossings from Sicily are regular to most of the islands, mostly daily or at least weekly. The duration of the ferry trip is from 1 hour and 30 minutes up to 4 hours and 30 minutes depending on the destination. The ferry company that operates the ferry routes from Sicily to the Aeolian Islands is Liberty Lines, and ferry connections among the Aeolian Islands are regular
  • Aegadian islands: The Aegadian Islands is a group of islands off the northwest coast of Sicily. The group consists of five islands: Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo, which are the largest in the group, Formica and Maraone. From the port of Trapani, Sicily, there are daily sailings, to the three largest islands. The ferry trip usually lasts from 25 minutes to 2 hours

Ferry from Italy to Sardinia

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean. The capital of Sardinia, and also the largest port, is Cagliari. The other major ports of Sardinia are Olbia, Porto Torres, Arbatax and Golfo Aranci. The ferry companies that operate the sailings from Italy to Sardinia 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 season. There are regular weekly sailings from all ports of mainland Italy to Sardinia. The most common ferry routes connecting Italy with Sardinia are:

  • From Genoa to Olbia, Porto Torres or Arbatax the ferry trip lasts between 10 and 15 hours
  • From Livorno to Golfo Aranci or Olbia the ferry crossing takes from 6 hours and 30 minutes to 8 hours
  • From Piombino to Golfo Aranci or Olbia the duration of the trip is from 5 hours to 8 hours and 30 minutes
  • From Civitavecchia to Olbia, Porto Torres, Arbatax or Cagliari the ferry sailing could last from 5 hours to 13 hours, depending on the port you have chosen as your destination
  • From Naples to Cagliari the ferry crossing usually lasts 14 hours

beach in Sardinia - ferry in Sardinia

Ferry from Italy to Capri

Capri is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. The scenic towns and the amazing sights the island offers, such as the world-renowned Blue Grotto, make tourists gather by the thousands each year, especially during the high season. The ferry 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 45 minutes
  • From Castellammare di Stabia the ferry trip lasts from 30 to 50 minutes. A few daily crossings are offered and prices fluctuate depending on the season
  • Sorrento is the closest port of mainland Italy to Capri and the duration of the trip is just 20 minutes with a lot of daily sailings

Caremar ferry in the port of Capri - ferry route Capri to Amalfi Coast

Island hopping in the Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

The ferry companies that operate the ferry connections in the wider area of the Gulf of Naples are Alilauro, SnavNLG (Navigazione Libera del Golfo), and Positano Jet. The ports in the Gulf of Naples are Naples, Pozzuoli, Sorrento, and Castellamare di Stabia. Starting from there, you can take the ferry to the ports of the Amalfi Coast, Amalfi, Positano, and Salerno, or to the islands 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.

Tremiti islands

The Tremiti Islands (Isole Tremiti) is an archipelago off the east coast of Italy. The group of islands consists of five islands: San Domino and San Nicola which are the only developed islands, and three uninhabited islands, namely Capraia, Cretaccio, and Pianosa. The ferry companies that operate in the area of the Tremiti Islands are Tirrenia, NLG and Gruppo Armatori Garganici. Ferries from Italy to the Tremiti Islands depart from the ports of Peschini, Rodi Garganico, Tremoli or Vieste and reach either San Nicola or San Domino. The crossing from Italy to the Tremiti Islands usually lasts less than 2 hours.

Ferry from Italy to France

The most popular ferry routes connecting Italy with France are executed from either mainland Italy or Sardinia to Corsica. While Corsica is part of France the ferry connection from mainland Italy to Corsica is regular, at least a few times each week throughout the year.

From mainland Italy to Corsica: The ports in mainland Italy, from where ferry routes to Corsica are served, are Genoa, Livorno, Piombino, and Savona. The ferries from Italy reach Bastia, Porto Vecchio, or Ile Rousse in Sardinia. Ferry sailings are offered regularly each week throughout the whole year by the ferry companies Corsica Ferries - Sardinia Ferries and Moby Lines. The ferry routes from Italy to Corsica are:

  1. Genoa to Bastia in 6 hours and 30 minutes 
  2. Livorno to Bastia in 4 hours, Porto Vecchio in 10 hours, or Ile Rousse in 8 hours 
  3. Piombino to Bastia from 2 hours and 30 minutes to 7 hours and 30 minutes 
  4. Savona to Bastia or ile Rousse in 6 hours

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 are regular, at least a few times each week. The options you have about traveling from Sardinia to Corsica are:

  1. Golfo Aranci to Porto Vecchio in 2 hours and 30 minutes
  2. Porto Torres to Ajaccio in 4 hours, or to Porto Vecchio in 3 hours and 30 minutes
  3. Santa Teresa di Gallura to Bonifacio in 1 hour

Corsica ferries - Sardinia ferries ferry in Corsica

Ferry from Italy to Greece

Taking the ferry from is a very popular means of traveling from Italy to Greece. The main ferry routes that serve the Italy - Greece connection are expected to be Ancona -Patras, and Venice - Patras with intermediate stops. The ferry 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:

  1. Due to the high demand for ferry tickets for bed cabins and cars, it would be best to book your ferry tickets from Italy to Greece in advance
  2. The ferry itineraries for the Italy - Greece ferry routes for 2020 will be announced on November 2019
  3. If you are fast enough you can benefit from the early booking offer of some ferry operators.

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 moby ferry in Italy - ferry company in Italy

Several different discounts apply on the ferry tickets for the routes from Italy to Greece:

  • Early Booking Discount: This is a seasonal discount that is opening in December and closing in February/March. Usually, a 20-30% discount is applied to the overall ticket price. Please note that tickets issued with this discount cannot be either canceled or refunded.
  • International Student Discount: The holders of the International Student Card (ISIC) are eligible for discounted tickets at the same rate as Greek university students (20% discount on economy seats etc.). If you would like to use this discount, please select the related 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) and it is automatically applied from Ferryhopper's ferry booking system.
  • Children Discount: Children tickets have special prices and can travel either free of charge or with a 50% discount. These discounts are automatically calculated during the pricing process. Take care, as this discount cannot be combined with other discounts e.g. Family Discount.
  • Family Discount: This discount applies to all ferry operators that serve the Italy - Greece route and it is automatically calculated when 3 or more ferry tickets are issued in the same booking. The pricing is performed according to the rules of each operator.

You can find more information regarding the ferry routes from Italy to Greece on older Ferryhopper blog post, including schedules and pricing details for 2018. You can check our articles Italy - Greece vol.1 and Italy - Greece vol.2 until more information is released to the public!

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 the ferries from Italy to Malta reach the port of the capital of Malta, Valletta. The most popular ferry routes from Italy and Sicily to Malta are:

  • From Salerno, the ferry trip usually takes 26 hours
  • From Catania, the duration of the ferry trip is from 4 hours to 7 hours
  • From Pozzallo the ferry trip to Valletta lasts less than 2 hours 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 of Croatia, such as Pula and Rovinj, Croatia has a lot of sights to offer. The ferry connection from Italy to Croatia is executed mainly from the Italian ports in the north and the west of the country. 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 with 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

Ferry in port of Venice - Italy

How can I book my ferry tickets to the Italian Islands or from Italy to Greece, Croatia, Malta, France?

As soon as the ferry schedules for 2020 are released they will directly show on our website and search engine. So use the Ferryhopper booking engine to find both direct and indirect connections among Italy, the Italian Islands, or Croatia or cheap ferry tickets from Italy to Greece. Whether you are an early planner or you want to daydream of your summer holidays on the Italian beaches, we make your search for ferries easier than ever. With Ferryhopper.com you can book your ferry tickets safely, fast and in the best prices in only 4 clicks! If you want more inspiration to organize your dream-trip you can also visit our interactive Map of Ferries and get ideas!