Air

There are no internal commercial flights within Campania.

Bicycle

Cycling is a dangerous option in Naples – a city where all road rules are seemingly disregarded. Most drivers speed, chat on their mobile phones and ignore traffic lights. Bicycle and motorcycle theft is rife.

Bicycle hire is costly in Naples (from €20 per day), so if you are staying for some time and are dead-set on taking to the saddle, it may be cheaper to buy a bike. Taking your bicycle to the Amalfi Coast is also a fraught option: think blind corners and sheer, precipitous drops.

Boat

Naples, the bay islands and the Amalfi Coast are served by a comprehensive ferry network. Catch fast ferries and hydrofoils for Capri, Sorrento, Ischia (both Ischia Porto and Forio) and Procida from Molo Beverello in front of Castel Nuovo; hydrofoils for Capri, Ischia and Procida also sail from Mergellina.

Ferries for Sicily and Sardinia sail from Molo Angioino (right beside Molo Beverello) and neighbouring Calata Porta di Massa. Slow ferries to Ischia and Procida also depart from Calata Porta di Massa. SNAV ferries for the Aeolian Islands depart from Mergellina.

Fares are for a one-way, high-season deck-class single, unless otherwise stated. Services are pared back considerably in winter, and adverse sea conditions may affect schedules.

Alicost

Alilauro

Caremar

Medmar

Navigazione Libera del Golfo

Siremar

Tirrenia

TraVelMar

Ferries

Tickets for shorter journeys can be bought at the ticket booths on Molo Beverello and at Mergellina. For longer journeys, try the offices of the ferry companies or a travel agent.

Aeolian Islands

Ferry company

SNAV (Jun-early Sep only)

Price (€)

from 65

Duration (hr)

4½-6½

Frequency (high season)

1-2 daily

Aeolian Islands

Ferry company

Siremar

Price (€)

from 58

Duration (hr)

13¾

Frequency (high season)

2 weekly

Cagliari (Sardinia)

Ferry company

Tirrenia

Price (€)

from 44

Duration (hr)

14½

Frequency (high season)

2 weekly

Capri

Ferry company

Caremar

Price (€)

from 12.50

Duration (hr)

80 min

Frequency (high season)

7 daily

Ischia

Ferry company

Caremar

Price (€)

12.50

Duration (hr)

80 min

Frequency (high season)

8 daily

Ischia

Ferry company

Medmar

Price (€)

13.50

Duration (hr)

Frequency (high season)

6 daily

Milazzo (Sicily)

Ferry company

Siremar

Price (€)

from 58

Duration (hr)

16¼-18¼

Frequency (high season)

2 weekly

Palermo (Sicily)

Ferry company

SNAV

Price (€)

from 40

Duration (hr)

10¼

Frequency (high season)

1-2 daily

Palermo (Sicily)

Ferry company

Tirrenia

Price (€)

from 41

Duration (hr)

10¼

Frequency (high season)

1 daily

Pontine Islands

Ferry company

SNAV (Jul-early Sep only)

Price (€)

from 22

Duration (hr)

3

Frequency (high season)

4 weekly

Procida

Ferry company

Caremar

Price (€)

10.50

Duration (hr)

1

Frequency (high season)

7 daily

Hydrofoils & High-Speed Ferries

Capri

Ferry company

Caremar

Price (€)

18

Duration (min)

60

Daily frequency (high season)

4

Capri

Ferry company

Navigazione Libera del Golfo

Price (€)

from 20.50

Duration (min)

45

Daily frequency (high season)

9

Capri

Ferry company

SNAV

Price (€)

22.50

Duration (min)

45

Daily frequency (high season)

9

Ischia

Ferry company

Caremar

Price (€)

18

Duration (min)

55

Daily frequency (high season)

6

Ischia

Ferry company

Alilauro

Price (€)

from 19

Duration (min)

60

Daily frequency (high season)

10

Ischia (Casamicciola)

Ferry company

SNAV

Price (€)

from 20

Duration (min)

60

Daily frequency (high season)

8

Procida

Ferry company

Caremar

Price (€)

14.50

Duration (min)

40

Daily frequency (high season)

8

Procida

Ferry company

SNAV

Price (€)

from 17.50

Duration (min)

30

Daily frequency (high season)

4

Sorrento

Ferry company

Alilauro

Price (€)

13

Duration (min)

45

Daily frequency (high season)

5

Sorrento

Ferry company

Navigazione Libera del Golfo

Price (€)

13

Duration (min)

45

Daily frequency (high season)

1

Bus

Several bus companies service the Campania region. The following are especially useful for travellers:

ANM operates city buses in Naples. There's no central bus station, but most buses pass through Piazza Garibaldi.

City Sightseeing Napoli runs three hop-on, hop-off tourist routes in Naples. All depart from Largo Castello, beside the Castel Nuovo. Tickets are available on board, and children under five travel free.

EAV Connects Naples to the Campi Flegrei and to Sorrento. It also operates public buses on Ischia and Procida.

Infante Viaggi Runs coaches between Naples and Salerno into the Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Valle di Diano e Alburni.

SITA Sud Connects Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast. Also runs between Salerno and Naples (including Naples International Airport).

Mobility Amalfi Coast Runs local buses in Positano, with connections to Montepertuso, Nocelle and Praiano.

Car & Motorcycle

Much of central Naples is off-limits to nonresident vehicles, and the combo of anarchic traffic and illegal parking attendants demanding tips will quickly ruin your holiday.

Nonresident vehicles are prohibited on Capri for much of the year, and driving is largely discouraged on Ischia and Procida.

Peak-season traffic can make driving along the Amalfi Coast stressful, though having your own vehicle here means ultimate flexibility.

Driving is ideal in the Cilento region, allowing you to discover out-of-the-way towns and beaches.

More Information

If driving in Campania, get used to tailgaters; worry about what's in front of you, not so much what's behind you. Also, watch out for scooters and give way to pedestrians no matter where they appear from. Approach all junctions and traffic lights with extreme caution; and keep cool.

Naples is on the north–south Autostrada del Sole, the A1 (north to Rome and Milan) and the A3 (south to Salerno and Reggio di Calabria). The A30 skirts Naples to the northeast, while the A16 heads across to Bari.

When approaching Naples, the motorways meet the Tangenziale di Napoli, a major ring road around the city. The ring road hugs the city's northern fringe, meeting the A1 for Rome and the A2 to Capodichino airport in the east, and continuing towards Campi Flegrei and Pozzuoli in the west.

Automobile Associations

The Automobile Club d'Italia is a driver's best resource in Italy. Foreigners do not have to join to get roadside emergency service but instead pay a per-incident fee.

Bringing Your Own Vehicle

If you are determined to bring your own car to Naples, ensure that all the paperwork is in order and that you carry a hazard triangle and a reflective jacket in your car – and don't forget that Italians drive on the right-hand side. Arriving in Naples, you should be prepared for heavy traffic jams, particularly at commuter times and at lunchtime. Familiarise yourself with important road signs like uscita (exit) and raccordo (ring road surrounding a city).

Driving Licences

All EU driving licences are recognised in Italy. Travellers from other countries should obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) through their national automobile association.

Fuel & Spare Parts

Petrol stations located along the main highways are open 24 hours. In smaller towns, the opening hours are generally 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, with a lunchtime break. The cost of benzina senza piombo (unleaded petrol) and gasolio (diesel) is about €1.56 and €1.41 per litre, respectively.

Spare parts are available at many garages or via the 24-hour ACI motorist assistance number 803116 (or 02 6616 5116 if calling with a non-Italian mobile-phone account).

Hire

  • Pre-booking via the internet often costs less than hiring a car once in Italy. Online booking agency Rentalcars.com (www.rentalcars.com) compares the rates of numerous car-rental companies.
  • Renters must generally be aged 21 or over, with a credit card and home-country driving licence or IDP.
  • Consider hiring a small car, which will reduce your fuel expenses and help you negotiate narrow city lanes and tight parking spaces.
  • Check with your credit-card company to see if it offers a collision damage waiver, which covers you for additional damage if you use that card to pay for the car.

The following companies have numerous pick-up locations in Campania:

Avis

Europcar

Hertz

Maggiore

In Naples, you can hire scooters from Vespa Sprint.

Parking

Parking in Naples is no fun. Blue lines by the side of the road denote pay-and-display parking – buy tickets at the meters or from tobacconists – with rates around €2 per hour. Elsewhere street parking is often overseen by illegal attendants who will expect a €2 to €3 fee for their protection of your car. It's usually easier to bite the bullet and pay them than attempt a moral stance.

You'll find a secure two-level car park beneath Piazza Garibaldi, open from 5am to 1am daily. East of the city centre, there's a 24-hour car park at Via Brin.

Elsewhere in the region, parking can be similarly problematic, especially at the main resorts on the Amalfi Coast and, even more especially, in August.

Road Rules

Contrary to appearances, there are road rules in Italy. Here are some of the most essential:

  • Cars drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left. Unless otherwise indicated, always give way to cars entering an intersection from a road on your right.
  • Seatbelt use (front and rear) is required by law; violators are subject to an on-the-spot fine. Helmets are required on all two-wheeled vehicles.
  • Day and night, it is compulsory to drive with your headlights on outside built-up areas.
  • It’s obligatory to carry a warning triangle and fluorescent waistcoat in case of breakdown. Recommended accessories include a first-aid kit, spare-bulb kit and fire extinguisher.
  • A licence is required to ride a scooter – a car licence will do for bikes up to 125cc; for anything over 125cc, you'll need a motorcycle licence.
  • Motorbikes can enter most restricted traffic areas in Italian cities, and traffic police generally turn a blind eye to motorcycles or scooters parked on footpaths.
  • The blood alcohol limit is 0.05%; it's zero for drivers under 21 and those who have had their licence for less than three years.

Unless otherwise indicated, speed limits are as follows:

  • 130km/h on autostradas
  • 110km/h on all main, nonurban roads
  • 90km/h on secondary, nonurban roads
  • 50km/h in built-up areas

Toll Roads

There are tolls on most motorways, payable by cash or credit card as you exit. For information on traffic conditions, tolls and driving distances, see www.autostrade.it.

Local Transport

Funicular

Three services connect central Naples to the city's Vomero district, while a fourth connects the Mergellina district to Posillipo. All operate from 7am to 10pm daily.

Funicolare Centrale Travels from Piazzetta Augusteo to Piazza Fuga.

Funicolare di Chiaia Travels from Via del Parco Margherita to Via Domenico Cimarosa.

Funicolare di Montesanto Travels from Piazza Montesanto to Via Raffaele Morghen.

Funicolare di Mergellina Connects the waterfront at Via Mergellina with Via Manzoni.

Metro

Naples has three metro lines: 1, 2 and 6.

Metro Line 1 runs from Garibaldi (Napoli Centrale) to Vomero and the northern suburbs via the city centre. Useful stops include Duomo and Università (southern edge of the centro storico), Municipio (hydrofoil and ferry terminals), Toledo (Via Toledo and Quartieri Spagnoli), Dante (western edge of the centro storico) and Museo (National Archaeological Museum). Trains run from about 6am to around 11.30pm.

Metro Line 2 runs from Gianturco to Garibaldi (Napoli Centrale) and on to Pozzuoli. Useful stops include Piazza Cavour (La Sanità and northern edge of centro storico), Piazza Amedeo (Chiaia) and Mergellina (Mergellina ferry and hydrofoil terminal). Change for Line 1 at Garibaldi or Piazza Cavour (known as Museo on Line 1). Trains run from about 5.30am to around 11.30pm.

Metro Line 6 is set to reopen in 2019/2020, when an extension will see it run from Municipio to Chiaia, Mergellina and Mostra.

Both Lines 1 and 6 are operated by ANM, which also operates the city's buses and funiculars. Line 2 is operated by Italy's state-owned Ferrovie dello Stato (FS).

Taxi

Official taxis are metered; always ensure the meter is running before getting in. In Naples, taxi companies include the following:

Taxis are available in most major towns and tourist areas in Campania, including Capri, Ischia, Sorrento and Salerno.

Train

Circumvesuviana trains (follow signs from Napoli Centrale station in Naples) run to Sorrento (€3.90) via Ercolano (Herculaneum; €2.20), Pompeii (€2.80) and other towns along the coast.Trains run from about 6am to around 10pm.

Ferrovia Cumana trains run to Pozzuoli (€2.20) and the Campi Flegrei. In Naples, Cumana trains depart from Stazione Cumana di Montesanto on Piazza Montesanto, 500m southwest of Piazza Dante.