Naples in detail

Flights & getting there

Most people arrive in Naples by train or plane.

The city's main train station, Napoli Centrale, lies just east of the centro storico (historic centre). From here, frequent high-speed rail services reach Rome and other major Italian cities to the north. Slower regional trains connect Naples to other southern regions, including Sicily.

Long-distance domestic and international buses arrive at Metropark Napoli Centrale, which flanks the southern end of the train station.

Naples International Airport, also known as Capodichino, is located 7km northeast of the city centre. It serves mostly domestic and European flights.

You can also get to Naples by boat. Long-distance ferry destinations include Sicily and Sardinia.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Air

Naples International Airport (Capodichino)

Naples International Airport (Capodichino), 7km northeast of the city centre, is southern Italy’s main airport. It's served by a number of major airlines and low-cost carriers, including easyJet, which operates flights to Naples from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin and several other European cities.

Transport Options

The Alibus airport shuttle connects the airport to Napoli Centrale (Piazza Garibaldi) and the Molo Angioino cruise-ship terminal, located beside the Molo Beverello fast-ferry and hydrofoil terminal (tickets on board or from selected tobacconists). Buses run every 10 to 30 minutes.

Official taxi fares from the airport are as follows: €25 to Chiaia, Mergellina and Posillipo; €21 to Piazza Municipio or the Molo Beverello fast-ferry and hydrofoil terminal; and €18 to Napoli Centrale (Piazza Garibaldi) and the centro storico. Taxi companies include Consortaxi, Radio Taxi La Partenope and Taxi Napoli.

Boat

Fast ferries and hydrofoils for Capri, Ischia, Procida and Sorrento depart from Molo Beverello in front of Castel Nuovo; hydrofoils for Capri, Ischia and Procida also sail from Mergellina.

High-speed ferry and hydrofoil operators include the following:

Alilauro Runs up to six daily services to/from Naples and Sorrento (€13). Also runs up to 10 daily services to/from Naples and Ischia (€20).

Caremar Operates up to four daily services between Naples and Capri (€18). Also runs up to six daily services to/from Naples and Ischia (€18) and up to eight daily services to/from Procida (€14.50).

Navigazione Libera del Golfo Runs up to nine daily services to/from Naples and Capri (from €19). Also runs one daily services to/from Naples and Sorrento (€13).

SNAV Runs up to nine daily services between Naples and Capri (from €22.50). Also runs up to eight daily services to Ischia (from €20) and up to four daily services to Procida (from €17.50).

Slow ferries for Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and Sardinia sail from Molo Angioino, which is right beside Molo Beverello, and neighbouring Calata Porta di Massa. Car ferries to Ischia and Procida also depart from Calata Porta di Massa.

Slow-ferry operators include the following:

Caremar Runs ferries to/from Naples and Capri (from €12.50) three times daily. Runs up to eight times daily to/from Naples and Ischia (€12.50) and up to seven times daily to/from Naples and Prodica (€10.50).

Medmar Runs ferries to/from Naples and Ischia (from €12.50) three times daily.

Siremar Operates overnight ferries to the Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands) and Milazzo in Sicily (from €57.50) twice weekly.

SNAV Runs to/from Naples and the Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands) several times weekly (from €58) from June to early September.

Tirrenia Runs ferries from Naples to Cagliari in Sardinia (from €47) twice weekly. Also runs once daily from Naples to Palermo in Sicily (from €56.50).

Bus

Most national and international buses leave from Metropark Napoli Centrale, on the southern side of Napoli Centrale train station. The bus station is home to Biglietteria Vecchione, a ticket agency selling national and international bus tickets.

Metropark Napoli Centrale serves numerous bus companies offering regional and inter-regional services, among them FlixBus (https://global.flixbus.com), CLP, Marino, Miccolis and SAIS. It also serves Fiumicino Express, which runs to/from Rome's Fiumicino and Ciampino airports via Caserta.

The bus stop for SITA Sud services to the Amalfi Coast is just around the corner on Via Galileo Ferraris (in front of the hulking Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale office building).

Car & Motorcycle

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).

Among other locations, the following car-rental agencies have branches at Naples International Airport:

Avis

Europcar

Hertz

Maggiore

For scooter rental, contact Vespa Sprint, in the city's Santa Lucia district.

Train

Naples is southern Italy's rail hub and on the main Milan–Palermo line, with good connections to other Italian cities and towns.

The city's main train station is Napoli Centrale, just east of the centro storico. From here, the national rail company Trenitalia runs regular direct services to Rome (2nd class €13 to €48, 70 minutes to three hours, around 66 daily). High-speed private rail company Italo also runs daily direct services to Rome (2nd class €15 to €40, 70 minutes, around 20 daily). Most Italo services stop at Roma Termini and Roma Tiburtina stations.