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Enjoy Capri

03 February 2015

During summer, only residential cars and motorbikes are allowed to circulate on the island. Most streets are closed to cars and there are very few places to park. Public transport on the island is extremely efficient and services are operational at all hours. Alternatively, taxis are available 24hrs a day.  

The Funicular

By far the quickest way to travel to the centre of Capri from the port of Marina Grande is by the island's funicular. A little train which makes its way up to the Piazzetta through the island's lemon gardens. It leaves every 15 minutes and takes 15 minutes to reach your destination. A single ticket costs €1.80. At Marina Grande, the ticket office is located at the end of the arrival dock, next to the hydrofoil ticket office. Small sized animals are allowed on board.  You'll need to purchase an additional ticket if you are travelling with large items of luggage. 

Buses

Don't expect a regular-sized city bus: on Capri, you'll travel aboard a minibus with only a dozen or so seats in each. Buses leave roughly every 15 minutes.  A single ticket costs €1.80 while a daily ticket can be purchased at a cost of €8.60.

Journey time: Capri-Anacapri 15 minutes; Capri-Marina Piccola 10 minutes; Capri- Marina Grande 10 minutes; Marina Grande-Anacapri 25 minutes; Marina Piccola-Anacapri 25 minutes; Anacapri-Grotta Azzurra 20 minutes; Anacapri-Faro di Punta Carena 20 minutes.

The bus terminal in Capri is situated in Piazza Martiri d'Ungheria, while in Anacapri it is located in Piazza della Pace.  

For funicular and bus times visit www.capritourism.com

Taxi

Taxis wait for passengers at the port and a number of other key locations, but they can also be hailed along the road or booked by phone (Taxi Anacapri T: 0818371175; Taxi Capri T: 0818376657). Capri's taxi cabs are often open-top models and taxi fares are established by the taxometer:  for longer journeys, a fixed rate is often applied. For tours of the island, you will need to agree a price with the driver, based on the season, and the itinerary and duration of the journey. The journey from the port to the center of Capri will cost about €20, luggage included. Taxis can carry up to 6 people.

Capri on foot

Capri-Anacapri: 1 hour (the road is uphill all the way!)

Anacapri-Capri: 30 minutes.

Capri-Marina Grande: 15 minutes or less, the path starts in the Piazzetta, behind the bell tower, follow indications for the port.

Marina Grande-Capri: 45 minutes - Take the little lane which commences opposite the "banchinella", where ferries and hydrofoils dock.

Capri-Marina Piccola:  it's really not worth taking the bus - walk down the spectacular via Krupp instead!, 15 minutes (half-an-hour for the uphill return).

Monte Solaro chairlift

Pull down the safety bar and get ready to enjoy the ride: 12 unforgettable minutes floating through the air from Anacapri's Piazza Vittoria to the summit of Monte Solaro, 589 meters above sea level. The chairlift is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm and a return ticket costs €10. A one-way ticket costs €7. We suggest you buy a one way ticket and make the return journey on foot, via the valley of Cetrella, the site of what was once the writer Compton Mackenzie's home, and of the panoramic, cliff edge hermitage of Santa Maria a Cetrella.

By sea

If you want to see Capri from the sea, you can hire a canoe, dinghy, traditional Sorrentine gozzo, or a motor yacht, with or without crew.  A much less expensive option to hiring a private boat, is that of joining an organized tour. Trips around the island last approximately two hours, including the visit to the Grotta Azzura. Visits to the famous sea cave are made on small rowing boats. Given that only a few boats are allowed to access the cave at any one time, the time it takes to enter will depend on the number of tourists waiting.