If you plan on visiting Sorrento during your vacation in Italy, you should plan of taking a day trip from Sorrento to Capri. The Amalfi Coast & Capri can be both magical and is one of the most traveled places for those who love art, history and delicious food. Did I say delicious food!! Click here to read my 5 Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary.
Whether you go on your own or with a small tour group, follow my tips to help you maximize your day trip from Sorrento to Capri on this magical island. Capri is one of those destinations you can just never get enough of and will find yourself returning again and again. Click her to read Why You Shouldnt Stay in Positano.
Getting From Sorrento to Capri
How do I get to Capri from Amalfi Coast? It’s easy! Simply take one of the ferries which depart daily for Capri from Amalfi’s port or the hotel you are staying in can arrange the ferry or you can rent a boat like the hubby and I did and take the private half day tour to Capri via Viator tours.
There are three ways to get to the island of Capri:
- Take the ferry to Capri and explore the island independently
- Join an organized group tour
- Book a private boat tour or transfer with a skipper
Ferries to Capri
Generally, during the months of April and May, there are two ferries which depart each morning from the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento to Capri and two which return in the evening. During June, July, and August, a third ferry is scheduled in the morning for Capri and in the afternoon for the return route.
We suggest booking your ferry ticket online, especially if you are traveling during the weekend or the months of July and August…the high-speed ferries are not large and can get very crowded! You can also purchase your tickets directly at the port a day or two before you plan to visit.
- You cannot embark motor vehicles on ferries departing from the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento to Capri
- Luggage is allowed on board: one piece of hand luggage is included in the ticket price. There is a surcharge for additional bags.
- Routes may be suspended due to rough seas or inclement weather
- During the winter season from the end of October to the end of March, you must board the high speed or regular ferry from Sorrento. The route between Capri and Sorrento runs all year round.
- Purchase your ferry tickets at Marina Piccola in Sorrento or online to save time! Check out the ferry schedule here.
- Ferry ticket prices range from EUR 14.70 – 18.30 (around $17-23 USD).
By far the busiest summer ferry route from Sorrento is between Sorrento and Capri, and ferries run frequently during the high season of April through October. It’s the busiest time of year and quite crowded with day trippers. I suggest buying a round trip ticket and reserve ahead of time to avoid the long lines, especially during the months of July and August.
Pro Tip: Sit on the left side of the ferry for the best views of the coast between Sorrento and Punta Campanella.
Join a Small Tour Group
Ther are a ton of organized group tours that depart from a number of towns along the Amalfi coast. You can choose between two types of tours:
- Mini-cruises: you depart on a small ferry with a large group, and sail around the entire island before stopping to disembark on Capri to explore by foot so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. The average price is EUR 35/person.
- Shared Gozzo: you depart on a traditional wooden “gozzo” boat with a small group. You can stop where you like for a swim and there is a large sundeck to relax and take in the view. The tour includes a trip around the island with a stop in Marina Piccola where passengers have the option of disembarking to explore the center of Capri on foot or stop for lunch at a seaside restaurant. Snacks and beverages are included. The average price is around EUR 80/person.
Rent a Private Boat From Sorrento to Capri
A private boat rental with a skipper is definitely the most unforgettable way to spend the day discovering Capri which is what my hubby and I opted for: My hubby and I stayed at Hotel Onda Verde and we used Viator Tours to rent our private tour to Capri from Amalfi.
Even if you take an early ferry you will arrive on Capri around 10 am which means your day trip will be about 7 hours long. There are several boat tours that can turn an overcrowded day trip to Capri into an all-day excursion for around EURO 85 ($100 USD).
It’s more expensive than the ferry, but it is worth the few extra dolloars and the private boat includes some great activities without all of the crowds.
Departing from Positano (or one of the other towns along the coast), you can stop off the Li Galli islets where it is said that Ulysses met the Sirens for a swim before continuing on to Capri. After a stop under the Faraglioni sea stacks, you can have lunch at a seaside restaurant, visit the famous sea caves, and return by way of Punta Campanella and the Bay of Ieranto.
The cost of renting a boat with a skipper depends on the type of boat, but prices usually begin at EUR 600 for the entire day per boat (not per person). We paid approximately $539.00 US
Along the way, our personal skipper and guide shared legends of the island and pointed out highlights like the Punta Carena lighthouse and the ancient ruins of the Baths of Tiberius. we stopped to swim and snorkel; well my husband did while I enjoyed free drinks and a light snack on board and soaked up the Mediterranean sun on this once in a lifetime adventure.
- Soak up the sun on deck with an expert skipper handles the navigation
- Sail past dramatic sea cliffs, grottoes, and hidden caves
- See island highlights like the Punta Carena lighthouse, Baths of Tiberius and Blue Grotto
- Enjoy free drinks and a light Italian snack on board Swim or snorkel off the boat
- Perfect for families or groups of friends
What to See and Do On Your Day Trip To Capri
At the Marina Grande port, there are always a ton of tourists during the summer months, so it’s better to have an itinerary for visiting the island so you can know where to eat, what to see and what to do so when you disembark so you can quickly get away from the chaos and find a cocktail.
You can hire a driver to take you to town, or take the Capri cable car, also known as the funicular. Purchase your tickets for the funicular and Capri buses at the tabacco shop at the port of Sorrento.
Here are my insider suggestions:
If exploring the Blue Grotto is on your bucket list, I suggest purchasing tickets as soon as you arrive on island. The line for the small boats to get inside the grotto becomes very long really fast so I suggest getting there as early as possible.
Ticket offices for Motoscafisti, Laser Capri, and Capri Cruise boat charter companies are located at Marina Grande and offer tours of the island by sea and boat transfers to the Blue Grotto. Tickets cost around EUR 18 ($20 USD). These tours take about 2 hours.
Shopping On Capri
Shopping on Capri is not cheap so make sure you have enough cash to purchase limencello, linens, handbags or sandals. You will be able to purchase some of the best designer brands and I cant reiterate enough to have your wallet out and be ready to give your money away.
Dinner On Capri
After all of your shopping you will have worked up a hefty appeptite and there are restaurants everywhere you look from relaxed bars to the expensive. Check out Ristorante Terrazza Brunella and Ristorante il Geranio Baco both are equally delcious.
Lemons Everywhere on Capri
I was in absolute awe of the lemons in Amalfi!! Lemons everywhere.
Routes for the Amalfi Coast, Ischia, and Salerno
Routes for the Amalfi Coast, Ischia, and Salerno are usually active from mid-April to the end of October.
Rates for baggage and discounts for children
Prices refer to a single route, one way.
Discounts for children:
- Caremar Slow Ferry
- 0-5 years old: Free
- 5-12 years old: discounts
- Caremar Ferry
- 0-5 years old: Free
- 5-12 years old: discounts
- Gescab High Speed Ferry
- 0-3 years old: Free
- 3-12 years old: discounts
There is a surcharge of €2 per bag.
Booking tickets from Sorrento to Capri
Usually, advance ticket reservations are not necessary unless you are going in July or August; you can simply arrive at the pier a few minutes before departure and purchase a ticket directly from the ticket office. You can purchase tickets in advance at TraghettiLines.
Once you have purchased your ticket online, you must present the ticket voucher at the ticket office to receive your ticket to board. You can also purchase your tickets in advance directly at the pier.
In Case of Rough Seas
Ferry routes may be suspended in case of rough seas. High-speed ferry routes are the first to be suspended, while slow ferries and ferries are only suspended in cases of extremely rough seas. From April to the end of October, it is extremely rare that all routes are suspended. For updated information, contact the ferry companies or the Capri Information Office by telephone (+39 081 8370686).
For travelers who get seasick, I suggest booking slow ferries and avoiding the high-speed ferry. If you are taking a high-speed ferry, choose a single-hulled ship, which is more stable on the water than a double-hulled catamaran. When the seas are rough, I recommend all travelers avoid the catamaran between Naples and Capri and vice versa, which can be hard on the stomach of even the most seasoned sailors.
Phone Numbers for Ferry Companies from Sorrento to Capri
- Call center: Tel. +39 081 18966690
- Snav (Gescab)
- Call center: Tel. +39 081 4285555
- NLG – Navigazione Libera del Golfo
- Call center: Tel. +39 081 5520763
- Info-Booking Sorrento: Tel. +39 081 8071812
- Alilauro (Gescab)
- Call center: Tel. +39 081 4972238
- Customer service: Tel. +39 081 4972206
- Aalicost (Gescab)
- Call center: Tel. +39 081 7041921
- Capitan Morgan
- Napoli: Tel. +39 081 4972201
- Ischia: Tel. +39 081 985080
- Positano: Tel. +39 089 875032
- Rumore Marittima
- Ischia: Tel. +39 081 983636
- Laser Capri
- Ufficio prenotazioni: Tel. +39 081 0105988
Tourist Information Offices
- Piazza Umberto I
- Tel. +39 081 8370686
- Marina Grande
- Banchina del Porto
- Tel. +39 081 8370634
- Via G. Orlandi, 59
- Tel. +39 081 8371524