A day trip from the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento to 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!! Italy is seductive with its picturesque and diverse landscape, it is one of those destinations you can just never get enough of.
The Amalfi Coast has a reputation for being one of the most romantic places in the world and it’s not just the beautiful scenery and great weather but also the people that will make you want to return again and again.
A day trip to Capri from Amalfi is must as Capri is all about the slow-paced, passionate lifestyle that will give you that feeling of la dolce vita! This is the Italian Experience I’ve heard so much about.
Day Trip From the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento To Capri
If you are visiting the Amalfi Coast during your vacation in Italy, you shouldn’t skip a day trip to the island of Capri. Though there are a number of agencies which offer organized “all-inclusive” tours, you can easily organize an excursion to Capri on your own.
James and I and started off in Florence, then over to the hustle and bustle of Rome and lastly, the Amalfi Coast is where we spent the bulk of our time in the towns of Ravello and Positano on Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast but our day trip to Capri from the Amalfi Coast was the highlight of our trip.
Getting from The Amalfi Coast & 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 from Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast:
- 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.
Join a Group Tour Traveling To Capri Departing from the Amalfi Coast
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 the Amalfi Coast & 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.
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
If you are looking for a fast-paced city with lots of clubs and nightlife the Amalfi Coast and Capri is not the place but if you are looking to relax in the sun, walk up endless hills and steps, and be amazed by picturesque views on every corner then you are in the right place.
What to See and Do On Your Day Trip From the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento 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.
Here are our insider suggestions:
- Boat tour to the Blue Grotto: If the Blue Grotto is on your bucket list, it’s best to visit as soon as you disembark on the island in the morning, to avoid the long lines which form during the day.
Where To Stay on the Amalfi Coast
Hotel Onda Verde
We chose Hotel Onda Verde because the hotel is nestled on a cliff, halfway between Amalfi and Positano. The hotel allows you to view one of the most beautiful sceneries and natural shows Italy has to offer. Hotel Onda Verde has only 25 rooms with tasteful antique furnishings, private bathrooms decorated with classic pottery typical of this area.
Because the hotel only has 25 rooms they take care of your every need and we felt as if we were the only two people they were taking care of during our entire stay. Francesco the hotel manager was absolutely amazing from the time I emailed him to book our reservation throughout our entire stay.
I didn’t want to stay in any of the larger cities but wanted to be close enough to get there by boat or rental car. We were about a 20-minute boat ride from the magnificent island of Capri and only a few miles from Positano, Amalfi, and the picturesque Ravello, along with the romantic Sorrento and all the other fabulous towns of the Sorrento Coast. Amalfi was an unforgettable vacation where you can enjoy great food, amazing views and relax with your significant other in a delightful atmosphere.
Dinner at Hotel Onda Verde
After your day trip from Sorrento to Capri have dinner at sunset or under the moonlight and stars while listening to the Mediterranean’s wave sing in concert with the quiet background music that flows from the restaurant at Hotel Onda Verde.
This is the Amalfi Coast I’ve always dreamt of!! The restaurant is located on a rocky precipice and provides a magnificent view over the sea and along the Amalfi Coast.
The restaurant was easily accessible from our room by either elevator or by stairs and those stairs were at a 45-degree angle and you need to be a track star to walk them with losing your breath. The restaurant is owned and operated by the Milano family for nearly 40 years, Onda Verde has remained consistently dedicated to bringing home-style Central and Southern Italian Cuisine to the greater Amalfi Coast area. The chef put old-fashion Italian love and passion in their food preparation and you can see it in the presentation and taste of every bite.
From the hotel, there is a winding pathway leads right to Il Pirata restaurant, which has one of the most incredible dining areas overlooking the sea that I’ve ever seen. It’s especially magical at night!
Il Pirata Restaurant was our “go to” restaurant during our stay on the Amalfi Coast. My husband and I spent the majority of our days & nights at Il Pirata. We were initially drawn to the location but the secluded nature of their lounge chairs which is great for a romantic late night glass of wine while overlooking the sea.
One of the memorable events at Il Pirata was when I ordered the octopus and the staff sent a little old Italian man out to his boat into the Mediterranean to catch it right there in front of us!! It was amazing!! You have to visit Il Pirata it is a definite “must do” after your day trip from Sorrento to Capri.
Local Food on the Amalfi Coast
We had been in Praiano for a few days and tried a few different places and they were all very good but then we stumbled upon Che Bonta Gastronomia. The food there was full of flavor, you got a mound of mussels, and a big serve of salad for a great value. If sitting close to neighbors and chatting with other travelers is your thing you will have a great time but if you want quiet and romantic don’t come here but the food is delicious!!
Lemons Everywhere on the Amalfi Coast
I was in absolute awe of the lemons in Amalfi!! Lemons everywhere.
What To Do After Your Trip from Sorrento to Capri
After five days of exploring all of the small beautiful towns on the Amalfi Coast, we decided to spend our last night hanging out on the balcony of our room drinking Vodka tonics, Limoncello and me whooping my hubby’s behind in Uno!! I can’t think of a better way to end our trip.
The Amalfi Coast inspires dreams like few other travel destinations in the world. The natural landscape is captivating, the colors are enchanting and the warmth of the locals unforgettable. It is easy to leave a piece of your heart behind after visiting this remarkable stretch of coastline in southern Italy. If you’ve been dreaming of visiting the Amalfi Coast its time to stop dreaming and put those plans into action and make you plan a trip from Sorrento to Capri.
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; 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. During the months of July and August, and holiday weekends, it is advisable to purchase your ticket in advance to be sure to get a seat on the ferry.
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
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