If you are visiting the Amalfi Coast I suggest taking a day trip from either Positano, Praiano or Sorrento to Capri.
There are so many things to do in Capri and while Capri is extremely touristy I still feel like it is still worth a spot on your list of top things to do in Italy.
Capri is only 4 square miles long but it will keep you busy all day and if I am being honest you really two days to explore the Island.
You will want to visit the famous Blue Grotto and the Faraglioni but you should also visit lesser-known attractions like the Punta Carena Lighthouse and the Green Grotto.
If you are looking for a relaxing beach day, check out the clubs near either Marina Grande or Marina Piccola. If you came to Capri to shop like a celebrity there are shops and you will be able to swipe until your bank says NO!
If you want a more authentic Italian experience without all of tourists, take the bus into Anacapri where you will find historical villas and museums like Villa San Michele and Villa Jovis.
Planning an excursion from Sorrento to Capri is quite easy and while you can hire a tour company to plan your day trip from Sorrento to Capri I suggest saying those coins for a nice meal.
My Amalfi Coast guide will help you maximize your day and make the most of your time on the Island of Capri.
My Capri travel guide will help get to Capri from all of the towns along the coast include answering the following the questions:
- What can you do on the Island of Capri in one day?
- How long is the ferry from Positano to Capri?
- How long is the ferry ride from Sorrento to Capri?
- Is Amalfi Coast close to Capri?
- What are the best restaurants on Capri?
Getting To Capri, Italy
Sorrento To Capri
There are three ways to get from Sorrento to 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
Let me first start by saying it is impossible to see Capri in one day so that means you will need to get an early start in order to explore the island.
The first ferry leaves for Capri at 8:30 am, which will get you to Capri by 9:30 am. Although you can purchase tickets the morning you leave.
I suggest purchasing your tickets in advance because you will not be the only person catching the early morning ferry and it will likely be crowded—especially in the summer months.
The last ferry departs Capri between 5:30 pm and 7 pm giving you around 6 hours to explore Capri.
Sorrento to Capri By Ferry
Most ferry companies have their ticket offices right in the port in Sorrento which is a short walk from town.
If you are visiting any of the towns along the Amalfi Coast in the summer be prepared for crowds and extremely long lines to buy tickets for the tours, grottos, access the beaches or even just trying to find a quiet place to sit is almost impossible.
The ferries from Sorrento to Capri is equivalent to sardines being packed in a can but on the upside, the ferries run frequently during the high season of April through October.
I suggest buying a round trip ticket to avoid long lines, especially in July and August.
- 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 if you don’t want to stand in the long lines! Click here for the ferry schedule.
- Ferry ticket prices range from EUR 14.70 – 18.30 – ($17-23 USD).
Sorrento to Capri by Private Boat or Yacht
Thousands of tourists depart each day from Sorrento for a day trip to Capri, especially in the summer months…even more if you take into account the cruise ship passengers who disembark in Sorrento and Naples to head to the island of Capri.
If you don’t plan accordingly, your relaxing day on the island can be nothing but crowds and long lines.
For travelers staying in Sorrento who would like to visit Capri, Italy, I suggest a boat tour or private yacht of the island with a visit to the centre of Capri town.
My hubby I took this tour which consisited of an all day tour, departing from Sorrento and including 3 hours of free time to visit the island’s main village.
Even if you take an early ferry and arrive on Capri by 9 am or 10 am, your day trip could end up being just 6 or 7 hours.
There are several good boat tours that can turn a hectic day trip to Capri into an all-day excursion for around EURO 85 ($100 USD).
It’s pricier than the ferry but includes some great activities and you’ll have the whole ride to yourselves.
Taking a private boat tour means your trip to Capri just got a whole lot more fun and crowd-free. I used Viator to book my private boat tour to Capri from Sorrento which included the following:
Overview of Sorrento To Capri Private Boat Tour
- Travel to stunning Capri by hydrofoil after pickup from Naples or Sorrento.
- Wind along the famous Mamma Mia cliffside road, where you can snap some photos of a lifetime.
- Weather permitting, you will enter by a small boat into the exquisite Blue Grotto, or Grotta Azzurra, to marvel at the glowing bluewater.
- Ride the chairlift from Anacapri to the peak of Monte Solaro to soak up spectacular views of the entire island.
- If you’re lucky, you will spot Mt. Vesuvius and Ischia Procida islands on the horizon.
- Visit the beautiful Villa San Michele and its lush gardens.
- Visit to La Piazzetta, a quaint square lined with boutiques and cafes.
- Visit the fabulous Augustus Gardens, where you can enjoy breath-taking views of I Faraglioni, Capri’s famous rock formations, before your return journey.
Read more about Private Capri Island and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento 2020
Join a Small Tour Group
If you don’t want to miss out on all of the things to do in Capri I suggest a small guided group tour.
There 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 $338 for a group of 8. EUR
Overview of Sorrento To Capri Small Group Tour
A fast hydrofoil will take you to the super VIP Capri Island where days are spent aboard private boats and luxury yachts and evenings in the Piazzetta are made for chic people.
Once there, you will take a minibus straight to Anacapri town and walk along the shopping streets, full of national and international famous fashion brands and local craftsman shops.
If you want, you can take the chairlift to get to Mt. Solaro. After a light lunch, you will take a minibus to the Capri main square where you will enjoy the landscape and the wonderful blue sea views from the Belvedere of Augustus’ Gardens.
Do not lose the opportunity to see the twisty and unique via Krupp, and live the experience to admire the Capri’s legendary trio of sea giants: the Faraglioni, the three spurs of rocks in the sea.
Read more about Capri & Anacapri – Private Walking tour with guide 2020
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
- Care mar
- 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
Best Things To Do In Capri, Italy
1. Boat Tour Around Capri
Discover Capri from the sea and lie back in a wooden rowboat to enter the magical Blue Grotto and see the famous Faraglioni rock formations and around Punta Carena with its picturesque lighthouse.
2. Cocktail in the Piazzetta
Anyone visiting the island should stop in the famed main square, known as the Piazzetta, and while away a few minutes at one of the outdoor café tables to indulge in a bit of people watching.
Either for a morning espresso or for an aperitivo cocktail in the evening, a visit to the Piazzetta is a must.
If you’d like to rub elbows with celebrities and the rich and famous, the best time of day is between 7 and 9 pm, when most of the daytrippers have left for the evening.
Celebrities come onto the island from their yachts to enjoy an evening on Capri which begins with a cocktail in the Piazzetta.
3. A Climb up Mount Solaro
From Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri, you can can take the chairlift up to the peak of Mount Solaro where you can take in the view from the top, snap pictures for Instagram and stop for a drink at the “La Canzone del Cielo” café.
Walk back down the mountain slope, following the signs for the Cetrella hermitage, a tiny chapel perched on the mountainside which was once a retreat for hermits.
If the church is open, take a peek inside; the custodians will be happy to show you the gorgeous terraces over the sea.
4. A Walk to Tragara
From the Piazzetta, walk down towards the Hotel Quisisana, making sure to window shop at the luxury boutiques along the way. Once you turn the corner, you’ll find yourself on the bright, silent Via Tragara.
This lane skirts the gardens of the most beautiful villas and hotels on Capri, with the sea shimmering beyond the sweet jasmine and colorful bougainvillea, ending at a scenic overlook facing the Faraglioni rock formations.
From here, you can opt to continue your walk towards Pizzolungo
5. A Cocktail at the Lighthouse
Where can you see the most spectacular sunset on the island of Capri? Definitely from the Punta Carena lighthouse, the only spot on the island where you can watch the sun sink into the Mediterranean.
Try to arrive at the lighthouse in the afternoon, take a dip in the sea, sunbathe for a bit, then sip a cocktail while you watch the sun set.
6. A Romantic Dinner
The best way to end your day on the island of Capri is with a romantic dinner with a view. If this is your first time on Capri, don’t forget to sample the traditional local dishes ravioli capresi, filled with caciotta cheese and marjoram, and torta caprese, made with chocolate and almonds.
7. Evening at the Taverna
Only at around midnight do the island’s nightclubs begin to fill…among these local hotspots on Capri are the so-called “taverne”, including Anema e Core, with live bands leading the crowds in song and dance to the rhythm of tarantella or Neapolitan classics.
8. A Day at the Beach
What’s better than relaxing on the beach, cocktail in one hand, and gazing out over the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean?
Capri’s beaches are few and small, carved into the rocky coast by wind and water and devoid of sand. The beach establishments, however, are like seaside salons, with excellent seafood and fish restaurants where you can relax all day long.
9. Walk in the Center of Anacapri
This village at the highest point on the island is much quieter and more peaceful than the bustle of the center of Capri town.
It’s a pleasure to wander the lanes lined by artisan workshops, the tiny squares with their majolica benches, and the alleys through houses with traditional barrel-shaped roofs.
10. Villa San Michele
The Swedish physician and writer Axel Munthe built his villa on the most scenic point of the entire island, and dreamed of placing a sphinx statue facing the sweeping view over the sea.
He searched for his dream statue during his long trips across Europe, and finally found the perfect one. It still stands guard over the dreams of visitors to the villa and the island of Capri.
Check out Ristorante Terrazza Brunella and Ristorante il Geranio Baco both are equally delicious.
Lemons Everywhere on Capri
I was in absolute awe of the lemons in Amalfi!! Lemons everywhere.
Hike to The Gardens of Augustus
My husband is a complete history buff so if you love history I suggest hiking to Villa Jovis (Villa of Jupiter), the Villa of former Roman Emperors Tiberius.
Starting from the Piazzetta, the “trail” follow the narrow streets of Capri to the top of the island, passing by the private villas with the gorgeous flower gardens – Keep following signs for “Villa Jovis”
The hike will eventually lead to the infamous “Tiberius’s Leap”, where, according to local legend, undesired guests and disobedient servants were hurled over the cliff by order of the Emperor.
While a day trip from Sorrento to Capri is a must do on your bucket list you will not be able to see everything in one day because there are just so many things to do in Capri.
You will either have to plan for a return trip or spend the night in one of these luxury hotels on the island.
Check Prices and Availability for any of the hotels below here.
List of Additional Things To Do in Capri
Local Caprese ingredients are combined into the most flavour-filled, creative dishes possible here. Expect the delights of zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, fresh and tangy octopus salad.
Sitting in an old-fashioned chairlift above the white houses, terraced gardens and hazy hillsides of Anacapri as you rise to the top of Capri’s highest mountain.
This pebble beach is home to the island’s most popular beach club (entry €20), where you can swim amid the ruins of a Roman villa. It’s a 10-minute walk or a short boat ride from Marina Grande.
Founded in 1363, this substantial monastery is generally considered to be the finest remaining example of Caprese architecture and today houses a school, a library, a temporary exhibition space and a museum
Conclusion To My Sorrento To Capri Travel Guide
Capri is an all-day trip so make sure you are prepared and you get an early enough start so you can see as much as possible.
Traveling from Sorrento to Capri is definitely one of the top day trips you should add to your bucket list including traveling to see the ruins of Pompeii.
Capri has been popular since the days of the Roman Empire and has captured the hearts of the rich and famous, honeymooners and those who just want to see how the Romans lived.
Don’t forget to browse boutiques, enjoy authentic Italian meals while admiring the stunning views of the Mediterranean.
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