Arrival at Ischia Porto
For some details and help with getting to the island,
Photo taken as the hydrofoil approached the landing stage but note that,
as of Feb 2013 (and through until Easter or so), it's out of action!
To find the bus depot, head towards the church, then to the right - some 200 metres.
Six comune - three arrival ports
The island of Ischia is divided into six administrative areas - known in Italian as comune.
The most populous, and the only one to have been granted 'city' status, is also called Ischia
- it's then sub-divided into two parts, Porto - near the harbour - and Ponte, near the Castello.
Clockwise, the others are Barano, Serrara Fontana, Forio, Lacco Ameno and Casamicciola.
There are three ports that offer regular services for passengers and/or vehicles...
Ischia Porto and Casamicciola (both with ferry ships and passenger hydrofoils)
and Forio (passenger hydrofoils only)
The main fleet operators - with services to a host of destinations, but in particular
Naples Beverello, Mergellina, Pozzuoli and Procida - are...
Alilauro (hydrofoils only) ... http://www.alilauro.it
Caremar (hydrofoils and car ferries) ... http://www.caremar.it
Medmar (car ferries only) ... http://www.medmargroup.it
SNAV (hydrofoils only) ... http://www.snav.it
In high season, there's also a daily connection from, and back to the Amalfi Coast:
Although the island is only about 7 miles by 4, much of its coastline
is fringed with popular bathing beaches, interspersed - particularly
to the south - with narrow inlets and tall cliffs that plunge straight
into the Mediterranean.
The exception on the southern coast is one long sandy stretch which runs
all the way from Maronti to Sant'Angelo.
Comune of Ischia, set fares for taxis - May 2007
You're meant to ask for these predetermined fares before setting off, but will probably
be charged them anyway...
They include any and all supplements for baggage, pets, travel on highdays and holidays,
and 'return to base' - but there's an extra €3 to pay from 10 PM to 7AM (22:00 to 07:00).
The last shown is a 3 hour tour of the island, which we've done with some friends over on
a day's visit from Sorrento. Whilst not particularly cheap, it turned out to be very jolly,
and much better for their elderly mother than the hassle of using the buses!
Perhaps print this list, and show it to the driver - so they're clear what you want?
In PDF format:
... and an online version, on the Comune's website:
Note though that these apply only to taxis operating out of the city of Ischia.
Your fare "back", in one based elsewhere on the island, may well not be the same
- even on an identical journey - as each Comune can set its own rates!
Ischia's bus system
Some years ago the buses transferred to new operators - EAVBUS - whose timetables
are available online (no promises though that you'll get one that's current!),
The stop for Sant'Angelo is at Cavo Grado (marked as C.Grado on the map). Note that the
timetable for the number 9 suggests it doesn't go there, despite the green line on the map!
To buy tickets (and to get a current version of the timetable), it's best to call in at
the ticket office at back of the main bus terminus, just behind the harbour in Ischia Porto,
near the large harbourside church.
The full range of tickets - often not available the other outlets - starts with
singles at 1.90 Euro each (slightly more on the bus) of 90 minutes duration... just
long enough complete a circuit the island on the CD or CS services.
WARNING: It's incumbent on you to have a valid ticket - which includes stamping it in the
validating machine on the bus AT THE START of your trip... with a multi-journey ticket,
only necessary the first time you use it!).
Inspectors regularly patrol the buses, and vigorously enforce the rules, with on-the-spot
fines of €50 or so!!
Biglietteria - ticket office for buses - at Porto
In one corner of the depot, to the right of the large church near the
hydrofoil landing stage - this is the place to get tickets and timetables!
PRINTABLE map of Ischia's bus routes
Be sure to select the "Original" size from the list below if you want to save a copy to print!
New bus fare prices, from June 2012
From a €1.90 "single" - valid for 90 minutes - onwards, with
the all-day Giornaliero version now costing 6 Euro.
If boarding the bus without a ticket, and buying from the
driver, note that they now charge €2.50...
For the website of the company that operates Ischia's bus services:
Check for fare updates on:
Tickets for buses, trains etc
Apart from those good for only a specific journey, at a specific time and date, other tickets
are "open" - and can be used whenever the holder chooses.
To prevent fare evasion by people using the same "open" ticket again and again, passengers are
required to "Validate" these, by stamping them in the machines onboard buses and trams, or at
the train station, etc.... a process that prints on them the travel date and time.
If there's no machine, or it's not working, or you can't get to it, then it's incumbent on you
to validate the ticket manually - by completing the boxes you'll find on the reverse.
See the examples here, from Ischia, Procida, Naples, Pozzuoli and Salerno...
Note also that all-day and multi-day tickets often require you to write in your name, DOB
or the like - to prevent them being used by, or handed over or resold to, other people!
With cashflow problems that have seen more than one of the area's public transport companies
having to postpone payment of their employees' salaries, a very good explanation is needed to
receiving one of the fines that are imposed on those caught travelling without a valid ticket.
Buy your ticket, and get it validated - or else!
Warning notice about on-the-spot fines, as displayed on Ischia's buses
Just to give an idea.....
Intervals between departures may well vary with the time of day and of season - but this
is more or less how the CS service makes it anti-clockwise journey round the island!
Ponte taxi boat prices 2012
A few tiny changes, on the most local journeys only....