:: By sea from Ischia to Naples ::
Photos of the journey - about an hour by hydrofoil, some 90-100 minutes by ferry...
From Ischia Porto, passing first the islands of Procida and Vivara, and then
Capo Miseno, the Bay of Baia and Pozzuoli, little Nisida, the President's
official residence at Posillipo, then Mergellina and above it the prosperous
Vomero district, the Castel dell'Ovo, before arriving at the harbour in Naples.
Roughly in journey order, but from different days!!
Click on individual photos for larger versions - or use the Slideshow facility!
And, duuh, work through them in reverse order if you want an idea of the trip
from Naples to Ischia.....
At the every end, four pictures taken whilst on the relatively unusual route
that passes between Ischia and Procida
Two updates for 2013 that may be of interest:
- a few changes they've made re buses, taxis etc at Capodichino airport in Naples:
- temporary relocations for hydrofoils operating in and out of Ischia Porto, whilst
these repairs to the main quay here are carried out!
Ischia - connections in red
Places with ship or hydrofoil links to Ischia - one per day, or more!
For most travellers, the easiest route between Naples and Ischia will be by hydrofoil
(ALISCAFO in Italian) or ferry ship (NAVE or TRAGHETTO) from - respectively - the quays
of Molo Beverello or Porta di Massa, both of which are in the main harbour in Naples
(see later leaflet with map).
The hydrofoils are much faster - taking 45/55 minutes - whereas it's 90 minutes by
ferry, but cheaper and at times somewhat smoother!
Ischia's hydrofoil links with both Capri and Sorrento are seasonal, and fairly limited
- when they're not running the only alternative is to travel via Naples.
In high summer (mid-June to mid-September, usually) there's also a daily connection
operated by the Alicost line - which comes from Salerno, with stops at Positano,
Amalfi and Capri - see... http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/130578291
Hydrofoil routes operated by the Alilauro line at one time or another are
marked in blue, although they're not all always available. Note too that
several of the journey times shown here are over-optimistically short!
- Ischia to/from Sorrento and Capri only operate from April to late autumn
- the Metro del Mare seems to start later and finish earlier each year!
- the Ischia/Procida/Torre Gaveta service ran for only one season
- at most the run to the Pontine islands operates only in July and August
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:
:: Naples airport - Alibus & taxis ::
ANM's special tourist service, the Alibus, offers a cheap, handy and frequent
way for travelling between any of the city's three main transport hubs:
- Capodichino airport, just a mile or two outside Naples
- in Piazza Garibaldi, the main bus and rail station complex - where "Napoli Centrale" is used
by the long-distance trains of Trenitalia and Italotreno (Napoli Centrale).... with the
below-ground "Piazza Garibaldi station" for the local Metropolitana services, the Circumvesuviana
railway routes to Pompei, Sorrento etc etc
- Naples harbour, for crossings to the islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri, Sorrento and beyond.
Tickets (costing €3 per ride) can be bought inside the airport or from the driver.
They're valid for 90 minutes from when they're stamped in the machine aboard the bus and, during
that time, are also good for use on other forms of public transport - both in Naples and within
the immediately surrounding area.
Do be sure to continue on to page 2....
Naples - transport links
Showing, at extreme bottom left, the Alibus stop for the port -
and, over to the right those near the station.
With no promises from me that it's always entirely current, for
sailing times etc, try this - produced by one of the city's
The main harbour in Naples
Leaflet showing just where the fast hydrofoils, and slower ferries, leave
from - en route for Sorrento and the islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri!
IM marks the position of the Immacolatella depot - used by SITA buses going to
Pompei, various Amalfi Coast resorts and elsewhere - such as those to be seen
To save a copy for printing, use the "Original" size version!
(2012 update: The Alibus from the airport now makes a stop on Via Marina -
for those wanting to use the ferries - before continuing to its terminus,
which is the better choice for the hydrofoils from Beverello)
Navetta - Beverello to Porta di Massa
One of the buses that shuttle passengers between Molo Beverello (where you'll find
hydrofoils to Ischia, Capri, Procida, Sorrento etc, as well as the cruiseship terminal)
and the other quay further round the harbour, at the Porta di Massa - used by the
ferry ships which carry cars, coaches, lorries etc to Ischia, Capri and Procida....
Note that not all of the buses are decorated in quite the same way - and several have
just the standard 'Di Sarno' company logo..
Finding that navetta
This is the sign to watch out for at Beverello - it marks where the
navetta to the ferry quay at the Porta di Massa will stop!
Hydrofoils and cruise ships - Beverello
About time for a reshoot, but this is in Naples harbour: with the cruise terminal
and, in the foreground - at the Molo Beverello quay - one of Alilauro's hydrofoils.
The ticket offices for AliLauro, Caremar and other lines to Ischia, Capri, Procida,
Sorrento etc are in the buildings at the very bottom of the photo (sorry, couldn't
lean out any further!)
And to left, perhaps a line of white taxis can just be seen at the rank there?
Over in the extreme left is the area used by long-distance ferries, to Sicily etc
and - in the background but recognisable even under the cloud - Mount Vesuvius.
Backing in, at Beverello
One of the Alilauro fleet, reversing towards the quayside in the main harbour