An important note for those traveling in April: The Positano dock is currently closed for urgent construction work; therefore, until May 1 no ferries or hydrofoils will be permitted to arrive or depart. However, private or group tours with small boats are still possible, as they utilize a small private pier.
Ferry schedules change often; the times listed here refer to the current week. Be sure to check schedules again a few days before your travel dates
In case of rough seas, hydrofoil routes may be suspended and you will have to travel by ferry.
In case of very rough seas, all ferry routes may be suspended. We suggest contacting the ferry companies for updated information.
Information for Hydrofoils and Ferries from Sorrento, Italy
Ferry routes from Sorrento to Capri and Naples are active all year round. Fewer ferries run in the winter months and the hydrofoil to Naples only runs from Monday to Friday. Ferries to Positano, Amalfi, Salerno, Ischia, and Procida run from April through October and there are more ferries routes to Capri during these months. You need to arrive at the port about 15 minutes before departure to board your ferry.
Duration of the main routes:
Sorrento - Capri: 30 minuti
Sorrento - Naples: 50 minuti
Sorrento - Positano: 40 minuti
Prices refer to a single, one-way ticket. Children under 3 travel free. There are discounts available for children under 12. There are also discounts for residents of Sorrento to Naples. Discounts to Capri are reserved for residents of the island.
Hand luggage is included in the ferry ticket price. Larger luggage can be transported on the ferry, but there is a surcharge of €2 per bag. There is a luggage deposit at the Sorrento port.
We suggest you pre-purchase your tickets online for travel during the months of July and August, on holiday weekends, and for routes to Capri. If you have purchased your tickets online, you will have to present your voucher at the ferry ticket window to receive your tickets. You can also purchase ferry tickets in advance directly at the port.
How to Reach the Port
The Sorrento port is called “Marina Piccola” and can be reached from the main Piazza Tasso via a flight of pedestrian steps. It's about a ten-minute walk (downhill when departing and uphill when returning). You can also take the elevator from Villa Comunale or the bus from a number of locations in town and the Circumvesuviana train station.
The only ferry line from Sorrento that allows you to embark a vehicle is Caremar for Capri. Non-residents are not allowed to bring their vehicles to Capri between April and October.
There is a parking area at Sorrento's port, but spaces are limited and you must navigate a steep, winding road to reach it. We suggest parking in the center of Sorrento at Sorrento Parking which offers a convenient shuttle service to the port. You can leave your car in their guarded parking garage and get to and from the ferry via the shuttle or on foot.
In Case of Rough Seas
In case of rough seas, routes may be suspended. Hydrofoil routes are suspended before the Caremar ferry routes. Be sure to pay attention to the weather forecast if traveling between October and April, or you may get stuck on Capri!
Information for the Disabled
By law, all ferries must be handicapped accessible and the crew is happy to offer assistance during boarding and disembarking.