Naples has a highly developed public transportation system encompassing buses, trolleys, subway and commuter trains, long-distance trains, cable cars, taxis, ferries, hydrofoils, and airplanes.
There are also suburban and long-distance services, but these generally do not run as often or go as many places. Public transportation is not usually a viable home-to-work option for the Americans who live in the suburbs. Rather, public transportation is most useful for off-duty recreational travel.
You can purchase a 90-minute ticket, “Unico Napoli,” and use it to travel throughout Naples. Daily, weekly and monthly tickets are also available. Tickets must be bought in advance from bus terminal ticket offices, tobacco stores, or newsstands. Once on the bus, validate your ticket by putting it in the ticket-punching machine. Ticket collectors are few but keep your ticket until you get off the bus. It may not happen often, but there could be a time when you are asked to produce your validated ticket. If you cannot do so, you may incur a heavy fine.
Room Tool Kit – Naples Bus Information
For €5 one-way, the Alibus circulates between Airport, Piazza Garibaldi Central Train Station and Molo Beverello, the main port in Naples (close to the Castel Nuovo, Piazza del Plebiscito and Piazza Municipio). The Alibus runs every 20 minutes. Another alternative to reach Capodichino from the city center is route C68, which connects Piazza Carlo III in the city center with Via Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, the street with the roundabout directly outside Naval Support Activity Naples Capodichino.
Naples Alibus Shuttle Information
There are few trolleys, the most useful being route No. 1. This runs past the port area, the central train station and northeast, near Shoe Alley. This route runs by many points of interest but can take quite some time when compared to other forms of transportation.
Subway and Commuter Trains
Metropolitana (Line 1): This subway system runs from Piazza Dante to Piscinola with stops at the Naples Archaeological Museum; three stops in Vomero at Piazza Quattro Giornate, Piazza Vanvitelli and Piazza Medaglie d’Oro; and stops in Colli Aminei and Rione Alto.
Metropolitana (Line 2): The main segment which runs from Pozzuoli to Gianturco in northeast Naples, with stops at Bagnoli, Cavalleggeri, Piazza Leopardi, Campi Flegrei, Mergellina, Piazza Amedeo, Montesanto, Piazza Cavour, and Piazza Garibaldi. Unico Napoli tickets may be used on most means of transportation within Naples city limits.
A Handy Guide to Naples Metro System
Trains connect you easily and conveniently with the rest of Italy and Europe. Depending on how many people are traveling, trains can be cheaper than driving, and in many cases (such as going to a crowded city like Rome or Florence) cause less hassle. These can be caught at the main Naples train station, as well as from stations in Aversa and Formia. Tickets can be purchased online, at the stations or from Information, Tours and Travel (ITT) on base. Train tickets are valid for travel on a particular train in a particular seat. You may need to make a reservation for that train; some trains can only be ridden with a reservation. There are four major types of trains, listed below in descending order of speed and cost:
- Alta Velocitá
- Regionale (sometimes also called “Espresso”)
Italy High Speed Rail
Italia Rail – Intercity
Italy Regional Trains
Naples’ taxis operate 24 hours a day, but taxi fares are very expensive compared to other forms of local transportation. If you use a taxi, make sure it is a city-licensed one (it will have a Naples crest on the door and a taxi number) and use one with a meter. Insist on the meter being turned on before you get in the car. Many routes and destinations have pre-determined fixed rates. If you do use a taxi without running the meter, agree on a price before you get in.
Napoli Unplugged – Taxis
Ferries and Hydrofoils
Ferries and hydrofoils depart frequently from Naples and Pozzuoli. Most routes serve the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida and many will take you to the city of Sorrento. There are also some longer-haul ferries that run to the Pontine Islands, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, and Tunisia. There are three main ferry and hydrofoil landings: Molo Beverello (the primary downtown Naples port), Mergellina port, and Pozzuoli port. Ferries are cheaper but take longer.
Napoli Unplugged – Ferries and Hydrofoils
Naples Bay Ferry
There are four main airports nearby to consider for air travel:
Capodichino Air Terminal: Military flights depart from NSA Naples Capodichino using the same runways as the civilian flights. Space-A opportunities are available, and flights go to various locations in Europe, with some going to the United States. For military flight information, call passenger services at Commercial 081-568-5283.
Capodichino Air Terminal
Naples Capodichino (NAP): This is the closest and most convenient airport, although it does not have as many flights as Rome’s airports. The Naples airport is located at Capodichino, where you can get flights to other Italian cities and connections for international flights. You can park your car at the Capodichino base and walk to the terminal in just a few minutes.
Roma Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci Airport, FCO): This is Rome’s major airport. Although using this airport involves getting to Rome first, it is sometimes cheaper and easier since Rome has more flights than Naples.
Roma Ciampino (CIA): Formerly a military-only airport, Ciampino now caters to low-cost airlines such as EasyJet and RyanAir. It does not have direct rail connections, but there are still various relatively cheap transportation options. If driving, do not follow signs for “Ciampino Centro” (shown with a target), only Ciampino Airport (with a picture of an airplane).
For additional information, please see the Benvenuti A Napoli “Welcome Aboard” packet (pages 69-73) or visit Naples Office of Tourism’s website:
Naples Office of Tourism