How to get around (trasports and amenities)
In the XVIII century Marquis De Sade, one of Naples several illustrious visitors, described his astonishment for the spontaneous local coachmen’s skill in avoiding accidents, although they were always rushed, and especially in those typical narrow two-ways streets… and King Charles of Bourbons financed the building of three more Royal Palaces far from the city centre to get rested from the chaos and from traffic jams!
Today it is still like that, that is why Naples is much more enjoyable by walking (Toledo street and a part of the seafront and Spaccanapoli are pedestrian).
Anyway, apart from this “genetical” characteristic of the town, there are a lot of quick and pleasant solutions to reach some a little bit more distant areas from the city centre!
From the airport to the city center
From Capodichino International Airport it is possible to catch ALIBUS with departures every 15 minutes. Tickets online or on board.
Tickets on sale at tobacconists’, newspapers kiosks or inside the station.
LINE 1: to be visited as Contemporary Art stations and to be used to especially reach Vomero Hill (many underground stations lead to Vomero Hill, but the main stop is Vanvitelli). Only two directions for LINE 1: Garibaldi and Piscinola.
LINE 2 (From Piazza Garibaldi or from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples/Cavour Station): the best means to reach Mergellina Port and the seafront ending side, full of chalets and restaurants.
Funicolare (cable car)
CENTRALE (Augusteo) along Toledo street, nearby one of Umberto Ist Gallery gates,, this is the main one to reach Vomero Hill.
MONTESANTO, in the lively Pignasecca Market, this is the best cable car to get the closest to S. Martin Charterhouse from where the citysight is spectacular!
CHIAIA: it leaves from Viale Margherita (very chic area nearby Piazza Amedeo reachable by Line 2 underground). Chiaia cable car is good for reaching Vomero Hill.
MERGELLINA, the less known, but the only one you can use to reach a panoramic corner of another Naples Hill, Posillipo. Apart from the Mergellina cable car it is quite hard to reach Posillipo Hill unless you don’t drive.
It can be the less comfortable means of transport in Naples, because of traffic jams and long waits at the bus stops. One of the most regular and frequent is bus R2 from Garibaldi station to S. Carlo Opera House.
Tickets at tobacconists’ or newpapers kiosks, not on board.
It can be quite… adventurous to drive in Naples! Moreover, it can be a loss of time because of traffic jams! Renting a car can be a good and pleasant idea to get outdoor: Sorrento Coast, Amalfi Coast or Pompeii and Herculaneum).
By sure more comfortable than a car to get around in town or for reaching Posillipo Hill. Anyway, driving in Naples can be highly… formative!!!
Very good choice for comfortably reaching Sorrento city centre and the unmissable Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Tickets at Garibaldi Station or at Porta Nolana Terminal, at less than five minutes walking from Garibaldi Station. Very recommended during high season time to find a seat.
From the main port, Molo Beverello, you can find plenty of navigation companies for the islands of the Bay: Capri, Ischia, Procida.
From the minor port, Mergellina, departures are more numerous during the high season.