An Amalfi Coast road trip is a great way to see the beautiful area along the mainland in southern Italy.
During your time in southern Italy, I would also recommend that you include a day trip to Capri, the hidden gem of an island just off of Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
Surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters and hillside dotted with lemon groves, Capri will have you feeling like you have been transported to an island oasis. Whether you go on your own, or with a group, getting from Sorrento to Capri is quite easy.
I will warn you though, you will probably fall in love with the island, so you might want to turn your Capri day trip into an overnight trip. I know we were glad that we did! Follow our tips to help make the most out of your time in Capri.
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Getting From Sorrento to Capri
There are several options for traveling from Sorrento to Capri. You can take the Sorrento to Capri ferry, hire a private boat, do a day trip to Capri with a tour company. We will outline all of these options below so that you can choose the one that is best for you.
Sorrento to Capri Ferry
Catching a Sorrento to Capri ferry is one of the most economical ways to enjoy a day trip to Capri. With this option, you are responsible for the logistics of your own travel.
For some, this can be a little overwhelming while in a foreign country. Don’t fear though, we have you covered.
Ferries depart Sorrento’s port heading for Capri every 30-45 minutes, especially during the high season of April-October.
The ride to the island takes about 30 minutes and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking! The ferry companies have ticket counters in Marina Piccola at the port in Sorrento just a short walk from town.
Once you arrive at Marina Piccola you will want to walk down toward the docks and the cafe in order to find the ticket office. After descending down the stairs, you will see a variety of ticket agencies ready to sell you tickets.
Just choose one and get your ticket for the desired ferry time that you would like. Just let them know which Sorrento to Capri ferry option you would like to purchase. You have the choice of a one-way ticket, a round-trip ticket for the same day, or a round-trip ticket with a return on a different day.
If you are traveling during the high season, I would recommend reserving your ticket in advance online as the ticket offices can get quite crowded with tourists during the high season.
Sometimes the boats even sell out! Ticket prices range from $17-25 USD. You can check the schedule and purchase tickets online here.
After purchasing your Sorrento to Capri ferry ticket, now you just need to find your ferry. Just approach a dock worker with your ticket and they will direct you to the ferry that you need to be on.
We have found there really isn’t a rhyme or reason to this. We tend to be ushered on to the next ferry leaving regardless of the time that is printed on our ticket. LOL!
- Be one of the first ones to board if you would like to sit outside.
- Sit on the left side of the boat for the best views of the coastline!
- Be aware that you are departing from Marina Piccolo. Sorrento has two marinas and you need to be sure you are at Marina Piccolo.
Private Boat from Sorrento to Capri
If you would rather avoid the crowds then you may want to consider hiring a private boat from Sorrento to Capri. Of course, this is going to cost you quite a bit more money, but it does allow you for a lot of flexibility.
This is going “big time” for your Sorrento to Capri day trip! LOL!
There are several companies and many individuals that will use their personal boat to take you from Sorrento to Capri. Many will even include some other activities so that you can make a whole day out of this amazing experience.
This allows you to customize your time and, of course, avoid the crowds of tourists and avoid standing in line!
Day Trip to Capri With a Tour Company
Although we usually prefer to venture out on our own for our excursion, another option would be to take a day trip to Capri with a tour company. Taking an organized day trip to Capri with a tour company allows you to sit back and relax while someone else does all of the work for you.
Don’t get me wrong though, there are several times that we have used tour companies to do day trips. Most are very organized and conveniently do all of the work for you. They often even provide you with meals to ensure that you have the best possible experience.
Here, there are several price ranges and options to choose from. This allows you to choose a custom tour that meets your needs both financially and with a guide to help you get the most out of your time on the island.
Most tours will provide your transportation and also have guided activities for you to partake in during your day trip to Capri. Some also allow you the flexibility to have some time on your own to explore.
We love using GetYourGuide when we plan excursions. They have great prices and all of their guides are professional and courteous. GetYouGuide also provides great customer assistance if you are ever in a position to need to use it.
Here are some of the recommended tours from Sorrento:
Things to do on a Day Trip to Capri
Honestly, there are so many things to do in Capri that you could easily spend several days or a week here and still not get bored. I know though, you are doing a day trip to Capri, so I have to stay focused!
First things first though, you are on Capri! One of my very favorite places on Earth! Take a moment to soak in the beauty that surrounds you before you just jet off to check items off of your bucket list.
Now, let’s dive into the things to do on a day trip to Capri!
Visit the Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto, the Grotta Azzurra, is one of Capri’s top attractions, and one of the reasons that so many tourists flock to Capri. What makes the blue grotto so popular?
Well, you see, the sunlight passes through an underwater cavity illuminates the cave creating a gorgeous blue reflection that everyone must experience at least once in their life!
I would recommend visiting the Blue Grotto first thing in the morning as it can often get very crowded here as the day progresses. You can buy tours from various guides at the harbor or you can book a tour in advance.
Personally, I would recommend booking your tour in advance. This guarantees you a spot and allows you to view all of the details of the tour prior to paying.
We recommend taking a boat tour around the island that includes the Blue Grotto.
Take the Funicular and Explore Capri
Your Sorrento to Capri ferry dropped you off in the Marina Grande area of the island.
Now, take the funicular up the mountain to explore the town of Capri. This cable car is so much fun and a great experience to start your day trip to Capri!
You can buy tickets at the tobacco shop in Sorrento’s port if you would like. This will prevent you from having to wait in line once you arrive on this island.
Do Some Shopping in Capri
Shopping in Capri is truly an epic experience. I was in awe of all of the beautiful hand made sandals and gorgeous Italian clothes.
Make your way down Via Camerelle for the best fashion experience on the island. Here you will find top Italian designers and the latest in Italian fashion just tempting you to bust out your credit card!
If you aren’t into the high-end shops on Via Camerelle, then head up to Anacapri for a less expensive shopping experience. I love strolling through the whitewashed houses and shops of Anacapri.
Not only did they have a great variety of merchandise, but the prices were a little more my speed.
Of course, we also loved looking at all of the beautiful Italian pottery and sampling all of the amazing limoncello!
Head to the top of Monte Solaro
Taking the chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro was one of our favorite things to do in Capri. You board the chair lift right off of Via Caposcuro in Anacapri. There are signs everywhere, just be on the lookout.
Our journey to the top was actually quite epic. I mean, we saw ‘flying nuns’. It’s true! On the way up, Marty and I passed a group of nuns coming down the mountain. We got the biggest laugh out of seeing the ‘flying nuns’!
While the ride on the chair lift is awesome in itself, nothing beats the views that you are greeted with when you get to the top of Monte Solaro. In Marty’s word, “this is the most spectacular thing I have ever seen.”
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About the Author
Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. While she is a professional educator by day, her passion for travel has her jet-setting all over the world during her free time.
Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blog, That Texas Couple. Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region. She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.