Getting to Capri town
"Marina Grande is the waterfront part of Capri town, with some charming cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops but where you want to head is the Capri town which is up above on the top of the cliff..."
from Marina Grande
After your hydrofoil ride from Naples to Capri, you will find yourself in Marina Grande which you can easily locate on our Capri map.
Marina Grande is the waterfront part of the isle of Capri Italy, with some charming cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops but where you want to head is the town of Capri which is up above on the top of the cliff.
After your travel to Capri, there are two spots where your hydrofoil could possibly dock. Either right on the waterfront, left from the Funicolare entrance or somewhere along the long pier to the right from the Funicolare entrance when facing it.
As you can already see, the entrance to the Funicolare will be our point orientation when we talk about things you can find in the Marina Grande.
So, either way, find this white-facade tunnel-looking entrance first.
Now, if you don’t know what a Funiculare is…it is like a mini railway tram that takes you to the top of the cliff where your final desitnation is…the magical Capri town.
If your hydrofoil dropped you off at the long pier, head to its end first.
As you walk, towards the end of the pier, on your left, you will see a smaller pier where from boats to Capri Blue Grotto are leaving.
On the right, by the very end of the pier, there will be the Port Authority building with a Tourist Information Office.
In front of you there will be many typical Capri cabriolet taxis that are one way of getting you up to the top of the cliff where the Capri town is.
Another way of getting up to the Capri town in on foot…however, something’s telling me you won’t be up for that option once you see the height of the cliff. That’s why we won’t go into detail about it.
There are also little buses that depart from the little square in front of the ticket booth area. However, not many cruisers will use those either.
So…the final option when it comes to getting to Capri town from Marina Grande is - Funicolare!
The reason is because it’s something new, different and exciting and it offers amazing views as you climb up!
The Funicular railway trams leave every 5 minutes in the high season. Now, before you head for that tunnel-looking entrance to the Funicolare, you need to get your ticket for it somewhere else!
As you got to the end of the pier, turn around the building with the Tourist Info Office and you will see a big sign directing you behind the building.
There you will find the ticket booths, easy to locate on our Capri map and that’s where you will need to get 2 types of tickets standing in two different lines:
- 1) Funicular tickets: you will need 2 of those per person, one to take you up and one down. Charge is a little more than 1 euro each way. The line for these is the one lining to the ticket booth closer to the white building with TI Office.
- 2) Hydrofoil tickets - If you haven’t got your tickets to return to Naples yet, or you are going to Sorrento, this is the time and place to get them.
To get your hydrofoil tickets you will stand in a line separate from the Funicolare tickets line. Look for the signs as every line will take you to the booth selling only certain times/destinations.
When you’re purchasing the hydrofoil tickets ask them which pier it will be departing from but take it with some reserve as it changes all the time. For the final information check the electronic board on the white building with the TI Office.
Only now will you be ready to head towards the white tunnel-looking entrance to the Funicolare railway. Validate your ticket through the machine counting the number of people that can get on the tram. If you have a group of many people with you, check the people counting display to make sure you all get on the same funicular tram.
First you will be waiting until the funicular gets all the way down the track and stop and only then will the door open for you to approach the train.
Our suggestion is to walk to the furthest/highest compartment as its door open first on the arrival, making it possible to get out first and avoid all the crowds lining up on the stairs.
In some compartments there are small handy benches for a couple of people to sit down. But the ride is so quick most people will simply stand up.
The ride takes less than 5 minutes and voila…get out of the funicolare, climb the steps out to the higher level and you will find yourself in the breathtaking little square, the famous Piazzetta of Capri!
From there enjoy the absolutely breathtaking views and start noticing the atmosphere so different from anywere else! Have fun in Capri town!
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