Napoli ferries connect Italy with Sicily, Gulf of Napoli, Aeolian Islands, Pontine Islands, Sardinia, Aegadian Islands, Ustica Island with crossings available to Palermo, Catania, Trapani & Milazzo (in Sicily), Ischia, Capri, Casamicciola, Procida & Forio (in Gulf of Napoli), Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, Ginostra, Rinella & Filicudi (in Aeolian Islands), Ponza & Ventotene (in Pontine Islands), Cagliari (in Sardinia), Favignana (in Aegadian Islands), Ustica (in Ustica Island) & Sorrento (in Italy). Sailings from Napoli are operated by numerous ferry companies.
There are up to 79 ferry crossings daily from Napoli with sailing durations starting from 35 minutes. Our Napoli ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our fare search.
The sprawling city of Napoli, the ninth largest municipality in Europe with a population of over 9.5 million, sits atop a bay on the southwestern coast of Italy. The area is widely regarded as the longest continually inhabited city on the continent, with evidence of settlers stretching as far back as the Bronze Ages. Now a treasure trove of Renaissance and Baroque-style architecture, this quintessentially Italian metropolis is a must-see stop for those travelling along the volcanic coast.
The city port of Napoli (sometimes referred to as Naples) is a hive of activity all throughout the year. Although the shipyard handles a wide variety of commercial cargo, equating to roughly 25 million tons of goods annually, no expense has been spared on the passenger terminal.
Featuring a myriad of amenities - including a contemporary shopping mall, a number of cafes and restaurants and even a post office – this ultra-modern facility has a lot to offer its visitors. Registering at the port is simple too. All check-ins are handled by a computerised system, specifically designed to manage the thousands of passengers that pass through every year.
Naturally, the port offers an impressive range of ferry services throughout the week. A host of services make the daily trip south across the Tyrrhenian sea towards the large Italian isle of Scilly, home of the still-active Mount Etna volcano. Stops on the island include the areas of Trapani, Favignana, Palermo and Milazzo on the north coast as well as a longer trip to Catania on the south. There are also regular stops to the Aeolian Islands off the northern coast of Scilly, including the isles of Panarea, Lipari, Salina, Vulcano and Rinella.
A couple of services also sail the short route westwards from Napoli into the province of Latina, taking travellers to the peaceful islands of Ventotene and Ponza. Lucky seafarers might be able to catch a rare glimpse of a finback whale that occasionally break through the ocean surface.
But not all ferries leaving the port sail far. There is a daily abundance of routes to local destinations too. This includes Ischia and Forio on Ischia island just 20 miles west of Napoli, as well as a half an hour hop towards the cliff-top town of Sorrento, a journey that takes passengers along the breath-taking Amalfi Coast and beneath the imposing shadow of Mount Vesuvius.