What is the best way to get around Naples?
Naples is a city whose inhabitants mostly get around by car: as a result, it tends to be chaotic and crowded. However, the new metro network and a very closed historic center allow you to visit the city without too many problems, moving around easily even during rush hour.
Let's look together at tips and a guide on how to get around Naples.
We recommend a guided walking tour through the famous streets of Naples, to enjoy the wonderful panorama and experience the colors, smells and details of this wonderful city to the fullest.
- Useful tips
- How to get from the airport to the center of Naples
- How to get around on foot
- By public transportation
- By car
How to get to Naples
Naples is quite chaotic. Traffic, tourists and locals crowd the streets at practically all hours. In addition, some neighborhoods in the historic center are a maze of narrow streets, so the feeling can be quite disorienting, especially if you are visiting for the first time.
For this reason, the advice is to take a welcome guided tour accompanied by a local, for a first approach to the city, in order to identify places, landmarks and receive advice on where and where to buy typical products.
Besides walking, the best way to get around is by subway, funicular and streetcar. In particular, the subway network has recently been modernized with numerous stops near the main attractions. The only advice is to avoid rush hour for students and workers.
Bicycles are absolutely not recommended, as there are no bike lanes and car traffic is very heavy.
To avoid problems with tickets due to the different companies that manage the transport, you can buy the Unico-Campania online. It is an integrated ticket that combines all transport in one ticket. There are different types that even allow you to move all over Campania. As for Naples, the daily ticket costs 4,50 € and the weekly ticket 16,00 €.
- Recommended solutions and means: on foot, metro, funicular, tramway.
- Solutions and meansnot recommended: cars, buses, shared bicycles.
- City cards and season tickets are recommended: Campania ArteCard includes transport and discounts for tourist attractions (from 21,00 € -); UNICOCAMPANIA Ticket, offers free circulation in the means of transport of all the companies (from 4,50 € with daily validity -)
How to get from the airport to the center of Naples
Naples is easily reached from many Italian cities and not thanks to multiple flights, even low cost, landing at its only airport better known as Naples-Capodichino International Airport, which is located not far from the city center and has a shuttle service that will take you directly to the center. Of course, the shuttle service is the most economical and efficient means of transportation but, alternatively, you can opt for a fixed-fare cab or a private transfer to your hotel.
From Naples Capodichino to the center
- Distance from the center: 6 km / average travel time: 20 min.
- By cab: fixed fare 18,00 € / travel time 20 min
- By bus: Alibus ticket costs 5,00 € / travel time 20 min
- Private transfer: transfer for up to 3 persons to the hotel or to the center from 35,00 € - see offer
Getting around on foot
The historic center is not very large and the main points of interest can also be reached on foot. However, Naples is quite chaotic andcan be quite disorienting, especially if you are visiting for the first time.
Therefore, for a first approach, the advice is to go through it with a guided tour accompanied by a local, in order to identify places and landmarks.
Speak differently, however, to move between the various districts of the city, for which public transport is useful: once you have reached the point of interest, however, we recommend you continue on foot to enjoy the majesty of the panorama of Naples, which dominates always on the sea, with different angles.
If you also want to visit the subway city (highly recommended), don't miss the guided tour on the Naples subway, where you can discover the fascinating subway of the city and the mysterious and disturbing history.
By public transport
This great city has various means of transportation and countless lines. If you are going to Naples for the first time, the transportation network may seem very confusing, but we are here to clear it up! Let's start by saying that Public transportation is entrusted to several companies. It is therefore necessary to pay attention to the ticket to be purchased.
The main transport company, which manages most of it, is ANM to which belong 2 subway lines, the funicular lines and the entire bus service, including streetcars and trolleybuses. The other two companies are Trenitalia and EAV. The former manages one of the metro lines, which is a continuation of the regional railroad line, the latter all the others. Finally, in Naples you will find four public elevators, usable from 7:00 to 21:30, with which you can reach the elevated streets. The elevators are called Chiaia, Acton, Sanità and Ventaglieri.
If you want an overall view of the most beautiful places in the city, you can take part in a very comfortable panoramic tour that will take you to discover the attractions of Naples by car or minivan.
Buses, streetcars and trolleybuses
Buses, streetcars and trolleybuses are managed by the ANM company, which has 130 lines, 8 of which are night, connecting the main areas, such as Porto and the Central Station, with the suburbs. These vehicles constitute the most used transport network, especially to move around the city center, as it is very widespread and therefore also usually overcrowded: thus, for some years now, the Infostop system has been implemented, which allows to know in real time the next incoming lines and the actual waiting minutes.
- 24 hours a day (average waiting time during the day 24 minutes - during the night 10 minutes)
- Cost of ticket / single trip: 1,10 € urban - 1,30 € suburban (plus 0,40 € if purchased on board).
- Cost of ticket / pass: daily 3,50 € - weekly 12,50 € - monthly 35,00 €.
In Naples there is the funicular, also managed by ANM so the ticket you will need is the same as for the buses. The service is divided into 16 stations and includes 4 lines that travel until late at night with an average waiting time of 10/15 minutes. The funicular connects mainly the heart of the city with the more "in" districts of Naples, which are located on the outskirts. The lines are called Chiaia, Centrale, Montesano and Mergellina.
- 6: 30 - 00: 30
- Cost of ticket / single trip: € 1,10
- Cost ofticket / pass: daily 3,50 € - weekly 12,50 € - monthly 35,00 €.
The metro is managed by ANM, EAV and Trenitalia. Line 1 (also called Metro dell'Arte) and Line 6 belong to ANM, which run routes within the city and also connect the nearest suburbs.
Line 2, instead, constitutes the Trenitalia Passante Ferroviario and departs from the center to reach Pozzuoli.
Finally, there are 4 other lines belonging to EAV that connect Naples with the surrounding mountainous areas, such as the Arcobaleno line, or with the Flegrea area (Circumflegrea and Cumana). Finally, the Circumvesuviana, which has recently entered the circuit, is not used for internal travel, but to reach the center of all the other resorts of Campania, such as Pompeii or the Sorrento Peninsula.
- Downloadable map: Naples subway map
- 6: 00 - 23: 00
- Ticket cost / single trip: ANM ticket 1,10 € - EAV ticket 1,30 € - Trenitalia ticket 2,20 €.
- Cost of ticket / pass: daily 3,50 € - weekly 12,50 € with ANM and EAV
It is the valid alternative to public transport, if you do not like to wait at stops and days between one vehicle and another; it is also the safest and most reliable way to move around at night. The service is active day, night and holidays, and is managed by several companies following standard fares. Fixed fares have been established for the most popular routes, including any surcharges.
- 24 hours 24
- Cost of the ticket / single trip: 3.50 Euro at the start of the run, then 0.05 Euro every 48 meters and every 8 seconds of rest
Unfortunately, Naples is known as the most chaotic city in Italy, especially when it comes to driving by car. If in some ways this may seem true, it should also be noted that Neapolitans drive with great dexterity and are very tolerant. However, especially around the historic center or in the busiest areas, traffic can be a real problem, as can parking. In this case, in fact, it is advisable to park your car in authorized garages, as it is very difficult to find a place along the blue lines. Finally, special attention should be paid to unauthorized parking attendants, which are a well-known phenomenon in Naples and could be seen leaving from every corner.
The ZTL is a Limited Traffic Zone that inhibits the circulation of certain categories of vehicles, in certain time slots. Circulation is almost always prohibited to non-residents and there are no temporary tickets to access them. In Naples, there are 6 macro-areas characterized by the ZTL, i.e.: Tarsia-Pignasecca-Dante area; Centro Antico area; Belledonne, Martiri, Poerio area; Morelli, Filangieri, Mille area; Chiaiaia area; Marechiaro area. Each zone is regulated by specific times and days and marked with coupons of various colors. Before going to Naples with your car, we recommend that you carefully read the dedicated page on the website of the Municipality of Naples.
In Naples there are 7 pedestrian zones, in which only residents, residents or authorized private persons such as, for example, law enforcement officers or doctors visiting patients residing there have the right to access with their vehicles. Specifically, the pedestrian zones are: via dei Tribunali; via Caracciolo and via Partenope; via Tito Angelini; Borgo Marinari; via Luca Giordano; avenues of the Business Center; via Francesco de Santis.
Stops and parking
There are many near the main tourist attractions. Authorized garages that allow parking for a fee even 24 hours a day. The cost starts from 2,50 € per hour / fraction and is the fastest way to park your car. In fact, it is quite difficult to find a place on the blue lines, due to the traffic and the large number of cars. In any case, the cost of parking inside a blue stripe starts from 2,00 €. If you are lucky enough to find a free blue stripe, you can also pay for parking with several Apps, the most used are EasyPark, TelepassPay and Tap & Park, an App designed by the company ANM, which manages some parking areas. Always beware of unauthorized parking attendants, which can be found in every corner of the city, sometimes even near the blue lines, during free parking hours.