Naples has excellent transport accessibility. The city has its own airport, where flights from Russia regularly arrive. In addition, the place can be reached by trains, buses or ferries from different cities in Italy.
Almost all public transport in Naples – buses, trolleybuses, trams, metros and funiculars – is operated by the ANM transport company. Ground transportation is convenient and comfortable (except during peak hours), but tends to get stuck in traffic jams. The movement starts at 5:00 and ends at midnight. The rest of the time, residents and guests of the city who are on a spree are taken home by rare night buses and taxis. During peak hours, the public transport interval is 10-15 minutes, in the evening – up to 30 minutes.
Note: according to allcitypopulation, the population of Italy is 59.07 million (2021).
The metro, which appeared in Naples only in 1993, consists of two lines. Line 1 runs from the city center to the north. Its station “Toledo”, similar to a snow cave, is recognized as the most beautiful in Western Europe. Line 6 serves the western part of the city.
An important component of the transport network is the city funiculars. Three lines: Chiaia, Montesanto, Centrale lead to Vomero Hill. Another line, Mergellina, connects pl. Montesanto from st. Raphael Morgen.
For trips around the city, you can use the city trains. On the metro map (website in Italian) they are marked as lines 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.
- Center of Naples
Tickets are valid for travel on all types of public transport. Single Bigletto Orario (1.60 EUR) is valid for 90 minutes, Bigletto Giornaliero (4.50 EUR) is valid for the whole day, Bigletto Settimanale (15.80 EUR) is valid for the whole week. Tickets can be bought at bars, tobacco and newsstands.
Bicycles for rent
For those who want to pedal, there is a Bike Sharing Napoli program (website with an English version). You can borrow a bike for free at one of the 10 bicycle stations in the center of Naples and leave it at any other. Travel time is no more than 30 minutes. If the limit is exceeded – a fine from 60 to 600 EUR, depending on the time of delay. The number of trips per day is unlimited.
Official Neapolitan taxis are painted white. The landing fee is EUR 3.50 from 07:00 to 22:00 on weekdays and EUR 6 from 22:00 to 07:00, as well as on weekends and public holidays. The fare for 1 km of the journey is 0.83 EUR, the minimum cost of a trip on weekdays is 4.50 EUR. For every 10 seconds of downtime, another 0.05 EUR will be charged. Naples has a system of fixed fares for trips to major destinations between the airport, train stations, port and other areas of the city.
There are many budget hotels around the Central Station and Piazza Garibaldi. It will not be difficult to rent a room for 30-40 EUR. The reverse side of such cheapness is a dirty area, noise, and a low level of service.
A hotel in the historic center is a good option for those who want to do some sightseeing. The best of them occupy old mansions with antique furniture and gilded stucco. At the same time, the prices are quite humane: 140-190 EUR per day. If you refuse gilded stucco, you can rent a hotel room or apartment for 70-100 EUR.
Few city hotels have their own parking lots, the cost is 20-30 EUR per day.
Hotels in the coastal part are the most expensive. There are many four- and five-star hotels with views of the Gulf of Naples, a swimming pool and designer interiors. Prices exactly match the view from the window: 150-300 EUR per room.
Rent a Car
Renting a car in Naples is easy, but driving around the city is very difficult, especially in the rain and on Fridays during rush hours. Another thing is if you are planning to tour the outskirts of the city – a car is the best assistant.
At Capodichino airport there are counters of leading international companies Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and others, as well as local Firefly, Locauto, Maggiore, offering car rental at lower prices. For those wishing to pick up a car in the city at the Central Railway Station, there are offices of Avis, Hertz, Sixt and Maggiore. Keep in mind that the cost of renting at the station is 30-50% higher than at the airport.
At the airport, one day rental of a small Fiat 500 will cost from 37 EUR, a compact Ford Focus – from 49 EUR. A week – from 127 and 176 EUR, respectively.
Searching for free parking in the center of Naples is useless. For security reasons, preference should be given to covered or underground parking.
The cost of parking is 1-2.50 EUR per hour or 5-25 EUR per day, depending on the area.
Communication and Wi-Fi
The center of Naples is covered with a free Wi-Fi network, and the mayor’s office is working to extend it to the entire city. You can freely connect to the Internet in bars, cafes and pizzerias, museums, railway stations and other public places.
Almost all hotels provide their guests with free WI-Fi.
In the offices of mobile operators, you can buy tourist SIM cards. ALL-IN Explorer Week (operator Tre, validity period 7 days, 20 EUR) includes 10 GB of mobile data; Italy Tourist Pass (operator Wind, validity 28 days, 20 EUR) — 100 minutes of calls to 40 countries and 2 GB of mobile internet.
In Naples, there are two types of tourist cards that can significantly save time and money when visiting attractions.
With the ArteCard Napoli, you can visit any of the first two attractions for free and all the other 40 with a 50% discount. It costs 32 EUR and is valid for 3 days. It also entitles you to free public transport.
ArteCard Campania for 3/7 days (32/34 EUR) includes more than 80 sites in Naples and the Campania region, including Pompeii and Herculaneum. It allows you to visit the first two attractions for free and the rest with a 50% discount, as well as free rides on public transport throughout the region.
Cards can be ordered online or purchased at the box office of any of the facilities, at the airport, railway stations, travel agencies. A complete list of objects is given at website from English version. For cardholders – entry without a queue.