The island of Capri isn’t that far from Sorrento, and is rightly a very popular place to visit daily from Sorrento and Amalfi Coast.
Capri has always attracted the rich and influential and in the 1960’s, the international Jet Set discovered Capri Island. It was in this period that Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Clark Gable and many other stars of the silver screen visited cementing its image as an exclusive and trendy location to be.
Hotels and tour operators in Sorrento will sell you a tour package combining ferry and a tour of Capri or you can very easily travel independently and save yourself a little cash as well as having the flexibility to see Capri at your own pace.
Getting to Capri from Sorrento
Whether you travel independently or go on a tour, the journey across to Capri will be on one of the several fast boat services that connect the Sorrento port of Marina Piccola with Porto di Marina on Capri in about 30 minutes.
Sorrento orange or white and red town buses run by EAV have a couple of town routes that terminate at the port; From Sant’Agnello square, descending from the town above at about 20 minute frequencies. From Piazza Tasso, for tourists the central point of Sorrento Town on top of the cliffs. Its a pleasant enough 10 minute stroll down past the tourist office to the port below, but a bit of a grind walking up. There is also a lift.
At the Sorrento Port there is an area where all the ferry companies have their ticket offices, all side by side in a purpose built building. All will have their routes and schedules prominently displayed. There are of course agents around the town that may steer you towards one particular operator.
Day Tour or Independent Visit?
The vast majority of visitors to Capri will be on a day trip.
A typical day tour to Capri is above all stress free; all the transport is organised for you and you are chaparoned the island by the guide. Tour options have substantial free time too.
Independently you need to book tickets from one of the operators and once in Capri organise your transport around the Capri Island.
If all you want to do is amble around the town in Capri, people watch and take in the atmosphere then going independently is probably the best option.
Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Sorrento
High speed hydrofoil ride to and from the the island of Capri.
Mini-bus transport on Capri led by a local guide visiting Anacapri, Augustus Gardens and Capri Town.
Boat ride to the Blue Grotto (or weather failing a tour around the island)
Free time for personal exploration
What You will See & Do on Capri
On arrival at the Port of Capri a visit to the Blue Grotto is possible if the weather permits; but if the cave is closed, you can take a group boat ride around the island to see other caves.
Explore the island aboard a minibus with your guide; who takes you along scenic routes including the Mamma Mia Road to Anacapri for spectacular views.
Then head to the main town of Capri and La Piazzetta, the center of life on the island. Sit and relax in the sun, or wander the streets marked by hotels, restaurants, and open-air cafes.
Next up are the Augustus Gardens. Originally known as the Krupp Gardens; these botanical gardens were established by German industrial Friedrich Alfred Krupp.
Return to Marina Grande by funicular railway to board your high speed boat back to Sorrento.