Naples – You’ve arrived – Now what?

Chris and I have visited Naples several times and I have to admit it is one of my very favorite cities in Italy. Why, you ask? Well its for several reasons. I love the history, the location, the food, the people and the vibe.

Our first experience of Naples was in summer, 2013 when we were on a bit of an Italian tour. We flew into Naples, arriving in the morning and had an afternoon train booked to take us up to Rome where we were spending a few days.

We chose Easyjet to fly from the UK to Naples but check out what are the best deals on flights are where you are.

We had literally a morning to see all we could of Naples before heading North. After popping our bags in left luggage we headed out into the city. Almost at once we were meandering down narrow streets near the railway station with market stalls and vendors selling all sorts of merchandise. This is what excites us when travelling. Local people going about their normal day. Market stalls filled with fish and vegetables, more vibrant that I had seen anywhere in the UK. Vendors shouting to sell their wares to passers by. Ladies out with their shopping baskets and filling it with the catch of the day. Was it the Italian light that made everything seem so fresh and delicious? I’m not sure but after stopping for some lunch and a Prosecco in a little bar I knew then that I’d be back to Naples and it had already gotten under my skin.

So in late summer, 2013 after our tour of Rome, Sicily, The Aeolian Islands, we headed back to Naples to finish our holiday. Finally we had a few days to play with, 5 to be exact and we planned to see as much as we could. History always fascinates us and it was the Underground experience in Naples that took us to a world deep below the city that had layers of history all visible to see. You can read more about this in my Top 5 quirky things to do in Naples post.

We’ve since been back to Naples a couple of times and we’ll be back again for sure. It’s a city that keeps on giving with things to do for young and old, great places to stay, great food and drink, great trips out of the city and a history that is captivating and keeps you wanting more.

So lets get you started

You’ve arrived at the airport, eager to get into the city. If you’ve not got mountains of luggage or are with a larger group who can split the cost of private transfer then the alibus is your best bet. You can pay on the bus and its only a few € and whisks you right into the center of Naples and then onto the port if that’s what you need. Come out of the airport and you’ll see the bus shelters up to the right and the Alibus terminus is clearly signposted.

It takes about 20 – 30 mins to reach the centre of Naples depending on traffic of course.

Click this link to download Alibus Schedule from the airport to the city centre giving times and further information

So now you’re in the city and Getting to grips with the local transport system is always a must when visiting a new city and Naples has a great one. Local trains, buses, underground, funicular and Ferries make exploring the surrounding areas a breeze.

Public transport – Naples – Things you need to know

The public transportation system of Naples is operated by two companies and includes city buses, funicular lines, regional buses, Metro Lines 1, 2 and 6, Circumvesuviana, Circumfegrea and Cumana train lines.

Naples Transport Map

You can travel with all of these within the city limit, using a Unico ticket or TIC ticket.
There are also ticket to reach specific zones of the province of Naples, they are valid in the city too.

What kind of ticket i have to buy?

  • Hourly ticket – costs €1.50 and it lasts 90 minutes from the time the ticket is validated
  • Daily ticket – costs €4.50 and it lasts until midnight of the day the ticket is validated
  • Weekly ticket – costs €15.80 and it lasts until midnight of the last day of the week of validity

Metro and bus tickets can be bought really easiy from street vendors or machines in the station. Buy as many as you’ll need and remember to punch it in the machine on the bus or at the train station to validate its date/time.

We forgot to do this once on a bus in Rome as the bus was packed and we couldn’t push our way to the machine and sat in fear that we’d be flung off if a conductor came on. We survived, thankfully and those kind of things just are all part of the adventure.

** Special note about the Metro **

If you’re on the Metro then pay special attention to the Linea 1 route stations as there’s some outstanding artwork hidden in plain sight. Check out this link for more info.

Enjoy your Naples, see it your way, let me know if you visit, it it’s a fantastic city.

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