Getting Around Naples, Italy
The best way to get around Naples is on foot. Most of the city's attractions are located within walking distance of one another, plus you'll get the full Naples experience by strolling its cobbled streets. When you need to reach places farther afield, such as the Museo di Capodimonte and Certosa e Museo di San Martino, you can jump on one of Naples' funiculars. Of course, hopping in a taxi is always an option, too. You can also traverse the city via bus, but because of road traffic, you're often better off walking. The metro is another option, though it's better suited to commuters who travel from the suburbs into the city during the work week.
The closest airport is Naples International Airport (NAP), which also goes by the name Capodichino Airport. It's located a short 2.5 miles from the heart of Naples. A taxi ride from the airport to the historic city center will cost a flat rate of 16 euros (about $18).
Traversing Naples on foot gives you the ability to breathe in the aromas of Neapolitan pizza cooking in nearby ristoranti and take in the sights of the ancient city, which was founded as Neapolis ("New City") by Greek settlers back in 470 B.C. Plus, it's free and probably the least time-consuming option, since other modes of transport like the bus are prone to backups and delays.
Taxis are another option for getting around, though they're not the most cost-effective. Most taxis run on meters, but you can find fixed-price taxis from the airport and the central train station. Meter rates start at 3.50 euros (less than $4) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; a base charge of 6 euros (approximately $7) applies every night from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all day on Sundays and holidays. An extra 0.83 euros per kilometer traveled (or $1.50 per mile) is added as well. Taxis are available at more than 150 taxi ranks speckled throughout the city.
Characterized by inefficiency, the bus (run by Azienda Napoletana Mobilità S.p.A., or ANM) is not the most reliable way to get around Naples. Still, if you're planning on making stops along the Corso Umberto (the city's main commercial street), the bus is a good bet since it has a dedicated bus lane. Tickets can be used on buses, the metro and the funicular and cost 1 euro (or about $1) per ride in the city center or 1.50 euros (less than $2) for up to three rides within a 90-minute period. A daily ticket, meanwhile, costs 3.50 or 4.50 euros ($4 or $5) and is good until midnight on the day purchased. You can purchase your biglietto (ticket) at most tabacchi (newsstands). Keep in mind that you enter the bus via the front or back doors, and you should exit via the central doors.
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ANM also operates the underground and aboveground metro trains, as well as the funicular that travels up the Vomero district (where the Certosa e Museo di San Martino is located). While the metro is used mainly by commuters, travelers – especially those with kids – will likely enjoy a ride on the funicular. Your ticket will cost 1 euro (a little more than $1) per ride downtown or 1.50 euros (roughly $2) for up to three rides within a 90-minute period. Daily passes are also available for 3.50 or 4.50 euros ($4 or $5) per person.
If you're hitting multiple cities on one trip – for instance, if you're planning to visit the nearby Amalfi Coast – it might make sense to rent a car, which you can find at the airport or at several locations in the city. But during your Neapolitan explorations, you might consider parking your vehicle at your hotel, since the ancient streets (read: narrow) aren't ideal for cars, and parking and traffic can be problematic. If you do plan to rent a car, make sure you apply for and receive your international driving permit from AAA or DMV.org before you go. And remember: speed limits and distances are measured in kilometers. You'll also want to keep an eye out for motorcyclists and mopeds.
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