Naples Public Transport is something worthy to study and get familiar before your arrival. To be informed and ready to use Naples transport system might save you a lot of time, avoid stress and make sure your trip runs smoothly. Here a short list of useful tips about metro, funiculars, urban railways and bus lines of Naples public transport.
Naples is served by many bus lines, but in most of the cases you do not need to take any since the Line 1 and 2 of the metro cover the main touristic spots as well as other important districts. Download here the map of the metro network.
The punctual and frequent local funiculars are also very good if you need to move quickly from the centre to the Vomero area. The Line 1 of the metro, all the lines of public buses as well as the 4 funicolars belong to the local transport company ANM whilst the Line 2 of the metro is a suburban railway belonging to public Italian rail company Trenitalia. Remember that public transport tickets in Naples, as in the rest of Italy, are sold at newspaper and tobacco shops or in the cash machines inside the metro stations.
Ensure to buy your ticket in advance, since onboard it is not possible, and remember once on a bus to always validate your ticket. A single ticket costs 1,10 € and it is valid for one trip on the metro or in the funiculars. A single bus ticket is 1,10 € too and it is valid 90 minutes from its validation. If you need a ticket to cover a distance including a combination of bus + metro line 1 or bus + a funicular, you need to buy an integrated ticket of 1,3 €. If you need a ticket valid to cover a distance combining a bus, a funicular and metro Line 1 with metro Line 2, you should buy an integrated ticket of 1,6 €. Daily ticket are also available.
Naples Metro / underground
Very popular for its modern art stations, Naples metro Line 1 currently runs from Garibaldi (central station) to Piscinola with very useful stops in the centre, like Municipio (to get the port), Università, Toledo, Dante and Museo. The stops Quattro Giornate, Vanvitelli and Medaglie d’Oro can be very useful if you need to reach the Vomero area. The future development of Naples public transport really depends a lot on the conclusion of the works of the entire track of Line 1 which is expected to stop also at Capodichino airport.
Naples metro line 2 runs from Gianturco to Pozzuoli and links the east with the west part of Naples. Along its 16 km of track this metro serves several areas of the city centre including Piazza Garibaldi / Central station, Piazza Cavour (close to the Archaeogical national Museum), Montesanto (in the old town), Piazza Amedeo, Mergellina, Campi Flegrei (San Paolo Stadium). More then a classical metro, the Line 2 looks more like a region railway and actually its trains, a part from the stops in Naples, go to south till Salerno and to north till Caserta calling many towns of Naples urban area.
A part from sea level, the territory of Naples has developed also on some hills which dominate the bay and form today entirely part of the town. The hills of Vomero, San Martino, Colli Aminei, Capodimonte and Posillipo host big portions of local population which can move up and down to the centre using the frequent and punctual four funiculars, all of them belonging to ANM network. The funiculars are really at the base of Naples public transport and a trip on one of the funiculars is something very typical.
This funicular is named “centrale” because its track starts in the central Via Toledo, just behind Piazza Municipio and at just 10 minutes of walk by the port. It links the station Augusteo, in via Toledo, with Piazza Fuga, in the heart of Vomero. Departure frequency is every 10 minutes, trip duration is 7 minutes and it is worth to know that every half exact hour (10:00 ; 10:30 ; 11:00; 11:30 etc) the trip is direct and lasts less then 5 minutes. A single trip on the Funicolare centrale makes significant part on each of the free walking tours of Free Tour Naples, since this funicular really stays as a pillar of tranport in Naples and it is used every day by thousands of local Neapolitans.
Funicolare di Montesanto.
Walking in northbound direction from Via Toledo, after the Toledo stop of Line 1 and before arriving in Piazza Dante, there is on your left the popular area of Montesanto, with its very vibrant market. Here, in Piazza della Pignasecca, the Funicolare of Montesanto departs every 10 minutes to San Martino, the upper part of Vomero hill. The trip is 5 minutes. Once in San Martino, you can go in just 10 min of walk to the area of the Castel Sant’Elmo and the San Martino Museum.
Funicolare di Chiaia
The area of Chiaia, one of the most elegant part of Naples with its good offer of nice shops and nightlife places, is connected to Vomero with the Funicolare di Chiaia which runs every 10 minutes from the station Parco Margherita, just 50 meter on the right of Piazza Amedeo, to Via Cimarosa in the heart of Vomero, in connection with Vanvitelli stop (Line 1). Just outside the Cimarosa station of Funicolare di Chiaia there is the second meeting point of our free walking tours (at 10:40 am), which is recommended if you are accommodated in Vomero area.
Funicolare of Mergellina
The panoramic hill of Posillipo, liked even by the ancient greeks who gave it the name of Pausyllipon (the place of the relaxing break) offers from its wide avenues extraordinary views over the bay of Naples. It is not difficult to arrive here by using the picturesque Funicolare of Mergellina, departing every 10 minutes from a small station located 100 meter behind the Mergellina touristic port, and leaving to Via Manzoni in Posillipo area. To get the funicolare station of Mergellina is easy from the centre of Naples by using Line 2 of metro (from Garibaldi, Piazza Cavour, Montesanto) till the Mergellina Railway station: once outside this station go 200 on your right, cross Piazza Sannazzaro and walk 150 m straight ahead on via Mergellina: on your right there is this nice Funicolare station.
The Circumvesuviana railway connects Naples with the main town of its urban area. It is possible to take this train from Piazza Garibaldi station to reach the archaeological sites of Ercolano and Pompei (35 min) and to go to Sorrento (1 h). Going to Sorrento by this train is much more cheaper then with high-speed boats.
The Cumana and Circumflegrea railways belong to company EAV and links the Cumana station of Montesanto (same station of Funicolare di Montesanto) in the centre, with some areas in the west of the town, with Pozzuoli and other towns in the west coast of Naples. Particularly the stop of Pozzuoli could be useful to visit the archaeological sites of the area of the Phlaegrean Fields or to embark to Procida and Ischia.
Naples Public Transport includes also two tramway lines. Both of them start their route just outside the port cruise terminal and from here the tram number 4 goes till the central station in Piazza Garibaldi.
The ANM bus network (www.anm.it) of Naples is very wide anyway, unless you do not need to reach a particular area, moving by metro and funiculars could be faster and more practical then by bus. From the central station in Piazza Garibaldi many buses (R2, 150, 151) go to Piazza Municipio (with stops in front of the port) and to Piazza Trieste e Trento, close to famous Piazza Plebiscito. Every 20 minutes the Alibus goes from the Port and from the central station to the airport. Remember that ticket for the buses cannot be purchased onboard and you should buy them in advance at newspaper kiosk or tobacco shops.