Naples airport to Molo Beverello Port, with the Alibus
On arriving at the bustling Naples Airport, the signs for the Alibus were very easy to see, and just a 3 minute walk later, I was at the Alibus bus stop. The ticket to the port is 4 Euros, and there is a ticket kiosk next to the bus stop, or you can pay the bus driver.
If it’s busy, there’s also a lady who comes along the queue and you can buy a ticket from her. When I arrived at the bus stop, there was already a bus waiting, but the queue was alarmingly long, even though it was late September (2017). However the bus soon filled up and left. Another bus arrived straight away, and it wasn’t long before I was on board, and on my way to Molo Beverello Port. When you get on the bus, you need to validate your ticket in one of the machines on board.
The bus only stops at two other stops (one of them being the central train station) much to the annoyance of some of the locals waiting at the bus stops. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see some of the centre of Naples through the bus window, and the mishmash of people from many different cultures, and the beautiful statues and architecture that Naples has to offer. As with any major European city, traffic jams are aplenty, but somehow the Alibus managed to weave through the traffic, and within half an hour we arrived at Molo Beverello Port.
Having previously looked online, I decided to buy my ferry ticket upon arrival at the port. To book online would have incurred a charge of 20 Euros, which I wasn’t willing to pay, so I decided to risk it, and pay on arrival. I’m so glad I made that decision, as it was very easy to find the ticket office at the port. The ticket to Ischia island cost 19 Euros plus 2.10 Euros for my suitcase.
Useful Tip: When buying ferry tickets, always buy a ticket for your suitcase!! They won’t include it automatically, and it can result in a last minute mad dash back to the ticket office to buy the extra suitcase ticket!
There’s a nice coffee shop / wine bar at the port where you can wait for your ferry and have a nice drink and a lovely Italian snack. A glass of wine cost me 2.50 Euros. There are a few electrical points too so you can charge any devices that are running low. The Alilauro Ferry from Molo Beverello to Forio in Ischia took 1 hour and that included a quick pitstop at Casamicciola (also in Ischia).
The minute I stepped off the boat at Forio, the restaurants and shops were around me. I was struck by Forio’s vibrant character and welcoming atmosphere.