Capri is famously (or infamously) expensive. After all, it has been a resort island since the days of the ancient Roman Republic. Capri has always been considered a luxury travel destination, therefore many people think the island is out of their budget. But it is also possible to visit the island for a reasonable price – especially if you only stay there for a day.
Capri is known as one of the most exclusive destinations in the world, but it’s still doable for people willing to compromise on what to do there. There are plenty of seemingly expensive destinations around the world that can be explored on a budget – Africa is usually just as expensive, but much of the continent can also be explored on a backpacking budget.
Cost of transport to Capri
According to Capri.com, the high-speed ferry ticket will cost you 45 euros ($48) for a return ticket. The standard ferry costs 40 euros ($42) and the slow ferry is only 28 euros ($30). The cost of a taxi from Naples to the port is around 20 euros or $21.
Return cost by ferry:
- High Speed Ferry: 45 euro ($48)
- Regular ferry: 40 euro ($42)
- Slow Ferry: 28 euro ($30)
Don’t worry about the cost of an Uber or taxi in Capri as cars are mostly banned on the island. That being said, there is a road on the island and one can take a taxi from Marina Grande to Piazzetta for 17 euros. There is however a bus and a funicular and the ticket for them is 2 euros ($2.20) each way.
One of the things to do on the island is to take the chairlift up Mount Solaro – it costs 12 euros return or 9 euros one way. Some people like to go up and down by chairlift or vice versa.
- Chairlift: 12 euros ($13) round trip or 9 euros ($10) one way
Other transportation expenses in Capri include around 20 euros for a boat to the Blue Grotto. One option on the island is to rent a scooter. These cost around 65 euros for daytime use (10am to 7pm) but can often be had for 45 euros if booked online.
- Scooter rental: 65 euros ($70) per day (45 euros or $48 online)
Cost of tourist attractions in Capri
The key to enjoying the island is to soak up the atmosphere, slow things down and marvel at the dramatic cliffs. But still, there are some things on the island with admission fees – although children under 18 are normally free. They are also normally free on the first Sunday of the month.
Some paid attractions are:
- Blue Grotto: 14 euros (not included in the boat price)
- Gardens of Augustus: 1 euro
- Villa Jovis: 4 euros
- Villa San Michele – Axel Munthe: 8 euros
- Church of San Michele: 3 euros
Cost of restaurants, cafes and beaches in Capri
This is where Capri’s real-world spending hits home (and why it’s good for the budget that people visit for the day with a packed lunch). A lounge chair on a private beach club starts at 30 euros on its own.
- Deck chairs: From 30 euro ($32)
- 3 course dinner: From 80 euro ($84)
- Pizzeria: From 20 euro ($21)
- Drinking in a nightclub: From 15 euro ($16)
So a great day out in Capri with a boat trip, a visit to the Blue Grotto, the Mount Solaro chairlift and a simple panino for lunch will cost around 100 euros per person. This excludes drinks, ferry and accommodation (in case one wants to stay the night).
To control the budget, you really have to watch the restaurants and bars on the island. An evening with a drink, dinner in a restaurant and a cover in a nightclub will easily cost around 150 euros or $160.
Cost of accommodation in Capri
Accommodation is expensive in Capri with many accommodations exceeding 1,000 euros (dollars). Most accommodation costs between 300 and 400 euros per night – perhaps affordable for many people for one night, but certainly not for an extended stay.
Still, there are relatively affordable options for those who plan ahead. Capri.com lists a few hotels with rooms starting at 150 euros ($160) a night including breakfast.
- The cheapest : From 150 euro ($160)
Although Capri is beautiful, for sure, it’s also expensive because it’s famous. There are countless other stunning places in Italy that are just as beautiful, but undiscovered and at a fraction of the price.