Getting around Naples
Thanks to an efficient system that connects every corner of the city, getting around Naples is really simple and intuitive. The historic center, one of the largest in Europe, is difficult to get around on foot. In this case, you can opt for the rental of electric bikes and electric scooters, available in the main areas of the center. The operation is quite simple: you download the app on your device and, after registering your data and card, you start with the rental.
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Line 1 and Line 6, managed by ANM, make up the current city metro system. Line 1 connects the city center with the hilly area of Vomero, the hospital area, and the suburbs. It is the best way to get around Naples, even if not always on time. Inaugurated in 1993, it has a length of 18 kilometers and a total of 18 stations. In the future, the connection with the airport and the Central Railway Station is planned. Line 6, consists of only 4 stations, and connects the districts of Fuorigrotta and Mergellina. It is currently closed but should reopen by the end of 2022.
One of the characteristic elements of the metro is the presence of the Art Stations. A project which, in fact, has transformed the stations into real exhibition spaces with about 200 works by 100 of the most prestigious contemporary authors. The construction of the stations themselves, entrusted to internationally renowned architects, represented a moment of strong redevelopment of large areas of the urban fabric. Garibaldi, University, Municipio, Toledo, Dante, Museum, Materdei, Salvator Rosa, Quattro Giornate, Vanvitelli and Rione Alto, are the stations of Line 1 where you will find the exhibition routes. The 4 stations of Line 6 are all Art Stations.
Line 1 is active every day, including holidays, from 06:00 to 23:00 approximately, with a frequency of 8 minutes during peak times and up to 15/20 in the evening. In August, the frequency is about 12/15 minutes during peak times. Friday and Saturday, closing is postponed to around 01:30.
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The so-called FS Metro is an important railway line that connects the western suburbs (Bagnoli) with the eastern one (San Giovanni – Barra). It crosses the nerve centers of the city center, such as Fuorigrotta, Mergellina, piazza Amedeo, Montesanto, piazza Cavour and piazza Garibaldi. It is managed by the State Railways.
The Circumflegrea railway, on the other hand, connects the center of Naples with the north-western area of the city, the Phlegrean localities Licola and Cuma, in the municipality of Pozzuoli. It has a length of about 27 km and a total of 15 stations. Terminus are Montesanto and Torregaveta; the latter is a fraction of Bacoli.
The Cumana railway is a railway line that connects the center of Naples with Pozzuoli and the Phlegraean coast. It has the same terminus as the previous one, presenting a different route and stations. Cumana and Circumflegrea are managed by the EAV company.
BUS AND TRAM
Buses and trams are an excellent solution for reaching outlying destinations and all those areas that cannot be reached by metro and funiculars. The night lines run after midnight until 05:30. There are 8 urban night lines (from N1 to N8) within the municipality of Naples and 4 suburban lines.
GETTING AROUND NAPLES BY FUNICULAR
There are 4 funiculars in the city: Centrale, Chiaia, Mergellina and Montesanto. Three of them are connected with Line 1 in Piazza Vanvitelli. Here are the individual stops in detail:
- CENTRALE: Piazza Fuga (near Piazza Vanvitelli) – Petraio (Via Palizzi) – Corso V. Emanuele – Piazzetta Duca d’Aosta (near Piazza del Plebiscito and Galleria Umberto).
- CHIAIA: Cimarosa (near P.zza Vanvitelli) – Palazzolo (Via Palizzi) – Corso V. Emanuele – Parco Margherita
- MERGELLINA: Manzoni – Angelina Park – San Gioacchino – Sant’Antonio – Mergellina.
- MONTESANTO: Morghen (near P.zza Vanvitelli) – Corso V. Emanuele – Montesanto.
A funicular trip is a real glimpse of unparalleled beauty. Try taking a ride on the Mergellina funicular, from the top of Manzoni, for a truly unparalleled panoramic point. Or, admire Naples from the open section of the Montesanto Funicular. Seeing is believing.
The Montesanto funiculars are active every day, from 07:00 to 22:00 with runs every 10 minutes.