Capri gets its name from the ancient Greek kapriae, meaning "island of the wild goats." Indeed, only goats can tread these steep slopes and cliffs with ease. Today modern roads -- including a short stretch of "highway" -- allow for easy transfers, but the price to pay is traffic and congestion, especially in summer. One way of helping to ease the situation is to use the efficient local public transport network rather than taxis, and we suggest this whenever possible. A word of advice: Even when travelling by bus or the funicolare (funicular), wear comfortable shoes: there's always lots of walking involved on Capri.

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The funicolare, run by SIPPIC (tel. 081-8370420), is the picturesque means of transportation between the harbor of Marina Grande -- where the ferry and hydrofoil landings are -- and the town of Capri, where it arrives in the heart of town, off Piazza Umberto I. Funiculars leave about every 15 minutes for the 5-minute ride, and you need to purchase tickets in advance at the ticket booth by the ferry landing. Taxis wait by the harbors and at the main stands: Piazza Martiri d'Ungheria, in Capri (tel. 081-8370543), and Piazza Vittoria, in Anacapri (tel. 081-8371175). The minimum rate is 8€, and there are flat rates for a few destinations: 15€ between the harbor at Marina Grande and Capri town; 15€ between Capri and Anacapri; 20€ between the harbor at Marina Grande and Anacapri. There are supplements for baggage (2€ per piece), and nighttime services.

The well-run public bus system is great, but in high season, a ride in one of these diminutive vehicles can feel like being in a sardine can and guarantees a hair-raising ride along the narrow cliff roads that crisscross the island. ATC (part of SIPPIC) offers service between Marina Grande, Capri, Marina Piccola, and Anacapri, while Staiano Autotrasporti (tel. 081-8372422; www.staianogroup.it) offers service between Anacapri, Faro (Lighthouse), and Grotta Azzurra. Tickets cost 1.40€ for either the bus or funicular. You can also get a 60-minute ticket for 2.20€, valid for one funicular run and unlimited bus runs during the time limit, or a day pass for 6.90€, valid for two funicular rides and unlimited bus service. You can also rent scooters: The most environmentally friendly is Rent an Electric Scooter, Via Roma 68 (tel. 081-8375863), but there are others, such as Antonio Alfano, with two locations: Via Marina Grande 280 (tel. 081-8377941) and Piazza Barile 26, Anacapri (tel. 081-8373888). Boat rental, with or without a skipper, is readily available at the Marina Grande beach from Banana Sport (tel. 081-8375188) and Leomar (tel. 081-8377181); at Marina Piccola from Rent a Boat (tel. 081-8370355); and from Sercomar, Via Cristoforo Colombo 64, Capri (tel. 081-8378781).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.