Ischia is quite large and hilly, and you will need some form of transportation. Public transportation is good, with a well-organized bus system with EAV (tel. 800-0539309 toll-free within Italy). One line circles the island toward the right (circolare destra marked CD), and one toward the left (circolare sinistra, marked CS), plus a number of other lines crisscross the island among its major destinations. Tickets cost 1.30€ and are valid for 90 minutes (a daily pass costs 4.20€ and a 2-day pass costs 6.50€; they are on sale at bars, tobacconists, and news kiosks). You can get a printout of the bus schedule from the tourist office.

More expensive, taxis wait at stands strategically located around the island, including Piazza degli Eroi (tel. 081-992550) and Piazzetta San Girolamo (tel. 081-993720) in Ischia Porto; Piazza Bagni (tel. 081-900881) in Casamicciola; and Piazza Girardi in Lacco Ameno (tel. 081-995113).

Some of the taxis are picturesque three-wheelers -- motorette -- but they are rapidly disappearing. A 10€ minimum charge applies in the small town of Ischia (it's pretty much a flat rate), while drivers use the meter for trips outside town.

You can rent motor scooters, bicycles, and cars on the island from a number of agencies, including Autonoleggio In Scooter in Forio ([tel 081-998513 or 320-4218039; and Island Center, Via V. Di Meglio 161 in Barano (tel. 081-902525).

For boat rentals, contact Futurnautica, Via Porto 86 (tel. 081-993699), or Nautica Effe, Via Iasolino 110 (tel. 081-993185), in Ischia town.

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.