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6.25.2014

How to Get To Ponza

How to Get to Ponza

I just got back from the ridiculously spectacular island of Ponza and I have so much to tell you. But, for now, while I sift through my pages and pages of notes and hundreds of photos, I will start with the basics and tell you the most important part; How to get to Ponza.


I almost hate to write this post. This remarkable island in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea is not a secret or unknown, Romans have been coming here for centuries. Ponza, the largest of the Pontine islands, is not the easiest place in the world to get to. That is probably part of its magic.

Ferries and hydrofoils depart from three different towns each of which are just over an hours train ride from Rome. Go to the Trenitalia website to book your train tickets in advance. The crossing takes about 2 and half hours. Hydrofoils are slightly faster, but are enclosed. I prefer to take the slower boat and sit on the top deck taking in the sea breeze and gorgeous views. 

Terraccina

This option has the most steps, but when the Husband and the Teenager tried it on an early summer Friday evening everything worked perfectly. The last ferry of the day to Ponza leaves from here at 8:00pm.


Train from Rome to Priverno/Fossanova the Bus or Taxi to Terracina Port

Hourly Regionale train service between Roma Termini and Piverno/Fossanova (5 stops € 6.90)

You can then take a taxi from the train station to the port or take two buses one first to the center of Terracina and then a second to the port. The buses are timed to coordinate with the train and ferry schedules.

Ferry/Hydrofoil from Terracina to Ponza

NLG has two hydrofoil departures daily between Terracina and Ponza. Tickets start at €20 one way/€30 round trip. Online booking is available.

Laziomar has two crossings daily between Terracina and Ponza. Tickets are €10. Online booking is available.

Anzio

Train from Rome to Anzio

Hourly Regionale train service between Roma Termini and Anzio (11 stops €3.90) You can take a taxi or a bus to the port from the Anzio train station.


Ferry/Hydrofoil from Anzio to Ponza

Laziomar has two crossings on weekdays and four on weekends between Anzio and Ponza. Tickets start at €24.

Vetor In high season there are two to four crossings a day between Anzio and Ponza. Tickets start at €36. Online booking is available. Out of the season double check crossing days and times as they can be limited. 

Formia

This is the easiest option.

Train from Rome to Formia/Gaeta

There are two train options that go directly from Roma Termini to Formia/Gaeta. You can book a Regionale  (9 stops €8.20) or an Intercity train (1 stop, assigned seats, AC and power outlets € 16.50.)


Ferry/Hydrofoil from Formia to Ponza

Laziomar has four crossings daily between Formia and Ponza. Tickets from  €16 for ferry €22 for hydrofoil. 

Direct Transfers and Parking Information

If you prefer to drive from Rome to the ferry, each of the three departure points have paid parking lots. You can drive your car onto Ponza with you crossing with Laziomar. There are additional costs and booking requirements.

Golpho Service located at the port in Formia can arrange long term parking, transfers and left luggage service. 

Musella Viaggio can arrange transfers from Rome or Naples to Terracina or Formia Ports starting from €130. 

How to Get to Ponza

How to Get to Ponza

How to Get to Ponza

How to Get to Ponza


55 comments :

  1. Just wondering why the easiest trip is to go from Formia over Anzio. I ask because the Anzio hydrofoil seems to give you more time on Ponza if you're only going for a weekday. Is it just a lot easier to get from the train to the port in Formia?

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    1. I just did the trip from Anzio a couple weeks ago. We left from Anzio. It's an early day but we got to the Roma Termini before train left for Anzio just in time. It leaves at 507 to get to Anzio for 610 but the later train, depending on the hydrofoil timetable for the day, doesn't give enough time to get to the port. The port is almost a mile downhill and winding roads with little signage so if you can get a cab, I would. We did on the way back and it was much easier. The hydrofoil was fast and a roundtrip for one day gave us plenty time.

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    3. Mike - Thank you so much for this information! I have only gone through Formia/Gaeta. This is so helpful.

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  3. Hello, I was thinking the same thing. It looks like there are more boats from Formia. One question? How does one get to the port in Formia? It's mentioned for Anzio but not Formia. Thanks for your blog, its very helpful.

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  4. Thank you for your blog post! This is wonderful information. Can you tell me if visiting Ponza in late May, is the ferry/hydrofoil water crossing rough waters?

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    1. It is completely weather dependent! The smoothest ride will be on the "nave" slower boats. If the water is too choppy the faster hydrofoils do not run.

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  5. The water isnt choppy. It's a smooth ride but every now and then you'll get a slight skip. Easy to nap on it though. We rented a boat once we got there and drove ourselves around the island. Occasionally you'll get brief chops but overall it's smooth

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  6. Where does the Vetor hydrofoil arrive on Ponza? I couldn't figure it out from the website?

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    1. Apologies for the delay, I just got back from a few days in Ponza :) All of the ferries arrive in the main port of Ponza. The Vetor hydrofoil from Anzio arrives on the left side of the port near the Pro Loco office.

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  7. Hi Gillian,
    Thanks so much for this helpful blog. When I arrive in Formia, is the port far away from the train station?

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    1. Thank you for your kinds words! It is about a 10 minute walk. There are steps and you cross over a bridge. You can find the schedule and a google map with the exact route on the Ponza Travel website http://ponzatravel.it/it/orari-e-partenze/formia-ponza/

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  8. Hello Gillian, first of all , much appreciate your nice informative blog. I am planning to travel Ponza with my 3 years old kid in June 2017, which option best to travel?

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    1. An Intercity train to Formia/Gaeta and then the Laziomar ferry from there is the easiest option.

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  9. Hello Gillina,

    Thank you very much for nice informative blog. I need your suggestion, i am planning to trvel to Ponze with my 3 year old kid in June 2017, which option is best ?

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  10. Greetings Gillian,

    We're visiting Ponza in September (my great grandparents came from there). Can you tell me about the differences in the two boats? Is there an "inside" or shaded part to the ferry? I will have 3 children with me so I'm trying to decide which is better. I hear that the hydrofoil can sometimes be cancelled if the water is rough.

    Thank you,
    Jenn

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  11. All of the boats (no matter where they leave from) have inside and shaded space. From Formia where we leave from there are three boats; The Don Francesco is a completely closed slow ferry. The Tetide has an outside deck and is a (very) slow ferry. The Monte Gargano a closed fast hydrofoil.

    I prefer the slower boats. The Don Francesco is slightly faster and much newer than the Tetide. And yes, the hydrofoil can be canceled if the sea is rough.

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    1. Thank you so much for responding. Your blog and book are greatly helping us plan our trip. Does the Don Francesco have any deck at all?

      So appreciate your help. I've been trying to find pictures but can't find any good ones. Your help is invaluable.

      Thank you again,
      Jenn

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    2. The Don Francesco is completely enclosed (but has excellent AC in summer), but feel a little bit like a cruise ship. It's the nicest of the 3. The Tetide is older and less sparkly :)

      This website has the most up to date info on getting to and from Ponza. http://ponzatravel.it/it/

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  12. Hi, this is great information. We plan to take a day trip to Ponza while we are in Rome in June. Just wondering why it would be easier to leave from Formia - rather than Anzio - because Anzio appears to be so much closer to Rome.

    Thank you,
    Connie

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    1. A day trip to Ponza is a bit of a push. The ferry from Anzio is faster, but only goes if the weather is good.

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  13. SO excited to find this information. I cannot read the ferry tables (because I don't know Italian)... We are a family of 7 flying into Rome and renting a car. It seems we can drive ourselves to the port and leave our car there (we don't need it in Ponza - or is it better to take it to Ponza?). How would I find out the ferry times and cost for parking? If we arrive in Rome from USA at 12:45pm on Saturday May 27 - which port should we drive to? Is the Grand Hotel Santa Domitilla a good spot for a family? Thank you so much! I look forward to seeing your Amalfi Coast information as well as Rome and Positano! Can't wait for our trip! :)

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    1. You don't need a car in Ponza, but you can bring one if you book it on a ferry from Terracina or Formia.

      This website has ferry information in English http://ponzatravel.it/it/

      Santa Domitilla is a lovely hotel.

      Have a great trip!

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  14. Hi Gillan,

    Great blog!
    The website you mention above doesn't seem to work? And when I checked the ferry sites the English sections don't offer true time tables (its for Easter weekend). Where does the fast ferry leave from to Ponza? That is Anzio, correct?
    What is the best way to get around Ponza? Would you recommend a car? We are planning on taking a train from Rome.

    Thanks so much for any help!

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  15. HI Gillian,

    Great blog! !
    It seems the Ponzatravel site doesn't work;-( We are traveling down from Rome next Friday. I can't seem to find ferry details about how to get there. Someone recommended Anzio and the fast ferry (how bad does the weather need to be for it not to go??)
    But you seem to favour the one fro formio... do both fast and slow ferries depart formio around the same time? Again, can't find details on any website with accurate time tables in English! Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! XM

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    1. Thank you!

      The website works for me? You can try their Facebook Page maybe https://www.facebook.com/ponzatravel/ They are very helpful and responsive if you ask for help.

      There are 3 boats a day from Formia over the Easter weekend. http://ponzatravel.it/it/orari-e-partenze/formia-ponza/

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  16. Hi Gillian, thank you so much for your blog, it's a great help! But I've come to a stop now: I'm trying to book ferry tickets from Formia to Ponza, but can't seem to find any booking form on Laziomars website, even though they mention that you can buy tickets online. I have no knowledge of Italian, so I'm already quite challenged there :) Do you know if it's possible to buy tickets online or should I do it in person? We're not traveling until July, so maybe tickets just aren't available yet, but being it high season, I don't want to miss out.

    Hopefully you can help :)

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    1. Thanks!

      Look for the button that says prenota on the Laziomar website. I usually buy tickets a few days in advance only if I am traveling on a weekend.

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  17. hi Gillian, We want to go from Ponza to Positano... i thought we could get the ferry to Naples from Ponza but that doesn't appear to be possible... eek! any suggestions? Thanks in advance, Jules

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    1. It looks like there are ferries from Ponza to Naples in July & August. http://ponzatravel.it/it/ponza-napoli/

      Otherwise you will have to take a train from Formia to Naples.

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  18. Hi Gillian, love your web site. I am planning to go to Ponza in October. My Airbnb host assures me that ferries will run to and from Formia at that time, but I can only find ferry timetables (through Laziomar and other online research) through mid-September. Is it safe to assume crossing times will be the same through mid-October? Do you know where I can find year-round timetables?

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    1. Thank you! Yes ferries run from Formia all year long. The schedule will change at the end of September that is why it isn't there yet. I don't think you will be able to find a year round schedule, but when we went to Ponza this past January there were 3 crossings daily. One early (8:00-ish) and two in the afternoon, the last one about 5pm. You can try asking over on http://ponzatravel.it

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  19. Hello quick question....we are intending to visit Pinza for 1 day. By the looks of it train from Rome, taxi and ferry and we should be good? Does anyone have or done this before? Would be looking to leave Rome as early as possible and return as late as possible. Cheers

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    1. Its absolutely doable! I don't recommend a day trip because there is not really enough time to enjoy the island, but it is possible.

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  20. Hi we are a family with a baby visiting in July. which is the easiest ferry connection from Rome, we are taking a driver?
    also we have an flight on the way back from Rome airport. which is the easiest way to get there ?

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    1. The easiest connections are from Formia and Terracina.

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  21. Hi Gillian!
    Thank you for the informative article. My sister and I are planning to go to Ponza on the 25th of July and spend 1 night on the island. We wanted to book ferry tickets from Anzio as the departure times are more convenient to us. You wrote that sometimes ferries don't leave from Anzio because of the weather. How big of a chance is there that this happens? I can't find it anywhere. Thank you!

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  22. Hello,

    Thank you for your post.
    I want to go from Anzio to Ponzo. Is it also possible to buy a ticket right there or is it better to book it online? (Btw how do I know which ferry is the right one? xD"" I don't travel a lot)

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  23. Here is the ferry company site http://www.vetor.it/en/index_eng.htm
    and Ponza Travel has the most up to date information http://ponza.orarimarittimi.it/it/orari-e-partenze/anzio-ponza/
    You can buy your tickets online directly from the ferry company.

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  24. Hi Gillian, thank you for your post !
    We are a family of five, we would spend a week or two on ponza. Is it easy to drive on the island ? Is it helpful ? The only way to bring the car would be to take a Laziomar ferry, right ?
    Is there some car/moped rentals on the island ?
    How do people usually move from place to place on the island ? walking, driving, bus... ?
    Thank you so much for your help !
    Louis

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    1. There are beach buggy and moped rentals. the island is only 7 kilometers long so you really don't need a car. The bus is also reliable if you want to go from end to end.

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  25. Dear Gillian, since I´ve read this post I was absolutely sure I know everything I need to and started to plan our trip to Ponza.))) Next week we are finally going there, but there is one important question - is it needed to book tickets for the ferries online? Or is it possible to buy a ticket (without online booking) in the port? And how much time before the ferry departure time do i Need to do that? I am not sure at which time we will be able to catch the train from Rome, because we will arrive to Rome by plane and there is a possibility it will be delayed. So I don´t want to buy a ticket e.g. to Formia now for the ferry at 18:15 because maybe we will need to take that Terracina ferry at 20:00. I suggest that Laziomar has this option and that there is no problem with that, but when I look at the Vetor website, it seems like there is only one possibility to buy a ticket and that it is online booking and paying in advance - is my suggestion right? I would really appreciate if you help me with my last doubt, hotels and plane tickets and everything is paid now and it would be very sad if we will don´t get there... Thank you!

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    1. I have done both (booked ahead and just showed up) and always been able to get a spot on the boat in Formia. The one time my husband took the late Terracina boat he bought his ticket at the port on a Friday evening. That crossing is the big slow boat so there should be plenty of room. You will get there! We will be there next week too. Hope to see you at the Bar Tripoli!

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    2. Good news, thank you so much for sharing your experience, we will try to buy it just there at the port before the departure - I have one last question: in case of Formia, do I buy tickets directly on the ferry or do I need to go to some shop or office somewhere in the port? You going to be there in the same time, that's just great! See you there! )))

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  26. Hello Gillian,
    We traveling to Naples in August 20-23 and than have a reservation in Ponza from 23-28. I just find out there are no ferry service on days we are traveling. Please kindly advice what other options we have, as reservation in Ponza is non refundable and we can change dates.
    Thank you,
    Eka Wells

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    1. The easiest thing to do is take a regional train to one of the ports where there is daily ferry service. I have traveled to Ponza from Naples before taking a regional train to Formia.

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    2. Thanks so much for taking time for the reply,
      On the way to Ponza we are fine. On August 23rd there is a direct train to Formia and 2 ferries from Formia to Ponza- 8:00am and 14:30. We can make any of them easily.
      My concern is the way back from Ponza. When I am cheking ferry schedule on English websites it shows only 2 crossings from Ponza to Formia - 11:15am and one in the evening 17:30.
      11:15 gets to Formia at 13:45. From there direct train leaves @ 14:35 to Naples, arriving @ 15:29 to Naples Central Station. So I am left with 2 hr 35 min to get to airport and make my flight.
      As you have mentioned in your blog there are 4 crossings a day between Formia and Ponza by ferry company Laziomar. I checked their website and it shows 4 crossings if I understand it wright, but I do not know Italian so can't be sure. According to website's time table there is a Unita Veloce @ 6:45. This One will be perfect option for us on the way back, but I am not sure if I am understanding schedule correctly.
      This is our first time in Italy. How reliable is Italian train service when it comes to delays and cancellations? Can Ferry be canceled on a rainy day? Also if you can tell me how far is a ferry terminal from the Formia train station and what is a best way to get from train to ferry?
      Thanks again,
      Eka

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    3. There are always very early morning ferries leaving Ponza. I think the first one goes at 5am to Terracina. The Laziomar site shows a boat leaving every day from Ponza to Formia at 06:45. So that should work for you. You will find much more information once you are on the island. The staff at Visit Ponza can book your return train and ferry tickets and make sure you have the most efficient route.

      Trains can be delayed. It has only happened to us once and that was in the winter. An Intercity train is usually more reliable than a regional train.

      The port is about a 10 minute walk from the station. There are taxis. There is a map at the bottom of this TravelPonza.it page. http://ponza.orarimarittimi.it/it/orari-e-partenze/formia-ponza/

      In August is is very unlikely you will have bad enough weather to stop boats from crossing.

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  28. Thank you so much for so detailed information. It was extremely helpful. I have contacted Visit Ponza website you have provided and they already offered help with booking tickets for our upcoming trip to Ponza.
    Best regards,

    Eka

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