To reach the Pontine Islands it is required to take a train to either Anzio or Formia, and then a hydrofoil/ferry to Ponza. During the summer season, hydrofoils also depart from Naples, Terracina, and San Felice Circeo, although less frequently.
The hydrofoils companies that reach Ponza are:
- Lazio Mar – from Formia (1.20 hr), Anzio (2 hr), and Terracina (2.40 hr);
- SNAV – from Naples (2.50 hr)
- Libera Navigazione del Golfo – from Terracina (50 min.)
- Pontina Navigazione – from the port of San Felice Circeo (1 hr)
Some companies allow you to embark your car, while other do not.
It is recommended to carefully check the dates and times of hydrofoil/ferry departures well in advance, before planning the rest of the trip.
The Grand Hotel Santa Domitilla is within walking distance from the port of Ponza.
Reaching the ports:
If you want to arrive to the ports by train, you need to get a train that will go to the stations of either Formia-Gaeta, Anzio, Terracina, or San Felice Circeo. The best place to depart is Rome, as there are direct trains taking approximately 1.15 hr to reach the aforementioned destinations.
Reaching the port of Formia from Formia-Gaeta station requires approximately 10min. on foot, while 20 min. are required to reach the port of Anzio from Anzio station. Reaching the ports of Terracina and San Felice Circeo from the corresponding train stations requires much more time.
Chech the compatibility of train schedule with hydrofoil/ferry departures.
Unless you are in Naples, reaching the ports will require you to drive to the ports of Formia/Anzio/Terracina/San Felice Circeo and leave your car at a parking lot.
Know that there is no need for driving a car in Ponza.
If you want to reach the ports by plane, the closest airports to Ponza are in Rome or Naples.
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