Ferry to Portoferraio

Tourists voyaging by ferry to Portoferraio are disembarked at the same port where the Argonauts of Greek mythology did as well in search of the Golden fleece!

When traveling to the destination Portoferraio in Italy's Elba, the called "Iron Port" for its big iron mills which were exploited by Napoleon Bonaparte in the XIX century, passengers are soon going to find the city's treasures and rich history. The great strategist Napoleon was abdicated from his throne and was exiled in Elba in 1814 and more specific, in Portoferraio where he brought extreme growth to the entire island using the iron mills and the port's location to ship iron towards the mainland improving the quality of living of the people. It is also believed, according to the worldwide famous Greek mythology that the city is the place where the Argonauts were on a quest seeking the Golden fleece, an object with the power of healing all kinds of wounds.

Portoferraio is the capital of Mediterranea's pearl, Elba and the most popular and visited destination of the island. While touring in the town, visitors will discover many jewels. To start with, San Martino and Villa de Mulini are the remaining two villas Napoleon used to live and are interesting to take a look. The city's most famous attraction though, are the three bastions (Falcone, Stella and Linguella), connected by huge walls forming a fortress which used to protect the city from sea threats. For those who want to study more about the place's history, there is no other place than the Archeological Civil Museum. San Giovanni thermal baths, the only springs on the island and the close town Le Grotte where there is a Roman villa with great ocean view and a heated pool are for sure two more interesting sights.

Amusement combined with vacation goes together, so observing the international jazz and classical music festival taking place at the ancient church now being a theater called "Vigilanti Theatre", is surely a fun thing to do. A food event also occurs with the name "Polpand e gli Antichi Sapori" and the main dish is nothing else than seafood and more specific, octopus. Last but not least, the beaches cannot be missed either for swimming or sunbathing. Some sandy ones are Punta Pina and Biodola located in the south while in the east there are the rocky ones, suitable for dives, Bagnaia, Ottone and Le Ghiaie.

There is also a big variety of hotels in Portoferraio, as the town has a big popularity in summer season. Either you are traveling as a couple or with children, there are plenty of choices, from all included resorts to luxurious romantic ones for exceptional moments with your mate. It is advisable to book your ferry tickets in advance, as well as your accommodation in Portoferraio due to its high demand. 

Getting to Portoferraio by Ferry

Portoferraio is located in the northern part of Elba with a population of approx. 12.000 citizens. There are frequent daily ferry routes from Portoferraio to Piombino and in summer season, the port of Portoferraio is connected with the port of Cavo in the northeastern part of Elba island.

Ferry Piombino to Portoferraio: a crossing that happens all year long with many ferries operating daily. The average duration is about 1 hour with a conventional ferry

Ferry Cavo to Portoferraio: the ferry connection between Portoferraio and Cavo lasts 30 minutes maximum and it is run by high speed vessels

Ferry Port Portoferraio

Ferry port Portoferraio is within a walking distance from the center of the town. The port area is consisted of two parts, the marina with its many luxurious yachts anchored and the main wharf where big ships load and unload passengers. Around the place, you will be able to find plenty of cafe-bars, restaurants and boutiques. 

Below, we provide information on how to reach the port of Portoferraio:

Marina di Campo Airport to Portoferraio Port

Upon arrival at the Marina di Campo Airport which is located in the center of Elba, southwestern of Portoferraio, you can get to the Portoferraio port easily by bus and taxi. See below your alternatives in further detail:


Take the line 116 bus outside the airport and reach Portoferraio in less than 30 minutes with the cost of 3 euros. Please check Marina di Campo Airport Bus for more information.


Taxis are omnipresent outside the airport terminals. Grab one or call +39 0565 1825.

Portoferraio City Center to Portoferraio Port

From the city center of Portoferraio, you can get to the Portoferraio port which is relatively close, by taking advantage of the following public transportation means:


Get on the line 1 bus which will lead you to the port. Further details in Portoferraio Buses.


Always a safe choice. Please call +39 328 169 8061 or visit Portoferraio Taxis.

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