A city of volcanic drama, Naples is the soul of Italy.
Approximate flight time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Airlines that fly direct: Flybe, TUI, Lufthansa
No. of Airports in Naples: Naples International
Seasons: High = May - August; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Along with an extensive range of additional facilities, Birmingham Airport has a fantastic selection of shops, restaurants and places to relax before you board your flight. Located in the Midlands, it’s a great choice for anyone flying out of the UK.
The airport’s convenient locations mean it is easily accessible by most forms of transport. Many travellers prefer to drive to the airport for comfort and ease, if this is you, you will find a choice of 7 carparks, all accessible from the terminal by foot or via the free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 50% off.
If you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Once you’ve arrived at the airport and passed through security, it’s time to explore. Browse the shops before you fly – pick up some last-minute travel essentials or treat yourself to something new. Boots has got your health and beauty covered, whilst Dixons Travel is where to head for last-minute electricals. Fancy something new for your trip? Discover fashion stores like Kurt Geiger, Superdry and Accessorize. If you’ve got time, you could choose to visit Aerospa, a spa offering beauty treatments in under 15 minutes.
It’s not just getting your nails done which can be done in 15 minutes. Many of the airport’s restaurants guarantee food service in 15 minutes too, so you should always have time for a sit-down meal before you fly. Explore our cafés, restaurants and bars to pick out where you’d like to eat. Costa, Caffé Nero and Rizzata are great cafés for coffee and a sandwich or pastry. All Bar One, Giraffe and Frankie & Benny’s offer a variety of cuisines. If you’d prefer to grab something to take onboard, try Wrapchic or Pret a Manger.
For those wanting some peace and quiet at the airport, we’ve got five airport lounges, where you can enjoy complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views before you fly, as well as complimentary refreshments.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page. If you’re heading to Naples on holiday, make the most of your time at the airport with our tips for the leisurely traveller.
Arriving at Naples International Airport
Naples International Airport is located around 6km north of Naples city centre and has one terminal. The most cost-efficient way to travel to the city centre from the airport is via the Alibus shuttle, a fast-connecting bus line between the airport and the city centre, stopping only at the Central Train Station and Naples Molo Beverello Port. If you’re travelling somewhere further afield than Naples, like Sorrento, there are alternative bus lines.
If you’d like to drive yourself around the Italian countryside, there are a variety of car rental agencies, and a free shuttle will transport you to the rental car lots. Otherwise, you will find a taxi rank in the Arrivals concourse.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Naples
On the Bay of Naples in southern Italy with Mount Vesuvius looming broodingly behind, Naples is a true Italian masterpiece. Italy’s third largest city is often overlooked by tourists but if you are interested in history, archaeology and pizza, it’s well worth a trip.
Italian is the official and most widely spoken language in Naples and learning some basic Italian phrases will help you communicate with locals - si (yes), no (no), per favore (please), prego (you’re welcome), mi scusi (excuse me).
Naples enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers. The daily average temperature ranges from about 9 °C (48 °F) in January and February to about 24 °C (75 °F) in July and August.
Culture in Naples
As the birthplace of pizza, much of your time in Naples should be spent devouring it. Authentic Neapolitan pizza must be made according to strict criteria– such as only using certain varieties of tomato and mozzarella made with buffalo milk – the result is unlike any pizza you’ve tasted before. From pizzas to piazzas, do as the Italians do and socialise with a spritz at Piazza Bellini, admire the magnificent architecture of Palazzo Reale, or simply partake in some people watching at the busy Piazza Dante.
Naples is surrounded by archaeological treasures like the nearby sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum which are well worth a visit. Most artefacts originally uncovered there however, have long since been removed. Many of the frescoes, sculptures and mosaics are now on display in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, considered one of the best archaeological museums in the world.
Take a tour of the oldest working opera house, Teatro di San Carlo, which opened in 1737. Its frescoed ceiling and regal atmosphere are sure to impress.