Visiting Pompeii, Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius From Naples

Make an informed decision on how to best see Pompeii, Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius, Independent or Tour


Pompeii With Mount Vesuvius In Background

Pompeii With Mount Vesuvius In Background

In a straight line Pompeii is about 15 miles (24 kms) south of the city of Naples. Herculaneum is even closer to Naples between Naples and Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius looms over both sites.

Independent or Tour ?

The Circumvesuviana Trains between Naples and Sorrento stop at Pompeii Station very close to the front gates of the Pompeii Site and for Herculaneum, Ercalano Scavi Station is about a 10 minute walk. Mount Vesuvius is more problematic independently and not so straight forward.


In terms of the logistics of getting to Pompeii or Herculaneum there is no good reason why any able bodied person should not take the train. It should be said though that the Circumvesuviana Trains are more like mass transport Metro trains that run above aground, be prepared to have to stand for much of the journey, stations are numerous and frequent.

Mount Vesuvius is another matter, independently the logistics require you to use either Ercalano Scavi or Pompeii Train Stations. From outside both stations there are small tour operators offering services. You will find leaflets on the more reputable ones in local tourist offices and hotels.

From outside the main gates to Pompeii, not the gates near the Circumvesuviana train station the local bus company offers the cheapest scheduled service up to Mount Vesuvius.


Even if you are a die hard independent traveller where you treasure the freedom of doing your own thing at your own pace there is little information at either Pompeii or Herculaneum to help you interpret what you are seeing. You will be wise to invest in at least an audio guide if not a human guide.


Pompeii is also a vast site with little shade and in summer dehydration is a real problem that should not be underestimated. You get a basic map on entry but for the first time visitor you can spend an awful lot of time ambling around missing some of the highlights, especially if you limit your visit to 2-3 hours. The tours will efficiently take you around the site not missing anything of consequence and pointing out things you might otherwise miss.

Circumvesuviana train at Pompeii Station

Circumvesuviana train at Pompeii Station

Visiting Pompeii - More Details

Visiting Herculaneumi - More Details

Visiting Mount Vesuvius- More Details

Visiting Pompeii Independently

Full details of the Circumvesuviana and National Railways trains that enable an independent visit to Pompeii, Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius From Naples are on our dedicated page linked below.


The Circumvesuviana is a small independent network of lines out of of Naples that cover the region to the east of the city. The line is not part of the national railways so you cannot buy a ticket to Pompeii using the national rail network and Circumvesuviana journeys combined in one ticket. There are no seat reservations, you pay cash for tickets in advance at the stations or local newsstands and bars.

Circumvesuviana Trains - Full Details

Pompeii Admission & Rail Tickets Package From Naples

If you are independently minded and want to see Pompei at your own pace from Naples its very hard to sort out the ticketing in advance.

If you are a little nervous and stressed by this a convenient package of rail tickets from Naples to Pompeii combined with standard admission to Pompeii is available.


Pompeii Entrance Tickets & Rail Ticket Package

Tours Pompeii, Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius From Naples

Tours from Naples to these sites either cover one site in a half day tour or two of the sites in a full day tour.

The main departure point of the tours is Central Station (Stazione Centrale) the main national train station in Naples and a major local public transport hub for the city of Naples with some hotel pick-ups prior to that.


The area immediately around Central Station is a major hotel district from Naples and if you are a visitor looking for value for money is the best place to start looking for your accommodation in Naples.

Half Day Tour From Naples Hotels & Central Station To Pompeii

A half day (3 hour) morning tour from Naples Central Station at 10:30 a.m. with hotel pick-ups prior.

If your time is limited, this quick and comprehensive guided tour from Naples shows you all the haunting highlights of Pompeii, a destination not to be missed by any visitor to the south off Italy.

Pompeii is a vast site and the experienced guide will make sure you do not miss any of the highlights, making sense of what you are viewing and enabling you to use your time productively and efficiently.


Half Day Tour From Naples  To Pompeii

Half Day Afternoon Tour From Naples Hotels & Central Station To Mount Vesuvius

A half day (3 hour) tour from Naples Central Station at 1:15 p.m. with hotel pick-ups prior.

You'll drive through the town of Torre del Greco to Vesuvius National Park, then hike to the summit of Vesuvius to take a walk around the eerie crater at 3,900 feet (1,200 metres).

From the summit, the panoramic views of the Bay of Naples have captivated visitors for centuries. Then, peer down into the depths of the crater to see plumes of steam issuing from the sleeping, but still active, volcano.


Half Day Tour From Naples  To Mount Vesuvius

Full Day Tour Bus From Naples Hotels Central Station To Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius

A full day (6 hours) tour from Naples Central Station at 10:30 a.m.

First of all its a short 30 minute ride to Pompeii the largest archaeological site in Europe. Your guided tour of Pompeii (approximately two hours) takes you to the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Vetti's House and the Lupanare brothel, buried by volcanic ashes from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.


After a break for an hour to enjoy a pizza lunch, you'll then board your coach to transfer to Mount Vesuvius.

You can choose to climb Mount Vesuvius (approximately 45 minutes), accompanied by your guide, and walk around the crater at 3,900 feet (1,200 meters). From the summit you'll have panoramic views of the picturesque Bay of Naples from east to west. Peering down into the depths of the crater, you may see plumes of steam issuing from the sleeping, but still active, volcano.


Day Tour From Naples  To Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius

Full Day Tour Bus From Naples Hotels Central Station To Pompeii & Herculaneum

A full day (8 hours) tour from Naples Marittima Station by cruise/ferry port at 9:00 a.m. with hotel pick-ups available prior.

First of all its a short 30 minute ride to Pompeii then, after entering the site at your own expense, hear about the history of Pompeii on a walking tour of its ruins, and learn little-known tales about the people who perished in the ancient town. See fascinating excavations of monuments like the Forum and Teatro Grande – a colossal 5,000-seat theatre.

Lunch is by a family-owned cameo and corals factory to see carved coral jewellery being made.

Then its Herculaneum which you visit at your own leisure before returning to Naples.


Day Tour From Naples To Pompeii & Herculaneum
Pompeii & Sorrento from Naples
Pompeii & Amalfi from Naples
Popular Tours From Naples

Including Pompeii

Morning Half Day Tour To Pompeii    €58.00

Includes admission and 2 hr walking tour

Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Tour    €90.00

Includes lunch, walking tours and admissions

Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour    €90.00

Includes lunch and visit to coral factory

Pompeii & Sorrento Tour    €85.00

Includes lunch, walking tours and admissions

Pompeii & Amalfi Tour    €85.00

Includes lunch

Pompeii Independently

Return Train Tickets From Naples + Pompeii Admission    €20.20

Not Including Pompeii

Half Day Afternoon Tour To Mount Vesuvius    €60.00

Includes admission

Capri Day Tour With Lunch    €115.37

Hydrofoil, island plus lunch

Capri Day Tour With Boat Trip To Blue Grottol    €150.00

Hydrofoil, island tour plus boat trip

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