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Visiting Pompeii, Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius from Naples

How best to see Pompeii, Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius, independently or tour?

Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in Background

Breathtaking: Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in background


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Pompeii - independent or tour?

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


The Circumvesuviana trains between Naples and Sorrento stop at Pompeii Station 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 straightforward.


It should be said though that the Circumvesuviana trains are more like mass transport Metro trains that run above ground. 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 details

Visiting Herculaneumi details

Visiting Mount Vesuvius 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 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 news-stands and bars.

Circumventable train details


Pompeii & Herculaneum skip the line tickets

Pompeii Entrance Tickets
Pompeii 3 hour small group tour
Pompeii Entrance Tickets

Unico Artecard - 3 day tourist pass for Naples, Pompeii etc, including public transport

Aimed squarely at the visitor to Naples this pass combines public transport in Naples for 3 days, (including the Naples airport bus) plus entry to two attractions from a long list that includes the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum.

From the third attraction onwards you enjoy up to a 50% discount on standard tickets.

Unico Artcard Naples


Public 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.


Tours will pick-up from major Naples hotels. Many tours pick-up from Centrale Station or you can select the Starhotels Terminus Hotel, a major hotel immediately outside the main entrance of Naples Centrale Station on your left.

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  To Pompeii


Half Day Tour From Naples  To Mount Vesuvius
Day Tour From Naples  To Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius
Day Tour From Naples To Pompeii & Herculaneum
Pompeii & Sorrento from Naples
Pompeii & Amalfi from Naples


Private 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.

Naples there & back excursions to Pompeii with option to visit Herculaneum or Mount Vesuvius

Enjoy a half day tour of Pompeii by private transport with the flexibility of choosing your departure time. You also have the option of extending the tour to nearby Herculaneum or Mount Vesuvius.

One of our English-speaking drivers will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel in Naples, train station or the port and will be at your disposal throughout the day.


You can choose a start time convenient for you between 7 and 10am.

If you want a departure time later than 10am then please use our custom enquiry form at the foot of the page.

After your visit to Pompeii you can return to your starting point or go onto nearby Herculaneum or Mount Vesuvius to make a full day of it.

Private Tour Transfer Naples

Visit Pompeii and tour of Sorrento, Positano and the Amalfi Coast

Your driver will collect you from your hotel in Naples at the pre-arranged time and you can relax in your comfortable vehicle during the short drive to the ancient Roman remains at Pompeii where you will have two hours to explore the amazing ruins of the town.

This is followed by a short drive to Sorrento and Positano, two beautiful towns on the delightful Amalfi coast.

Your driver will be at your disposal throughout your trip and will ensure you have plenty of opportunities to take photographs of landscapes and scenery you admire while en route. Your return journey from Positano to Naples takes around 90 minutes.

Pompeii tickets are not included in the tour. You can pay on the day or you can pre-book a guide with us to show you around the highlights of Pompeii so you do not miss anything. You can also pre-book Pompeii fast track tickets in the reservation process.

Private Pompeii and Amalfi Coast from Naples


Naples tour transfers

Avoid killing time at the airport or waiting to check-in at hotel or cruise ship

Ideal if you have a late flight and have to check out of your accommodation hours early or hang around at your accommodation waiting for your room to come free.

Why not use your arrival/departure day productively. As part of the transfer get some world class sightseeing in before arriving at the airport, hotel or cruise terminal.

Naples Tour Transfers Visiting Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius

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