Visiting Pompeii, Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius from Naples

How best to see Pompeii, Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius, independent 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.

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.

Visiting Pompeii details

Visiting Herculaneumi details

Visiting Mount Vesuvius details

Visiting Pompeii independently

Circumvesuviana train at Pompeii Station

Circumvesuviana train at Pompeii Station

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 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

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  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
Popular Tours From Naples

Including Pompeii

Morning Half Day Tour To Pompeii    €60.00

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 & Herculaneum Independently

Pompeii Fast Track Admission    €19

Herculaneum Fast Track Admission    €59

Pompeii Fast Track Admission With Guide     €19

Not Including Pompeii

Half Day Afternoon Tour To Mount Vesuvius    €60.00

Includes admission

Capri Day Tour With Lunch    €112.50

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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