The Essential Guide for Visiting Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius
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The Essential Guide for Visiting Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius

Schedules, prices, skip-the-line tickets, guided tours, and top itineraries.

The essential guide for visiting Pompeii ruins, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius. Schedules, prices, skip-the-line tickets, guided tours, and itineraries.

The archaeological site of Pompeii is closed on Mondays; the archaeological site of Herculaneum is closed on Wednesdays.

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Hours for Pompeii and Herculaneum ruins

April through October: 9am - 7:30pm (last entry at 6pm)
November through March: 9am - 5pm (last entry at 3:30pm)
Closed: 1 January, 25 December

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices at the entrance to each site or through the online ticket office. Do not purchase tours or tickets from street vendors who may approach you at the Circumvesuviana train station!

Skip-the-line tickets to Pompeii Skip-the-line tickets to Herculaneum

Prices / tickets

Pompeii ruins daily ticket: Full price EUR 16; discounted EUR 2
Herculaneum ruins daily ticket: Full price EUR 13; discounted EUR 2

Mastercard and Visa are accepted

Discounted tickets

Entrance is free to all EU citizens under 18.
EU citizens under 24 have a special discount.

Luggage deposit

Next to the ticket office at the entrance, there is a free baggage check. Bags or backpacks larger than 30x30x15 cm cannot be brought into either Herculaneum or Pompeii.

Should I visit Pompeii or Herculaneum?

The biggest difference between Pompeii and Herculaneum is size: the ruins of Pompeii cover about 44 square hectaures, while Herculaneum covers just 4.

Pompeii was an important city and trade center, while Herculaneum was a small resort town without the large public buildings (forum, amphitheater, theaters, gym) found in Pompeii.

However, Herculaneum is in a much better state of preservation due to the deep layer of ash and dust that covered the site, filling the buildings without damaging them. Pompeii was heavily battered by falling rocks and hot air that knocked down upper floors of buildings and incinerated wood, both of which are still intact at Herculaneum.

All things considered, if you only have time to see one site, choose Pompeii. Herculaneum is a good alternative if you don't want to do too much walking or if the temperatures are particularly scorching, as it has more shade than Pompeii.

We do not recommend visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum in one day, as it is simply too tiring.

The Ruins of Pompeii

Recommended because:
  • It's a unique example of a perfectly preserved Roman city with temples, theaters, homes, restaurants, and public buildings.
  • More sites open to the public and a greater variety of architectures to visit.
  • You can experience first-hand the majesty of a Roman forum, theater, and amphitheater.
Not recommended if:
  • You only have an hour or two, as it takes a significant amount of time and energy to visit.
  • It's a particularly hot day, as there is little shade.
Visit Pompeii ruins

The Ruins of Herculaneum

Recommended because:
  • It's a small town that was a resort destination in ancient times, and can be visited in less that two hours.
  • There are multi-story houses, wooden furnishing and decorations, and perfectly preserved mosaic and sculptures to admire.
Not recommended if:
  • You only have time to visit either Pompeii or Herculaneum; we do not recommend attempting both in one day.
  • You want to explore it all, as many of the houses and buildings are not open to the public.
Visit Herculaneum ruins

Visiting the Crater on Mount Vesuvius

Combine a visit to the Mount Vesuvius National Park with Pompeii or Herculaneum!

Instead of attempting to see both Pompeii and Herculaneum in one day, we suggest a trip up to the crater at the peak of Mount Vesuvius either before or after visiting one of the nearby archaeological ruins. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes suitable for a short hike up the trail.

Visiting Mount Vesuvius

Getting from Pompeii to Mount Vesuvius

Autobus EAV: From Piazza Anfiteatro and the Circumvesuviana Pompei Villa dei Misteri station, you can take the local EAV bus to the highest bus lot on Mount Vesuvius, where you can purchase tickets to the park and join a guided mountain hike. Buses depart every 50 minutes and ride takes about 55 minutes; tickets can be purchased on board for EUR 2.70.

Busvia del Vesuvio: Buses depart from the Circumvesuviana Pompei Villa dei Misteri train station and take you to the entrance to the Mount Vesuvius National Park. Here, you change to a small eco 4x4 bus that takes you along the historic “Matrone” road up to Piazzale Superiore.
The trip continues on foot with a mountain guide up to the crater.
Departures hourly from 9am to 3pm. Tickets EUR 22 (bus + 4x4 bus + entrance to the Mount Vesuvius National Park).

Getting from Herculaneum to Mount Vesuvius

Autobus Vesuvio Express: This bus departs from the Circumvesuviana Ercolano station and arrives at 1,050 meters above sea level.
From here, you proceed on foot with a mountain guide (about a 20-minute walk).
Departures every 40 minutes from 9:30am.
Tickets: EUR 20 (bus + entrance to the Mount Vesuvius National Park).

Getting to Pompeii ruins from Sorrento or Naples

The easiest way to reach the Pompeii ruins from Sorrento or Naples is via the Circumvesuviana train that runs between Sorrento and Naples.
The train leaves from Piazza Garibaldi in Naples from the underground platforms of the Napoli Centrale station. From the ground-level platforms where high-speed trains arrive and depart, follow the signs downstairs to platform 3 where trains to Pompeii depart. Note the displays that list the next departing train for Sorrento - Pompei so you don't end up in Sarno!

Guide to Visiting Pompeii ruins Guide to Visiting Herculaneum ruins Guide to Visiting Mount Vesuvius Getting to Pompeii and Herculaneum

Day trips and tours from Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and Naples

Choose from our selected and vetted tours. Book now to reserve your spot!

Skip-the-line Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Guided Tour
Shared

Departure from Naples, Sorrento, Positano

Visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius with an English-speaking guide
Skip-the-line entrance tickets included
See two A-list sights in one day via air-conditioned minibus

Bus or Minibus - Pompei + Vesuvio

€ 89 per guest

Duration 8 hours 8 hours 8 hours

Excellent
(743 Reviews)
Guided walking tour of Pompeii  Skip-the-line Tickets
Shared

Departure from Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento

Spend a half-day visiting the stunning archaeological site of Pompeii
Fast-track entrance with tickets included
Official local guide in English and Italian

Minibus or bus to Pompei and other options...

€ 49 per guest

Duration 2 hours 4 hours

Excellent
(743 Reviews)
Guided Tour of Pompeii
Shared

Departure from Pompeii

Avoid getting lost by visiting with a guide
Depart from Pompeii
Skip-the-line entrance

€ 20 per guest

Duration 2 hours

Excellent
(2427 Reviews)
Semi-private tour of Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius from Naples
Shared

Departure from Naples

Authorized guides!
Lunch included
Pick-up and drop off in Naples

Semi-private tour of Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius from Naples

€ 85 per guest

Duration 8 hours

Excellent
(378 Reviews)
Pompeii: Guided Tour Departing from Naples
Shared

Departure from Naples

Transfer service included between Naples and Pompeii
1.5-hour tour with guide
Free time to souvenir shop near the archaeological park

Tour

€ 35 per guest

Duration 3 hours

Excellent
(2427 Reviews)

Departure from Naples, Central Station, Port of Naples, Capodichino Airport, Sorrento, Positano

Transfer Sorrento-Naples (or vice versa) with a 2-hour stop in Pompeii to visit one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world!

From € 150 Per vehicle | Max 16 people

Duration 4 hours

Excellent
(184 Reviews)
Mt. Vesuvius Tour with Wine Tasting - From Pompeii
Shared

Departure from Pompeii

Taste Lacryma Christi, traditional wine from Mt, Vesuvius
Explore the crater on Mt. Vesuvius
See the highlights of this famous mountain in one day

€ 55 per guest

Duration 3 hours

Excellent
(2427 Reviews)

Departure from Naples

Wine tasting
Visit the crater atop Mt. Vesuvius
Skip-the-line at Pompeii

€ 85 per guest

Duration 7 hours

Excellent
(2427 Reviews)

Departure from Naples, Positano

Private transfer with an English-speaking driver via luxury vehicle from Naples to Positano with a 2-hour stop to visit Pompeii.

Luxury car o sedan

From € 220 Per vehicle | Max 16 people

Duration 4 hours

Excellent
(184 Reviews)

Departure from Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Praiano

Stop to visit the ruins at Pompeii
Professional driver
Luxury Mercedes car

Luxury Mercedes Vehicle

From € 210 Per vehicle | Max 8 passengers

Duration 4 hours

Excellent
(624 Reviews)
Pompeii Tour Departing from Salerno
Shared

Departure from Salerno

Perfect cruise excursion from Salerno
Skip-the-line entrance
Expert guide to explore the ruins

€ 68 per guest

Duration 4 hours

Excellent
(2427 Reviews)

Departure from Naples

Private transportation from Naples
Visit the crater atop Mt. Vesuvius
Stop at both Herculaneum and Pompeii

From € 295 Per group | Max 18 passengers

Duration 8 hours

Excellent
(2427 Reviews)