Getting to Mount Vesuvius
You can reach the Mount Vesuvius National Park by car or with one of the bus services from Pompeii or Herculaneum.
If you are arriving by car, take the A3 Napoli-Salerno highway to the Torre del Greco or Herculaneum exit, and follow the signs for Vesuvio. At 800 meters above sea level, there is an unstaffed parking area that costs EUR 5 for all day. Shuttles to the ticket office depart from here, and cost EUR 2 round trip (free for children). We suggest taking the shuttle as it is a tough climb from the parking area to the ticket office, and it's best to save your energy for the trail!
By public transport, you can take the bus or shuttle from the Circumvesuviana Pompei – Villa dei Misteri stop or the Circumvesuviana Ercolano Scavi stop; buses and shuttles cost about EUR 22 round trip (entrance to the park included) and take you directly to the ticket office that is about 200 meters below the trail head for the crater. There are also EAV bus routes between the Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius every 50 minutes.
Getting to Pompeii and Herculaneum
Visiting the Crater on Mount Vesuvius - Opening & Hours
- January, February, November, December - daily from 9am to 3pm
- March and October - daily from 9am to 4pm
- April, May, June, September - daily from 9am to 5pm
- July and August - daily from 9am to 6pm
Barring inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, the trail to the crater is open all year round, including Sundays and holidays.
Visiting the Crater on Mount Vesuvius - Ticket price
- EUR 10: adults
- EUR 8: students
- Free: children shorter than 120 centimeters; disabled and companion