How to Get to Pompeii from Rome, Naples and Sorrento

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Pompeii was an ancient Roman city located near Naples in the Campania region of Italy.

Today, it is a popular archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage site, attracting 2.5 million visitors each year.

Many people plan to visit it, but they often have questions such as how to get from Naples, Sorrento or Rome to Pompeii, whether it’s worth a day trip, how much tickets cost, etc.

If you are also planning to visit Pompeii, this guide will tell you the best way to get there, including routes, time taken, etc., to have all your questions answered.

Let’s start by knowing Pompeii’s exact location!

Where is Pompeii located?

Pompeii is located in the Campania region of Italy, southeast of Naples. It is 23 km from Naples and about 200 km from Rome.

Closest landmark: Herculaneum (16.8 km)

Address: Pompeii, Via Villa dei Misteri, 1, 80045 Pompeii, NA, Italy

How to Get to Pompeii from Naples?

  • Distance: 23.7 kms
  • Time taken: 30 to 40 minutes from Naples City Center
  • Cost: €2 to €120, depending on transport

Pompeii and Naples are 23.7 km apart. There are various ways to get from Naples to Pompeii, such as by train, bus, car, and taxi.

By Bus

  • Nearest Bus Stop: Pompei Scavi (from Pompeii )
  • Cost:  €2 to €5
  • Time taken: 30-40 minutes

One of the easiest ways to get from Naples to Pompeii is by taking a bus.

Public buses are the most economical option for covering this distance and run frequently daily.

You can take the EAV bus line 001 from Piazza Garibaldi or the SITA bus line 5000/ 5001 from the Naples SITA bus station and get off at Pompei Scavi.

Both buses will take you to Pompeii in about 30-40 minutes and cost between €2 and €5.

Alternatively, you can also use shuttle services available in the city, which can pick you up, take you to Pompeii and drop you off directly at your accommodation in Naples.

By Train

Another convenient and cost-effective way to travel from Naples to Pompeii is by train.

Circumvesuviana and Trenitalia regional trains regularly run between these two places throughout the day.

The train ride typically takes 30 to 40 minutes, and tickets range from €2 to €10 each way, depending on the type of train and class you choose.

You can easily catch a train from nearby train stations in Naples.

Trenitalia trains leave from Napoli Centrale or Napoli Piazza Garibaldi, and Circumvesuviana trains depart from Napoli Porta Nolana or Piazza Garibaldi stations.

Alternatively, you can also take Line L1 from Naples to Pompeii Scavi Station.

By Car

  • Route: via A3/E45
  • Time taken: 30 minutes

Naples and surrounding areas can have heavy traffic, and roads can be confusing, especially for those not familiar with Italian driving rules and signs.

If you still plan on driving from Naples to Pompeii, the best driving route is via A3/E45, which will take 30 minutes, depending on traffic and driving speed.

To use this route:

1. From the Naples city center, turn right onto P. Za Giuseppe Garibaldi.
2. Get on A3 and continue for 3 km. After a while, exit toward A3/E45.
3. Turn left onto SS 18 and follow until you reach the Pompeii Ruins on your left side.
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You can also use your GPS, add the location and drive accordingly. Before taking a car, make sure to book a parking space near Pompeii online in advance.

By Taxi

  • Time taken: 30 minutes
  • Cost: €100 and €120

Taxis are readily available in Naples. You can either hail a taxi on the street, book them online or call the numbers for getting a taxi.

Taxis in Naples start at €1 per km, and it will cost between €100 and €120, depending on the number of people and time of day.

It will take around 30 to 40 minutes to cover the distance, depending on traffic.

Taxes are the best option if you have luggage or are looking for convenience!

How to Get to Pompeii from Rome?

Pompeii is 241 km away from Rome.

A day tour is one of the best and cheapest ways to travel from Rome to Pompeii. 

The tour starts at just €85 and includes round-trip transport and an entry ticket.

Other ways to travel between them are by taking a bus, subway, car or taxi.

By Bus:

By bus
Image: Tiqets.com

Time taken: 3 hours

One of the cheapest and most convenient ways to travel from Rome to Pompeii is by taking a bus.

Visitors can easily catch a bus from Rome Tiburtina Largo Mazzoni to Pompeii Station, just a short walk from the Pompeii site.

A bus ride between the locations takes three hours.

By Train:

  • Time taken: 3 hours
  • Cost: €25 or more for one way.

Although there is no direct train from Rome to Pompeii, taking a train is still a convenient and fast way to travel between them.

To travel by train, you can take a Florence SMN or Frecciarossa high-speed train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale, which runs every half an hour.

The train takes 1.5 hours to cover the distance and costs €20 each way.

From Napoli Centrale, you can take Circumvesuviana or Trenitalia trains to reach Pompeii Scavi Station.

The Pompeii site is just a 100m walk from the station, towards your right. GET DIRECTIONS

Alternatively, you can also use a combination of bus and train, by taking a train from Rome to Naples and a bus from Naples to Pompeii.

By Car/Taxi:

The distance between Rome and Pompeii is quite long, and it is highly recommended to travel via public transport.

However, if you still want a private experience, you can consider booking a taxi or renting a car to travel with convenience.

Taxis and car rental services are readily available throughout Rome.

If you plan to drive, take the E45 route. To use this route:

1. Take the E45 via Strada Statale (toll motorway) from Rome city center.

2. Take exit Pompei Ovest from E45
3. Continue on SS 18 Tirrena Inferiore/SR18.
4. Drive to Via Antonio Morese in Pompeii. GET DIRECTIONS

How to Get to Pompeii from Sorrento

Sorrento and Pompeii are 26 km apart from each other.

There are a few ways to get to Pompeii from Sorrento: by train, car or taxi.

By Train:

  • Time taken: 20 minutes
  • Cost: €3

The train is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to go from Sorrento to Pompeii.

To take a train, you can head to the nearby station and get on the Circumvesuviana train, which runs every 30 minutes.

After getting off the train, the Pompeii entrance is located just next to the station.

Alternatively, you can also take Line L1 from Sorrento to Pompeii Scavi Station.

The train will take 20 minutes and cost €3. 

By Car/ Taxi:

  • Route: via SS145
  • Time taken: 15 to 20 minutes

Sorrento and Pompeii are 26 km apart on the driving route. You can use SS145 to drive between them. GET DIRECTIONS

The drive from Sorrento takes around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.

Alternatively, you can also hire a taxi to travel from Sorrento to Pompeii.

Taxis are readily available in the city. You can either hail one on the road or book one online.

What is the Best Way to Get to Pompeii?

Budget-friendly and cost-effective way: Day Trip/Bus

One of the best ways to reach Pompeii is by booking a Pompeii tour ticket.

There are a variety of tour options available online, including round bus transportation and entry to Pompeii with a tour guide or archaeologist.

By booking these tour options, you can avoid the hassle of arranging vehicles and gain more insight into the site.

There are various tour options in Pompeii from different locations, such as Naples, Rome, Sorrento, and more.

You can choose any of these tour tickets based on your location. The best part is that these tickets just start at €69 and provide many facilities in one place.

We highly recommend booking a tour if you are visiting Pompeii for the first time or if you want a convenient trip.

If you are already familiar with the place and want to reach it on your own, here are some other transport options!

Some of the highly rated Pompeii day trip tours are: 

Tours Cost
From Rome: Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Day Trip with LunchFrom €85
From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day TourFrom €100
Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius TourFrom €115

Parking near Pompeii 

There are several parking options available near the archaeological site of Pompeii:

  1. Pompei Parking Zeus – It is located just 50 meters from the excavations’ main entrance, near the “Porta Marina Superiore” entrance.

    It is an open-air car park open 24/7 for all vehicle types. The parking lot has CCTV, and you can keep your car keys.
  1. Pompeii Parking Soc. Coop. – Located very close to the excavations, this parking has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 based on 224 reviews.
  1. EuroParking Turistico—This parking facility is in front of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii and has a rating of 4.1 out of 5 based on 113 reviews.
  1. Pompeii Ruins Parking (Maxi Parking)—This outdoor car park is located a few hundred meters from the main entrance, the Villa dei Misteri train station, and the bus station to Mount Vesuvius. It is open from 8 am to 7 pm.
  1. Parking Plinio—Located on Via Plinio, this parking facility has a rating of 3.1 out of 5 based on 24 reviews.

It’s important to note that the Archaeological Park has no official parking area. 

Visitors should look for the municipal parking spaces delineated by blue lines outside the park.

FAQs

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