If you are in Naples, how could you go to Pompeii and Herculaneum? Let's explore here how to arrive to these two majestic archaeological sites!
Are you in Naples and have already admired the beauty of the city, and now you want to set off to discover Pompeii and Herculaneum? We will accompany you to the ancient Roman cities, preserved thanks to the ashes of Vesuvius.
Vesuvius, one of the most famous volcanoes in the history of mankind, destroyed several cities in a short time and incinerated the lives of thousands of people, who were not fully aware of the danger. At the same time, however, it allowed us to perfectly preserve a heritage of architecture, town planning, and ancient knowledge that is still admired and studied today. Often new archaeological discoveries are made among the ancient ruins, giving us an even better insight into the habits of the people of Roman times.
Discover the wonders of Pompeii and Herculaneum, we will show you how to get there: let's go!
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How to get to Pompeii and Herculaneum from Naples by train
For explore the archaeological wonders of Herculaneum and Pompeii, you have several options by train. If you are arriving from the airport, you will need to get to the Napoli Centrale station in Piazza Garibaldi.
Pompeii, Herculaneum, and also Stabiae (an archaeological site of great importance) are well connected with Naples by regional trains and the Circumvesuviana railway, or also by dedicated trains such as the Campania Express.
If you choose regional trains, from the Napoli Centrale station take the train in the direction of Salerno. Remember that you will only get to the Trenitalia 'Pompei' stop, which will allow you to reach the city center and the archaeological excavations in just a few minutes on foot.
It can also be a convenient solution if you come from Salerno, in the opposite direction. The cost is about €4.40
A second practical solution for reaching both Pompeii and Herculaneum is to take the Circumvesuviana train, which you can conveniently catch below the Centrale/Garibaldi station itself. Take the train in the direction of Sorrento, the stops to look out for are "Ercolano Scavi" - "Pompei Scavi, Villa dei Misteri", also these, of course, can be reached from Sorrento in the opposite direction. The cost is about 2.60 for Pompeii and 1.70 for Herculaneum.
The most convenient option to go to Pompeii and Herculaneum by train
In conclusion, the more convenient solution is to take the Campania Express.
In fact, it covers the same Naples - Sorrento route as the Circumvesuviana but with far fewer stops, and takes less time than the traditional train.
The fares are higher, however, but the better the offer in terms of comfort and speed. Prices are 15 euros one way and 25 euros return. It also allows a return on a different day from the outward journey to facilitate your stay in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, or even Sorrento.
How to get to Pompeii and Herculaneum from Naples by bus
A second way to reach Pompeii if you want to avoid the train is by bus, which you can take from Naples Capodichino Airport, Naples Central Station, and Naples Centro Direzionale.
The line is EAV's 5001, the "SALERNO - NOCERA - NAPLES" in the direction of Salerno, with stops at the Airport, Central Station, Centro Direzionale, and then Pompeii.
The line for Herculaneum, on the other hand, is the "NAPOLI - SCAFATI" in the direction of Scafati to Naples Monte Sant'Angelo, Piazza Municipio, Piazzetta Circumvesuviana and Centro Direzionale before arriving at Ercolano Scavi. The cost is 1.70€ for a single journey and 2.40€ for an hourly ticket.
Our tips to enjoy your visit at Pompeii and Herculaneum
Pompeii and Herculaneum are famous archaeological sites in every corner of the planet. In fact, the pictures in this article speak clearly: this is one of the visits to be made at least once in a lifetime.
Here are our suggestions for making the most of the experience:
- Wear comfortable shoes because the terrain can be bumpy;
- Bring hats and sunglasses in case hot, sunny days are expected.
Above all, remember to reserve your entrance tickets early, because the lines at the ticket office can be quite long, especially during peak season.
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