A holiday in Italy is incomplete without visiting the Pompeii ruins.
Pompeii was a fledgling summer vacation destination for the Romans before it fell to nature’s fury.
In the summer of 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and continued to release molten lava and ash for close to 24 hours. Thus, burying the city of Pompeii forever. Well, almost.
For in 1748 AD – more than 1500 years later – the city was discovered and excavations began.
Today when you go on a tour around the Pompeii ruins, you are taken back to the Roman times. And it seems as if the city was paused at a specific moment of time.
Along with Pompeii a lot of other ruins such as Herculaneum, Oplontis, Boscoreale, and Stabia were also found. Sometimes tourists visiting the region try and combine two ruins at the same time. The most popular being a day tour of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Pompeii ruins location
Pompeii ruins is located in Campania, Italy, 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Naples.
Pompeii’s location is at the southeastern base of Mount Vesuvius, which didn’t go in its favor when the volcano erupted.
The ancient Roman city, which is now in ruins, was strategically built at the mouth of the Sarnus (modern Sarno) River.
Its address is: Porta Marina Superiore (Via Villa dei Misteri) | Piazza Immacolata, Piazza Porta Marina inf., 80045 Pompeii, Italy. Get Directions
Tours of Pompeii
A tour of Pompeii is one of the finest memories you will be creating for yourself on your Italian holiday.
This is why Pompeii tours from different Italian cities such as Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi are in high demand.
People make these cities their bases, and come over on day tours to Pompeii ruins.
From most of these cities, you can find combination Pompeii tour tickets – which includes both travel and skip the line tickets to enter Pompeii ruins.
Needless to say, the Pompeii tour prices depend on the city from where you will be traveling to Pompeii.
These Pompeii tours are also known as Pompeii Vesuvius tours.
Pompeii tours from Rome
Tours of Pompeii from Rome are generally 12-hour affairs.
This Pompeii tour starts at 07:30 am from the departure point, which is Enjoy Rome tourist office (Via Cavour, 224). More details will be emailed once you buy the tickets.
At this departure point, you meet your fellow travelers and then board the air-conditioned luxury bus to Pompeii. This bus also has WIFI to give you company during your journey.
The distance from Rome to Pompeii is approximately 250 KMs (155 Miles) and it takes the bus a little more than three hours. In between the bus stops at many places for coffee and bathroom breaks.
During the bus journey, you will have a guide entertaining you with stories about Romans in general and Pompeii in particular.
You will arrive at your destination approximately at 11 am.
Once at the Pompeii ruins, all you have to do is show your smartphone ticket at the entrance and walk in.
You will get four hours to see what Mount Vesuvius did to the city of Pompeii.
By 3.30 pm you are expected to be back on your bus for the return journey to Rome, Italy.
Twelve hours from the time you started your journey from Rome to Pompeii, you will be back in the Italian capital.
This Rome to Pompeii day tour runs from 24 March to 3 November every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Price of Pompeii tours from Rome
The cost of this Rome to Pompeii tour includes both the AC bus transport as well as the skip the line tickets.
The cost of this Pompeii tour is 83 Euros per adult. Young adults between the ages 13 to 17 years pay only 50 Euros.
Kids between 4 to 12 get a high discount of 53% and thus pay only 39 Euros for both the transportation and the Skip The Line Pompeii tickets.
Children below the age of 4, get the whole package for free.
All these age-specific discounts are applicable only when you produce a valid photo ID card.
Pompeii tours from Naples
Naples is just 25 KMs (15.5 Miles) from Pompeii. That’s why many tourists make the Italian city of Naples their base and make day tours to Pompeii and other nearby ruins.
Tours of Pompeii from Naples start at 8 am from Starhotel Terminus Garage right outside Naples Central Station. More instructions will follow in email, after you book your ticket.
Transportation from Naples to Pompeii and back is in an air-conditioned minibus. Since the distance is covered in forty minutes, there are no stops in between.
Once at Pompeii, show your smartphone ticket at either of these entrances – Porta Marina Superiore or Porta Marina Inferiore and walk in.
You get to spend four hours at the Pompeii ruins, doing whatever you like.
Be back at your bus by 1.15 pm to start the journey back to Naples.
The good thing about Pompeii tours from Naples is that you can enter the ruins as early as 9 am.
Price of Pompeii tours from Naples
Naples is much closer to Pompeii and hence the cost of a Pompeii tour from the city of Naples is quite affordable.
If you are 18 years and above, this Pompeii tour ticket will cost you 42 Euros.
If you are an 18 to 24-year-old European Union citizen you qualify for a discount and the ticket will only cost you 36.50 Euros.
If you are aged 17 and below this Naples to Pompeii ticket plus transport combination will only cost you 27 Euros.
Tours of Pompeii from Sorrento
There is no shortage of Pompeii tours from Sorrento. Just contact your hotel reception, any tour agency or operator and they will easily hook you up with a tour bus that’s on its way to Pompeii ruins.
However, we don’t recommend that.
Getting to Pompeii from Sorrento is quite easy. All you have to do is take the Circumvesuviana train which runs from Sorrento to Naples, and in 20 minutes you’ll arrive at Pompeii. Check Train schedule
Entry to Pompeii ruins is very close to the Circumvesuviana station.
The frequency of trains between Sorrento and Pompeii is good – one every 30 minutes all day long.
Important: Many tourists have complained about receiving the wrong tickets and lesser money as change at the Italian railway stations. Before leaving the ticket counter check both – your ticket and the balance received.
Once you are in Pompeii, you can just show your Skip the Line ticket on your mobile and walk in to enjoy the ruins.
Positano to Pompeii tour
Positano is about 35 Kms (22 Miles) from Pompeii ruins. There are a few Positano to Pompeii tour options, but they are usually costly.
Besides, you won’t get any direct transport from Positano to Pompeii.
That leaves you with two options –
Take public transport: Take a bus from Positano to Sorrento (Check Bus schedule). From Sorrento take the Circumvesuviana to Pompeii Scavi station. This is a 20 minutes journey and brings you right to the entrance of the Pompeii ruins. Check Train schedule
Take private transport: For approximately 200 Euros you can get a private driver to pick you up from your hotel in Positano and drop you at Pompeii. They then wait for you while you enjoy the ruins and then drive you back.
Whatever be your mode of transport from Positano to Pompeii, you will still need a ticket to enter the ruins. So what are you waiting for?