The train, Pompeii
Getting to Pompeii and/or Herculaneum is very easy and inexpensive by train from Sorrento (we did) or Naples. Go to the station and ask for round-trip tickets on the Circumvesuviana: you'll want the Napoli-Sorrento line, trains run frequently (although not 24/7) and the trip will take about 30-40 minutes from either place. You'll want to get off at the POMPEII SCAVI-VILLA DEI MISTERI station (scavi means ruins), which is about 50 yards or so in front of the Porta Marina entrance. The POMPEII stop is for the "modern" city and it's a longer walk, although do-able, to an entrance from there.
If coming from Rome to Naples, you'll want to transfer at Napoli Centrale to the adjoining Napoli Garibaldi station to access the (Napoli - Sorrento) Circumvesuviana line.
The Circumvesuviana is not exactly comfortable, and it's likely to be very crowded with tourists doing exactly what you're doing plus locals commuting around the region. It's also, I understand, a good place to get pickpocketed so watch your back and don't set backpacks or camera bags at your feet. Regardless, the trip isn't long and it's MUCH less expensive than booking a bus tour.
We purchased our tickets from an office on the ground floor of the Sorrento station (just off Corso Italia on Via Marziale) and all we had to say was "Pompeii": they handle thousands of people doing the Scavi Shuffle. Make SURE your ticket is a return (round trip) unless you are traveling on to another location, and remember to validate it before jumping on the train; same goes if you're coming from/returning to Naples. Circumvesuviana trains don't have restrooms so you might want to visit facilities at the station before you board.
Do note that this is a regional train and does not accept Eurail passes.
On the website below, click on “Napoli-Sorrento” to bring up schedules to/from either city.
Train station in Pompeii is a short walk from the city center and to the archeological site, this station is very small which have six platform
At the station, you can leave your bags for €1,50 (collect by 7:00PM in summer, 6:00PM October to February), or leave them for free at the ruins (pick up by 7:20PM). The entrance to Pompeii is about 50m away from the station and there's a Tourist Information office further down the street
FANCY A DAY WALKING THROUGH AN (ALMOST) INTACT ROMAN CITY?
Pompei (or Pompeii) was destroyed almost instantly by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Now, with a little extra time, you can walk its streets and enter the courtyards of Roman Villas. You do need an EARLY START. Buy your tickets the day before at Termini Train Station to go to the PIAZZA GARIBALDI in NAPOLI (Naples). You want the ‘Rapido’ or Eurostar Train that will take about 1 ¾ to 2 ½ hours depending on which train you select. At the station in Naples you come into the lowest of 3 levels. Go up one level to find the ticket counter for theCIRCUMVESUVIANA Train. This operates like an inter-city metro and you have about 30 seconds to get onboard. Get off about 30 minutes later at POMPEI SCAVI. You are 100 meters from the entrance. Someone may say there is another Pompei stop. Ignore them. This is it. You can see the site properly in about 4-6 hours and be back in Rome for dinner!
A FEW HELPFUL WEBSITE LINKS:
Unesco World Heritage information on Pompei
The Cole Family’s helpful page
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To get to Naples, see www.trenitalia.com, and choose "Napoli Centrale" as your destination.
Once you are in Naples, you can take either the "circumvesuviana" train (a private train), or the FS (Trenitalia or the national train) to Pompeii.
The circumvesuviana train stops at Pompeii Scavi, which is the front gate to the excavations. If you take the FS train, you will get off at Pompeii on the other side of town from the excavations...not to worry, as the walk through town is only about 15 minutes...but the circumvesuviana is more convenient...
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1) First of all, i attach a link useful to visit Naples: http://www.campaniartecard.it/index.cfm?
2) You can go to Pompei from Naples Central Station with "circumvesuviana railway" using the line "Napoli-Torre Annunziata-Sorrento". Along this line there is the stop for Pompei named "Pomei Scavi Villa dei Misteri".
The further link can help you about the fare to arrive at Pompei. The fare is approximately 2.30 eur: http://www.sorrentoinfo.com/it/23/4/77/categorie/articoli/i-costi-dei-biglietti-della-circumvesuviana-napoli-sorrento-e-viceversa.html
3) Starting from the airport, You will reach the Railway Central Station whit a bus or taxi. The fare for the bus is approximately 3 eur.
For more information you can read the attached link: http://www.anm.it/default.php?ids=15
Enjoy your travel
Just did this trip today (July 2011). Couple of things to know. Purchase a 24 hr ticket for €6.30 (per person) at the Circumversuvian counter at Napoli Centrale. This will take you all along the Sorrento line with the stops at Herculean and Pompei and everywhere in between. It is valid for 24 hours so is good value. When leaving Naples, DO NOT TAKE THE 'Sarno' train as this looks like it heads in the same direction as the Sorrento one but it doesn't. Take the 'Sorrento' train. If you get the wrong train, you can change at Bara to get back on track, but be sure to ask the info desk which platform to be on, otherwise you'll be waiting ages like we did!!!
The Herculean stop off point is called Ercolano. When you get there, head right briefly (about 15 meters) then left down the main street. The ruins are about 500m away. You can take the mini van service from the train station for €3 if you want.
We spent about 2 - 3 hours at the ruins.
We enjoyed Herculean more than Pompei as alot of the Pompei ruins were cordoned off and it is a huge site.
The rest is easy and well documented. I strongly recommend heading to Sorrento for gorgeous Sunset - great way to end the day. Check out Lonely Planet Italy - it was our bible with maps and suggestions for the whole day.
Unless you absolutely love archeology, this was a good day trip and we weren't pushed from time.
I can't remember the cost of the ticket, but I remember the price was very reasonable for a round trip ticket to and from Pompeii Scavi. I left from the main train / bus station in downtown Naples. I went downstairs to get on the train to go to Pompeii. It was a 20 - 25 minute train ride from downtown Naples to Pompeii
You can reach Pompeii by Circumvesuviana, a local commuter train connecting Naples to Sorrento, and stopping at all the important achaeological sites in-between. Tickets are priced depending on the length of your journey, and are valid for a certain number of minutes, including return trips (if they are within the time limit). Buy your ticket directly at the station, and if there is time remaining at the end of your trip you can use it to connect with local city busses. You can see ticket prices at the site below.
Main Stops: Napoli Centrali Train Station (lower level), Pompeii Scavi (archaeological site), Ercolano (archaeological site), Sorrento (via degli Aranci, five minutes by foot to city center).
Many people report having purses or wallets stolen on this train. I personally did not have any problems, nor did my family when they visited. It's always best to keep your hands on your purse at all times, and to keep your valuables where wandering eyes (and hands) can't see them!
The best way to get from Pompei to Naples without driving there, (I've heard the drivers in Naples are not the best!), is to get the train. You can catch the train from Pompei's main station in Piazza XXVIII Marzo which is south of the town's main square. The trip takes about 30 minutes and costs about 3/4 euros return.
Did this trip in August 2010.
Trains from Rome vary a lot in terms of cost and times,
to check this before you travel.
Took me 2 hours to Napoli (sheer third world hell on earth)
and then a separate train (bound for Sorrento) to Pompeii.
I left Rome about 6.30am and got to Pompeii about 9.30.
This missing the thousands of coach parties that see to get there around mid-day.
You'll need a good 3-4 hours to do Pompeii.
Pompeii has a train station on the Circumvesuviana line, which runs from Sorrento to Naples. The station is only a minute or so's walk from the entrance to Pompeii, and tickets along the line are very reasonably priced. The trains usually have screens on telling you which stop is next, so its very difficult to miss your stop.
great advice...except, take a taxi to the station. It's 10 E each way, and well worth it. Cabbies will hustle you for more euros at the port, but don't pay more than 10 E. The walk is through some seedy areas, and especially after a few hours walking Pompei, you'll want to save your legs.
To get to Pompeii you will need to get on the Circumvesuviana line at Stazione Garibaldi in Naples. But, be careful because there are two trains running in the same direction, one to Sarno and one to Sorrento, get on the one running to Sorrento. If you have made a mistake and you know you have because where the train line splits at Torre Annunziata, if your train goes to the third track you will be going in the direction to Sarno, so at Torre Annunziata make sure your train is on the second track and you shouldn't have any problems. There is also another stop on the line going to Sarno called Pompeii but that is quite a distance from the exit. Make sure your train goes to Pompeii Scavi Villa dei Misteri which is the next station after Torre Annunziata.
The price of the ticket is 6.80 euros pp to go and come back to Naples.
Apart from taking a tour, the easiest way to sget to Pompeii is by train. Its an easy 90 minute trip to Naples from Rome if you take the high speed Eurostar. Then, you take the local commuter train called the Circumvesuviana and get off at Pompeii Scavi. From there, its a short walk to the entrance. The local train is cheap, 4 Euro R/T. For the Eurostar, you must reserve a seat in advance. During busy times, its best to do this in advance as seats do fill up.
Circumvesuviana train system from Napoli. Take the purple line, enter the ruin from Pompeii Scav. station entrance, exit on the other side of the ruin to Pompei station and take the green line back to Napoli.