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A visit to Pompeii is one of Italy’s most fascinating history lessons. Pompeii can be visited as a day trip from Rome, Sorrento, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast. For those in transit between any of these cities, Pompeii makes a nice, quick side trip. Here’s how to do it.

Traveling from Rome to Pompeii to Sorrento

If you are traveling from Rome to Sorrento, Pompeii makes a nice stop in between. It’s relatively easy to do and it makes sense to see Pompeii on the way to Sorrento since you pass right by it.

Rome to Naples

From Rome, take the train to Naples. This journey takes between 70 minutes and two hours, depending on the train you choose (the high-speed Trentalia trains and the Italo trains are faster, the Trenitalia Inter City trains are slower but cheaper).

Plan on taking an early train to Naples. Leaving Rome at 8 am gets you into Naples at 9:15 am.

Important!: When booking your train tickets, make sure you arrive at the main train station in Naples (Napoli Centrale). The train to Pompeii leaves from this station.

Naples to Pompeii

From Naples, take the Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii. It takes 36 minutes to travel from Naples to Pompeii.

Upon arrival in the Naples train station, follow signs for “Circumvesuviana.” The train platform is downstairs. You can purchase tickets at the ticket office located next to the platform or at the newspaper/tobacco shops in the train station.

Purchase a ticket to Pompeii Scavi (€3.60). Trains leave approximately every 30 minutes. There is no need to purchase this ticket in advance. (Click here for the Circumvesuviana timetable).

Make sure you validate your ticket before getting on the train.

The Circumvesuviana is a commuter train, a local train that is more like the subway in New York City than the Italian high speed trains. There is no air conditioning and during the summer months it can get quite hot and crowded on this train. Sometimes it can be standing room only. And beware of pickpockets, not only on the trains but also in the train stations.


So why travel the Circumvesuviana train? Because it is convenient and very budget friendly.

Pro Travel Tip #1: If you are traveling with luggage, it’s best to put it in the overhead luggage racks or stand with your luggage in the standing areas near the doors. If you put your luggage between you and the wall, this will help deter pickpockets.

Guarding the Backpacks

Pro Travel Tip #2: Napoli Garibaldi station is the name of the Circumvesuviana platform located inside of Napoli Centrale, the main train station in Naples. This is stop #2 on the Circumvesuviana route. Most people board the train at this stop so it can be very difficult to get a seat. If you don’t mind walking, you can exit Napoli Centrale and walk 8 minutes to the Porta Nolana station, which is the first station on the Circumvesuviana line. Doing this will almost guarantee you a seat and an overhead luggage spot.

Walking Map Naples Station

Visiting Pompeii

Luggage Storage

Luggage is not allowed inside of Pompeii (no bags larger than 30 x 30 x 15 cm). If you are traveling with luggage, you can store your luggage in the luggage storage facility (deposito bagagli) in the lower level of the Pompeii Scavi station. The cost is €8 per bag.

There is a free cloakroom at the Pompeii site where you can leave your luggage. However, the Pompeii website warns that they frequently run out of space. If you arrive mid morning or later, there may not be available space to store your bags. Therefore, you may be better off storing your luggage at the train station. We used the luggage storage facilities at several occasions in Italy without any problems.

Visiting Pompeii

From the Pompeii Scavi station, it is a five-minute walk to the entrance of Pompeii.

You can purchase your tickets at the Pompeii entrance. It costs €16 per person, cash only. Lines can be long, especially midday. To avoid the lines, you can purchase your tickets online in advance.

Pompeii Street

You can spend as little as an hour or two visiting Pompeii, although for most people, it takes at least half a day to see it all. We wandered through Pompeii using Rick Steves’ tour in his guidebook. This is a good way to get an overview of Pompeii at a cheap price.

Audioguides are available for €8.

However, if you want to learn more, consider hiring a guide. Guides linger around the entrance to Pompeii (roughly €12 per person for two hours for a group tour, roughly €200 for a private tour). Or, you can join one of these group tours.


Hours of Operation:
  • April to October: 9 am – 7:30 pm Monday through Friday; 8:30 am – 7:30 pm Saturday & Sunday
  • November to March: 9 am  – 5 pm Monday through Friday; 8:30 am – 5 pm Saturday & Sunday
  • Last entrance is 1.5 hours before closing
  • Closed January 1, May 1, and December 25
  • Get updated hours here.

Pompeii to Sorrento

After your tour of Pompeii, walk back to the Pompeii Scavi station, retrieve your luggage, and purchase a ticket for the Circumvesuviana line to Sorrento.

From my research, it is not possible to purchase one ticket from Naples to Sorrento, getting off a Pompeii, and then using that same ticket to travel onward to Sorrento. The daily ticket was eliminated several years ago.

When you buy a ticket from Naples to Sorrento, it is only valid for 180 minutes. It takes 70 minutes to travel between Naples and Sorrento, so you would literally have to run through Pompeii in order to get away with using only one train ticket. The savings would be minimal and not worth the stress of rushing around.

From Pompeii to Sorrento, it takes 30 minutes and costs €2.40.

Pompeii to the Amalfi Coast

To get from Pompeii to one of the towns on the Amalfi Coast, you have several options. Using public transportation, you can take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento. From Sorrento you can take a ferry, a private driver, or the SITA bus to Positano or Amalfi.

The only direct way to get from Pompeii to the Amalfi Coast is by taxi or by hiring a driver. This is much more convenient than making multiple transfers, but it will cost more money.

For more information about getting to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, read:

How to Travel from Rome to Sorrento, Capri & the Amalfi Coast

About Booking Train Tickets

There are two competing companies in Italy, Trenitalia and Italo. Italo is the newer of the two, first opening for business in 2012. They offer slightly cheaper fares than Trenitalia if you book your tickets in advance.

Purchasing tickets in advance is not necessary but it does have advantages. The main advantage is getting a cheaper fare. As more seats are sold in advance, ticket prices go up. The best time to buy your tickets is right after the seats are made available. Tickets are available for purchase 60 days in advance with Trenitalia and 4 months in advance for Italo. Also, making an early reservation guarantees you a seat on the high speed trains.

You cannot purchase tickets for the Circumvesuviana line in advance.

To purchase your tickets online:

Trenitalia: italiarail.com
Italo: italotreno.it

To book tickets on Trenitalia, we recommend the ItaliaRail website. It’s a little easier to use than the official Trenitalia website, you can enter in city names in English, and they do offer some upgraded seats at discount prices.

Are you going to Pompeii? Comment below if you have any questions or any advice for our readers.

More Information for Your Trip to Italy:

Planning a trip to Italy? Read all of our articles in our Italy Travel Guide.

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  1. Thank you! This is exactly what we want to do and so I greatly appreciate the step by step guide. Most useful article ever!

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  2. Hi! I spent time this spring in Utah and Arizona, and use your family’s suggestions. Now I’m planning a trip to Italy, and I find your info again. Just want to say thanks for the useful guides and tips!


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  3. From Pompeii, do you take a train straight to Sorrento ? Or did you have to take a train going to Naples, and changed after 3 stops to another train going to Sorrento ?

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      From Pompeii, you take the Circumvesuviana (the commuter train) to Sorrento. The only train that runs between Naples and Sorrento is the Circumvesuviana, but there is no need to go back to Naples first. The Pompeii station is on the Circumvesuviana line between Naples and Sorrento. Cheers, Julie

    1. awesome. thanks for leaving the info. We are going in a few weeks. Did you do the two different trains as suggested on this site?

  4. Hi there-
    1) are you homeschoolers?
    2) can we drive a rental car from Pompeii to the Amalfi coast?
    3) thanks for the great info.

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      Hello Rozanne. We homeschooled Tyler and Kara for one year during our trip around the world. Once returning to the US, they went back into public school. Yes, you should be able to drive a rental car between Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. Cheers, Julie

  5. Hello! Thank you for the great information.

    We are traveling with one large piece of luggage. I was wondering if the luggage storage at the train station could accommodate large pieces?

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      When we used the luggage storage facilities at train stations in Italy (we did so at Milan, Florence, Pisa, and other stations), there was no size limit. However, we have not used this specific luggage storage facility so I do not know if they have any size constraints. Cheers, Julie

  6. Hello,

    Can you purchase your tickets from Pompei Scavi to Sorrento ahead of time or is ok to wait to purchase them same-day? Thank you!

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      To get from Pompeii to Sorrento you will take the Circumvesuviana. You cannot buy your tickets in advance, so you will buy them at the station right before you get onto the train. It doesn’t sell out, it’s like using the metro in a city. Cheers, Julie

  7. Hello, thanks for your tips! I’m heading to Amalfi Coast and Rome in mid-August. I’m planning on stopping in Pompeii on my way from Amalfi to Rome. Does anyone have any information on whether the luggage storage facility at Pompeii Scavi fills up quickly mid day?


  8. At Pompeii station we paid €16 for a bottle of water, bottle of coke, bag of crisps and to store 2 bags. This was in the information shop.
    Shuttle buses can take you to the rooms from the station for €3. We walked and stopped off at Carrefour supermarket en route. The ATM wasn’t working at the station but we found one in the supermarket.
    Cards are accepted at the ticket office. We didn’t queue very long at 11:15 on a Friday in June.

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      Thank you so much for sharing this information!! I really appreciate it and I’m sure our readers do as well. Cheers, Julie

    2. Hello! Thank you for the valuable information on your blog 🙂
      I will be travelling from Sorrento to Naples, with a day stopover in Pompeii. I will have luggage with me and am thinking of using the luggage storage facility at Pompeii Scavi train station. Never been to Pompeii before so just wondering how easy or difficult is it to locate the storage facility at the train station (from the other posts, it seems you have to go ‘downstairs’ somewehere)? Any other tips or specific directions would be greatly appreciated 🙂 Thanks.

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        Hello Vanisha. Yes, the storage facility is located on the lower level. I do not know if it is stairs or a ramp to get down there. Most likely it’s stairs. Cheers, Julie

  9. Hello! Thank you for all the great info, super helpful. The luggage storage at Pompeii Scavi station is it a locker? Also Is the free one at the entrance secure?

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      We did not personally use the luggage storage facility at Pompeii Scavi, however, we did use the luggage facilities in several other train stations in Italy and they were not lockers, they were a room that had staff that took your bags, put them on a shelf, and tagged them. At the Pompeii entrance, it is a “cloakroom,” which makes me think that it is similar to a coat or bag drop that you sometimes see at museums. I would pick the train station first, for security, and if you can, lock your bags before leaving them with the attendant. Cheers, Julie

  10. What is the fastest train line from Rome to Sorrento and Amalfi Coast and Capri. We are going from Rome and then walk through Sorrento – Amalfi Coast and want to do the Blue Grotto and row boat. Looking to do all in one Day any thoughts

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      This sounds like quite a lot to do in one day. Plus, there is no train to Capri (only ferries). Take a look at our article on traveling between Rome, Naples, Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast to help you plan your time and to know what to expect. Cheers, Julie

  11. We are heading to Pompeii in mid-September, and your post was just what I was looking for in terms of which trains, luggage storage, etc. Thank you so much for the tips! Gonna check out your Sorrento post next. You didn’t happen to post anything on Sicily, too, did you? 🙂 Thanks again.

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      I wish we had info on Sicily, but that one is still on our bucket list (so no info…yet). 🙂 Have fun in Sorrento and Pompeii! Cheers, Julie

  12. Hello,
    When purchasing a ticket online to visit Pompeii it only allows the time to be selected at 8:30. Our train does not arrive until 11:00. Is that ticket available to use all day (at whatever time we arrive) or do we have to be there at 8:30 to use the online tickets?

    Thank you so much for the help.
    This post helped us a lot with planning our trip!

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      That is a very good question and I am not 100% on this answer, to be honest. I did a lot of searching around and from what I can find, it looks like the ticket is good all day (including entering at 11:00). The ticket starts at 8:30 am which is the opening time of Pompeii. This ticket appears to not have a “timed entry” since there is only one time slot that can be chosen. I guess it’s a small gamble, but 11 am is prime time, and in my opinion, worth getting the tickets in advance to save yourself some time from waiting in line. I hope this helps!! Cheers, Julie

  13. We are traveling to Rome on March 11, 2019 and want to plan a day trip to Amalfi Coast and Pompeii. Your tips are excellent and we are looking forward to the day. However, many sites state that the stores and restaurants are closed in March. Is it a good time to visit? Do you know of a good day tour company that can take us from Pompeii to the coast? There re 4 in the group.

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      We have not been in March, so I don’t personally know what it is like. However, with it being the off-season, some restaurants and stores and even hotels will be closed, but I doubt that all of them will. If you don’t mind a limited selection, you can still visit. You’ll get to tour the Amalfi Coast crowd free, not a bad thing, really. Of course, the water will be cold and the beaches deserted, so it will be a much different experience than visiting in June or July. I personally think it sounds nice. I don’t know of any tour companies but Viator is popular and they may offer something. Cheers, Julie

  14. Thank you so much for the detailed information. We used your suggestions today four our first visit from Naples to Sorrento, with a stop in Pompei.

    We did in fact check our luggage (1/15/19) in the Pompei train station. The storage counter is located downstairs. It was 4 Euros per bag. There was additional luggage storage at the Pompei ticket counters. We were told they were free, but I did not personally check.

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    2. Dear Nichole,

      Thank you for the information. Can you please tell me how big is that storage? Can a 20 kg 82 x 55 x 34 cm big luggage fit into it? Is there a time limit, til how long we can leave it there?

      We are planning to travel from Naples to Sorrento and stop in Pompei to visit the ruins and also to go up to Vesuvio, so it will take more than a few hours.

      Thank you!

      1. I am also interested in knowing the size of the luggage storage and about the facility in the train station. I am hoping that by commenting here maybe someone who has used it will chime in.

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      Yes, the link you give is for the correct station. Maybe things have changed recently but I just did some quick research and in online forums, even in 2018, people are talking about how they used the luggage storage in Pompeii Scavi station. Here is a link to a forum in 2017 about the luggage storage in the train station. I even checked other websites (including Rome Tool Kit) and all mention the luggage storage facility in the train station. But I wonder if things have recently changed? There is a luggage deposit at the entrance to Pompeii if you can no longer store you luggage in the train station. I will put a note in the article and maybe someone will write in with updated info regarding the luggage storage situation in the train station. Cheers, Julie

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      I don’t know if you will check back to read these comments, but one of our awesome readers just confirmed that the luggage storage office is available and open in the Pompeii Scavi train station. It costs 4 euros per bag. Cheers!

    3. We’re going to Pompeii in May and from our research here and in Rick Steve’s book, the Pompei Scavi station should have luggage storage. The station that Trenitalia trains go to is just called Pompei station, so that may be why that link is not showing that they have it. Granted, I read that page and saw it mentioned Pompei Scavi, but it may be something lost in translation. The Circumvesuviana trains only go to Pompei Scavi from what I understand.

      Hope this helps, and I hope we’re right!

  15. Hello! We are going in September, with our daughter who will be 9 months old by then. Do you know any details about the other train service, Campania Express? Seems like a better (though slightly more pricey) option than the local train. Also, any recommendations on where to stay in Sorrento? Cheers!

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      Sorry, we are not familiar with the Campania Express. In Sorrento, we stayed at the Casa Elena (check out our Sorrento post to learn more). This small homestay type hotel is located in the hills above Sorrento. We walked down into to town everyday (because we had terrible luck with the buses). The place is great if you are on a budget, but if you don’t like the idea of taking the bus or walking up and down the hill everyday, you might want to look in town. We use Booking.com to find hotels. Cheers, Julie

  16. I am trying to buy advance tickets to Pompeii, but the ticketone website requires a VAT number? It seems to be like an italian SSN. Is there something I am doing wrong?

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      I just went through the online ticket process and did not have to enter a VAT # (it was optional). Make sure you are purchasing tickets through ticketone.it. From the link on this post, scroll down and click “go to online tickets.” Have Google translate the page, choose the site you want to buy tickets for, and then you will be on the online ticketing page. If you did all of this, I don’t know why it would be asking for a VAT #. Hope this helps! Cheers, Julie

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