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Tickets

Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tickets

€18
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
  • Explore Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town better preserved than Pompeii during the aftermath of Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD.
  • Discover the picturesque ancient villas, bathhouses, frescoes, and more all preserved in their near-perfect glory.
  • Take advantage of your skip-the-line tickets into the UNESCO World Heritage Site to bypass the long tourist lines.
  • Unlock the Artercard Campania for free entry to the first 5 sites of your choice around Naples, and discounts at around 80 more! Find the full list here.
  • Explore Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town better preserved than Pompeii during the aftermath of Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD.
  • Discover the picturesque ancient villas, bathhouses, frescoes, and more all preserved in their near-perfect glory.
  • Take advantage of your skip-the-line tickets into the UNESCO World Heritage Site to bypass the long tourist lines.
  • Unlock the Artercard Campania for free entry to the first 5 sites of your choice around Naples, and discounts at around 80 more! Find the full list here.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entrance to Herculaneum
  • Campania Artecard 7-Day Pass (optional)

Exclusions

  • Audio Guide
  • Tip: You can purchase an audio guide from the ticketing office for €8.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide

€28
Mobile Ticket
Audio Guide
  • Bypass the long queues and dive straight into the ancient wonders of Herculaneum in Italy’s picturesque Campania region.
  • An audio guide allows you to immerse yourself in the well-preserved ruins of this lesser-known historic city, rivaling the nearby Pompeii in significance.
  • Explore the opulent House of the Deer and Villa of the Papyri, and walk along the ancient main street Decumanus Maximus, lined with shops and houses.
  • Discover the narratives woven into the colorful frescoes, intricate mosaics, and stunning structures offering insight into the lives of ordinary citizens.
  • Bypass the long queues and dive straight into the ancient wonders of Herculaneum in Italy’s picturesque Campania region.
  • An audio guide allows you to immerse yourself in the well-preserved ruins of this lesser-known historic city, rivaling the nearby Pompeii in significance.
  • Explore the opulent House of the Deer and Villa of the Papyri, and walk along the ancient main street Decumanus Maximus, lined with shops and houses.
  • Discover the narratives woven into the colorful frescoes, intricate mosaics, and stunning structures offering insight into the lives of ordinary citizens.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry to Herculaneum
  • Audio guide in Italian, English, French, Spanish & German
  • Tip: Want to visit a supposed ancient cult temple rumored to be run by imperially-sanctioned freedmen? Stop by the College of Augustales.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Luggage Storage.
  • Please note that there is free entry for wheelchair users and 1 companion.
  • The audio guide is available in Italian, English, French, Spanish, and German.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Guided Tours

Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

€49
Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
2 hr.
  • The ancient town of Herculaneum is a must-visit for history and culture buffs when in Naples.
  • Most renowned for its archeological Roman excavations, Herculaneum has traces of Samnite, Greek, Etruscan influences (apart from the obvious Roman presence).
  • Did you know: Legend has it that Herculaneum was founded by the mythological hero, Hercules!
  • Thanks to the expert archeologist who will walk alongside you, you'll be privy to captivating anecdotes, secrets, stories, and chilling facts about Herculaneum.
  • Learn all about the tragic effects of Mount Vesuvius's eruption (much like Pompeii as you walk through the town).
  • As you explore this unique site on foot, you'll pass along the monumental basilica, the grand spa complex, the gymnasium, and then some.
  • The ancient town of Herculaneum is a must-visit for history and culture buffs when in Naples.
  • Most renowned for its archeological Roman excavations, Herculaneum has traces of Samnite, Greek, Etruscan influences (apart from the obvious Roman presence).
  • Did you know: Legend has it that Herculaneum was founded by the mythological hero, Hercules!
  • Thanks to the expert archeologist who will walk alongside you, you'll be privy to captivating anecdotes, secrets, stories, and chilling facts about Herculaneum.
  • Learn all about the tragic effects of Mount Vesuvius's eruption (much like Pompeii as you walk through the town).
  • As you explore this unique site on foot, you'll pass along the monumental basilica, the grand spa complex, the gymnasium, and then some.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry into Herculaneum ruins
  • Guidance from expert archeologist in English, Spanish, French, German & Italian (optional)
  • Tip: Overlooking the Gulf of Naples in a dramatic fashion, this world-renowned town has much to offer, aesthetically speaking. Bring out your cameras for the panoramas!
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combos

Combo: Pompeii + Herculaneum Tickets

€41
Mobile Ticket
  • Appreciate the beauty of the archaeological sites that once were Pompeii and Herculaneum, grand cities in Italy’s Campania region.
  • Mt Vesuvius forms an imposing backdrop as a reminder that both towns were buried under meters of ash and pumice after its tragic eruption in 79 A.D.
  • The preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that visitors can freely explore.
  • Take in the town’s heartbreaking history as you see remains that are almost perfectly preserved by volcanic ash - from frescos, buildings, and even human plaster casts.
  • Learn about the intellectual traditions of these towns, like the Villa of Papyri where scrolls containing 1st century philosophy were uncovered.
  • Discover everyday objects, an amphitheater, public baths, and other sites that will give you a glimpse of the life of ancient Romans.
  • This ticket includes skip-the-line access to Herculaneum allowing you to bypass the long tourist lines.
  • Appreciate the beauty of the archaeological sites that once were Pompeii and Herculaneum, grand cities in Italy’s Campania region.
  • Mt Vesuvius forms an imposing backdrop as a reminder that both towns were buried under meters of ash and pumice after its tragic eruption in 79 A.D.
  • The preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that visitors can freely explore.
  • Take in the town’s heartbreaking history as you see remains that are almost perfectly preserved by volcanic ash - from frescos, buildings, and even human plaster casts.
  • Learn about the intellectual traditions of these towns, like the Villa of Papyri where scrolls containing 1st century philosophy were uncovered.
  • Discover everyday objects, an amphitheater, public baths, and other sites that will give you a glimpse of the life of ancient Romans.
  • This ticket includes skip-the-line access to Herculaneum allowing you to bypass the long tourist lines.

Inclusions

Pompeii

  • Entrance tickets to Pompeii

Herculaneum

  • Skip-the-line entrance to Herculaneum
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combos

Combo: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tickets + One-Way Campania Express: Naples to/from Herculaneum

€33
Mobile Ticket
Transfers Included
  • Save big with this combo: Go past the queue at Herculaneum and enjoy express transfers between Naples Porta Nolana and this ancient Roman town.
  • Explore Herculaneum, once a prosperous city of merchants and nobility, tragically ended by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.
  • See not only the stone, marble, and ceramics from the eruption but also marvel at carbonized wood, paintings, even more exquisite than those found in Pompeii.
  • Escape travel hassles! Take this one-way express to/from Naples Porta Nolana to Herculaneum Ercolano Scavi Train Station.
  • Catch a train every 3 hours, ensuring you never miss a beat. Zoom to your destination in a swift 18 mins for one-way.
  • Save big with this combo: Go past the queue at Herculaneum and enjoy express transfers between Naples Porta Nolana and this ancient Roman town.
  • Explore Herculaneum, once a prosperous city of merchants and nobility, tragically ended by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.
  • See not only the stone, marble, and ceramics from the eruption but also marvel at carbonized wood, paintings, even more exquisite than those found in Pompeii.
  • Escape travel hassles! Take this one-way express to/from Naples Porta Nolana to Herculaneum Ercolano Scavi Train Station.
  • Catch a train every 3 hours, ensuring you never miss a beat. Zoom to your destination in a swift 18 mins for one-way.

Inclusions

Herculaneum Tickets

  • Skip-the-line entrance to Herculaneum

Campania Express Transfer

  • One-way express transfers to/from Naples Porta Nolana Train Station and Herculaneum Ercolano Scavi Train Station
  • Air-conditioning onboard

Herculaneum Tickets

  • Tip: Some of the skeletons of the ancient inhabitants are on display. While it might be a bit eerie, it adds a human element to the tragedy.
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.
  • The site of Herculaneum is extensive and highly exposed, making sunscreen and a hat advisable.
  • It is recommended to wear closed-toe shoes. The ruins of Herculaneum can be challenging to navigate with open shoes or sandals.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility.

Campania Express Transfer

  • Tip: The main highlight, Herculaneum, is a brief 10-15 min walk from the train station.
  • Please pay attention to the local displays and loudspeaker announcements and look out for trains having the name "Campania Express" on them.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Guided Tours

From Pompeii/Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum Guided Tour with Archaeologist

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€99.75
Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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5 hr. 30 min. - 7 hr.
  • Tick off two important archeological sites ingrained in myth and history - Pompeii and Herculaneum, on the same day with round-trip transfers from Naples.
  • Immortalized by nature’s wrath, these tourist hotspots offer sneak peeks into the typical lifestyle of Romans in the 1st century.
  • Start your tour at the perfectly preserved site of Pompeii, where you will marvel at various artifacts such as artwork, frescoes, and ancient buildings.
  • Make your way towards Herculaneum, a town better preserved than Pompeii during the aftermath of Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD, and witness palaces, houses, and colleges frozen under volcanic ash in impeccable condition.
  • Tick off two important archeological sites ingrained in myth and history - Pompeii and Herculaneum, on the same day with round-trip transfers from Naples.
  • Immortalized by nature’s wrath, these tourist hotspots offer sneak peeks into the typical lifestyle of Romans in the 1st century.
  • Start your tour at the perfectly preserved site of Pompeii, where you will marvel at various artifacts such as artwork, frescoes, and ancient buildings.
  • Make your way towards Herculaneum, a town better preserved than Pompeii during the aftermath of Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD, and witness palaces, houses, and colleges frozen under volcanic ash in impeccable condition.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Pompeii & Herculaneum
  • Round-trip transfers from Naples in Mercedes V Class or Ford minivan (optional)
  • Pick-up from the meeting point, airport, cruise terminal or main train station
  • English-speaking archaeologist guide
  • Small group tour of 20
  • Assistance on board
  • Headsets (for groups larger than 10 people)
  • Please note that there will be no breaks when visiting the sites at Pompeii. Please ensure that you carry a bottle of water should you need it as there are no beverages and food included in this tour aside from your mid-day meal.
  • During the low season, i.e. November to March, the live guide inside the ruins will be replaced with an audio guide if the group is less than 6 people.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Day Trips

From Pompeii/Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum & Vesuvius Day Trip

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€119
Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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8 hr.
Audio Guide
  • Experience a full day of adventure and history, as you gain entry to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius National Park.
  • Round-trip transfers from your hotel in either Pompeii or Naples, an expert driver, and a carefully curated route allow you to make the most of your trip.
  • Benefit from an insightful audio guide and map of Pompeii, followed by a visit to the homes and public spaces of the smaller city of Herculaneum.
  • At Mount Vesuvius, you’ll climb to the active crater along with a volcanic guide, and find a thriving wine industry on its fertile slopes!
  • Experience a full day of adventure and history, as you gain entry to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius National Park.
  • Round-trip transfers from your hotel in either Pompeii or Naples, an expert driver, and a carefully curated route allow you to make the most of your trip.
  • Benefit from an insightful audio guide and map of Pompeii, followed by a visit to the homes and public spaces of the smaller city of Herculaneum.
  • At Mount Vesuvius, you’ll climb to the active crater along with a volcanic guide, and find a thriving wine industry on its fertile slopes!

Inclusions

  • Day trip to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius
  • Round-trip transfers from Pompeii/Naples (as per option selected)
  • Entry to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius National Park
  • Audio guide and map of Pompeii
  • Tip: Don’t miss Herculaneum's boathouses, holding the skeletal remains of those who tried to escape the eruption by sea.
  • While Pompeii and Herculaneum are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the climb up Mount Vesuvius is not.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Herculaneum | Vesuvius’ Lost Jewel

Besides Pompeii, there was yet another city that was smothered under Vesuvius’ outburst in 79 AD. Enter Herculaneum, smaller in size than Pompeii but grander and more opulent. Once a bustling town, Herculaneum’s history boasts grandeur and culture. This can be seen in the magnificently designed villas and town squares, beautifully preserved under volcanic ash and debris.

Visitors will be thrilled to notice the organic remains of a variety of objects like wooden furniture, doors and roofs, mosaics and frescoes, and even food. Visit Herculaneum to discover the secrets of this hidden gem in Italy. 

Things to know before booking Herculaneum tickets

  • Know your combos: While visiting Herculaneum, it’s natural to want to visit Pompeii too. Book combo tours to both of these destinations to understand the full aftermath of Vesuvius’ wrath.
  • Hello Naples: Besides Herculaneum and Pompeii, Naples has a host of attractions that are waiting to be discovered. Opt for the Artecard Campania to enter 5 top sites and grab discounts on several more! The Artecard Campania is valid for 7 days from the time of purchase.
  • Skip-the-line: Purchasing skip the line tickets can make a world of difference. Herculaneum is a popular tourist stop, so bypass the queues and dive right into the attraction! 
  • Special needs: Those with mobility constraints and wheelchair users can avail a specially designed route by informing the help desk at the beginning of the site.
  • Fast and furious: Short on time but don’t want to miss out? Ride the superfast Campania Express from Naples to Herculaneum in just 18 minutes! Note that this is a one-way ticket either from the Herculaneum Ercolano Scavi Train station to Naples Porta Nolana station or vice versa.
  • Guided tours: There’s no better person to dig up the past than with an archeologist. Take a guided tour with a knowledgeable professional who can explain in detail the ins and outs of Herculaneum, its history, secrets, myths and more.
  • Visit Vesuvius: If you’re a geography or geology enthusiast, you’re sure to want to learn more about the main reason behind Herculaneum — Mount Vesuvius itself. Make a stop at this volcano: climb its summit, peer into its craters and know what makes it as famous as it is fearsome!
  • Free entry days: The first Sunday of every month offers free entry, but prepare for longer waiting times and more crowds. National holidays like April 25, June 2 and November 4 also offer free entry.

Why visit Herculaneum?

Why visit Herculaneum?

  1. Remarkable preservation: Unlike Pompeii's ashy embrace, Herculaneum's scorching heat preserved intricate wooden structures, vibrant frescoes, and even delicate fabrics, offering an intimate glimpse into Roman life.
  2. Untouched elegance: Herculaneum boasts luxurious villas with private gardens, mosaic-floored thermal baths, and sophisticated architecture, whispering tales of wealth and leisure.
  3. Beat the crowds: Escape the crowds of Pompeii and discover a more refined, aristocratic atmosphere. Herculaneum's compact size allows visitors to immerse themselves in a more intimate setting.
  4. Coastal Escape: Breathe in the fresh Mediterranean air and bask in the stunning scenery. Nestled between the azure waters of the Bay of Naples and the majestic Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum offers a picturesque backdrop to your exploration, with coastal walks and charming cafes completing the experience.

Which Herculaneum ticket is best for you?

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If you're looking to get an all-round perspective on the Vesuvius eruption

Go for: Combo tours that include visits to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
Duration: 5-8 hours

  • The Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD destroyed several things in its wake, but left behind two extremely well-preserved cities: Pompeii and Herculaneum. Discover both through these tickets.
  • Don’t miss a chance to visit Vesuvius itself! Gain better insights into the geology, history and legacy of Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum. 

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What to see inside Herculaneum

The remains of Herculaneum were almost perfectly preserved under the volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius. While there’s plenty to explore and observe at Herculaneum, here are the top sites you should definitely visit.

house of neptune - what to see in herculaneum

House of Neptune

This site, located a little further from the House of the Charred Furniture, was created as a tribute to the gods Neptune and Amphitrite. One can notice a a courtyard and alcove here, along with the remains of a fountain. The primary attraction here is the stunning glass mosaic wall with marble masks over it.

Villa of the Papyri - what to see in herculaneum

Villa of the Papyri

Considered one of the most magnificent villas in Herculaneum, this site gained fame due to the discovery of numerous papyrus scrolls. Its stunning architecture is still identifiable with the multiple frescoes, marble sculptures and bronzes. It is thought to once have a vineyard and gardens, and has a direct view of the sea from its terraces.

thermae baths - what to see in herculaneum

Thermae (Baths)

The thermal baths date back to the 1st Century BC. They clearly demarcate separate areas for men and women. Once can still identify how the water was heated by a large, still-intact furnace. Notice the changing rooms, the different hot and cold abthing areas, and even the storage areas for clothing.

hall of the augustales - what to see in herculaneum

Hall of the Augustales

Devotees of Emperor Augustus’ cult met here for their meetings and marked it as their official seat. It is also marked by various frescos, famous ones portraying Hercules wrestling Achelous and another where he enters Mount Olympus, accompanied by Juno and Minerva.

samnite house - what to see in herculaneum

Samnite House

From all the excavation projects, the Samnite House was identified as one of the oldest aristocratic residences in Herculaneum. It is thought to have been constructed back in 2nd Century BC and was about 300 years old when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Of note is its beautiful flooring, rainwater pool and still-standing columns and pillars.

house of the deer - what to see in herculaneum

House of the Deer

On this spot, one can find another grand villa in Herculaneum, facing the oceanside. These were decorated with statues of deers and large marble tables that one can find in the on-site museum as well. Notice the unique flooring of this villa, as it is covered with intricate mosaics, frescos and marble chips.

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Accessiblity
  • By reaching out to the staff at the entrance, guests with motor disabilities can be assisted with the III Cardo ramp.
  • For children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, there is an experimental app called Coloredibluerculanus. Interested visitors can email the the site staff a week in advance to use it.
Washroom
  • Bookshop
  • Cloakroom
  • Audioguides
  • Restrooms
  • Information service
  • Toilets
  • Accessibility ramps
Tips and Guidelines

  • Please carry a small backpack or a purse as large bags aren’t allowed.
  • Children below the age of 12 must be accompanied at all times.
  • Infants must be carried in a sling or backpack as it is difficult to get strollers around the cobblestoned areas.
  • During the opening hours of the park, be sure to experience the ‘pomegranate garden’ inside Casa del Rilievo di Telefo. It’s also a good idea to visit Maiuri Park, designed by the archeologist who discovered Herculaneum. This botanical oasis is a gateway to appreciating the Naples countryside.
  • If you’re a book lover, look out for and be part of the book sharing exchange that usually happens at the entrance on Corso Resina.
  • There aren't many eateries around, so it is best to carry snacks or food and have a picnic around the site.
  • Did you know that many of Herculaneum’s treasures are no longer housed in Herculaneum? Head to the National Archaeological Museum of Naples to see artifacts and items rescued from Herculaneum.
Seafood - Plan your visit to Herculaneum
  • Pappamonte: Enjoy a delectable selection of salads, Italian favorites and seafood at Pappamonte, located 1.7 km away.
  • Bistrot Italia: Great interiors and sumptuous food spanning seafood, desserts and more, Bistrot Italia is just 1.6 km away.
  • Ristorante Vesum: Good food and good views, Ristorante Vesum has an array of local delicacies but is known for their seafood. Vesum is located 7.7 km away.
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Pompeii

Pompeii

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Royal Palace of Naples

Royal Palace of Naples

The Royal Palace of Naples is a magnificent example of Neapolitan Baroque architecture, combining elements of Renaissance, Mannerist, and Rococo styles. It has been the residence of the Bourbon and Savoy monarchs of Naples and Sicily for centuries, and today it serves as a museum and cultural center.

National Archeological Museum

National Archeological Museum

The Naples National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important archaeological museums in the world, housing an unparalleled collection of artifacts from ancient Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other sites in southern Italy.

Frequently asked questions about Herculaneum tickets

Are Herculaneum tickets available online?

Yes. You can book your Herculaneum tickets online as they now accept digital reservations.

Why should I book Herculaneum tickets online?

Booking online offers several advantages like:
-Convenience: Book your tickets from anytime, anywhere!
-Discounts: Online booking gives you plenty of deals and offers that might otherwise be unavailable on site.
-Options: Combo tours, day trips, guided tours... there are a variety of options available while booking online to help you make the most of your visit.

Who can avail discounted tickets to Herculaneum?

Typically, those under 18 enter for free, as do members of the ICOM, people with disabilities and one companion, students and teachers enrolled in courses related to archeology, culture, history, conservation, etc. Groups, Ministry bodies, etc. are liable to receive concessions. It is advised you check your ticket to learn about the discounts.

What is the cancelation policy for Herculaneum tickets?

It depends on the ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.

Are guided tours of Herculaneum available?

It depends on the tour you book. Standard Herculaneum tickets do not include guided tours. However, you can purchase the service of a tour guide by booking those particular tickets. You can also choose to purchase an audioguide on site to enhance your experience.

What are Herculaneum opening hours?

Herculaneum opening hours are 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM from March 16 to October 14 and 8:30 AM to 5 PM from October 15 to March 15.

Are Naples to Herculaneum day trips available?

Yes. You can book Naples to Herculaneum tours now. Your experience would include return transfers and a combo tour of Pompeii. You can also opt to additionally pay for a tour guide.