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

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  • Tick off 2 important archaeological sites ingrained in myth and history – Pompeii and Herculaneum, on the same day with a fun guided tour.
  • Walking beside an archaeologist will lend you a unique perspective, a sneak peek into the typical lifestyle of Romans over 1900 years ago.
  • Get convenient round-trip transfers! If you are in Naples, have a comfy adventure in an AC coach. From Pompeii, experience the charm of the local train.
  • Tune into digital audio guides to listen to fascinating stories of ancient Rome in the language you prefer.
  • Marvel at perfectly preserved frescoes, intricate mosaics, and lavish villas of Herculaneum and Pompeii as you listen to its tragic tale of fire and ash.

Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum with entry
  • Expert English-speaking archaeologist guide
  • Digital audio guide in Italian, English, Spanish, French & German
  • Round-trip AC coach transfers from Naples (optional)
  • Round-trip train ticket from Pompeii to Herculaneum (optional)
  • Tip: Check out the 3-storey mansion in Herculaneum, House of the Relief of Telephus, once laden with marble walls and a panoramic terrace.
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible. Entry is free for people with disabilities and an accompanying adult.
  • Unfortunately, pets cannot tag along for this experience.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Pompeii/Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum & Vesuvius Day Trip

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  • 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 a multilingual 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 or 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.
  • Unfortunately, pets cannot tag along for this experience.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Campania Express One-Way Tickets: Naples to/from Herculaneum

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  • Tired of travel hassles? Hop on board this one-way express transfer between Naples Porta Nolana or Porta Garibaldi station and Herculaneum Ercolano Scavi station!
  • With train connections available every 3 hours, you won't miss a beat and zoom to your destination in just 18 minutes flat!
  • Sit back, relax, and soak in the sights from vibrant city neighborhoods to the majestic Mount Vesuvius in the distance in air-conditioned coaches.
  • At Herculaneum Ercolano Scavi Train Station, you've got options galore: heading further afield or exploring local gems, the station got you covered.

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  • One-way express transfers between Naples Porta Nolana or Porta Garibaldi train station and Herculaneum Ercolano Scavi train station
  • Air-conditioning onboard
  • Tip: First things first, grab a map at the Herculaneum Ercolano Scavi Train Station to navigate this ancient region and plan your day ahead.
  • 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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From Naples: Herculaneum Half-Day Tour

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  • Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a well-preserved Roman town that suffered the same fate as Pompeii in 79 AD.
  • See picturesque villas, bathhouses, frescoes, metal works, and more preserved in their near-perfect state in Herculaneum.
  • Enjoy a comfortable experience with round-trip transfers from your hotel in Naples aboard a fully-fitted GT coach with audio commentary on board.

Inclusions

  • 3-hour guided tour of Herculaneum
  • Expert local guide
  • Audio guides
  • Round-trip transfers from Naples
  • Fully-fitted GT coach

Exclusions

  • Entry to Herculaneum
  • During the low season, from Nov to Mar, the live guide inside the ruins will be replaced with an audio guide if the group is less than 6 people.
  • The following are not allowed on this tour: Large baggage and suitcases.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Exploring Herculaneum | Comprehensive day trip guide

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to declare that Herculaneum is Vesuvius’ 2,000-year-old lost jewel. Rare and well-preserved treasures have been unearthed from the debris of the 79 AD eruption, rendering these ruins a remarkable site of education and imagination. If visiting Herculaneum is on your bucket list (as it should be!), why not make a day trip out of it? Here are your options for crafting the ultimate day trip itinerary for Herculaneum.

Why take a day trip to Herculaneum?

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Your trips to Herculaneum explained

Guided tours

Guided tours

Duration: 5.5-7 hours

  • Enter the sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii with an archeologist who is a subject matter expert. Learn about the different fates of these neighboring cities and what remains of them today.
  • This small-group guided tour of less than 20 people ensures an intimate and interactive experience with your guide.
  • While your guide is English-speaking, you can tune into a digital audio guide in 5 languages: English, Italian, Spanish, German or French.

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

Round-trip transfers

Round-trip transfers

Duration: 3-8 hours

  • Depending on your choice, get round-trip transfers from Naples or Pompeii to Pompeii and Herculaneum. Make a stop at Mount Vesuvius too for an all-round experience.
  • An expert driver will take you along a carefully curated route to help you make the most of your experience. Note that the driver does not act as a guide.
  • At Pompeii, benefit from a map and audio guide. At Vesuvius, a volcanic guide will take you up its slopes.
  • If you're taking the Naples half day tour, you can benefit from both audio guides and an expert local guide.

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  • From Pompeii/Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum & Vesuvius Day Trip
  • From Naples: Herculaneum Half-Day Tour
One-way transfers

One-way transfers

Duration: 18 minutes

  • Travel either from Naples to Herculaneum or vice versa with one-way Campania Express train tickets.
  • Board from the Naples Porta Nolana station or the Ercolano Scavi station at Herculaneum.
  • Note that these are only transport tickets and don’t include access to the Archeological Park of Herculaneum

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Campania Express One-Way Tickets: Naples Porta Nolana to/from Herculaneum

What to expect on a day trip to Herculaneum

GT coach with AC

From Naples

Distance: 11.6 km

Travel time: Approximately x 30-40 minutes

  • Choose between a comfortable GT coach with AC from Naples to head to Herculaneum and back.
  • For a more local experience, board the Circumvesuviana Express from beneath the Piazza Garibaldi station in Naples. Alight at the Ercolano Scavi stop at Herculaneum.
  • Once you arrive at Herculaneum, tour the ruins with an archeologist who will regale you with tales (and facts) of splendor, tragedy and luxury. Admire frescoes, statues, lavish houses and more — all preserved exceptionally.
  • Board the coach/train back to Naples at the end of your visit.
From Pompeii

From Pompeii

Distance: 19 km
Travel time: Approx 19 minutes

  • An expert local driver will pick you up from your hotel in Pompeii.
  • Once you arrive at Herculaneum, immerse yourself in a buried civilization that was in its golden age — before the eruption snuffed out the hopes of further prosperity.
  • If you’ve opted for it, travel to Mount Vesuvius and climb to the crater with a volcanic guide.
  • Your driver will drop you back to your hotel in Pompeii. 

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Entrance ticket

Including transfers, expert tour guide charges and audio guides, the trip can cost you anywhere between €15 to €128. Note that food, shopping, etc. will cost you extra.

For a more budget-friendly option, consider the Campania Express One-Way Tickets, starting from €15. This option offers a quick and convenient transfer between Naples Porta Nolana and Herculaneum Ercolano Scavi Train Station. You can then book the admission ticket to Herculaneum separately.

Entrance fee

  • The standard entrance fee for Herculaneum for adults is €15 per person.
  • Entry to Pompeii typically costs around €16 per person for adult
  • Admission to Mount Vesuvius varies based on age and season, ranging around €10-€20 per person.

Discounts

Students with a valid ID and seniors aged above 65 and above enjoy reduced admission prices. It's advisable to check the ticket details for accurate information about available discounts and eligibility criteria.

Other costs

You may want to budget around €5 to €10 per person for quick snacks or light meals from local cafes or food vendors near the archaeological sites. For a casual sit-down meal at a local restaurant or trattoria, budget around €15 to €25 per person for a main course along with a drink. Keep in mind that prices can vary based on the restaurant; it's a good idea to check menu prices beforehand.

Samnite House
  • At Herculaneum, don’t miss visiting the Samnite House (one of the oldest houses found there), the Villa of the Papyri (from where nearly 1800 paper scrolls survived fire and ash), the Palestra and more.
  • Admire the vivid frescoes inside the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, and see a wooden door that still works on its hinges at the House of the Wooden Partition.
  • At Pompeii, see the human casts, erotic graffiti, gymnasium and more.
  • If your trip also includes a stop at Vesuvius, climb the crater and peer into its swirling depths. Don’t miss trying the local wine grown on volcanic soil — Lacryma Christi.
spanning seafood

All that walking is sure to make you crave a snack. Head to these eateries in Ercolano after your visit and enjoy a snack or sit-down meal.

  • Bistrot Italia: Sink into plush interiors and savor delectable cuisines (try the porcini!) spanning seafood, desserts and more at Bistrot Italia.
  • La Pachanga Mexican Restaurant: In Italy but craving some spice? Head to La Pachanga and gorge on taco salads, tropical cocktails and more. 
  • Dante Osteria: With outdoor seating available, Dante Osteria serves cold cuts, charcuterie boards and more from the finest hand-picked produce in the region.
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  • As these sites have been painstakingly preserved, please don’t touch the frescoes, statues or other displays. In their fragility lies their preciousness.
  • If your ticket also includes a trip to Vesuvius, do wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots to navigate the terrain.
  • Pack a light picnic (especially if you’re traveling with kids) as there are only few eateries to choose from and most don’t serve full meals.
  • While the transfers to Herculaneum from Naples and Pompeii are fully wheelchair accessible, the hike up to Mount Vesuvius is not.
  • While most people flock to Pompeii, spend at least 2-3 hours in Herculaneum to appreciate its better-preserved structures.

Frequently asked questions about day trips to Herculaneum

What are my primary transport options to avail a day trip to Herculaneum?

You can either book a GT coach with AC from Naples or take the Circumvesuviana train to the Ercolano Scavi station. From Pompeii, a local driver will escort you to Herculaneum and back.

What sights can I cover as part of the day trip?

You can definitely visit both Pompeii and Herculaneum as part of your day trip. If you’ve opted for it, you can also top up your experience with a visit to Mount Vesuvius as well.

How long will I spend at each destination during my day trip?

Typically, a trip to Pompeii lasts longer than Herculaneum or Vesuvius as there’s more to see there. So, you can expect to spend at least 2.5-3 hours in Pompeii alone. Generally, Herculaneum can be visited in under 2.5 hours, and Vesuvius takes about 1.5 hours at most. These estimates also include travel time between these destinations.

What facilities are available on board the transfers?

You will get to travel in an air-conditioned train or coach. If you are opting for a pick-up and drop-off from Pompeii, an expert local driver will ferry you to the archeological park and back. However, no snacks or drinks are available during the transfer. Guided tours will begin only once you reach the destination.

Are Herculaneum day trips wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the round-trip transfers (which include transport and access to Pompeii and Herculaneum) are wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, the hike up to Mount Vesuvius is not.

Are day trips suitable for children?

Traveling with children above the age of 5 is generally an enjoyable experience for the family. Be sure to load up on snacks and water as there are very few fueling stations nearby and temperatures can get quite hot. To be on the safer side, we recommend not bringing along toddlers or infants as a day trip more or less spans the entire day, and they might feel uncomfortable by the end of it. Additionally, Pompeii and Herculaneum are not entirely stroller-friendly.