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Submitted on Jul 06, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to get to Pompeii from Amalfi Coast

  • Going from Amalfi Coast to Pompeii is relatively easy, taking 1-2 hours depending where you are on the coast
  • In general, there are 3 towns on Amalfi Coast that have direct transportation to Pompeii: 1) Sorrento, 2) Amalfi, and 3) Salerno
  • From Sorrento and Salerno, you can take a train to Pompeii. From Amalfi, there is a direct bus to Pompeii
  • Outside of these 3 towns, you will have to first take a bus or ferry to one of these towns, then transfer to Pompeii
  • Of course, you can always book a private transfer or group tour from Amalfi Coast to Pompeii. It's a popular activity and there are plenty of companies offering these transfers and tours
  • For the sake of clarity, keep in mind that the ruins of Pompeii is located in the modern town of Pompei. I will be referring to both Pompeii and Pompei in my instructions below so don't get confused


  • How to get to Pompeii from Sorrento (the best option):
  • From Sorrento, you need to take a regional train called Circumvesuviana
  • This train runs between Naples and Sorrento. As its name suggests, it literally circles around Mount Vesuvius, which is the volcano located south of Naples that destroyed Pompeii many many years ago
  • Train is operated by EAV (https://www.eavsrl.it)
  • It departs from Sorrento's main train station (located here), and arrives at Pompei Scavi - Villa dei Misteri Station (located here, 2 minute walk away from the ticket center and entrance to Pompeii)
  • The Circumvesuviana train runs every 30 minutes or so between 7am and 11pm. You can look up the exact schedule on EAV's website. On the website, click the button that says "Calcola Il Percorso" to see schedule, and pick "Sorrento" for origin ("Da" text field) and "Pompeii Scavi Villa Dei Misteri" for destination ("A" text field)
  • The train ride takes just 30 minutes
  • Fare is around €3 each way. No need to buy the train ticket ahead of time because there are always plenty of seats available, even in the summer peak season. Have cash euros on you to pay for the ticket
  • This train is the best option to get to Pompeii from Amalfi Coast because it's cheap and it gets you right to the main entrance of Pompeii (Porta Marina entrance). However, Sorrento is technically not on the Amalfi Coast, and you will have to take a ferry from Amalfi or Positano to get to Sorrento first


  • How to get to Pompeii from Amalfi:
  • From Amalfi, there is no train to Pompeii. Instead, there is a direct tourist bus
  • The bus fare is €12 each way, or €20 round trip. In Amalfi, ticket can be purchased at the travel agency at the northwest corner of the main bus station (this exact spot), with cash or credit card. I saw some other passengers paying cash onboard, so I assume that's also a possibility. This is what the agency looks like where you buy the ticket in Amalfi: User submitted photo of Pompeii
  • Bus takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to get from Amalfi to Pompeii
  • Schedule:
  • 2 daily buses to Pompeii departing Amalfi at 9:25am and 10:25am
  • 2 daily return buses back to Amalfi departing Pompeii at 3:15pm and 5:15pm
  • This bus is operated by Tramvia Napoli. Their website is https://www.tramvianapoli.com, where you can get the most up-to-date information
  • Pickup/drop off point:
  • In Amalfi: the bus stop at the eastern end of Piazza Flavio Gioia, which is next to the docks in Amalfi (bus stop's exact spot in Google Maps, coordinates: 40.633777, 14.602934)
  • In Pompeii: 30 seconds to the main Porta Marina entrance of Pompeii (bus stop is at this exact spot). The bus stop is halfway between the train station and the entrance
  • The bus passes by the towns of Conca dei Marini (next to Monastero Santa Rosa hotel) and Furore. So if you're staying in one of these towns, you can coordinate with Tramvia to pick you up from these towns so you don't have to get to Amalfi
  • The bus is air conditioned and is in decent shape. The ride offers some stunning views of the Amalfi Coast, but there are a lot of turns and sudden stops because the roads along the coast are all narrow and winding
  • What the bus looks like:User submitted photo of Pompeii


  • How to get to Pompeii from Salerno:
  • From Salerno, there is also a direct train to Pompeii. However, it arrives in Pompei at a different station than the train from Sorrento and the train itself is operated by a different company
  • This train is operated by Trenitalia, which is the Italian national train operator. You can find their schedule and prices on http://www.trenitalia.com
  • Train runs between 5am and 9:38pm and takes 42 minutes each way
  • Fare is €2.4 each way payable by cash
  • Departing station is Salerno Railway Station (located here). Arrival station is Pompei Railway Station (located here). Keep in mind that this is NOT the same train station as the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento I mentioned above.
  • After you arrive at Pompei Railway Station, the entrance to Pompeii is 10 minutes walk away, located here. Note that this is the eastern entrance to the ruins, not the main Porta Marina entrance mentioned above
  • You do not need to book the train ticket ahead of time even in the busy season, there are plenty of seats available