Visiting Pompeii from the Amalfi Coast

How to take a daytrip or excursion from the Amalfi Coast to the ancient Roman ghost city of Pompeii

The ancient Roman ghost town of Pompeii was covered by volancic ash and mud when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, preserving an entire city of Ancient Rome and its daily life for the ages.

How to get to Pompeii from the Amalfi Coast

If you are using public transportation, first make your way back to Sorrento. From there, just hop on the Circumvesuviana train toward Naples, but get off after TK minutes at the Pompeii-Scavi stop.

TK CK (Note: Do not get off at "Pompei"; this is the living, contemproary version of the town next to the archaeological site—but it's a hiek from that station to the Pompeii site entrance)

Tours & private guides (transportation on your own)

Guided excursions & tours (transportation included)

Pompeii tours departing from Naples

(Though departing from Naples, and not the Amalfi Coast, you could easily use one of these tours en route to the Amalfi Coast. At the end of the day, rather than returning to Naples just ask your guide to leave you at the Pompeii train station to continue on to Sorrento. Or, for those tours that happen to return to Naples for a tour of the Archaeology Museum, just head to the A.C. from Naples. A little backtracking perhaps, but in exchange for a stellar tour.)

Pompeii tours departing from Sorrento

Pompeii tours departing from Positano

Pompeii tours departing from Amalfi

Pompeii tours departing from Ravello

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How long does the Amalfi Coast take?

Planning your time: Budget at least a day for the Amalfi Coast. Simply to drive the coast without getting out (except to change buses in Amalfi) takes at least five hours—that's three hours touring the coast from Sorrento to Salerno, plus another hour on each end to get to and from those gateway towns.

If you do want to pack it all into a single day—and actually stop and get out in a few towns—it might be best to just book a tour that picks you up at your hotel, gives you time in each of the main Amalfi Coast towns, and returns you to your hotel 6–9 hours later:

  • From Sorrento, group tours start from $40, private drivers from $60, and private tours from $90. » book
  • From Naples, group tours start from $97, private drivers from $55, and private tours from $85. » book

Otherwise, it makes far more sense to spend at least one night on the coast.

If, however, your schedule doesn't have that much leisure time, might I suggest riding the first leg—from Sorrento to Positano to Amalfi—taking a quick spin around Amalfi town, then catching a ferry either back up the coast to Sorrento or over to Capri.

» Amalfi Coast itineraries

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