How do you get to Mount Vesuvius from Pompeii?

Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii go hand in hand, with the City of Pompeii famously destroyed by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 A.D. So, it isn’t a surprise to know that travellers want to visit both destinations. But what is the best way to get to both?

The History of Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is very old, dating back about 300,000 years. Due to its age, Vesuvius has many eruptions throughout its life, estimated to be in the high 30s. But it is famous for its eruption in 79 A.D, that sent 2000 people to their untimely demise. The people of Pompeii were unaware that Mount Vesuvius was a volcano, as it had not erupted since 1800 BC. Vesuvius blasted waves of scorching ‘pyroclastic flows’ rained down on the city. This became the citizen’s ending, as it contained poisonous gas, ash, and rock. The wall of hot smoke was over 32 km tall and gathered speeds of 700km per hour. The volcano soon buried the city in a thick layer of ash and dirt, which resulted in the preservation of Pompeii.

How to get to the Mount Vesuvius

Your starting point is Pompeii station, with a service set up, including tickets and information for a Mount Vesuvius adventure.

Bus Tour

Hop on a tour to grab a ride up to the Volcano. The bus tours usually depart every hour, operating from 9 am until 3 pm. The tour is approximately two-and-a-half hours, returning you back to where you started. If you are interested in learning more detail about Mount Vesuvius, we definitely recommend doing a guided tour.

Public Bus

Walk around 15 minutes into the town of Pompeii from the station to get to the public bus service. The local bus has a set timetable for trekking to and from Mount Vesuvius. The Bus comes and goes every 50 minutes, making it easier to hop on whenever you are ready! Make sure you have cash on you as you must pay for your ticket on board. Tickets to Mount Vesuvius can either be done at Pompeii Station or once you have arrived at your destination. This travel option is certainly the cheapest, giving you the best flexibility for your travels.


If you’ve hired your own car for the day, you can easily make your own way up. Following the bus’s as they wind through the Italian streets, or a buy a map and speed past. Unfortunately, all the car parks on the volcano are paid parking, with no free spots in sight. As well, the parking lot is quite a far distance from Mount Vesuvius, so we recommend wearing your walking shoes.

Be sure to check out our 1 Day Pompeii Tour from Rome!