Many hotels around Naples offer half and whole-day guided bus tours to Pompeii and the Sorrentine peninula. Ask your concierge for prices, times and details. You won’t have time to explore on your own, but for a fairly low price (60 euros or so) your day’s entertainment and snacks are already taken care of.
Take the Train
The Circumvesuviana Naples-Sorrento train includes the Pompeii Villa dei Misteri stop, which is just a 20 minute walk from the ruins. With departure times throughout the day, you set your schedule to explore the amphitheater, enjoy scenery, and take in a demonstration. Bring a lunch and take time for a picnic under the hot Italian sun. It is a 40 minute ride from Naples to Pompeii, so remember to build in the travel time to your day.
Drive and Park
If you have a rental car, the entrance to the site can be clogged with tourists at the start of the day. While there is a large car park, it’s a bit like navigating rush hour traffic back home. However, if you park near Piazza Anfiteatro you can find metered street parking and a little used entrance to the attraction. Take your sweet time enjoying the day and when it’s time to head back, you avoid the crowds doing the same at the main entrance.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about tips for transportation around Pompeii.