Visiting Pompeii - Naples to Pompeii from the Cruise Dock

pompeii remainsThere's a lot of walking in Pompeii - a little rest is always welcome!

Being Mediterranean cruise guests on a ship calling to Naples, Italy, you will have an opportunity of visiting Pompeii, one of the most popular archaeological tourist sites in Italy and Europe in general!

To be more precise, you will be one of the 2,6 million people that visit Pompeii ruins every year!

The fact that the ancient city of Pompeii, in Roman times a wealthy resort town and a busy port, is only 15 miles away from the port of Naples, makes this port the most suitable base for visiting this museum in the open in the shadow of Vesuvius Volcano.

So if you are one of the Mediterranean cruise guests wondering how to get from the port of Naples to Pompeii excavation site, this travel guide will help you...

There are a few ways you can get from Naples to Pompeii.

Just keep in mind that, as opposed to the other Bay of Naples destinations, like the isle of Capri or the town of Sorrento Italy, which are accessible by hydrofoil boats from the port of Naples close to where your cruise ship is docked, Pompeii is accessible by land transportation means only!

But before you start planning visiting Pompeii and your transportation from Naples to Pompeii, make sure you plan the rest of the day in the Bay of Naples and decide on how much time you will be spending on the lost city of Pompeii.

Naples is one of the Mediterranean ports that have quite a few attractive destinations to see in its vicinity and you should try and combine at least two of them in your day.

bay of naples map, naples to pompeii map, capri map, sorrento map

If you leave your ship first thing in the morning, as soon as they lower the gangway (and Naples is the kind of port where they do that), you should be able to see at least two points of interest in a day.

In other words, we think it is not wise to dedicate the whole day to the exploration of Pompeii only. Although at least 2 hours will be needed to get the feel of the place - the day is long and you are in the homeland of La Dolce Vita so you shouldn't leave it to seeing ruins and stones only!

See more info on what other destinations to combine with your visit to Pompeii in our article A Cruiser's Day in the Lost City of Pompeii.

pompeii tourguideWithout a certified tour guide in Pompeii, you really do miss out!

Visiting Pompeii: Transportation

1. Getting from Naples to Pompeii by train: this is the cheapest way! You can practically take a whole small family there and back for less than €20! Read more about using the train in our article Naples to Pompeii by train.

2. Getting from Naples to Pompeii by taxi: As you walk out of the Naples terminal building you will immediately be surrounded by a bunch of taxi drivers wanting to take you for a day trip around the area.

They will be eager to get your business. As they don't use the taxi meter, what you'll pay depends entirely on your negotiating skills. You will be asked anywhere from €200-400 per taxi.

pompeii toiletteWhat do you think these are?

3. Getting from Naples to Pompeii by hiring your own driver online: if you are anything like me, you don't want to get frustrated trying to get a fair-priced taxi ride to Pompeii on the very morning of your arrival in Naples.

That's for people who couldn't get bothered to get things organized in advance. And just judging by the fact you're reading this, you are not one of them.

That's why I am happy to share with you what I've just found on Viator, our trusted transportation/shore-excursions partner: Round-Trip Shuttle Transfer from Naples to Pompeii, starting from only $27.32 per person (depends on the time of day you pick)! Bingo! What a great option for families or bigger parties!

This is what you'll get for your money if you opt for this 4 1/2 star service everyone is so happy about:

  • No stress of trying to follow directions to the train station
  • Choice of several departure times throughout the day (morning and afternoon)
  • Free pick-up and drop-off at the port
  • Shared shuttle service to Pompeii and back
  • Freedom to see the famous site at your own (it's advisable to book your tickets on line so you don't have to wait in line)
  • Freedom to see it with one of the recommended Skip-the-line guided options (that start at the site of Pompeii). 

Here's what some people say about this service, just recently added on Viator: 

pompeii roundtrip van

'Comfortable ride, on time. Definitely recommended.'

Carol, the USA

'Our driver was not only on time, but early to pick us up for the shuttle to Pompeii. He was friendly and helped us book another shuttle to the train station for the next day. I would absolutely book this shuttle again.'

Shannon, the USA

So, how do you book? First of all, do it as soon as you find out you'll be visiting Pompeii. With many ships in port on the same day, these kind of really affordable services do sell out quickly. Now click on the link here: Round Trip Shuttle from Naples to Pompeii and grab your seats before someone else does!

If you miss on it, try these other few great options:

4. Getting from Naples to Pompeii by one of the cruise shore excursions: Ten years or so, when shopping for services online wasn't so widespread, this used to be the only option if you wanted to visit destinations in the ports of call. Not today!

Cruiselines have agreements with particular tour-operators in each port which limits the variety of options when it comes to shore excursions.

Also, they can only provide a set number of buses on a given day (they cater to many different cruise lines in port of the same day), so these shore excursions sell out quickly.

Prices? Compare them for yourself. It is only natural the cruise line will charge you the extra fee for offering these services.

Whatever your choice is, I wish you a fantastic day in Pompeii and the Bay of Naples!


From VISITING POMPEII to Mediterranean Cruise Ports Easy


1. Livorno to Pisa

2. Port of Venice

3. Naples to Pompeii

4. Capri ferry

5. Livorno to Florence

6. Kusadasi shopping

7. Livorno to Pisa by Bus

8. Map of Venice

9. Port of Dubrovnik

10. Livorno Italy

11. Venice people  mover

12. Dubrovnik Croatia

13. Naples to Capri

14. What to pack for Europe

15. Getting to Dubrovnik

16. Messina Sicily

17. Pisa Train

18. Visiting Pompeii

19. Pompeii forum

20. Port of Piraeus

21. Getting to Florence

22. Venice vaporetto

23. Venice water bus

24. Livorno map

25. Getting to Zadar

26. Venice cruise terminal

27. Walk Venice

28. Mykonos beach

29. Tourist information Lucca Italy

30. Pomepii homes