Pompeii Tickets & Tours

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Pompeii | Preserved ancient Roman city frozen in time

Pompeii was a vibrant blue-collar town until the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 covered it under a thick carpet of volcanic ash and reduced it to ruins and debris. Today, what is left of the ancient city of Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a unique window into the daily life of a bustling Roman city. Discover the secrets of Pompeii, learn about its history, and find the perfect ticket for an unforgettable journey into the past.

Things to know before buying Pompeii tickets

  • If you're booking a standard entry ticket, then it's best to purchase a map/information brochure so you don't miss out. The signages and explanations are neither evenly distributed throughout the ruins nor are comprehensive enough. Another alternative to the standard ticket is booking the audio guide tour with for a more insightful experience. Choose the commentary among Italian, English, French, Spanish or German.
  • Do ensure your ticket covers all the attractions within Pompeii, as some tickets (like the standard entry ticket) doesn't offer access to some highlights like the Villa of the Mysteries.
  • The best option is to book a guided tour for a truly enriching experience of this famed landmark. The Pompeii guided tour you're part of could even be a cozy, tight-knit group of less than 15 people, if you choose the small-group option.
  • If you want to enhance the site experience further, consider booking a tour guided by an archeologist. Their expertise will help you gather information beyond the ruins to their preservation, composition, restoration and more. You can check out this ticket if you wish to take this tour.
  • Book combo tours to Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum for a more comprehensive understanding of the region's history and the impact of the 79 AD eruption. Combo tours are also cost-effective; it works out to be cheaper if you have a single ticket as opposed to buying individual entry tickets to each of these attractions.
  • Got a full day? Make the most of it by booking day trips from Naples or Sorrento. Catch not only Pompeii but also Herculaneum or Mount Vesuvius (depending on your ticket option) and get everything covered — from transport to availing a guided tour.
  • In Pompeii, ongoing excavations and preservation efforts mean that some areas might unexpectedly open or close. Some buildings might also be visible only from the outside. Keep tabs on this information so you know what to expect on your tour.

Booking guide: Find the best Pompeii ticket for you

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Pompeii Tickets

-Access to Pompeii
-Explore independently
-Optional map/informational brochure (€9 upwards)
-Optional entrance to Virtual Museum of Pompeii (€25 upwards)
-Duration: 7.5 hr - 12 hr

Cheapest option, allowing you to explore at your own pace and delve deeper into specific area

Not applicable

Pompeii Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

-Access to Pompeii
-Fast-track entry
-Professional, multilingual tour guide
-Duration: 2 hr

Maximize time & enjoy a structured tour at a competitive price

English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Japanese

Pompeii Tickets with Audio Guide

-Access to Pompeii
-Audio guide
-Duration: Flexible

Budget-friendly option to explore independently at your own pace, and with informative commentary

Italian, English, French, Spanish & German

Combo (Save 5%): Pompeii + Herculaneum Tickets

-Access to Pompeii
-Fast track entry to Herculaneum
-Duration: Flexible

Discounted way to visit both Pompeii and Herculaneum

Not applicable

From Naples: Pompeii Guided Tour with Optional Herculaneum or Vesuvius Visit

-Day trip to Pompeii
-Round-trip shuttle transfers from Naples
-Professional, multilingual tour guide
-Optional Mount Vesuvius or Herculaneum visit (€55 upwards)
-Duration: 4 hr

For a comprehensive tour of the Vesuvian area with convenience of transfers from Naples on a budget

English, Spanish

From Sorrento: Pompeii Guided Tour with Optional Vesuvius Visit

-Day trip to Pompeii
-Round-trip shuttle transfers from Sorrento
-Professional tour guide
-Optional Vesuvius or Herculaneum visit (+€60 / +€75 upwards)
-Duration: 8 hr

For a comprehensive day trip with transfers for travelers based in Sorrento

English

From Pompeii: Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii Day Trip

-Access to Pompeii
-Access to Mount Vesuvius
-Round-trip shuttle transfers from Pompeii
-Optional guided tour at Pompeii (€42 upwards)
-Optional Herculaneum visit (€41 upwards)
-Duration: 5 hr - 7 hr

Explore both Pompeii and Vesuvius with transfers using a single ticket

English

Plan your visit to Pompeii

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rules in Pompeii

  • Valid tickets are required for entry; if there are any issues, please report to security.
  • Follow on-site rules: no littering, respect artifacts and no disruptive behavior.
  • No professional recording equipment allowed without permission.
  • Dogs over 10 kg aren't permitted, except for service dogs with a disability certificate.
  • Criminal offenses include damage, refusal to show documents, threats and indecency.
  • Violators face administrative penalties and removal from the park.
  • Groups must follow designated paths; max visitor limit is 15,000 at a time.
  • Visitors with mobility issues or health concerns should take caution due to the vast space and uneven terrain.
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  • Read up on Pompeii's history beforehand to enrich your visit. Understanding its significance enhances the experience.
  • Plan to spend at least 3 hours in Pompeii to explore comfortably. Rushing through might lessen the experience. Setting aside a full morning or afternoon is advisable.
  • That said, balance your time at Pompeii to avoid 'ruin fatigue' — tours typically last 2-4 hours, striking a balance for an informative and enjoyable visit, especially in the intense summer heat.
  • Stay alert for pickpocketing, notably around the train line linking Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and Naples. Also, exercise caution around the site's entrances as some businesses might offer deceptive information or aggressively promote their services.
  • Choose the entrance based on your needs. Porta Marina offers more facilities, while Piazza Anfiteatro is ideal for independent exploration.
  • Wear comfortable attire, bring water, wear sunscreen, and choose appropriate footwear for a comfortable visit.
Friends at a restaurant

Pompeii Scavi Café: This is the only restaurant within the walls of Pompeii, allowing visitors to refuel during their visit. However, it tends to be on the pricier side.

If you want to instead visit an eatery outside the ruins, here are a few options for you:

  • La Cantina di Plinio: Take a short walk to the La cantina di Plinio, where you can enjoy some delicious pasta.
  • Ristorante President Pompei: Enjoy a range of cuisines including Italian, Neapolitan, Campania, and Southern-Italian, with special diets catered for such as vegetarian-friendly, vegan options, and gluten-free options here.
  • Sofì: You can enjoy some great cocktails and live music at this dinner and DJ bar.

Beyond Pompeii

Aerial view of crater of Mount Vesuvius volcano
Herculaneum

Frequently asked questions about Pompeii Tickets

What do Pompeii tickets include?

Standard Pompeii ticket includes entry into the ancient city of Pompeii. You can stay for as long as you like and explore the ruins from one end to the other. Depending on the experience you choose, you may get return transfers between Rome or Naples and Pompeii, guided tours, or even a virtual tour that will allow you to get a unique perspective on the history of Pompeii.

What are the benefits of skip-the-line tickets to Pompeii?

Pompeii skip-the-line tickets allow you to bypass the long lines and enter Pompeii with priority access. You can save up to 2 hours that you might otherwise spend in long ticketing queues if you choose to book on-spot. Bonus: enjoy both priority entry and the expertise of a knowledgeable tour guide. Check out for a smooth and hassle-free experience.

I'm not a big fan of crowds. What ticket should I purchase if I want to explore solo but also gain a deeper understanding of what I'm seeing?

An audio guide is a great option in this case. As guides usually steer tourists along a set route, you can choose to chart your own course without missing out on crucial information by booking an audio guide tour. These audio guides are of premium quality and can be availed in Italian, English, French, Spanish or German.

If I'm a first-time visitor seeking a comprehensive experience, which Pompeii tour is best for me?

The is a great option to avail for first-time visitors as you not only get fast-track entry to the site, but also benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a seasoned tour guide. If you wish, you can also upgrade this same ticket to avail an archeologist instead of a guide. If you're new to the area, then booking a day trip from Naples or Sorrento will make your visit hassle-free as your transportation is taken care of, and you'll likely have a guide to assist you at the site.

Why should I book a guided tour of Pompeii?

Guided tours of Pompeii are led by professional guides who can provide in-depth knowledge and insights about the site's history and significance. Additionally, they often include priority access, allowing you to bypass the long lines and enter Pompeii with ease. They're also great value for money as there is so much to see at the ruins that touring them with an expert is sure to cover what you might otherwise miss. This is a great option if you're looking to avail a guided tour:

How much is a ticket to Pompeii?

The starting price for Pompeii tickets is upwards of €22. This typically includes entrance to Pompeii. However, please note that prices may vary based on additional features like guided tours and, the time of year, and other factors. It's always a good idea to check our selection of experiences for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

What is the most cost-effective way to see Pompeii?

If you're on a budget, consider booking the standard where you can explore the attraction on your own. Keep in mind that there won't be added benefits like skipping the lines or gaining access to a guide. However, you could upgrade your ticket to purchase a map or brochure that will make it easier for you to tour the ruins. At a steal, you can also book Combo (Save 5%): Pompeii + Herculaneum Tickets to tick off both these prime attractions in the Vesuvian region.

Are discounts available on Pompeii tickets?

Yes, EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 can avail of reduced pricing on their tickets on the presentation of a valid ID. EU and non-EU citizens under the age of 18, along with permanent or contract-based teaching staff enjoy free entry into Pompeii.

What is the cancelation policy for Pompeii tickets?

The cancelation policy depends on the type of ticket you choose to book. While most tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 24-48 hours in advance, some may not offer a refund upon cancelation. Please check the specific terms before you make your reservation.

Why should I book Pompeii tickets online?

Booking Pompeii tickets online with us offers several advantages:
-Competitive prices: With a comprehensive inventory, choose between a variety of tours like audio guide tours, skip-the-line tours and guided tours at the best prices.
-Add-ons: Upgrade your tickets to include additional benefits like entry to the Virtual Museum, interactive maps, etc.
-Guaranteed entry: Finally, during peak season, walk-in tickets may not be available, and by having tickets booked and ready before your trip, your entry to the site will be ensured.
-Combo tours and day trips: You can also enhance your experience by choosing combo tours or day trips. By visiting Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum, you will gainer great insights into the Vesuvian region.
-Discounts & offers: By booking online, you can also avail of some of the best discounts and special offers not available at the ticket office.
-Customer service: You’ll also get 24/7  customer service on the phone, by email, or chat, allowing you to resolve any issues quickly.

How long does it take to complete a Pompeii tour?

A complete tour of Pompeii typically takes about 2-3 hours, depending on your pace and interest. However, if you're booking a day trip, expect to set aside the whole day (7-12 hours) to travel to Pompeii, explore the ruins, possibly see another attraction like Mount Vesuvius or Herculaneum, and return to your starting point.

How do I enter Pompeii?

Pompeii can be accessed via its 3 main entrances: the Porta Marina, Piazza Esedra or Piazza Anfiteatro entrances.

Are the ruins of Pompeii wheelchair-accessible?

Yes. Various pathways have been constructed to ensure ease of movement. Differently-abled visitors can enter Pompeii through the Piazza Anfiteatro entrance.