Vesuvius, according to Neapolitans, is the protector of their city. It might sound ironic, especially when we know how potential this volcano is from the proof of Pompei or Herculaneum. But people still want to climb Mount Vesuvius, maybe for the adrenalin or maybe for its breathtaking natural beauty.
There are many ways how to reach Vesuvius, but I‘m going to write about the most popular and the most comfortable ones. Just before that list, I‘d like to give some useful tips for the ones who are planning this trip:
- Wear comfortable shoes. You‘ll be climbing so, flip-flops, sandals or ballerinas are not the best choices. First, your feet might get really tired and the second, you might slip and even hurt yourself.
- Even though it's almost never raining in Naples check the weather. If it will be raining heavily it‘s not permitted to climb the crater, to ensure the security of tourists.
- There is an entry fee to Vesuvius national park – 10 euros, that is not included in any private transports company costs. The ticket is free for the children who are not taller than 1.2m. And, also, that ticket includes a guide in Italian or English.
- You‘ll take about 1:30 hour to visit the crater.
- Since you‘re on top of the Mount Vesuvius don‘t miss a chance to try Lacrime Cristi wine made out of the grapes that are growing on this volcano. You can try it after you‘ll be done visiting the crater, at the bar near the bus stop.
And here there are, Top 5 ways how to get to Vesuvius:
5 - Go to Vesuvius with a private bus
Some private bus companies occupy in tourist transfers from Naples to Vesuvius and back. The cost is more or less 15 euros per person. (Still, you‘ll have to buy the entry ticket separately.) Good thing is that these companies bring you just near the entry and later they‘ll pick you up from the same spot and bring you straight back to Naples.
4 - Go to Vesuvius with public transport
3 - Go to Vesuvius by car
You can come with your own, rented car, which I do not advise because in Naples there‘s a lot of traffic and to drive up to Mount Vesuvius is quite complicated. Also, you have to leave the car at the paid parking spot and from there you have to walk quite a lot. Although there is a shuttle bus (for which you have to pay too) from the parking lot to the ticket store, I don‘t think it‘s the most convenient way, because there are just too many things to think about.
But if you really want to enjoy a visit to Pompeii in the relaxation and intimacy of a private vehicle you can do it by booking a tour. Amalfidriver, for example, organizes a private tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum that can guarantee the comfort of a car trip but without the worry of parking, driving stress or anything else.
2 - Climb Mount Vesuvius
1 - Visit Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius
In my opinion, the most comfortable and quite cheaper way to travel to Vesuvius is from Pompei or Herculaneum. Just near the Ercolano Scavi or Pompei Villa dei Misteri Circumvesuviana train station, there are a few companies offering transfer to Vesuvius and back. The cost is about 7/10 euros both ways and if you‘re already thinking to visit one of these historical sites I‘d suggest you to: visit Pompei (or Herculaneum) first, and after that take the bus to Vesuvius. This way is cheaper and the busses from these cities are leaving to the volcano much more often.
I hope that these few tips about the trip to Vesuvius will come in handy and you‘ll find your best way to visit Mount Vesuvius on this list.
Visit Vesuvis with Naples Pass: a card for Naples public transport
During your trip in Naples you will need to use public transport in order to visit Vesuvius. A smart way for tourists to do this is to buy the Naples Pass.