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Positano to Pompeii to Naples Center (train) in one day?

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Positano to Pompeii to Naples Center (train) in one day?

We're trying to figure out our schedule for our last day on the Amalfi Coast. We're staying in Positano and were thinking of touring Pompeii on the way to Naples Center where we'll catch the train to Rome. We'll be hiring a driver for the day. When would you suggest we leave Positano, how much time do we spend at Pompeii , and will that allow us to get on a 3 pm train to Rome? Is this a reasonable day or would we be really pushing it? Thanks!

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Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Positano to Pompeii to Naples Center (train) in one day?

This is easily done without a driver - you could save yourselves a fortune. Even if you wanted the convenience of getting out of Positano without using the bus - you could take a driver from Positano to Sorrento and then take the train to Pompeii, store your luggage on site, check out Pompeii and then take the train on to Napoli Centrale for your trip to Rome.

You'll be paying a driver lots of euros to sit around Pompeii and wait for you - money totally wasted.

However, if this is your already booked plan, then yes you will have time to do this. Pompeii opens at 8.30am. Get the driver to take you there by opening time and you'll have plenty of hours to explore Pompeii and even have some pizza in Naples before your 3pm train.

Chicago, IL
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2. Re: Positano to Pompeii to Naples Center (train) in one day?

Thanks for your feedback. I like your suggestions and have a few questions. Can you still store bags at the train stations? (20 years ago, I would not have thought of asking that question.). Is what we should see in Pompeii walking distance from the train station? There will be four of us so we will have to figure out if the cost or four train tickets is equal to or less than the cost of a driver (and the convenience). Thanks again.

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3. Re: Positano to Pompeii to Naples Center (train) in one day?

As Kathy said, you can leave your bags with the left luggage facility right at the site of Pompei. The price of a ticket on the Circumvesuviana (local train) to Pompei Scavi stop (which is right by the site) is less than 5 euros per person.

Sydney, Australia
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4. Re: Positano to Pompeii to Naples Center (train) in one day?

I think you'll find you'll be way out in front if you take the train. You're only going one way so it will be about 2-3 euros each from Pompeii to Naples.

As Momcat says, the Pompeii stop is right beside the site - a two minute walk if that. It's 11 euros for a ticket inside and guides cost 10 euros per person (they take groups of about 10-12) If you plan on going in without a guide, please, please do some research before you go and have a plan of what you want to see, otherwise it's a very tiring, aimless experience. For example, the very famous House of the Vetti has been closed for restoration for many years, the palestra is closed, the Forum Baths are closed and parts of the Villa of Mysteries are closed. However - the Stabian Baths have recently re-opened after intensive restoration work.

Don't use an audio guide as they are out of date. Take a water bottle and refill it at the many public fountains. There is also a cafe inside if you get desperate. Hope you have a great day.

Chicago, IL
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5. Re: Positano to Pompeii to Naples Center (train) in one day?

Can you post the URL for the train guide from Sorrento to Pompeii and Pompeii to Naples Centrale? Thanks!

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6. Re: Positano to Pompeii to Naples Center (train) in one day?

eavcampania.it/web/…sorrento_0.pdf

Your stop is Pompeii S. Villa Misteri.

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