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Travel from Rome to Pompeii on this independent day trip that provides you with convenient transportation so you don’t have to worry about how to get there. When you arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site, you are free to explore the ruins of the city at your own pace. You also have the option to upgrade to include access to the excavations and a 2-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. There’s no easier way to visit Pompeii from Rome.


  • 12-hour independent day-trip to Pompeii from Rome
  • Travel in air-conditioned comfort then tour Pompeii at your leisure
  • Enjoy hassle-free round-trip travel
  • Learn about the site and plan your visit from the books and leaflets on board your coach
  • Upgrade to access Pompeii’s excavations and enjoy a 2-hour guided tour

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What You Can Expect

Rome to Pompeii Shuttle Bus & Independent Day Trip

Explore the mysteries of ancient Pompeii!

Your day trip starts as you board your coach or minibus in central Rome for the 3.5-hour drive to Pompeii, one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological sites—a city frozen in a time capsule. An onboard host is available to answer any questions during the journey, and you can look through provided books and brochures to learn about Pompeii, which was destroyed by heavy volcanic ash in 79 AD when Mt Vesuvius erupted, killing the residents of the city.

When you arrive, you are free to explore own your own until it’s time to return to Rome. Stroll down the ancient lanes, imagining what life was like here 2,000 years ago. Pass the limestone columns still standing along Via degli Augustali, and check out artifacts and ruins from the forum, thermal baths, temple, theater and homes. All walking paths are marked with frescoes that depict scenes from daily life in Pompeii, which give context to what you’re seeing and help you find your way around.

Head back to your tour vehicle in the mid-afternoon for the drive back to Rome, where your day trip ends.

Optional excavations and tour upgrade:
When booking, you have the option to include access to the excavations of Pompeii and a 2-hour tour with an informative guide. This tour is limited to 25 people.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a highlight of our 5 day trip to Rome. Claudia and Fabio were excellent guide/driver. The additional 2 hour guided tour with Brunella was also excellent!

Myles M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Delivered on what it promised. A nice coach ride from the center of Rome to the Pompeii ruins and then organised entrance, with an informative two hour tour and then two-three hours spare to wander around. The experience is one not to be missed and free of the usual hucksterism of cameo shops and other shopping and food locations designed to part the eager traveler from his/her money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was a very long day. However, I would recommend this tour to anyone. The drive there and back was pleasant and scenic. You also get to listen to fun factoids.

Barry United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Somewhat of a long day, but a great experience!

Marissa was our coordinator, and Maximo was our driver. Both were good. But of course the guide is what really makes the difference, and Dario was tops! He was happy, organized, very well informed, and made sure we all were having a good time. We learned a ton about the history and probably future of this remarkable site.

This is one of those places you don't want to go on your own because your eyes will skip right past many things that are fascinating. Like the ruts in the stones in the street, made by the wagons and carriages of the day wearing them down. Or like ancient graffiti on the walls. Or the significance of location and shape of individual homes and courtyards.

A good tour. Recommend.

Euan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Would recommend to anyone

Rosalind M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our bus guide, Gio, was excellent, both pleasant and well-informed. The office was open when I arrived a half hour ahead of the departure time. All was clear as to times, food, admission charge, and meeting place. Of course, Pompeii itself is wonderful and definitely worth a trip. I was totally satisfied with Viator.

Helen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Good..informative guide, Claudia, and the guide at the site was excellent ...very informative and a very droll sense of humour.

Vanessa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very comfortable bus trip. I really enjoyed doing the guided tour in Pompeii as it is a very large area and I appreciated the history a lot more with the wonderful detailed information provided by the kind and knowledgable guide. I would definitely advise people to do this trip with the guided tour. You still have time afterwards to do a bit of wondering around and see more of the site.

Kevin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We booked the optional guided tour, which proved to be a great choice. Marisa was our host on the bus, and she kept us up to date with how we were progressing and what we could see out of the window.

Our guide in Pompeii was Dario: we have had a guided tour of the city before 21 years ago, but Dario was excellent, finding a way to impart lots of facts, but still make it interesting enough to keep our teenagers' attention.

The guided tour took 2 hours, and we had a further 2 hours on our own, which we used to walk to the Amphitheatre even though it was 40 degrees! I would recommend it, the place is impressive!

The icing on the cake was that the bus dropped us back in Rome, not at the Enjoy Rome office, which is a bit out of the way, but at Termini, which meant we could get straight on the bus to our hotel.

Throughout the tour each step was clearly explained to us, with timings which were adhered to, so we always knew exactly where we were going and when we were being picked up. The trip may seem like a lot of money, but it was well worth it, and was the highlight of our break in Rome.

Norman E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very comfortable ride there and back. Great tour guides! Pompeii is absolutely fascinating.

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