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Herculaneum is an ancient city in Campania dating back to 79 AD, where about 4,000-5,000 inhabitants lived. Although sometimes overshadowed by its neighbor Pompeii, Herculaneum holds rich Italian history within its walls. After being destroyed during the eruption of Vesuvius, the ruins were excavated and now stand as an important historical landmark in Italy. We’ve put together all the information to plan your visit, including Herculaneum tickets, opening hours, getting there, FAQs, and more. 

Post-COVID-19 Safety Measures at Herculaneum

  • Guests are encouraged to pre-book their Herculaneum tickets online in advance to reduce physical contact and ensure limited visitor capacity.
  • All guests must wear their face masks throughout their visit. 
  • Inside the venue, all guests must maintain a minimum of 1-meter social distance at all times. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available at the Herculaneum entrance and must be used before entering. 
  • Temperature checks will take place at the entrance for all guests.

All Your Herculaneum Tickets & Tour Options

To visit Herculaneum, you can choose from a range of Herculaneum tickets: priority access, guided tours, and combo tickets to visit both Herculaneum and Pompeii. Take a look at each ticket type and the experiences.

Priority Entrance

Guided Tours

Pompeii and Herculaneum

With your priority entrance Herculaneum ticket, you can skip the line and head right in to explore the ancient town. Although Herculaneum was ruined by the Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD, you can still see its stunning features which are well-preserved even today.  Explore Herculaneum and its fascinating history with this ticket. For those of you in a time crunch, this ticket is the perfect choice. 

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Discover ancient villas, libraries, bathhouses, and more at an ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site without having to wait in long line. 
For those of you who want to get an in-depth understanding about Herculaneum, this ticket is a great option. Explore the ancient town with an expert tour guide who will give you interesting facts and anecdotes about the site, its people and their lives, and more. These tickets also include skip-the-line access so you don’t have to wait in line and quickly get started on your guided Herculaneum tour. 

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Learn all about the enchanting history of Herculaneum and its civilization with an expert guide. The best part? You can skip the lines and save time. 
Get an exciting dose of Italy’s rich history by visiting two of its most ancient and iconic attractions in one day – Pompeii and Herculaneum. Discover Pompeii and its ancient ruins, filled with legendary myths and anecdotes, and then head over to Herculaneum, another town ruined by Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD.  

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Visit two iconic Italian ruins, Pompeii and Herculaneum, with this combo ticket. Your experience includes priority access, guided tours, as well as return transfers. 

Plan Your Visit to Herculaneum Ruins

Opening Hours

Getting There

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What are Herculaneum opening hours?
Between 1 November to 31 March, Herculaneum is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and between 1 April to 31 October, it is open from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM, every day. The last admission is 90 minutes before closing.
What is the best time to visit Herculaneum?
Although summer is the ideal time for tourists to visit Herculaneum, if you want to avoid large crowds, winter or shoulder season might be a better option. During summer, plan your visit either in the morning around 8:30 AM or in the afternoon around 3 pm. If you’re visiting during winter, get there in the morning because sunlight will be scarce post 3 PM.
How long should I spend at Herculaneum?
Spend at least 2 - 3 hours at the Herculaneum site to get a good look at everything.
Where is Herculaneum located?
Herculaneum is located about 5 miles southeast of Naples, at Corso Resina, 80056 Ercolano, Italy.
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How long does it take to get from Naples to Herculaneum?
It takes about 20 minutes to get from Herculaneum to Naples.
Can I take the train to Herculaneum?
Yes, you can take a train to Herculaneum. Catch the Circumvesuviana train from Naples Garibaldi Station and get off at Ercolano Scavi station. From here, you can simply walk for 6-8 minutes to get to the site.
Are return transfers included in my Herculaneum tickets?
It depends on the ticket you choose. General day tour tickets do not include return transfers, but combo tickets with both Herculaneum and Pompeii include return transfers.
Is photography permitted at Herculaneum?
Photography using handheld cameras or phones is permitted, while professional cameras are not.
Are outside food and drinks permitted at Herculaneum?
Eating and drinking inside the site are not permitted. You can grab a bite at a nearby restaurant before or after your visit.
What should I wear on a visit to Herculaneum?
You’ll be walking around a lot at the site so walking shoes are a must. Loose/comfortable clothing is a good choice if you’re visiting during summer, while warm clothing or a jacket is perfect for a winter visit.
Is Herculaneum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Herculaneum is accessible to people with reduced mobility. Some paths might be difficult to access and visitors are cautioned about uneven terrains.
Is storage facility available at Herculaneum?
Yes, storage facility is available at the Herculaneum ticket office in case you’re traveling with luggage. 
Are audio guides available at Herculaneum?
Audio guides are available for rent at the ticket office for €8.

What to See on a Herculaneum Tour

Give yourself at least 2-3 hours to explore Herculaneum completely. Here’s what you can expect to see inside.

House of Neptune

One of the townhouses at Herculaneum, House of Neptune is believed to have been owned by a wealthy family. In the garden area, you can find a colorful mosaic depiction of the sea God Neptune and his wife Amphitrite. Neptune can be easily spotted because of the iconic trident in his hand. 

Villa of the Papyri

Named after almost 1,800 papyri found at the site, ‘Villa Dei Papiri’ is considered to be one of the most luxurious villas in Herculaneum. The villa is believed to be owned by Julius Caesar’s father-in-law, Lucious Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus. Ancient excavations discovered the iconic library filled with papyrus scrolls with texts by Greek philosophers from that time. 

Thermal Baths

Dating back to the first half of the 1st century BC, you will find a beautiful bath complex divided into two sections: one for men and one for women. In the men’s bath, you can spot a heated swimming pool, also known as a ‘tepidarium’. On the other side of this section is the women’s bath which is a little smaller but much better preserved.

Hall of Augustales

Dedicated to the Roman Emperor Augustus, the College of the Augustales is a stunning piece of architecture that has been well-preserved over the years. In the main hall, you can find charred wooden beam remains and many of the original features of the building. A truly remarkable building in all of Herculaneum. 

Samnite House

Samnite House is one of the oldest buildings discovered in Herculaneum, dating back to around 2nd century BC. Get a glimpse of ancient Roman architecture as you marvel at the many aspects of this house. The atrium of the house holds an iconic gallery with columns and fences made of stucco on three sides.

House of the Deer

This space is named after sculptures of a group of male deer found inside. House of the Deer or House of the Stags holds an inner porticoed garden, several bedrooms, a dining room, and an alcove with spectacular views of the sea.

Day Trips from Naples

While there’s plenty of things to do in the city of Naples, don’t miss out on the chance of exploring remarkable towns and destinations that are just a short distance away. 

Pompeii

One of the most famous attractions in Italy, Pompeii is a vast archaeological site destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. What remains of this site is an archaeological marvel with preserved streets, houses, food and more that provides a fascinating insight into life before the destruction. You can book Pompeii tickets and tours individually or as part of your combo ticket.  

Royal Palace of Caserta

Dating back to the 18th century, the Royal Palace of Caserta is still one of the largest palaces in the world. The palace was formerly the residence of the kings of Naples, built by the House of Bourbon and is located just under 35 minutes from the city. Explore the royal premises with Royal Palace of Caserta tickets.

Museo di Capodimonte

Located in the Palace of Capodimonte, is an exquisite art gallery that will transport you back in time. Inside you will find many important paintings from different Italian schools of art including the Nepolitan school, as well as a few ancient Roman sculptures. Book Museo di Capodimonte tickets at Headout.

Palazzo Reale

From vicious dictators, the plague, and heartbreaking bombings, the Palazzo Reale holds rich history within its walls. Today it boasts of being an iconic center for art and history, having hosted and continuing to host several public exhibitions for years now. Book Palazzo Reale tickets at Headout.

Amalfi Coast

Located in the Gulf of Salerno in Southern Italy is a gorgeous coastline with breathtaking views and iconic architecture. Amalfi Coast is often regarded as one of Italy’s must-visit holiday destinations with its mountains plunging into the sea creating an unforgettable Mediterranean landscape. It is located 1.5 hours from Naples.

Capri

Explore a delightful little island located amidst the Tyrrhenian Sea, just off the Sorrento Peninsula. Take a relaxing boat tour and get lost in the most mesmerizing sights you will ever see.

Herculaneum Tickets FAQs

Are Herculaneum tickets available online now?
Yes, Herculaneum tickets are now available online. It is recommended that guests prebook their tickets online to get their preferred date and time to visit. 
What safety measures are in place at Herculaneum?
Herculaneum now accepts online reservations of tickets. Guests must wear their face masks throughout their visit and maintain a minimum of 1-meter social distance at all times. Guests will undergo temperature checks at the entrance, where hand sanitizers are also available for public use.
What are the different types of Herculaneum tickets?
You can choose to book priority entrance or guided tours, or book combo tickets that include access to both Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Are tours of Pompeii and Herculaneum included in the same ticket?
You can book a combo ticket and visit both Pompeii and Herculaneum on the same day.
Do Herculaneum tickets include priority access?
Yes, all Herculaneum tickets include priority access, allowing you to avoid waiting in line and save time.
Are Herculaneum guided tours available now?
Yes, you can book a Herculaneum guided tour online which also includes priority access.
What is the cancelation policy for Herculaneum tickets?
Your Herculaneum tickets cannot be canceled or rescheduled. 
What are Herculaneum opening hours?
1 November - 31 March: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, every day.
1 April - 31 October: 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM every day.
How do I get to Herculaneum?
You can get to Herculaneum by train, bus, or car. The closest bus stop is at Umberto and the closest train station is Ercolano Scavi, from where the ruins are located at just under a 6-8 minute walk. 
Are return transfers included in Herculaneum tickets?
It depends on the ticket you choose. Combo tickets to Pompeii and Herculaneum include return transfers, while guided tours do not.
What is the best time to visit Herculaneum?
Although summer is the ideal time for tourists to visit Herculaneum, if you want to avoid large crowds, winter or shoulder season might be a better option.
Is Herculaneum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Herculaneum is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
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