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Busvia del Vesuvio

#43 of 112 Tours in Pompeii
Pompeii, Italy
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About Busvia del Vesuvio
The only excursion to volcano through the Strada Matrone, this is the most evocative trail to the Vesuvius, the ancient road is leading you through the Vesuvius National Park till 1050 mt. From there you have access to visit the crater and enjoy a spectacular view over the bay of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula. The excursion leaves every day from 9 to 15 (every hours) in front of the Circumvesuviana Station of Pompeii Villa Misteri
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Em P wrote a review Oct 2019
Prague, Czech Republic92 contributions67 helpful votes
We were super confused at the start, trying to board crowded Vesuv bus that was supposed to have tickets for sale on board. It didn't - they sent us to a red ticket office and there a lady told us she doesn't even sell tickets for that one and instead offered us Busvia for more money. Sounded sketchy as hell :D But since the first bus was super full already, we gave in and bought the 10E per person return ticket. She said this guarantees us seats on the way back, unlike on the first bus where it's first come, first serve, and she must have been truthful, our bus had no standing people unlike the first one. Also, when arriving to the entrance, a nice lady hopped on the bus and explained that she can sell us entrance tickets (another 10E, same price as at the kiosk but no queue) and there will be a guide for us behind the entrance, included in the price. Well, we never found the guide but didn't wait for them because what for? We just climbed up (took us 15 minutes of a rather quick tempo - we were worried about timing but for no reason ;)), walked around the crater, took loads of pictures and were back down with 15 minutes left for gift shop and toi tois (unfortunatelly horrible). The bus came and took us back to Pompeii on time. If I understand it well, this company used to do it differently with green cars but that's not it anymore, don't worry.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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TravellerEurope wrote a review Aug 2019
7 contributions20 helpful votes
The volcano isr eally a good experience, but you pay every step you make. Pay fo a bus which drives you 3 minutes, without reason. You leave the car in nowhere where the bus you pay, is the only option. Also when we tried to pay the entrance with card , somehow the signal lost ..... ( HAHAHA).... and we could pay only in cash. Tragic? Yes.... When we say that we dont have cash, somehiw (miracle) the signal found.....Tragic? Yes..... Please let the visitors enjoy the place....
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Date of experience: August 2019
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LoveToTravelTerrie wrote a review Jun 2019
Frisco, Texas1238 contributions482 helpful votes
Our trip started at the Pompeii Scavi train station looking for a guide. We were a party of 8 and some people wanted to stay at the site longer than others. We asked the tour representative several questions about what we were getting for our Vesuvius tour. Let's just say that we got conflicting reports with every person to whom we spoke. And once we paid our non-refundable ticket we were committed. We boarded a nice air conditioned charter bus for the ride to the park. Once we reached the parking lot a lady boarded and sold us our admission tickets for €10 cash. We were then told to to walk up to the entrance where we would find our guide. A note about the parking lot! This was a very small area and there was not enough room for buses to stay there. Buses were constantly coming to drop off or pick up and then they would leave. Lots of people were hanging out waiting for the right bus to arrive. There were also several souvenir stands and a spot selling snacks and the only restroom that I found on the premises. I did not use it so I can't speak about it. A note about the overall park. Other than a few small buildings, you are exposed to the elements. Dress accordingly with respect to the sun, wind and rain! We followed the crowd uphill to the entrance. That was pretty easy because there was really only one way to go. There was not much in the way of an entrance. Once inside the park, we saw a building on the left side of the path with a big sign that read "Guide Service". Just to the right of that was a wooden fence where a man was standing. Apparently he was our guide and he was going to tell us everything we needed to know while just standing there. His accent was so thick we had a hard time understanding him. His expression told us he really didn't care! (See the image I posted. He's wearing the red jacket smoking a cigarette.) He told us we could go around the corner and request another guide. My friend proceeded to do so but these other people were sitting in a room and appeared to be on break. They had no intention of coming out and replacing him for us. So off we went on our own. We were told it would take about 30 minutes to get to the top and 30 minutes to get back. The last person who spoke to us told us we needed to be back in one hour to catch the bus. That left no time to appreciate the view. Some of my friends took this to heart and scrambled as far as they could for 30 minutes then turned around to make it back in time for the bus. However my one friend and I decided we were going to take our time and go to the very end thinking that it would somehow work out and at least there was the 2 of us. The trail itself was very well marked and wide in most areas with wooden rails on both sides. It was mostly loose rocks and pebbles and a steady incline up. The pebbles could get a little slick. There were just a few spots where it got narrow and you had to step up actual rocks. It was not a difficult climb but the air gets a little thinner towards the top and people who live just down at sea level will probably feel it. There were plenty of places to stop to look inside the caldera and out over towns and landscapes. There were 2 small buildings, one at the half way point and the a second one at the end of the trail to purchase souvenirs. These were in addition to the spot at the entrance and the stands in the parking lot. I purchased the small postcards at the last stand for €2 and asked the worker where Pompeii was located. He was happy to walk out to the edge and point it out to me which I shared with other visitors around me. There was steam coming steadily from the side of the caldera otherwise there wasn't really a whole lot to see. But just thinking about the events of the eruption was enough and I'm certainly glad I visited. I'm also glad we took our time. Once we reached the parking lot we had to wait a bit for our bus. No one else from our party was there as they had caught an earlier bus. After asking a few drivers we finally found the correct one. We boarded and headed back to the train station with no problems. We knew it would somehow work out!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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GMCIreland wrote a review Jun 2019
Ireland60 contributions10 helpful votes
I first used this company in 2017 and again in May 2019 - there have been some changes. Gone are tiny busses and the green off road trucks. Since the fires on Vesuvius the company uses large air conditioned coaches with pleanty of seats. As before you buy the ticket for the bus at the train station at a cost of €10. The journey takes about 25 mins. Once you arrive at Vesuvius you need to buy a second ticket at a cost of €10 to visit the crater. A very nice lady explained everything and we were able to purchase this second ticket on the coach. The carpark is busy so take note of where you are dropped off as this is where you will be picked up. We were told what time to be back at the bus and off we went. There is pleanty of time to reach the crater, browse the tiny shop and take all the photos you need. When we were ready we made our decent back to the bus. Yes we were picked up at the exact location where we were dropped off. The lady who sold us the second ticket was there to help us. I did notice a lot more steam rising from the crater since my last visit so hurry up and visit Mount Vesuvius. I have no hesitation recommending this company once again, I found Busvia del Vesuvio to be very efficient and worthy of a 5 star rating.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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KLE292010 wrote a review Jun 2019
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom43 contributions13 helpful votes
We thought the women asking us what we were looking for was helping to start with. But, her manner was very poushy and started using words like must and have too. SHe took us to a so called touristico inofmration office, stay away from that!!. THere some bloke showed us a picture of that bus, said it would be our transport and that it cost 10 euros each way plus 10 for admission to the park. TOld a pack of lies about being the only bus that went that far up vesuvius...they all go top the same bus park. Don't get taken in buy these horrible scammers use the excellent EAV service. it goes from directly opposite pompeii scavi station. It's also comforatble!! Much better price than the so called busvia del vesuvio
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Date of experience: May 2019
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