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Archaeological Park of Paestum | Visitor Information At A Glance

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What is the Archaeological Park of Paestum opening hours? 

The Archaeological Park of Paestum is open on all days from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

Where is the Archaeological Park of Paestum located? 

The Archaeological Park of Paestum is in Via Magna Graecia, 919, 84047 Capaccio SA, Italy. Find on Map  

How many entrances does Paestum Park have? 

The Paestum Park has four main entrances: Porta Aurea to the north, Porta Sirena to the east, Porta Giustizia to the south, and Porta Marina to the west.  

What is the Archaeological Park of Paestum Opening Hours?

Monday to Sunday: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM during the summer months (April - June), 8:30 AM and to 5:00 PM in the winter season (November to March).

Last Entry: 6:50 PM from April to June, 4 PM from October to March

Closure: The Archaeological Park remains closed on 25 December and 1 January.

NOTE: The Paestum Museum is open from 8:30 AM to 1:40 PM on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, and the last entry time is at 1 PM.

Where is the Archaeological Park of Paestum Located?

Address: Via Magna Graecia, 919, 84047 Capaccio SA, Italy

Find on Map

The Archaeological Park of Paestum is located in the town of Paestum. It is approximately 85 kilometers (53 miles) southeast of Naples and about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Salerno. 

Getting to the Archaeological Park in Paestum

Public Transportation

By Public Transportation

By Bus: CSTP regularly serves Paestum from Napoli and Salerno (both line 34). SITA and Autolinee Giuliano Bus have several lines between Naples, Salerno, and the Cilento, making stops in Paestum (lines 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10).

By Train: Several trains from Naples and Salerno stop at Paestum station. The archaeological area is only a 10-minute walk from the station.

Parking Facilities

By Car

If you decide to drive to Paestum, take motorway A3 Salerno - Reggio Calabria. If you’re coming from the north, take the exit gate of Battipagli. If you’re coming from the south take gate Eboli, following the trunk road SS 18, take the first exit Capaccio Scalo and keep driving until you reach via Laura at Paestum. 

Parking Facilities

Here are a few paid parking spaces nearby:

  • Parking Paestum Archeologico Park: Located 750 m away
  • Parcheggio Bus Paestum: Located 650 m away
  • Parcheggio Principale Comunale Zona Archeologica Paestum: Located 600 m away



Book Tickets to Archaeological Park of Paestum

Train Transfer from Naples with Paestum Skip-The-Line Tickets
1 min.
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Paestum Archaeological Site Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
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Mobile Ticket
2 hr.
Guided Tour
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Archaeological Park of Paestum

Plan your trip in advance: Tickets to the Archaeological Park of Paestum sell out pretty quickly in the peak seasons (April to June). So, it is recommended to purchase skip-the-line tickets in advance, so you don't need to stand in long queues at the venue.

Opt for a guided tour: BY taking a guided tour, you can skip the long lines at the entry and straightaway visit Paestum Park with an expert guide, who can take you through the highlights of this historical place, and answer any queries you may have.

Visit the venue early: The Archaeological Park of Paestum opens at 7:30 AM, the time when you can expect a few tourists. Arrive early and enter the park shortly after the opening hours.

Park of Paestum entrance

There are four entrances that can be used to enter the archaeological park: 

  • Northern entrance:  Porta Aurea 
  • Eastern entrance: Porta Sirena
  • Southern entrance: Porta Giustizia
  • Western entrance: Porta Marina
Cloakrooms
  • Cloakrooms: Cloakrooms are available at the ticket office of Porta Principale where visitors can deposit backpacks, bags, and luggage. 
  • Audio guides (dedicated headsets): These are available on purchasing tickets to visit Paestum. These provide detailed information about the various attractions within the Paestum archaeological site.
no wheelchair sign
  • Exploring the Paestum archaeological site demands moderate fitness to navigate the bumpy paths.
  • Due to uneven terrain, a person with a disability can face difficulties navigating the pathways.
  • Bringing prams isn't advisable since the rough terrain isn't suitable for its mobility.
  • Audio guides are available at the venue and also come with specific tickets.
Carry photography gear
  • Try to avoid carrying bulky backpacks and luggage.
  • Navigating around the Paestum archaeological site isn’t a breeze, so wear comfortable shoes 
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing as it can get warm in the daytime 
  • Wear hats and sunglasses 
  • Do not litter around the historic place (a UNESCO World Heritage site) 
  • Do not forget to keep yourself hydrated 
  • Carry photography gear when you visit Paestum
Italian cuisine
  • La Bottega del Gusto: Traditional Italian cuisine paired with aged wine from local vineyards, 600 m away
  • Ristorante Museo: A stone's throw distance from the Paestum site, this quick grab & bite joint is a hit among tourists, 550m away 
  • Il Tempio Del Panino: A takeaway favorite, find continental dishes at an affordable pocket pinch, 550 m away 
  • Domus Clelia: Savor classic Italian pizzas, and quench your thirst at wine lounge, 650 m away
  • Antiche Mura Grill & Wine: Delicious grilled seafood fare paired with wine, 1 km away 
Stay
  • Budget

Hotel Dei Templi, 4 min away; Villa Paestum, 4 min away

  • Mid-Range

Hotel Royal Paestum, 9 min away; Grand Hotel Paestum, 6 min away

  • Luxury

Hotel Ariston Paestum 8 min away; Oleandri Resort Paestum, 6 min away

Castellabate
  • Buffalo Mozzarella Farms: Campania region is famous for its Buffalo Mozzarella cheese. Several farms nearby offer tours where visitors can see the cheese-making process.
  • Museum of the Sea: Located in nearby Agropoli, this museum showcases the history and archaeology of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Castellabate: A medieval town situated on a hilltop, offering panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
  • The Certosa di Padula: Also known as the Charterhouse of St. Lawrence, it's one of the largest monasteries in Italy, noted for its Baroque staircase and large library.

Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Paestum

What are the Archaeological Park of Paestum opening hours?

The Paestum opening hours start from 8:30 AM and close at 7:30 PM during the summer months (April to June), the last admission is 6:50 PM. In the winter season (October to March), the park opens at 8:30 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.

What is the best time to visit Archaeological Park of Paestum?

The Archaeological Park of Paestum is often less crowded during weekdays, especially in the early mornings. To explore the Paestum ruins in a more tranquil setting, consider visiting the venue shortly after opening hours or during the low seasons.

How much time does it take to visit the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

Depending on what you want to explore, level of interest, and at what pace, the archaeological site can be covered anywhere between 2 to 8 hours.

Can I enter the Archaeological Park of Paestum once I exit?

Yes, you can take breaks, enjoy the surrounding landscapes, dine at local eateries, and once again visit the site.

Where is the Archaeological Park of Paestum located?

The location of the Archaeological Park of Paestum is Via Magna Graecia, 919, 84047 Capaccio SA, Italy. 

What is the best way to get to the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

The best and most economical way to visit Paestum is to take a Trenitalia from Salerno to Paestum which takes just about 35 min. You can also board a Trenitalia from Naples and reach Paestum in almost an hour.

How many entrances are there at the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

There are four main entrances: Porta Aurea to the north, Porta Sirena to the east, Porta Giustizia to the south, and Porta Marina to the west.  

Is the Archaeological Park of Paestum wheelchair accessible?

Due to the ancient and uneven terrain of the Paestum archaeological site, it is not wheelchair accessible.

What are some of the accessibilty features in place at the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

As of why, audio guides are available for visitors with visual impairment. For person with restricted mobility, unfortunately no wheelchairs/strollers are available at the venue.

Is there a dress code to be followed at the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

There's no specific dress code for the park, although, visitors are advised to dress comfortably for walking and weather conditions.

Are prams allowed in the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

It is not advisable to bring prams to the Paestum Park, due to its rough terrain and uneven pathways.

Is photography permitted inside the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

Yes, photography for personal use is allowed. So, don’t forget to pack your photography gear.

Is there a cloakroom at the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

Yes, cloakroom facility is available at the venue. Visitors can keep their heavy luggage at the cloakroom and enter the archaeological park with only the bare essentials.

Are strollers/wheelchairs available at theArchaeological Park of Paestum?

Unfortunately, no strollers/wheelchairs are available at the park. This is mainly due to the uneven terrain of the archaeological site.

Can I bring food and drinks to the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

No, visitors are not allowed to bring any outside food and drinks in the archaeological site.

How do I book tickets to visit the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

Paestum tickets can be purchased online in advance. You can also buy entry tickets at the venue, however, buying it online helps to avoid potential queues.

How much does it cost to visit the Archaeological Park of Paestum?

A single ticket to the Paestum Park & Museum costs €12 (from March to November) and €6 (from December to February). However, for special access tickets like skip-the-line entry, it will cost you €49. With this, you can bypass the long queues at the entry and also, get a guided tour.