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Mt Vesuvius

Just had some questions about Mt. Vesuvius. I used the search bar but didn't find much that was recent or much that told me about it if you have your own car.

So, is it possible to drive up to where the shuttles drop off and park yourself to hike the rest? Or if we don't use the shuttles, do you have to hike it from the base?

Not sure I want to spend the extra time using the shuttles so hoping we can use the car and do it ourselves.

Thanks

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https://www.visitpompeiivesuvius.com/en/how-to-get-here

If you are arriving by car, follow the signs and park at the parking area at around 1,000 meters above sea level, the highest elevation private vehicles are allowed to drive. Here you have to pay for parking (EUR 5) and can buy round trip tickets for the shuttles that take visitors from the parking area to the ticket office for the Mount Vesuvius National Park. You can also walk up, but we recommend taking the shuttle up the steep climb. From the ticket office, continue walking along the road for about 1 kilometer to the trail head for the crater.