Perfect Day Trips Around Naples

Naples is the perfect Italian base for sun, food, and all sorts of Italian adventures. In fact, it’s one of the best places in Italy for day trips! You can easily see must-sees in Naples, and intertwine those with days in the surrounding areas. It can be the day trips to the surrounding areas that really make Naples shine – there are so many things to see and do!

Naples, Italy

The Italian Riviera and Islands Around Naples

If you’re in the mood for perfect Italian sun and sunbathing on the beaches, the towns around Naples are some of the best in the country (and the world!).

Sorrento

Sorrento is one of the easiest places to get to from Naples – it’s an easy ride on either the train or the ferry. There’s even the “tourist” train (the Circumvesuviana) that simply stops at Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Sorrento so you can get back and forth easily.

One important thing to note – the last train from Sorrento to Naples leaves at about 8:30pm, and the last ferry back leaves at 4:30pm. So don’t plan to have an incredibly late evening dinner if you’re looking to make it back to Naples! Because of the early departure times coming back, it makes sense to make Sorrento an early day.

Sorrento, Italy

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is absolutely breathtaking. The number of houses and buildings in all sorts of colors, just heading down into the sea is like nothing else. The roads are twisty and turn-y, and the whole thing seems like something out of a dream. The Amalfi Coast is definitely a worthwhile trip from Naples, but be prepared if you’re trying to do it in one day.

There are no direct trains or ferries from Naples to Amalfi or any of the cities along the Amalfi Coast – so you need to connect in Sorrento, either with a bus or ferry. This also means that you need to be back in Sorrento by the last ferry or train. So this is another early day trip!

Amalfi, Italy

The other option is to hire a car or a tour. In this case, this can actually make life MUCH easier than if you try to go alone. Renting a car or scooter is a terrible idea – unless you’re great at parking with inches to spare, wonderful with a stick shift, and enjoy taking your life in your own hands.

Ischia

Ischia is a dream island just off the coast of Naples. It’s one you probably haven’t heard of as much as something like Capri, but don’t let that stop you. There’s plenty of hiking, biking, suntanning and more around the island. You can even find hot springs!

If you’re looking for history, the Castello Aragonese looks like it came right out of Game of Thrones. There are botanical gardens, historical villas, and lots of wineries! There are a good number of ferries between Ischia and Naples, and the last one leaves Ischia at almost nine.

Capri

The Isle of Capri is long-storied as the heart of glamour, and it delivers. Capri is all about the food and the sweet life. It’s a great place to enjoy the sun and beaches! The last ferries leave for Naples around 8pm, so you can make a true day of it.

Positano

Positano is part of the Amalfi Coast, but it’s so incredible it deserves its own entry. Positano is just gorgeous, but the gorgeousness attracts crowds – be prepared to spend quite a bit on a beach chair and meals throughout the day.

Also, make sure your camera batteries are well-charged!

Positano, Italy

Procida

Procida is another island you likely haven’t heard about, as it’s only more recently coming onto the tourist scene. The main village on the island has beautiful pastel-colored houses, and it retains some of the authentic charm that islands like Capri and Ischia have started to lose. It’s closer to Naples than the others, so the ferries are both cheaper and more frequent. The last one back to Naples goes at almost 9pm, so you can spend more time there than along the Amalfi Coast.

Procida doesn’t have as many tourist “attractions” which is part of its own attraction and charm. Expect to spend the day wandering the town, enjoying the beaches, the incredible food and just living life.

Land-Based Day Trips from Naples

Casserta

Casserta is inland from Naples, and there are many trains that depart from Napoli Centrale and head up to Casserta. The main attraction there is the Royal Palace of Casserta. This is one of the largest and grandest castles of 18th-century Europe. If you enjoyed Versailles, this is the Italian version! It’s well-worth the day trip.

The palace is surrounded by landscaped grounds, so it’s the perfect place to wander the day away. If you’re most interested in packing a lot in, it’s one that you could see in a half-day.

Rome

Normally, people look at Naples as a day trip from Rome. But, the reverse works too! If you want to base yourself in Naples but get to see the Colosseum or the Vatican, then Rome is an easy hop on a bullet train away. It’s about an hour on the train each way, and then you can be in the heart of the Eternal City.

With over 80 trains going between the cities every day, you’ll be able to find a way to spend the whole day there. The earliest trains leave about 4 am, and the latest ones leave just before 10 pm.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome

Salerno

Salerno is another port city just about a 30 minute train side south of Naples. If you want the experience of Sorrento and of Italian cities on the sea, Salerno can be an easier option for a day trip. The key benefit of Salerno is that the trains run much longer, so you can spend longer in Salerno. The last train from Salerno to Naples leaves about 10:30pm.


9 Perfect Day Trips from Naples

Five Things You Must Do in Naples

When you’re looking for what to do in Naples, be prepared – it’s the kind of place you could easily spend 2 weeks and never see anywhere else in Italy!

From the Amalfi Coast to Procida, Capri, Pompeii, Ischia, and so much more, Naples is a playground for anyone and everyone. It’s an easy train ride away from Rome, so getting in and out of the city is a breeze. If you’re looking for some major sightseeing, Naples is also a great place to base yourself to see many of the islands.

The main center of Naples, Italy

What to Do In Naples Itself

1. Eat Everything

Yes, food is coming first on this list. Naples has an incredible food culture, and the food is out of this world. As the official home of pizza, you should make sure to try at least a few places! The street food and cafes also offer incredibly fun dishes. And don’t forget the gelato! Naples is filled with incredible gelaterias. (Find the ranking of 34 Italian gelato flavors!)

Pizza in Naples, Italy

2. National Archaeological Museum, Naples

The National Archaeological Museum is one of the most incredible treasures in Italy. I was blown away by the sheer volume of the artifacts. If you’re into statuary, their collection is one of the most impressive in the world.

Amanda Plewes in front of a statue at the Archaeological Museum

Upstairs, you can see the mosaics that came out of Pompeii and Herculaneum. There are even some, well, suggestive mosaics that people used to use to order “services” in the brothels! Pompeii and Herculaneum both have replica mosaics at the sites, but the Archaeological Museum is the place to find the originals.

A replica mosaic in Herculaneum

The top floor even has breathtaking frescoes. You can easily spend a whole day in the museum!

3. Cappella Sansevero

This gorgeous baroque chapel is filled with incredible art and statues. It’s a quicker visit than the Archaeological Museum, but a worthwhile one nonetheless!

4. Pompeii

You simply can’t miss Pompeii. It’s absolutely unique among history, given the level of preservation thanks to the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. The streets and buildings are well-preserved enough that you can easily imagine what the city was like, back when it was a city. The villas are gorgeous, and it’s fun to think about how life must have been.

Amanda Plewes at Pompeii

It’s also sobering when you realize how many people met their deaths, and how quickly.

Pompeii is a giant site, and especially in the summer, you’re smart to reserve a whole day for it. If you want to walk through it quickly, it could be done in half a day. But to really explore and experience the entirety, try to give it as much time as you can!

The ruins of Pompeii, with Mt Vesuvius in the background

5. Herculaneum (Ercolano)

Herculaneum is the “little sister” of Pompeii in a few ways. It was similarly destroyed by the eruption, but it was covered in mud instead of just ash. Thus, the preservation of the site is different. It feels like a metropolis compared to Pompeii – Herculaneum is a multi-story site whereas Pompeii is incredibly spread out. You can see where people were at the waterfront, trying to get away. It’s hugely moving (and terrifying to imagine being trapped like that).

Amanda Plewes at Herculaneum

Because it’s more compact, Herculaneum can definitely be done in half a day. I’d caution against trying to do Pompeii and Herculaneum in one day if you really want to “do” them. It’s a whole lot of history to cram in!

Overlooking the site of Herculaneum

Also, to note, if you take the train in – the stop is “Ercolano.” I was definitely expecting it to have a longer name and almost missed it!


Naples is an incredible city, and these are just five things worth exploring. There are many museums, historical sites, and so much more – just within the city itself! This doesn’t even include all of the islands and day trips you should take from Naples.


5 things you must do in Naples, Italy

What to Pack for Italy

Packing for an Italian vacation is not easy – given the variety of things to do in Italy and places to see, you need to be ready for just about anything. From the sun and fun of the Italian Riviera to the crowds of Venice and Rome, an Italian vacation is always a whirlwind.

So, what are the best things to make sure you have in your bag?

Siena, Italy

Essentials to Pack for Italy

1. Sunscreen


You might think you’ll be heading to museums all day, but you’ll be in the sun more than you think. Especially in the summer, the sun can beat down throughout Italy. Sunscreen is also a good bit more expensive in Europe than it is in the US. Most sunscreen I saw (in normal shopping areas – not the tourist areas), was upwards of 15 euro a bottle.

2. Travel Power Converter/Power Strip


I LOVE this power strip from Amazon. You’ve got a number of attachments so that it’s a worldwide power option. And it creates two three-prong outlets alongside two USB ports. I found many hotels in Italy to have only one outlet, so having something that makes more outlets is useful.

3. Walking Shoes That Aren’t Athletic


You’ll be walking a lot, so you’ll need some good shoes. But, Italians (and Europeans in general) aren’t much on the “running shoes as everyday footwear” trend. If possible, grab some cute sneakers and bring them along. I’m a huge fan of Supergas. They’re comfortable, cute, and as a bonus – even known as the “Converse of Italy.”

4. A Good First-Aid Kit

Yes, it’s true you won’t need everything in my round-the-world trip first aid kit. But, you’ll want to have the basics. You won’t get the runs from Italy’s tap water, but the heavy food could still do a number on your stomach. Band-aids, blister healing, allergy medicines, etc – make sure you have a good first aid kit!

5. A Money Belt


I don’t always use a money belt, but there are times it’s useful. In many of the major tourist areas, there will be pickpockets – you might want to have most of your valuables hidden under your clothes. When I wear a money belt, I never use it for my day to day items. I keep a standard amount of cash and one credit card in my everyday wallet and use that. The majority of my cash then stays in my money belt. That way, I don’t look crazy getting into my pants for money. And, if my wallet gets lost or stolen, it’s not as big of a deal.

6. Cheap Sunglasses


Sunglasses are a must for Italy. But, I never like traveling with my expensive ones. Find a good pair of cheap sunglasses where you won’t be sad if they get lost, broken, or stolen.

7. A Fouta


I LOVE my Fouta. A Fouta is a Turkish cotton beach towel, and I’ve started taking mine with me everywhere. It folds up quite small, so it’s not a pain in the bag. It’s great to use as a blanket on the plane, a normal towel, and/or a beach towel. It makes a great impromptu picnic blanket. And, it can compensate for crappy hotel towels. I’m a big fan of mine!

8. A GoPro


Yes, you can use your cell phone for pictures. But a GoPro is an awesome travel camera for a number of reasons. It’s small, it’s easy to use, the pictures are high-quality and the attachments are awesome. Italy has enough fantastic photo opps that you’ll be glad you splurged on a GoPro!

9. A Go-Pro 3-Way


The GoPro 3-Way stick is honestly, revolutionary for great travel pics. You and your friends can all be in the picture, and you don’t have to worry about having someone else that the picture. You can also use the tripod for pictures you want to be in! (Just be careful leaving it on its own in a busy area!) When I traveled, the only real option was the GoPro brand one. But, it seems like this $12 knock-off might be an awesome option!

10. A Good All-Day Purse


From sunscreen to souvenirs, you’ll have things to carry. Nothing says “tourist” quite like a backpack (though backpacks really are fine, especially for hiking!). I am a giant fan of the Longchamp bags. They’re durable and light, easy to pack, and hold a ton!


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10 things you should pack for Italy

Things to Know About Italy Before You Go

Italy is a dream vacation for many people – the wine, the food, the art, the culture – it all combines for an incredible experience. To best prepare for your trip to Italy, here are some things you should know before you go.

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1. Italian cuisine is incredibly regional.

From the US, it’s easy to think of “Italian” food as pasta and pizza and all sorts of other fun. In reality, Italian cuisine varies greatly from one area to another. In Bari, charcuterie, cheese and seafood rule the day – you won’t find as much pasta. Pizza in Naples is like nowhere else on earth. The beef in Tuscany is transcendent. Squid ink pasta in Venice is a unique experience. And so much more! Be prepared for the different regions of Italy to be filled with different foods.

The Colosseum in Rome

2. Don’t plan to rent a car for your whole trip.

Italy is a vast country, and driving from one area to another is not ideal. The trains are much faster, especially between the big cities. The drivers in Rome and Naples are crazy – unless you’re incredibly confident behind the wheel, consider using taxis and public transit. Tuscany practically requires a car to get around. The Amalfi Coast has hairpin turns that you will not want to navigate with a car. Lake Como and other areas in the north could also be well-navigated with a car. So plan where you’re going, and if you need a car, rent one just for the areas you need it, not for the whole trip.

The Siena Duomo at sunset

3. Cars you get will have a manual transmission.

This is generally true throughout Europe. Be prepared for cars to have a manual transmission by default. Finding one with an automatic is hard – an an extra expense.

View from the top of the Siena Duomo

4. It really is worth picking up a few key phrases in Italian.

Yes, most people you run into will speak at least a smattering of English. But for the deeply authentic, unique restaurants or other experiences, it’s worth having a least a few phrases at the ready.

The leaning tower of Pisa

5. Pair the big cities with smaller ones.

Italy can be exhausting, especially if you’re focused on the big cities. Venice, Rome, Florence, Milan and Naples are incredible cities. But they’re jam packed, and globalization has brought many international brands to them. Try interspersing your trip to cities like Sorrento, Siena, Pisa, Lecco, Bari, and other smaller cities. You’ll find a different side of Italy!

Amalfi, Italy

6. You really should try all the gelato.

Gelato is another thing I was surprised to find was very regional. There are definite differences in flavor preferences and creaminess of the gelatos between the north and the south. There’s also a big difference between the chains and the tiny little parlors. You can find my ranking of Italian gelato flavors if you want a preview of what’s best!

Trying gelato in Italy

7. Plan to use the trains between big cities.

Italy’s train system is vast, easy to use, and well-connected. You’ll find only super-small towns that have absolutely no train station. TrenItalia and the Italo train are great providers of bullet trains. Make your reservations as early as possible for the best deal!

The duomo in Florence

8. Book as many tickets/times beforehand as you can.

The major Italian sites are crowded. It’s a fact, and it’s one you’ll have to work around. As much as possible, book tickets and times online. From the Vatican Museums in Rome to the Uffizi in Florence, if there’s an option to book a time slot, do so. It can feel like it takes away from the spontaneity of the trip, but if you don’t book – there’s a good chance you won’t get in.

I also highly recommend getting tickets for the Vatican Scavi tour if you can!

The colosseum in Rome

9. You will pay for the bread at restaurants.

Most restaurants will charge a “setup fee” for the bread and other additions to the meal. They’ll just bring it and charge you, unless you specifically ask them not to. Be aware that tipping is built into the check, so no additional tip is necessary. But if you see the fee for the setup – you’re not being scammed. It’s normal!

A street in Burano, Venice, Italy

10. Don’t try to do everything.

The amount of things to do in Italy is mind-boggling. The galleries, the churches, the restaurants, and so much more – it’s more than you can experience in a lifetime! Spend some time planning up-front and decide what you definitely want to do, and what you’re willing to miss. I recommend picking one “main” thing per day. Do that, and then feel blessed by anything else you’re able to fit in!

The duomo in Milan, Italy

11. There are pickpockets, but the scams aren’t generally as bad as other places.

Be aware of yourself and your surroundings, but don’t be overly worried. Italy is a very safe destination. There are your general, run-of-the-mill pickpockets. Like everywhere, there are cabbies who will try to scam tourists. And giant tourist attractions always have touts outside. But compared to other major tourist areas (like Paris), Rome, Venice, and Italy in general aren’t nearly as bad!

Sunset over Lake Como, Italy

12. Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast are far more crowded than in pictures.

If you’re dying to go to one of these places, by all means, go. Just be prepared. The crowds, especially in the summer, are absolutely insane. Even in the morning, you might have to wait over an hour just for the bus from Sorrento to Amalfi. (And the bus ride is at least an hour!) The train for Cinque Terre is incredibly crowded. If you want to go to one of these areas, consider making it a splurge of the trip. Get a hotel there, and plant yourself for a few days! (But know that getting a taxi or ride to the hotel is likely to be quite pricey!)

If you want similar scenery with fewer crowds, I highly recommend Lake Como!

Bellagio on Lake Como

13. The grocery store food is incredible.

One thing I love seeing in other places is the grocery store. It’s always so interesting to see how locals shop for food. Italian grocery stores have incredible finds at great prices. I got so spoiled on the fresh mozzarella you can get for a euro or two. And the bread! Fresh Italian bread for another euro or two. Dinner for two can be an incredible charcuterie spread for right around 10 – 12 euro (and that includes wine!). If you’re looking for a different kind of night, it can be worth skipping the restaurants and trying the local store.

Pizza in Naples


13 things to know before you go to Italy

How to Choose Which Neighborhood to Stay in in Rome

Rome is a giant city, and your decision about where to stay will have a huge impact on your enjoyment of everything there is to see and do there.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

There are a few major districts in Rome, each with their own character.
Rome Districts

While you’re in Rome, make sure you check off the Rome Bucket List!

Staying in Rome’s Modern Center

The “modern center” of Rome is defined by Roma Termini, the main train station. The Modern Center is filled with boutiques, restaurants, and hotels – it’s a great place to stay, especially if it’s your first visit to Rome. It’s convenient to many of the attractions, and it’s convenient to transportation. Roma Termini is a connector both to the airport and to the other areas of Italy you’re likely to visit – trains to Naples, Florence, Venice, and more leave frequently.
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Rome Bucket List: 10 Things You Must Do in the Eternal City

Rome is a sprawling metropolis with enough to see and do to keep you busy for months. From ancient history to modern treasures, here are ten things you must do when you visit Rome.

1. The Colosseum

The Colosseum is one of the few things that you can’t go to Rome and NOT see. It’s worth seeing up close and admiring the architecture of the ancient Romans.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

2. The Vatican Scavi Tour

Yes, technically The Vatican is its own country, but it’s still contained within Rome. The Vatican Scavi Tour takes you deep underneath St Peter’s Basilica through the necropolis and to the bones of St Peter. It’s a different look than you’ll normally get (but know you have to book it well ahead of time!). Read more

The Colosseum: The 8 Wonders of the World (Part 4)

The Colosseum is one of the easiest of the 8 Wonders of the World to get to. Just because it’s easier than the others doesn’t mean it’s not worth seeing! Located in the heart of Rome, the Colosseum is a monument to the Roman Empire’s architectural skill – and, at some level, their brutality.

The colosseum in Rome, Italy

General Info About the Colosseum

Location: Rome, Italy
Nearest Major Airport: Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino International Airport (FCO)
Overall Difficulty to Visit (ranked among wonders, 1 is the most difficult, 8 is the least difficult): 8
Why That Difficulty Rating? Rome is a major city, with lots of public transportation (incredibly crowded transportation, but it’s there!). That makes it easy to get around – especially from the airport to the Colosseum. FCO is a fairly major European airport, so that also allows you to find cheap, easy, and convenient flights. The Colosseum is one of the few wonders that’s reasonably easy to do in a long weekend from the US. Read more

Where to Stay in Jaipur, India

Jaipur is India’s Pink City, and is the third city in the “Golden Triangle.” It’s a must-see city for anyone heading to India, and worth at least a few days of visiting.

Jaipur is somewhat spread out, so deciding where to stay can be challenging. The best plan is to map out the points you want to visit and find a hotel in a good place in relation to those.

Luxury Hotels in Jaipur, India ($150+/night)

The Rambagh Palace Hotel (From $400/night)


This is the hotel to stay at in Jaipur. If you’re going to splurge, do it here! The location is fantastic and close to everything in the city, but the hotel itself feels about a million miles away from reality. It’s a true royal experience, especially given that the hotel is set in an old palace.

The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur Hotel (From $350/night)


Especially in India, but throughout the world, the Oberoi group sets the standard for luxury hotels, and with good reason. The Oberoi Rajvilas is perfectly maintained, with an exceptional staff and an all-around perfect experience. The one drawback is that it’s set fairly far from the heart of Jaipur – if you’re looking for a getaway, this is perfect. If you’re wanting to do some intense sightseeing, it might be worth considering something more centrally located. The Oberoi does offer a car service for any sightseeing you want to do, but know that it’s fairly expensive!

SUJAN Rajmahal Palace – Relais & Chateaux (From about $340/night)


Gorgeous in every way, this Relais & Chateaux property will make you imagine you’re in another world. It’s centrally located, yet a respite from the busy city. The staff is attentive beyond your wildest dreams. For an absolutely perfect stay, this is a great option!

Mid-Range Hotels in Jaipur, India ($50 – $150/night)

Fairmont Jaipur Hotel ($85 – $140/night)


The Fairmont is large, gorgeous, and everything you’d want for a relaxing stay! If you’re looking to unwind and get away from some of the crowds, this is an excellent choice. It’s a bit of a ways outside the main city, so getting to and from attractions is a bit more difficult (but the hotel will help you find a driver if needed). But set in the hills, this hotel is quiet and the pool is just perfect! This is a five star hotel in every way, and the number of deals you can find on it make it an incredible value.

Fortune Select Metropolitan ($50 – $85/night)


The Fortune Select Metropolitan hotel is located within the main part of the city, and near some of the newer attractions (including McDonalds if you’re looking for a taste of beef-free McDonalds) and has a shopping mall attached. You’ll have to take a rickshaw for places like the City Palace, but this is a conveniently located hotel and a great value.

The Shiv Villas Resort ($100 – $140/night)


If you want to live like royalty in India, this renovated palace is a great option! It’s outside the main city of Jaipur but near Amer Fort, so the location is reasonably good. If you’re wanting to hit the highlights of Jaipur – Amer Fort, City Palace, etc, this is a great base. And then, you get to come home at night to a palace! It’s far more reasonably priced than some of the others like the Rambagh, so it’s a good option for living like royalty on a budget.

Budget Hotels in Jaipur, India (Under $50/night)

Shahpura House ($25 – $50/night)


This gorgeous boutique hotel is set away from the main tourist areas, so you’re not going to be walking many places. Jaipur in general is somewhat spread out, so it’s unlikely you’ll find a perfectly walkable place. The Shahpura House is a boutique hotel with a pool, attentive staff, and is very clean! In terms of value for the money, this is hard to beat!

Radisson Blu Jaipur ($40 – $50/night)


If you’re looking for the creature comforts of a familiar Western hotel brand, this is a good option! It’s a bit far from the main tourist spots, but it’s incredibly close to the airport. If you’re flying in late or out early, this is a perfect option to sleep, see Jaipur, and have convenience to the airport.

Umaid Mahal ($40 – $50/night)


The Umaid Mahal is a renovated castle and is run by a former royal family. This is an incredibly perfect quintessential “India” experience, with great service! There’s a small pool, which is great for a refreshing dip in the heat of the summer. The hotel is not walkable to the main tourist attractions, but it is an easy rickshaw ride away.

Great Hostels in Jaipur, India (Under $20/night)

Zostel Jaipur Hostel (Privates from $20, Dorms $8)


In India in general, it’s hard to go wrong with Zostel Hostels. They’re reasonably clean, well-located, and just good hostels. In Jaipur, they have a wonderful rooftop deck, and the location is within the pink city. It’s walking distance to the City Palace, and convenient to a number of other places to see.

Wanderer’s Nest (From $12)


Wanderer’s Nest is a good hostel option. It’s a bit far from the old city, but makes up for that in the atmosphere. There are lockers for your belongings, and the rooms have private bathrooms.


That’s a wrap on places to stay in Jaipur. If you’re doing a full Golden Triangle tour, you can also check out places to stay in Delhi and places to stay in Agra.


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Where to stay in Jaipur, India, when you're visiting the Golden Triangle

Where to Stay in Agra, India

If you’re in Agra, you’re likely there for the Taj Mahal. Luckily, most hotels in Agra are clustered right around the Taj itself. There is a lot to do in Agra that’s not just the Taj Mahal, so consider staying at least a night or two to really absorb the city. It’s also a fairly cheap city for hotels – there’s only one hotel that’s going to be incredibly expensive, and all the others are quite reasonable.

Luxury Hotels in Agra, India (Expensive: $150+/night)

The Oberoi Amarvilas ($350+/night)


This is the kind of hotel dreams are made of. Every room has a view of the Taj Mahal, and it’s played host to royalty on numerous occasions. It’s one of the closest hotels to the Taj, and they’ve got golf carts/buggies that will take you over. The pool is something out of an otherworld movie, and if there’s ever a time to splurge on a hotel – it’s this one!

Mid-Range Hotels in Agra, India ($50 – $150/night)

ITC Mughal Agra ($50 – $100/night)


The ITC Mughal is a great choice for a reasonable stay in Agra. It’s fairly cheap (and the interiors are fairly dated), but it’s a few kilometers from the Taj Mahal, and has gorgeous gardens with a beautiful pool. This is especially wonderful when you’re there in the middle of the summer! ITC Hotels are known for being luxurious with good service, so you’ll be in good hands.

Hotel Radisson Blu Taj East Gate ($50 – $100/night)


The rooftop pool with a view of the Taj Mahal is a huge selling point for this hotel! The Radisson Blu is about a kilometer from the Taj Mahal. It’s a bit far from the Baby Taj, but it’s easy enough to find a tour guide to take you there. The hotel rooms are updated and the creature comforts are all here.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Agra ($50 – $100/night)


If you’re an American or Canadian looking for a good, familiar hotel in Agra, the Doubletree is a good choice. You still get cookies at checkin! The rooms are spacious, well-appointed, and the hotel is a very good choice for consistency of quality. It’s a little farther from the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort than some of the others on this list, but it could make up for that by being a bit closer to the airport. If you’re flying in and out of Agra, this is an excellent choice!

Great Budget Hotels in Agra (Under $50/night)

Hotel Taj Resorts ($25 – $50/night)


This is a good choice for a budget hotel – the rooms are a bit smaller than those at the Doubletree or Radisson Blu, but it’s much cheaper. It still has a rooftop pool, and it’s close to the East Gate of the Taj Mahal. It’s much closer to the Taj Mahal than the Doubletree. If you’re looking to do some hardcore sightseeing in Agra and just want a reasonable place to sleep, this is a very good choice.

Hotel Parador Agra ($20 – $45/night)


This is a small hotel, so you’ll feel the full attention of the staff – with only 17 rooms, they have time to look after each and every guest. The rooms are small but clean, and a few of the “luxury” options have private balconies. It’s a little farther out from the main hotel area, but it’s still easy to get to all the sites around Agra.

Great Hostels in Agra (Shoestring Budget: Under $20/night)

GoStops Hostel Agra (Privates about $20/night; Dorms from $5/night)


GoStops has an awesome location, with good staff and a great opportunity to meet other travelers. As a hostel, it’s awesome! It has everything you’d expect from a good hostel, with tour options and lots to do.

Zostel Agra Hostel (Privates from $20/night; Dorms from $5/night)


Zostel is another good hostel option in Agra. It was built in 2010, so it’s a bit newer, and it’s about a 20 minute walk from the Taj Mahal. It’s a social hostel, with lots of opportunities to meet people to travel with and sightsee with!


If you’re visiting the Taj Mahal, don’t forget to check out these tips for visiting and getting the best Taj Mahal pictures.


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Where to stay in Agra, India when you're visiting the Taj Mahal