You’ve experienced a Roman metropolis from two millenia ago, so now delve into the captivating culture of one of southern Italy’s most vibrant modern cities. Read tips for taking the train from Pompeii to Naples.
A day spent exploring the famous Roman ruins of Pompeii is one of the most popular excursions for those visiting Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. From ancient Rome, make the short 17.3 mile (28 km) trip to contemporary Italy and the bustling port city of Naples, where Baroque churches sit side-by-side with contemporary art installations, the people are warm and welcoming, and the food is among the best in Italy.
Be sure to complete your visit of Pompeii with a stop at the National Archaeological Museum while in Naples, where many of the artifacts unearthed at the ruins are now displayed. And don’t attempt to drive in Naples! Famously one of the world’s most challenging cities to navigate by car, Naples is much better reached by train.
Frequent Trains from Pompeii to Naples
The train line connecting the Pompei Scavi-Villa Misteri station serving the Pompeii archaeological site and Naples’ central Napoli Piazza Garibaldi station is called the Circumvesuviana. This train, which runs between Naples and Sorrento 2 to 3 times per hour all day long, is a slow commuter line that skirts the base of Mt. Vesuvius and stops at a number of stations along the way.
The Circumvesuviana train trip between Pompeii and Naples can take between 35 and 45 minutes, depending upon how many stops the train makes en route, and tickets cost about $4.
The Circumvesuviana runs less frequently on weekends and holidays.
Direct Trains from Pompeii to Naples
Virtually all Circumvesuviana trains from Pompeii to Naples Piazza Garibaldi are direct, though they stop frequently at intermediate towns. There are some rare routes that require a change along the way, which should be avoided as they take longer and cost more than the direct trains.
Amenities on Trains from Pompeii to Naples
The Circumvesuviana train is an older, local route which travels slowly and does not offer amenities. There are no seat reservations, so you may not find a seat during the high tourist season or peak travel times, and there is no luggage storage.
Pompeii and Naples Train Stations
The Circumvesuviana train station for the Pompeii archaeological site is called Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri, and is located directly across the street from the entrance to the ruins.
Napoli Centrale is Naples' biggest station, and Piazza Garibaldi is the underground level where the Circumvesuviana arrives and departs (follow the signs upstairs). The station is the main hub for city and regional buses, and there is also an adjacent Metro (subway) station called Napoli Piazza Garibaldi.
Note that there is no elevator or escalator serving the Circumvesuviana station on the lower level, so you will have to carry your luggage up by hand.
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