Train from Pompeii to Rome
After visiting Italy’s most famous archaeological excavation, head to the country's capital city. Learn about taking the train from Pompei to Rome.
There are no direct trains connecting the modern city of Pompei (which is right next to the excavation of the ancient city of Pompeii) to Rome, but using high-speed train from Naples to Rome, you can do the 185-mile (298 km) trip in less than 2.5 hours.
Frequent Trains from Pompeii to Rome Termini Station
There are up to 9 trains per day that you can take to get from the ruins of Pompeii to Roma Termini train station. First, you need to take the Circumvesuviana train, which serves Pompei, to Napoli Centrale Station. From there, follow the signs from this area of the station to the main part, and take a Frecciarossa - part of Trenitalia’s network of high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains - from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini. There are also Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains on the Naples-Rome route.
The fastest journey takes less than 2 hours 20 minutes, and there are a few other options under three hours. Some one-way trips take more than four hours, however, so pay careful attention when you’re booking your tickets. Ticket prices range from $18-33.
Italo trains serve both Rome and Naples, but not Pompeii, so to include Italo in your itinerary you would need to take one of their trains from Napoli Centrale after taking the local train in from the excavation site. The trip from Naples to Rome on Italo takes just over one hour.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times. Also, several AV trains from Napoli Centrale will take you to stations in Rome other than Termini - namely, Tiburtina, Ostiense, and San Pietro. Make sure to check your destination when booking your train.
Direct Trains from Pompei to Rome
There are no direct trains from Pompeii to Rome. In all cases, you’ll need to change trains once, at Napoli Centrale, after taking the train from Pompei.
Amenities on Trains from Pompei to Rome
Circumvesuviana trains have typically older cars, and they don’t travel very fast. Reservations aren’t even an option, and if you’re visiting during the high season you may not find a seat - but you’re welcome to stand. Think of it more like an above-ground subway than a long-haul train.
The top of the line AV trains are called Frecciarossa, and include air conditioning and power outlets in the seats for your convenience. There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars - 1st class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper – and a cafe car that's available to all passengers.
On Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains, there are also both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars. As with Frecciarossa trains, 1st-class passengers get a free drink and a newspaper. There is sometimes a cafe car which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
Pompei and Rome Train Stations
The train station for the Pompeii excavations is in the modern Italian city of Pompei, which is spelled differently from the ancient city. It’s called Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri and is served by the Circumvesuviana train line.
Napoli Centrale is Naples' biggest station, and it's on Piazza Garibaldi which is a main hub for city and regional buses. There's also a Metro (subway) station connected to Centrale called Napoli Piazza Garibaldi. The area around the station is decidedly unappealing, so it's a good idea to know where you're going when you walk out of the station itself – whether that's a specific bus line or the taxi queue.
Roma Termini is the city's largest station, and also a major transportation hub within Rome. Many bus lines stop right outside the station, and there is a Metro station inside Termini, too.