Visit Italy’s most famous archaeological excavation from the capital city. Learn about taking the train from Rome to Pompeii.
While visiting the ruins of Pompeii is easier from a home base in Naples, not everyone has Naples on their itinerary. That’s why it’s good to know you can take the train from Rome to Pompeii quickly enough to make it a day trip.
There are no direct trains connecting Rome with the modern city of Pompeii, which is right next to the excavation of the ancient city of Pompeii. If you take the high-speed train then you can cover the 185 miles (298 km) in less than 2.5 hours.
Frequent Trains from Rome to Pompeii
There are up to 16 trains per day that you can take to get from Roma Termini station in the Italian capital, to the station nearest to the Pompeii ruins. The fastest option is to take a Frecciarossa train, which is part of Trenitalia’s network of high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains, from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale, and then a Regionale train from there to Pompeii. There are also Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains on the Rome-Naples route.
The fastest journey takes less than 2 hours and 20 minutes, and there are a few other options that take just under three hours. Some one-way trips take more than four hours, which does not give you much time for a day trip from Rome, 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 you would need to take one of the Italo trains from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale and then switch to the local train in Naples to reach the excavation site. The trip from Rome to Naples on Italo takes just over one hour.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Rome to Pompeii
There are no direct trains from Rome to Pompeii. In all cases, you’ll need to change trains once, at Napoli Centrale. The Circumvesuviana train, which serves Pompeii, is in a different part of Napoli Centrale station than the Trenitalia trains, but it's easy to find via directional signage.
Amenities on Trains from Rome to Pompeii
The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars are all equipped with air-conditioning and power outlets in your seat for your convenience. There are both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars. First class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper, and a cafe car is 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.
Circumvesuviana trains are typically older cars and they don’t travel very fast. Reservations are not needed for this type of train and if you’re visiting during the high season you may have to stand during the journey, as you may not be able to find a seat. It has a similar concept to a subway, but above-ground.
Rome and Pompeii Train Stations
Rome's Termini train station 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 also a Metro station inside Termini.
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 Napoli Centrale called Napoli Piazza Garibaldi. Make sure to be prepared ahead of time, so that you know where you are going once outside of the station, or which bus or taxi to take.
The train station for the Pompeii excavations is in the modern Italian city of Pompeii, which is spelled differently from the ancient city. It’s called Pompeii Scavi-Villa dei Misteri and is served by the Circumvesuviana train line.
See below for details on traveling from Rome to Pompei by train.
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