Train from Rome to Pompeii
Visit Italy’s most famous archaeological excavation from the capital city. Learn about taking the train from Rome to Pompei.
While visiting the ruins of Pompeii is easier from a home base in Naples, not everyone has Naples on the itinerary. That’s why it’s good to know you can take the train from Rome to Pompeii quickly enough to make it a reasonable day trip.
There are no direct trains connecting Rome with the modern city of Pompei (which is right next to the excavation of the ancient city of Pompeii), but 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 Pompei
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 the Pompeii ruins. The fastest option is to take a Frecciarossa - 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 Pompei. There are also Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains on the Rome-Naples 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, which makes it much more difficult to justify Pompeii as 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 to include Italo in your itinerary you would need to take one of their 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 Pompei
There are no direct trains from Rome to Pompei. In all cases, you’ll need to change trains once, at Napoli Centrale. The Circumvesuviana train, which serves Pompei, 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 Pompei
The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars all come with 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.
Circumvesuviana trains are 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. It’s sort of like a subway in that regard, albeit above-ground.
Rome and Pompei Train Stations
Rome's 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.
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.
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.