Visit Pompeii from Rome in a day by train

Practical guide for those planning on visiting Pompeii independently from Rome

Frecciarossa train: Rome to Naples in 70 minutes

Frecciarossa train: Rome to Naples in 70 minutes


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Pompeii is 150 miles south of Rome, fairly close to Naples and well within a long day trip from your hotel in Rome.


There are tours from Rome to Pompeii but for those who are independently minded and don't get along with organised tours, visiting by train is very straightforward and a good experience.

Pompeii is on the far (south) side of Naples from Rome. Pompeii has its own train station almost opposite the main gates of Pompeii itself and the trains are frequent (two an hour) to Naples Station where the Rome trains arrive.

The only aspect to note is that the train from Naples to Pompeii is a different train company to the main Italian Railways that run the Rome to Naples trains so you cannot buy a through ticket.


Trains from Rome to Naples

Frequent trains run between Termini Station in Rome and Central Station in Naples. The duration and cost of the journey will depend on the class of train you take. There are three grades of train and on two there is a choice of first class or second class.

There is a complex system of advance purchase and day return fares which basically means just use the travel planner below to see what is available for your dates.

The Italian railway system has options for all budgets and is comparatively great value. Cost and trip duration of the journey will depend on the class of train you take. There are three grades of train and on two there is a choice of first or second class. There is a complex system of advance purchase and day return fares.

In order to visit Pompeii in one day from Rome and have time to fully explore the very large Pompeii site you will need to use the high=speed trains which are at least twice as fast as the next level inter-city and are much more punctual.


Frecciarossa and other high-speed trains - These are the high-speed trains, the pride of the Italian railways that only stop at major cities. Trains run on dedicated high-speed tracks and partly as a result journey time are often twice as fast as other train alternatives. This is not Switzerland but the high-speed trains are invariably more punctual than other classes of train.

Passenger experience is close to an aircraft with an open plan seating arrangement with seats in rows of two either side of an aisle but with more room and a better view. Fares are normally double that of the express inter-city trains but vary depending on when you travel and how far ahead you book.


Trains from Naples to Pompeii

There are two train lines between Naples and Pompeii, the Metropolitan Railway that runs between Naples and Salerno stopping at Pompeii, and the Circumvesuviana train service that stops at Pompeii on its way to Sorrento.

The Circumvesuviana train service is probably the most used option by visitors as the train station it uses at Pompeii is closer to the entrance gates, but the Metropolitan Railway trains are less crowded and you can purchase tickets in advance online.

Naples Centrale Station/ Naples Garibaldi Station confusion

In Naples the main transport hub to get to Pompeii is at the main train station, Naples Centrale where all the national railways service terminate or pass through.

Both Circumvesuviana trains and Metropolitan Railway trains run from a station called Naples Garibaldi.

Although Naples Garibaldi has its own separate platforms and entrances it is physically part of Naples Centrale Station.

Typical Passenger Cabin Interior Of Italian High Speed Train

Travel in comfort: passenger cabin interior of high-speed train

Naples Centrale Station is the main station on ground level. From ground level escalators go down one level to an underground shopping centre and go further down to the Naples Metro.


Naples Garibaldi Station is on the same level as the shopping centre and is well signed.

If you are travelling to Pompeii from Naples Garibaldi Station once you have gone through the ticket barriers make sure you move down the the platform for the train service to Pompeii you have purchased a ticket for!

Circumvesuviana trains Naples to Sorrento via Pompeii

Trains go twice an hour between about 6am and 9.30pm Trains are crowded, be prepared to have to stand for much of the journey.

Journey times are about 45 minutes to Naples and 30 minutes to Sorrento. There are two train stations in Naples. The Naples Airport bus and the trains to Rome (and other cities in Italy) are from the Central (Garibaldi) Station. The trains take 20 minutes to travel between Ercolano and Pompeii.

Circumvesuviana trains - full details

Metropolitan Railway Naples to Salerno via Pompeii

The Metropolitan Railway is a branch (line 2) of the Naples Metro system.

The station at Pompeii is in the town, further from the entrances of Pompeii than the Circumvesuviana line whose station is less than 100 yards from an entrance.

The plus side is that the trains may well be less crowded than the Circumvesuviana trains and you can purchase tickets online through TrenItalia.

Pompeii tickets and opening times

Pompeii is open every day except December 25, January 1 and May 1.

From April 1 to October 31 the site is open 8.30 - 7.30pm (with last entrance 6pm).

At other times the site is open 8.20 - 5pm (with last entrance 3.30pm).

Note: at the time of writing they do not accept credit cards at Pompeii

Pompeii Entrance Tickets

Unico Artecard - 3 day tourist pass for Naples, Pompeii etc, including public transport

Aimed squarely at the visitor to Naples this pass combines public transport in Naples for 3 days, (including the Naples airport bus) plus entry to two attractions from a long list that includes the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and Pompeii and Herculaneum.

From the third attraction onwards you enjoy up to a 50% discount on standard tickets.

Unico Artcard Naples

Pompeii admission and rail tickets package from Rome

If you are independently minded and want to see Pompeii at your own pace from Rome it is very hard to sort out the ticketing in advance.


If you are a little nervous and stressed by this a convenient package of rail tickets between Rome and Naples, Naples and Pompeii and standard admission to Pompeii is available. The package uses the Metropolitan Railway option between Naples and Pompeii.

Pompeii Entrance Tickets & Rail Ticket Package

Alternative Pompeii bus shuttle service from Rome

Days of operation: Tuesday & Thursday only (March to November).

Departure point: Rome Termini Station (main public transport hub in the centre of Rome).

Departure time: 7.30am. due back at Termini Station about 7pm.

Inclusions: Return shuttle service from Rome to Pompeii. Transportation by air-conditioned coach or mini bus. English speaking hostess on board the shuttle. Pompeii books on board for you to read and learn about the sites.


It is not possible to stay overnight in Pompeii and return to Rome the following day as shuttle services do not run daily. If you wish to stay overnight or longer in the Naples area then you need to visit Pompeii from Rome by train.

Pompeii Shuttle Bus From Rome Tickets & Prices

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