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How to Take the Train from Rome to Pompeii

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This post provides information about how to take the train from Rome to Pompeii.

We include details about ticket prices, the best times to travel, and any transfers that might be necessary along the way. We also have a post on tickets, discounts, and guided tours of Pompeii.

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Pompeii is located roughly 150 miles (241.6 km) away from Rome. 

Visitors should factor in at least 2 ½ – 3 hours of travel by train both to and from Pompeii.

Taking the train from Rome to Pompeii is one of the quickest and most comfortable options for traveling between the two cities.

Rome to Pompei

There are several high-speed trains that run through all of the major cities in Italy. 

While it might take 3 or more hours to reach Pompeii by car or bus, these trains can sometimes get you there in 2 hours or less.

There are usually at least a dozen trains to this popular destination every day, but some of them are older and less comfortable than others. 

We recommend sticking with the Frecciarossa and Freccibianca trains.


Rome to Pompeii Train Ticket Prices

The Frecciarossa and Frecciabianca trains run out of Termini Station in the heart of Rome, making it fairly easy for anyone to hop on and enjoy some time in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.

These tickets include a transfer to the Trenitalia line from Naples which will take you to Pompeii. 

  • 2nd Class Ticket Prices: €14 – €39 per person
  • 1st Class Ticket Prices: €25 – €42 per person
  • Premier Ticket Prices: €36 – €45 per person
  • Average Price of Train + Entrance: €45 – €65
  • Ticket prices depend upon the level of service.
  • Click here to purchase tickets.

You probably wouldn’t be planning a trip to Pompeii with no plans to actually enter the historic site, and it should be noted that you will require a ticket for this activity.

Please read our post covering tickets and tours in Pompeii for more details.

Ticket machine of train

If you’re wondering about how much it will cost to enter the historic site, please read our post about tickets and tours in Pompeii.

If you order your tickets at least a week ahead of time, you will probably be able to find a decent deal. 

Tickets bought in advance can be up to €20-€30 cheaper than buying them on short notice.

When you order tickets either on the day of travel or for the very next day, you could be paying as much as €62 or more for a premium ticket.

Although you can visit Pompeii with the slower commuter trains, we can’t recommend this option for tourists and travelers, as some of them can take up to 4 hours each way.

Every train to Pompeii requires a transfer in Naples. The average transfer from Naples to Pompeii will take 35-45 minutes.  

Thankfully, most of the train companies from Rome offer tickets with a free transfer in Naples. 

The actual transfer is very easy (see the video above).

Frecciarossa and Frecciabianca trains are two of the most popular options for traveling to Pompeii from Rome. 

These trains include the following amenities:

  • First Class passengers receive a free drink and newspaper
  • Reclining seats are available for all travelers
  • All passengers have access to the cafe car
  • Each train car comes with air conditioning and power outlets
  • Wifi is available for all passengers

Frecciarossa has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Customers typically show a lot of appreciation for the speed and comfort of these trains.

Several travelers indicate that they also enjoy the view of the Italian countryside. 

Every train between Naples and Pompeii is provided by Trenitalia.

Although Trenitalia only has a 3 out of 5-star rating, most guests feel that they are pretty reliable. 

The only problem with these trains is that they are much slower and they can also become a lot more crowded.

They also don’t offer 2nd Class or Premier Class tickets, so there’s no way to upgrade your ticket for a more enjoyable experience. 

That said, if you’re planning a trip to Pompeii from either Rome or Naples and you want to use the train, you’ll have to take one of these Trenitalia trains at some point.

If you’re wondering about how much it will cost to enter the historic site, please read our post about tickets and tours in Pompeii.

About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 3rd, 2021
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