Traveling from Rome to Pompeii for a day trip is very possible, but requires a bit of pre-planning to be affordable. To travel to Pompeii from Rome, you will have several options: 1) hire a car or personal tour 2) take a bus or 3) take a train. You can expect hiring a car or personal tour to be the most expensive option. Generally, the quickest and most cost-effective method of travel is generally by train.
Taking the Train from Rome to Pompeii
To get from Rome to Pompeii, you will need two separate train tickets.
Train from Rome to Naples
High speed trains will whisk you comfortably from Rome to Naples in less than an hour and a half. It is a beautiful train ride and very enjoyable, as are most of Italy’s high-speed train routes. Train Tickets from Rome to Naples can cost between €9-€30+ depending on when you purchase tickets.
Train tickets can be purchased through several outlets online; we have a guide to buying train tickets in Italy to help you learn how to find the best deals and discounted premium seats. When purchasing, make note of which station you are closest to in Rome- Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina? Knowledge of this train station will help you determine your timing for an early morning train and will also help you decide which train company to use. Luckily, both train stations have metro stations and the Roman metro opens at 5:30am. To get to Pompeii, you will want to buy a train ticket from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale or from Roma Tiburtina to Napoli Centrale. For the greatest savings, purchase your train tickets from Rome to Naples well in advance. Train tickets go on sale two to three months before departure and offer super discounted fares when you buy early. Save the extra money and buy yourself an espresso and a slice of pizza as you pass through Naples!
Circumvesuviana from Naples to Pompeii
Once you get to Naples, simply switch to the Circumvesuviana and take the train for about half an hour to the Pompei Scavi stop. The Circumvesuviana train ride is fairly inexpensive, around €2.60 each way. It is located on the lower level of at the Napoli Centrale train station. Taking the Circumvesuviana train to Pompei Scavi will take you directly to the southern entrance of the historical site. The train is rather crowded, even in the off-season, so be sure to watch your belongings closely and beware of pickpockets. As always when traveling, never keep your important documents in outside pockets, and avoid keeping cash in outside pockets as well. That said, as you look out the right side of the train, you will have fantastic views of the Gulf of Naples and to the left of Mount Vesuvius.
Food and Amenities at Pompeii Scavi Train Station
There are several vendors by the train station, including a bathroom in the basement of the station (something like €0,50 to use the restroom), several food vendors and a left luggage site. The vendors and restaurants are friendly overall, and I enjoyed some potato-cheese-sausage-flatbread amazingness. The left luggage is fairly affordable if you are a backpacker looking to leave your pack some place safe while you explore the ruins. If you are carrying a heavy pack, I would suggest using the left luggage service as Pompeii is a HUGE site. Repeat for those who missed it: Pompeii is a city. The roads are cobblestones and as you duck into the houses you will inevitably regret carrying any excess pounds of luggage around with you.
Are you planning a day from Rome to Pompeii? Check out our guide here!