How to get from Rome to Pompeii (train or bus)


This guide on how to get from Rome to Pompeii It will help you prepare the transfer to one of the wonders of the world, in the easiest and most comfortable way.

Pompeii, next to its neighbor Herculaneum, are the best preserved cities of the ancient Roman Empire by remaining hidden under a blanket of ashes by the explosion of Vesuvius volcano, a tragic event occurred in 79 AD. which made this city one of the great tourist attractions of Italy.
The usual access point to Pompeii is through the city of Naples, located 25 kilometers away and with good train and bus communication although if you are staying in Rome and do not want to rent a car, you can easily reach Naples with the high-speed train, bus or plane

Based on the experience of our trip to Naples and Pompeii in 4 days from Rome, where we visited this archaeological site, we show you the different alternatives to make a excursion to Pompeii from Rome, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. We start!

How to get from Rome to Pompei by train

The fastest way to go from Rome to Pompeii It is to take one of the high-speed trains that leave from Termini Station and leave you at Naples Central Station, in just over an hour. The price of the ticket varies between 15 and 30 euros depending on the time in advance you buy it.
To get to Termini from anywhere in Rome, you have metro lines A and B and several bus lines.
Once at the Naples station, located in front of Piazza Garibaldi, you can get on the commuter train called Circumvesuviana It leaves every half hour and it will take you to the Pompei Scavi stop, in 40 minutes for 3 euros.
This stop is a few meters walk from the Marina Gate, one of the accesses to the archaeological site of Pompeii.

You can check the schedules of all trains and reserve seats in advance from this page.

Excursion to Pompeii from Rome by bus

The cheapest way to go from Rome to Pompeii It is the bus, having prices from 9 euros to Naples.
The drawback of bus companies such as Flixbus is that the two stations (Autostazione Tiburtina and Anagnina) are located far from the center and take about 3 hours to reach Naples. You also have to add the waiting time of the Circumvesuviana and the trip to Pompeii, so it is not recommended if you only have one day to make this visit.

A more comfortable option that will allow you to know the interesting history of this ancient city of the Roman Empire is to book this excursion to Pompeii by bus that includes a guide in Spanish, skip-the-line tickets and food.
If you have two or 3 days you can book this tour that includes Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri by bus and with a guide in Spanish.


How to visit Pompeii

Once you are clear how to get from Rome to Pompeii We recommend you follow these guidelines to not miss anything this impressive site:

  • On the way to Pompeii with the Circumvesuviana, get off at Herculaneum, a small site that can be visited in just over an hour and has an even better state of conservation than Pompeii. We are sure you will be surprised!
  • Although the visit to Pompeii is totally safe, during weekends and peak hours, it is recommended to take care of your belongings before possible pickpockets on the Circumvesuviana train.
  • The visiting hours to Herculaneum and Pompeii are from April to October from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays open at 08:30 a.m.), the rest of the months close at 5 p.m. Keep in mind that the last access is an hour and a half before closing time.
  • Tickets cost about 15 euros at the box office (plus 8 euros if you want audioguide), and they will give you a small map for free.
  • In high season and on weekends it is advisable to book this skip-the-line ticket to Pompeii and this skip-the-line ticket to Herculaneum in advance, with which you will save a lot of time due to the long lines that usually form.
  • A great way to learn more about the history of the site and not miss anything interesting is to book this 2-hour tour for small groups led by an archaeologist in Spanish.
  • If you want to visit on your own you can follow this list of places to see in Pompeii.
  • On sunny days it is very advisable to bring a cap, sunscreen and a bottle of water, which you can fill in the numerous sources of the site.
  • The visit to Pompeii usually lasts about 4 hours and you have cafeterias inside to eat something fast.
  • If you go with a suitcase or large backpack you can leave it for free at the Puerta Marina lockers.

Map of the excursion to Pompeii from Rome