How to Get to Pompeii from Rome
By Viator, April 2014
Getting to Pompeii from Rome is a two-step process. First, you’ll need to take the train to Naples, and then change trains to the slower Circumvesuviana line that will take you to the excavation site at Pompeii. (The Circumvesuviana is in the same station as the main trains to and from Naples, so that part is easy - it’s just in a different part of the station.)
From Rome-Naples on the high-speed train takes 1 hour 10 minutes, and then from Naples-Pompeii on the Circumvesuviana takes a little over a half-hour. You can catch an early train from Rome and be at the entrance to Pompeii with plenty of time to explore the site before retracing your steps for the journey home. It’s definitely an investment in time, since you’ll spend nearly four hours of your day in transit, but it beats missing out on the ruins of Pompeii completely.
Pompeii itself covers an enormous amount of land - it’s rare that visitors see all of it, and certainly if you’re limited by the train schedule to/from Rome you’ll definitely need to have a focused itinerary through Pompeii. There are usually guides hanging around the entrance to the site waiting to be hired, but you’re taking a chance that one will be available (and at the price you want to pay) when you arrive. Better to book a guided tour in advance - and, to avoid the hassle of dealing with train schedules and navigating Naples’ central train station, book a tour that includes transportation to and from Rome. This way you’ll get straight to Pompeii and get an expert guide with one booking.
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