How to get from Rome to Pompeii

A trip from Rome to Pompeii is a journey back in time to see the well-preserved ruins of this ancient Roman city, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In this article, we'll look at the main ways of how to get from Rome to Pompeii. Whether you prefer the convenience of a train, the flexibility of a car or the educational value of an organised tour, we'll help you navigate your way with ease.

How to get from Rome to Pompeii

A trip from Rome to Pompeii is a fascinating journey filled with history and archaeological wonders. There are four ways to get there:

  • By train: Not so long ago, getting from Rome to Pompeii by train was only possible with a connection in Naples or Salerno. The good news is that Trenitalia has recently launched a direct high-speed train to Pompeii.
  • By Bus: Travelling by bus offers a direct but more time-consuming route.
  • By car: Travelling by car from Rome to Pompeii allows for flexibility in route choice and scenic stops.
  • With an organised tour: By joining an organised tour you will get guided transport and a more in-depth insight into the history of the ancient city.

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Statue of Apollo, Pompeii © BlackMac/Shutterstock

Statue of Apollo, Pompeii © BlackMac/Shutterstock

How far is Pompeii from Rome?

The distance from Rome to Pompeii is approximately 240-250 km (about 149-155 miles) when travelling by road. The specific route and road conditions can affect the total journey time, but generally, the journey is around 2.5-3 hours. This time may vary depending on factors such as the type of transport and stops along the way.

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What's the quickest way to get from Rome to Pompeii?

Naturally, the choice of transport determines how quickly you get from Rome to Pompeii. 

With the launch of a direct high-speed train, a trip to Pompeii by train is an absolute favourite. The journey takes just under 2 hours, but it should be noted that this train only runs every third Sunday of the month (the number of services may be increased in the future). A train journey with a connection in Naples or Salerno will take approximately 30 minutes longer.

The second fastest means of transport is by car. Journey from Rome to Pompeii is predominantly on the A1 and A3 motorways and takes around 2.5-3 hours. This route offers flexibility, but possible traffic jams should be taken into account.

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Pompeii © Shutterstock

By train

Duration: from 2 to 2.5 hours | Cost: from €30

Travelling from Rome to Pompeii by train is the most convenient and efficient way to experience the ancient ruins. 

Not so long ago, Trenitalia launched a direct high-speed train from Rome to Naples, but it only operates every third Sunday of the month. Usually, however, to get to Pompeii, you must first get to Naples.

Frecciarossa or Italo high-speed trains run regularly on the Rome-Naples route, providing a comfortable and relatively quick journey of about 1.5 hours.

Once you reach Napoli Centrale station in Naples, you will transfer to a local commuter train linking Naples to Pompeii. Your final destination is Pompeii Scavi station, conveniently located near the entrance to the archaeological complex.

From here it's a short walk to the well-preserved streets, houses and historical monuments of Pompeii. The return journey to Rome follows the same route, making this day trip a convenient and easy way to immerse yourself in the ancient wonders of Pompeii.

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By bus

Duration: from 3 to 4 hours | Cost: from €14

Travelling from Rome to Pompeii by bus is a budget and easy, but more time-consuming option. Your journey starts at Rome's Stazione Tiburtina bus terminal, which can be reached from the city centre by various means of transport.

There are several bus companies operating on this route, offering both direct and indirect routes. Direct buses tend to be faster, while indirect routes may include stops in other cities along the way. It is advisable to purchase tickets in advance online, especially during peak seasons.

The bus journey itself will take approximately 3-4 hours, during which you can admire views of the Italian countryside as you travel south. On arrival in Pompeii, you'll find yourself at the entrance to the famous archaeological complex, where you can begin your exploration of the remarkably preserved ancient city.

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A victim in Pompeii of the eruption of Mt Vesuvius, Italy ©  BlackMac/Shutterstock

Victims in Pompeii of the eruption of Mt Vesuvius, Italy ©  BlackMac/Shutterstock

By car

Duration: from 2.5 to 3 hours | Cost: from €75

Travelling from Rome to Pompeii by car is an ideal option for those who prefer flexibility in their itinerary. Starting your adventure in Rome, you can easily rent a car from various agencies in the city. Armed with a GPS navigator or a reliable navigation app will make it easier for you to navigate the Italian roads.

The most common route from Rome to Pompeii takes the A1 motorway to Naples and then the A3 motorway to Salerno. Along the way you will have the opportunity to stop in charming towns such as Gaeta or Salerno, where you can savour the local cuisine and admire the coastal scenery.

Upon arrival in Pompeii, convenient parking is available next to the archaeological site. After a short walk, you'll find yourself at the entrance, ready to explore the wonderfully preserved streets, houses and relics of this ancient Roman city.

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By organised tour

Duration: depends on the selected tour | Cost: from €140

An organised tour from Rome to Pompeii allows you to experience this ancient city seamlessly without the hassle of planning.

In Rome, you'll meet at a designated location, most often in the city centre or at a hotel where your fellow travellers will gather. From there, comfortable transport such as buses or minibuses will take you on a stress-free journey to Pompeii.

An important advantage of these tours is the presence of a knowledgeable guide who will talk about the places you will pass along the way and share historical context.

Upon arrival in Pompeii, the guide will take you on a fascinating tour of the archaeological excavations, talking about the ancient history of the city, its daily life and its ultimate demise.

You will then have free time to explore further, discover the local cuisine or shop for souvenirs. Finally, an organised tour will ensure your return journey to Rome, allowing you to enjoy the Pompeii experience with the ease and guidance of an expert.

Fresco painting on the wall of Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii © Shutterstock

The Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii © Shutterstock

Is Pompeii worth a day trip from Rome?

Pompeii really deserves a day trip from Rome, especially for those travellers who are interested in history, archaeology and ancient civilisations. Pompeii is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it well worth a trip here.

Travelling from Rome to Pompeii is also attractive because it can be reached within about 2.5-3 hours, which gives you enough time to immerse yourself in the history of Pompeii and wander around its impressive ruins.

However, it's worth noting that while a day tour provides an opportunity to experience the wonders of Pompeii, those with a deep interest in archaeology and history should extend their stay to explore the city in more depth. Nevertheless, a day trip to Pompeii promises a rich journey through time and culture.

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Olga Sitnitsa

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Olga Sitnitsa

updated 06.06.2024

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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