Getting to Pompeii from Rome and Naples
Pompeii, located on the Bay of Naples, is a fascinating little town. While it was once inhabited by Greek and Roman influence, today it is known for its ruins -- the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in 79 AD changed the course of its history. If you’re looking for inspiration to plan a day trip, a visit to Pompeii should be high up on your bucket list. Located close to major Italian cities like Rome and Naples, here’s what you need to know to get to Pompeii.
Getting to Pompeii
There are several bus operators that transport visitors from Naples to Rome, like Flixbus or SITA. The journey should take less than an hour, with a bus departing every 20-30 minutes.
The distance between Naples and Pompeii is about 25 km and should take less than 30 minutes to cover by car or taxi. If you’re driving down, take the Motorway A3 and exit at Pompeii Est or Pompeii Ovest.
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If you’re taking the train, alight at the Pompeii Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station. A train leaves approximately every 30 minutes and your journey should take about 40 minutes from Napoli Centrale Station to Pompeii. From here, you need to walk a few minutes to get to the town’s entrance.
You can take a bus from Rome to Pompeii. You have two route options: one, taking a direct bus from Rome to Pompeii, or taking a detour through Naples. If you’re taking a bus directly from Rome to Pompeii, the journey should take about 3 hours.
If you’re planning to drive down, take the E45 via Strada Statale. The journey should take about 2.5 hours to cover a stretch of about 245 km.
You can go from Rome to Pompeii by taking the train; however you would need to transit through Naples. Take a train from Roma Termini Station to Napoli Centrale Station, the duration of which is about 1 hour 10 minutes. From there, you can directly take a train to Pompeii Scavi station.
By opting for a guided tour, you not only get a well-informed local guide to accompany you along the way, but depending on your ticket, you’ll also get return transfers. This saves you the hassle of planning your commute between Naples or Rome to Pompeii.
Not all Pompeii tours include hotel transfers. You would have to opt for tickets that specifically include hotel transfers; this way, your entire commute to and from your hotel is pre-planned to the T.
You’ll be picked up and dropped back to your hotel by an air-conditioned, comfortable coach. You don’t have to plan your travel and can sit back and relax while the coach takes you on your tour.
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Getting to Pompeii FAQs
Q. How do I get from Rome to Pompeii?
A. You can take the bus or train, or drive down to get from Rome to Pompeii. The fastest way would be to take a train from Rome to Naples and then a train to Pompeii from Naples. Another convenient option is to opt for Pompeii tours that include hotel transfers.
Q. How do I get from Naples to Pompeii?
A. You can drive down, or take the bus or train to get from Naples to Pompeii. Located just a short distance away, the most convenient option is to take a direct train from Naples to Pompeii. Another convenient option is to opt for Pompeii tours that include hotel transfers.
Q. Can I take the train from Naples to Pompeii?
A. Yes. You can take a train from Napoli Centrale Station to Pompeii Scavi Station. The journey should take less than 30 minutes.
Q. Can I book return transfers to Pompeii?
A. Yes, save the hassle of planning your commute by opting for hotel transfers from Rome or Naples to Pompeii. You’ll be transported on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach for your tour.
Q. Do all Pompeii tours include return transfers?
A. Not all Pompeii tours include return transfers; you’ll have to book tours that specifically include return transfers between Rome or Naples to Pompeii and back.