Ancient city buried under the lava and ash of the infamous Vesuvius volcano in 79 AD, Pompeii is one of the most interesting sights in Italy. Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to see firsthand its ancient buildings decorated with beautifully preserved mosaic floors and colorful wall murals and wander along its cobbled streets.
Pompeii Archaeological Park is 239 kilometres from Rome. The exact address of the complex: Via Villa dei Misteri, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy. You can get from Rome to Pompeii on your own in about 3 hours by car or by public transport - trains and buses. In the article we will tell you, in detail, about all the options.
The most budget option for independent travelers is FLIXBUS ride. By bus you can get from Rome to Pompeii for only 12 euros. Buses departure daily from the Tiburtina bus station located next to the Roman metro station of the same name, the first one leaves at 07:05 in the morning. Travel time is about 3 and a half hours. The road runs along the sea coast, on its way the bus makes several stops. Please also note that round-trip tickets should be purchased in advance.
There is no direct rail link between the two places, so getting to the final destination by train is only possible with a change in Naples. High-speed trains allow you to get from Rome Termini Station to Napoli Centrale in about 1 hour 10 minutes. The cost of such a trip starts from 22 euros and depends on how far in advance a ticket was purchased as well as from the class of a passenger carriage.
Trains from the Italian capital arrive to Napoli Centrale station. To continue the trip, you should go to the platform of Napoli Garibaldi station, which is an integral part of the main city station. To do this, go down the escalator to the underground shopping center and then follow the signs.
Regional trains Circumvesuviana leave from Napoli Garibaldi station every 30 minutes in the direction of Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento.
The duration of the journey to the final destination - Pompei Scavi (Villa dei Misteri) - is about 40 minutes. This train station is located less than 100 meters from the main entrance to the Archaeological Park area.
It is optimal to leave Rome in the morning at 7:40 a.m., then at 8:50 you will be in Naples and after about an hour - in Pompeii. Leaving later, especially in the period between April and October, you may find yourself in Pompeii under the scorching sun. Also keep in mind that in the south of Italy most restaurants are closed from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and if you don't have time to return to Naples before 1:00 p.m. then you may be left without a lunch.
The most interesting way to get to Pompeii - traveling in a rented car. You can lay a route parallel to the sea along the SS7 highway and stop, for example, in Anzio, Sabaudia, Terracina or Sperlonga, swim in the sea or even spend a night in one of these beautiful resort towns.
Direct way from Rome to Pompeii without stops, along the highway E45, takes about 2.5 hours. For gasoline and toll payment, you may spend about 40-50 euros one way. It’s the cheapest to rent a car immediately upon arrival at Fiumicino Airport in Rome. You can also take a car at the central railway station.
Be sure to check the actual time of work on the official website www.pompeiisites.org before planning a trip. The Archaeological Park is open every day, except for December 25th, January 1st and May 1st.
Pre-booked tickets for entering the archaeological complex will save you from standing in a live queue and increase the time for sightseeing. You can purchase tickets to Pompeii excavations online at ticketone.it.