Thinking of visiting Pompeii from Rome? Good choice – it is one of the largest and best-preserved archeological sites on Earth. You literally walk around a beautifully preserved ancient Roman city. This is why 2.5+ million people visit it annually, but where is Pompeii and how do you visit it? Don’t worry, we’ll explain everything.
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What Is Pompeii?
Pompeii was a booming port city in the Ancient Roman Empire. The fate of all that changed on August 24th, 79 AD when the volcano Mt. Vesuvius erupted and shot a 10-mile high mushroom cloud of ash and pumice into the stratosphere. Those who were not killed by the missiles of pumice coming down or the lava were wiped out by the toxic gases that took over the area, essentially suffocating everyone.
When Vesuvius erupted, the volcanic ash and mud shielded the city’s artifacts from destruction and preserved a ton of history. To this day, you can still see some of the bodies, clothes, and even places of business that have been preserved from the eruption. Ironically, this disastrous day for the Romans has created for the modern man an intimate look into what life was like in an Ancient Roman city.
Can You Do a Day trip from Rome to Pompeii?
The answer is yes! While many people visit Pompeii during their stay on the Amalfi Coast, a day trip is definitely feasible. I created a little graph below to help you decide which is the best option for you:
|Takes 3.5 hours||Takes around 2 hours||51 hours|
|Complete Freedom to come and go as you please||There are many trains, but still limited by time||Complete Freedom|
|Chance of getting lost||Hard to get lost with only one change||Follow the Sea|
|Big Chance of Traffic||No traffic problems. Even if late, it’s usually not by much||No Traffic!|
Both above options are viable. ( By foot is a joke, of course, just to lighten the mood). And as you can see there are pros and cons to each option. It really depends on your own preference.
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How To Get To Pompeii
The high-speed train from Rome to Naples runs every 20 minutes. You can take the train from Roma Termini station to Napoli Centrale in just over an hour. Book on Trenitalia or through Italo. They are two competing train companies. I prefer Italo.
From Napoli Centrale, you can switch to the local train to Pompeii. The local train, called the Circumvesuviana, is located down the corridor in what is technically Napoli Garibaldi Station.
Take the train towards Sorrento and you will arrive at Pompei Scavi – Villa Dei Misteri station after about 20 minutes. The station is only a matter of feet from the entrance into the archaeological area.
If you choose to take the train to Pompeii on your own but are still looking for a guided tour, check out our Skip the Line Pompeii Ruins Tour with Villa of Mysteries.
For you adventurous souls who rented a car, it is quite easy. Get on the Grande Raccordo Anulare ( GRA) and head onto A1 highway to Naples. Once you get close to Naples you change to the Motorway A3 Napoli-Salerno (exit Pompeii ovest). Or just add to your GPS
Frequently Asked Questions about Going to Pompeii from Rome
Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions I get asked. I have put next to them the answers. Check it out
|How Long Should I Spend in Pompeii?||Minimum I suggest is 2 hours. If you really like Ancient Rome then, maybe 4-5 hours.|
|How Much is a train Ticket from Rome to Pompeii?||This really depends on the time of day and time of year. Calculate around 60€ round trip per person.|
|Is There an entrance fee to Pompeii?||Yes, see below for all info about admissions|
|Is there a direct train from Rome to Pompeii?||No. You take a fast train to Naples, then a local train ( Circumvesuviana)from Naples train station to Pompeii|
Hours, Pompeii Tickets & RSVP
Most people who visit Pompeii are coming by train from Naples. The good thing is that the train station lets you off right in front of the entrance to the archeological park! From there it is literally a minute walk to the entrance and you can’t miss it.
Where to buy tickets for Pompeii? You can buy your tickets directly near the entrance by the gate.
- 9 am – 7 pm
- The last entrance is 5.30 pm.
- Closed on Mondays
- Entrance: There are 3 entrances into the archeological park, but most probably you will be entering from Porta Marina. This is the entrance next to the train station and also the main parking area. This is also the main ticket desk, so you can buy your ticket here and begin your adventure.
- 17.50€ from 9 am-4:30 pm
- 11.50€ from 4:30 pm-5:30pm
- Free under 18 years old
Getting an RSVP:
You can easily purchase tickets directly at the ticket counter, but if you want to plan ahead and book official Pompeii tickets online, you can book at www.ticketone.it
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Are There Restaurants at Pompeii?
Your destination is an archeological site, so you won’t find any upscale restaurants. However, I have listed two places where you can grab a bite for lunch before heading back to Rome.
Autogrill Cafetteria- Calling it a cafeteria is a stretch, but it is the only option inside of the archeological park to get some refreshments. It is located behind the Temple of Jupiter.
Address- Via del Foro, 20, 80045 Pompei
Bar Sgambati- This is the Bar/ Restaurant/ Pizzeria which is right next to the train station that drops you off at Pompeii. The food and prices I would say are average, but your best bet of getting something to eat in the area before or after your trip to the Archeological site.
Address— Via Villa dei Misteri, 80045 Pompei