Why a Rome to Pompeii Day Trip Should Be on Your Bucket List in 2024

Staying in Rome, but eager to visit fantastic Pompeii? Don’t worry I’ve got you covered. Pompeii is located a few kilometers from Naples which is around a 2-hour train ride from Rome. It’s not exactly close by, but nor is it too far away for a day trip.

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There are several ways of getting from Rome to Pompeii on a day trip and over the course of this blog post I’ll walk you through the various options. From going with a guided tour to doing it on your own, you’ll be able to decide which way works best for you and your travel plans. 

Rome and Pompeii are two of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. While Rome offers an endless array of iconic landmarks and attractions, Pompeii is known for its ancient ruins and fascinating history. 

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Luckily, visitors to Rome can easily take a day trip to Pompeii to explore this unique archaeological site. In this blog post, I will guide you through the key attractions and activities of a Rome to Pompeii day trip.

Planning Your Rome to Pompeii day trip

There are a variety of transportation options for travelers looking to visit Pompeii from Rome, including trains, buses, and private tours. With each transportation option, I’ll provide more in-depth information on how to get to Pompeii from Rome. 

A quick overview of how to plan your Rome to Pompeii day trip:

  • Guided tours to Pompeii from Rome are the easiest way of visiting the ancient city without any of the hassles of taking trains & buses. Everything is organized for you and all you have to do is show up at the right time. For a stress-free experience, I’ll suggest some of the best tours to Pompeii from Rome below. 
  • Want to travel at your own pace? Then the train is the most popular option, as it is affordable and convenient. It is also the fastest way to get to Pompeii, with travel times ranging from 2 to 2.5 hours. 

Depending on your time of visit, it is important to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid long lines and sell-outs. 

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Guided Tours to Pompeii from Rome

The easiest and most hassle-free way to visit Pompeii from Rome is as part of an organized tour. These range from small-group tours to privately guided excursions. Often the tours from Rome to Pompeii also include additional sightseeing stops such as the Amalfi Coast, Naples, or lunch in an Italian vineyard. 

Tours from Rome to Pompeii usually leave at around 7 am and return back anywhere from 7 pm to 9 pm. It’s a long day, but you do get your money’s worth. 

Guided Tour of Pompeii & Visit Positano from Rome

If you’ve been eager to visit Pompeii and see one of the prettiest towns on the Amalfi Coast, Positano, then you are in luck! This guided tour of Pompeii & Positano departs early from Rome in the morning before arriving at the gates of Pompeii where you can tour one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman cities with an expert archaeologist. 

Continuing on from Pompeii, the tour will navigate the beautiful and winding roads of the Amalfi Coast before arriving at Positano. With ample time to explore the most beautiful town on the Amalfi Coast, you can shop for souvenirs and even pop down to the beach for a quick dip (if it’s warm enough) in the sea. 

Tired and sleepy, you’ll enjoy the drive back to Rome before arriving in the Eternal City just in time for dinner. 
A large group tour – max 50 people. If you are looking for a small group, this may not be your cup of tea. 

Small-Group Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Tour from Rome

An intimate guided tour limited to 18 people, this is perfect for those wanting a more personalized tour experience. The tour is very similar to the one mentioned above and includes the following experiences:

– Departure from Rome
– Guided tour of Pompeii
– Drive along the Amalfi Coast
– Self-exploration of Positano
– Small group limited to 18 people

Pompeii & Mt Vesuvius Day Trip From Rome

During the summer months, this guided tour of Pompeii also includes a hike to Mt Vesuvius. The hike is only a half-mile from the parking lot, so it’s not too taxing. During the winter months, the guided tour heads to the Amalfi Coast instead as access to the Mt Vesuvius National Park is prohibited during this time of the year. 

– Departure from Rome
– Guided tour of Pompeii
– Hike & exploration of Mt Vesuvius (April – November only)
– Amalfi Coast (winter months only)

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Small Group Tour of Pompeii & Naples with lunch on an organic farm

If you’ve been searching for a small group tour that takes in Pompeii and Naples then you are in luck. Also included in the price is lunch at an organic farm that also includes a wine tasting. You’ll spend some time exploring Naples after lunch before departing back to Rome for the evening. Included in the price is a pick up & drop off from your hotel in Rome. 

– Pickup from hotel in a minivan
– Guided tour of Pompeii
– Lunch at an organic farm
– Afternoon exploration of Naples
– Drop off at hotel

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Private Tour from Rome to Pompeii and Amalfi Coast 

Private Tour from Rome to Pompeii and Amalfi Coast.
If you want your own private tour to explore Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast then you should consider booking this experience. It’s perfect for families, friends or couples looking for an intimate and personal experience. Included in the price is access to Pompeii, stopping at the towns of Positano and Amalfi, and a limoncello tasting.

– Private tour from Rome to Pompeii, Positano & Amalfi
– Guided tour of the ruins of Pompeii
– Stop at Positano for lunch
– Exploration of Amalfi
– Limoncello tasting
– Drop off at hotel in Rome

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Train from Rome to Pompeii

Some people prefer to organize their own way of getting to Pompeii from Rome rather than be on a guided tour schedule. I’ve fallen into both categories at times, sometimes I like to have someone other than myself showing me around and not having to worry about making connections, etc. 

Then there’s the other side that loves to hop on a local train and explore on my own time. Taking the train from Rome to Pompeii is rather straightforward and easy to do if you are looking for your own memorable experience and can be a good way of saving money too. 

All trains from Rome depart from Roma Termini and in order to get to Pompeii you will need to switch to a regional train from either Naples or Salerno

Rome – Naples – Pompeii

The high-speed train time from Rome to Naples takes just over 1 hour, from which you will need to change onto a different (regional) train that will take you directly to Pompeii. 

All in all, the train from Rome to Pompeii takes just under 2.5 hours (all going well). 

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Train Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket from Rome to Pompeii is around €25 for a standard seat. Splurge an extra couple of Euros for first-class seats (less crowded in summer and you’re guaranteed a seat) for around €33. 

I purchase my train tickets through Trainline when traveling around Europe. It’s a very straightforward website to use for booking train travel and even includes buses too as suggestions. 

Pompeii train stations: 

Pompei Station – This is the most popular train station for visitors to arrive at and leaves you right outside the entrance to Pompeii. 

Torre Annunziata Centrale – 0.8 miles from the entrance to Pompeii and an alternative to Pompei Stazione.

Travel Tip: Look out for the Frecciarossa & Italo trains when traveling in Italy. These are the high-speed trains that connect all major cities across the country. 

Entrance tickets to Pompeii are best purchased in advance and I would definitely recommend organizing a guided tour of the archaeological site. I’ve walked around Pompeii years ago as a broke backpacker and didn’t have a clue what I was looking at. It was much better the next time when I opted for a guided tour!

Purchase your guided tour of Pompeii with an archeologist via Viator. 

Exploring Pompeii

Once you arrive in Pompeii, you will be transported back in time to the ancient city that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The city was buried under ash and pumice for centuries, preserving the buildings and artifacts of daily life in Pompeii. Some of the main attractions in Pompeii include the Forum, the Amphitheatre, and the House of the Vettii.

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The Forum was the center of Pompeii’s public life, where residents would come to trade, discuss politics, and attend public events. The Amphitheatre is one of the oldest and best-preserved in the world, with a capacity of over 20,000 spectators. 

The House of the Vettii is a well-preserved mansion that showcases the wealth and luxury of Pompeii’s elite.

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In addition to these main attractions, there are many lesser-known sites to visit in Pompeii, such as the Lupanare (a brothel), the Termopolium (a snack bar), and the Casa del Menandro (a well-preserved villa). Audio guides and guided tours are available to enhance your visit and provide more in-depth information about the ruins.

Conclusion

A day trip from Rome to Pompeii is a great way to experience the history and culture of Italy. From the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii to the delicious cuisine and shopping opportunities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. By following our tips and recommendations, you can make the most of your trip and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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