Pompeii is one of the must-do locations in Italy, an ancient city left behind from the Roman Empire.

Famous for its crumbling buildings, historic artefacts, and preserved artwork, it truly is worth the trek.

How far is Pompeii from Rome?

Rome is a popular base point for most travellers visiting Italy, so journeying from Rome to Pompeii has been made easy. The distance between the two popular destinations is roughly 240 kilometres, with the fastest route being via the roads. The trip will take just over two hours, depending on what transport you choose. Working out how you are planning to travel before heading off can help you cut out any frustrations or unplanned complications along the way, so check out our options listed below.

  • Via Car

    This is by far the easiest journey to travel along, only taking 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach your destination. Simply hop on the Strada del Sole (Sun Highway) and head southbound, following the signs as you go to reach the popular Pompeii! This is a great option for those who want a completely independent adventure, great for couples wanting some privacy or families who are simply after a quick day trip out of Rome. However, there are a couple of cons to this option, especially for overseas visitors. Those wanting to rent a car can be met with high costs depending on the season and day, with the roads feeling unfamiliar and tricky to get a handle on in just one day. Parking as well can cost you, with the closer you get to Pompeii the higher the parking prices go.

  • Via Train

    Not a fan of the winding roads of the coast? Why not choose a relaxing train trip, where you can look out to everchanging scenic landscape or curl up with a good book for the morning? Unfortunately, the train line doesn’t head straight to Pompeii, only journeying down to the nearby Naples. After arriving at Naples, visitors must ensure a quick 8-minute walk to Piazza Nolana, where another train awaits you, taking you straight to the entrance of Pompeii. The entire trip will take over 2 hours, but can be an easy option for those wanting an independent trip without the car! Prices can vary depending on which train, carriage, and time you select, so make sure you set aside enough for the return trip!

  • Via A Tour

    Skip all the fuss with planning your own day and simply hop on one of the professional tours on offer. Many of the best tours to Pompeii start in Rome, with visitors being picked up and dropped off at their Rome hotels, making it one of the easiest day trips you can have! Simply purchase your ticket prior to the day you are travelling, and sit back and relax as you explore the fantastic region Pompeii has to offer. As a full-day adventure, many of the Pompeii tours offer a personal guide through the crumbling ruins of the city, which can give you a better understanding on the past lives of this ancient civilisation.

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