Naples, the capital of Italy’s Campania region, is the modern birthplace of pizza. Almost every restaurant claims they offer the best slice and it’s hard to prove them wrong! But there’s actually more to explore and experience in the city that sits on the Bay of Naples.
Its iconic history, immersive culture, Baroque architecture, and contemporary offerings make it a captivating Italian destination. On top of all those, Naples is one of the most common base camps when visiting the ancient city of Pompei, located 25km southeast.
The train is the best way to travel the 225km distance from Rome to Naples. This train journey takes around 2 hours 45 minutes and fares start from €14 ($17). Other options include a 2-hour-35-minute bus, a 2.5-hour private transfer, and a 12-hour day trip. Rates range from €15 ($18.50) to €300 ($365).
Travelling by train is the most convenient way to get from Rome to Naples. There are plenty of train schedules to choose from, as well as countless amazing views along the way. Fares start from €14 ($17) and travel time is 1 to 3 hours, depending on which train you take.
We don’t think the bus offers any advantage compared to taking the train, unless you can book one of the really cheap fares. Otherwise, normal bus rates start from €15 ($18.50) and travel time is around 2 hours 35 minutes.
Travelling with a group? You can get a taxi from Rome to Naples with rates from €300 ($365). As it’s very expensive, we recommend it only if you’re with kids or persons with limited mobility. If not, then it might be more cost-efficient to just take the train.
If your time is limited and you can only allot one day in the so-called “new city,” you can also consider taking a day trip from Rome to Naples. An organized tour will allow you to explore not just Naples but also Pompei. Rates start from €227 ($275) for the 12-hour day trip.
Travelling by train from Rome to Naples offers the best value for money. It is the cheapest option and even the regionale trains are quite fast.
There are 4 kinds of trains available for this route. The first 3 are run by state-owned Trenitalia, while Italo is privately-owned.
Regionale – the most cost-efficient. A ticket costs €14 ($17) for the 2-hour-45-minute journey.
Intercity – only a bit faster compared to regionale trains, but twice the cost.
Freccia – high-speed trains. The fastest but most expensive with fares from €42 ($51).
Italo – just as fast as the Freccia trains, but cheaper. Ticket prices start from €32 ($39) for the 1-hour-15-minute journey.
You can check the table below for schedules of trains departing from Roma Termini, Rome’s main train station located some 2km northeast of the city centre. Note that there are also departures from Roma Ostiense (3km south of Piazza Venezia) and Roma Tiburtina (3km further to the east of Roma Termini).
The bus can be a very cheap alternative to the train If you book early and are flexible with your schedule. Every now and then, FlixBus offers rates from €6 ($7.50). That’s not every day though, and you really have to be on the lookout if you want this rate.
Normally, bus fares from Rome to Naples start from €15 ($18.50). Buses depart from Roma Tiburtina Bus Station, located a bit outside of the city centre. You’ll have to take a 20-minute Metro to get there.
That means not only extra cost, but also additional travel time. This is why we think that unless you can get the cheapest rates for this route, then it would be more convenient to take a regionale train. This train arrives and departs from the city centre and is a bit cheaper than the normal bus.
Do you still want to take the bus from Rome to Naples? Then you can see their schedules below.
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes Cost: from €300 ($365)
Private transfers in Italy are very expensive so we don’t recommend them when travelling from one city to another, especially because the country has a very efficient train system. But if you’re travelling with kids or people with limited mobility, then indeed a door-to-door ride is the most convenient.
Fares for a 4-seater taxi ride from Rome to Naples start from €300 ($365). Thinking of taking Uber? Rates start from €193 ($235) with an Uber Black Saver, but it can only accommodate up to 2 persons.
Taxis and taxi drivers in Italy are generally okay as long as the meter is turned on. So if you’re looking for the cheapest private transfer, then the taxi is the way to go. You can hail one from the street or get a ride from a taxi stand. It’s not customary for Italian drivers to approach commuters and offer a ride.
But if you don’t mind spending more for a more guaranteed secured ride, then you can book one with BookAway. Rates start from €377 ($460) for a 3-seater car and €443 ($540) for an 8-seater minivan.
Do you plan on visiting Naples for just a day? GetYourGuide offers quite a few day trip options from Rome to Naples.
Our favourite is a 12-hour day tour that features all the best of Naples, plus a side trip to the ancient ruins of Pompei. This tour is for small groups only, so the maximum number of participants is up to 6 persons.
Lunch and tasting of local delicacies are already included in the rate of €227 ($275) per person.