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How to get from Rome to Naples

If you are going to Rome and would like to take a trip to Naples, I'll tell you all the details!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

7 min read

How to get from Rome to Naples

Naples | ©Carlo Raso

Naples is one of the most charming and authentic cities in southern Italy. Located just 200 kilometers from the capital, it is the perfect getaway to make if you are spending a few days in Rome.

If you want to take advantage of your trip to the Eternal City to visit other regions of the country, here are all the possibilities to go from Rome to Naples in a jiffy.

1. An organized tour, the best way to go to Naples from Rome

Panoramic view of Naples| ©Aliya Izumi
Panoramic view of Naples| ©Aliya Izumi

It is very common for travelers to take advantage of a trip to Rome to broaden their horizons and visit other cities near the capital, such as Naples, for example.

This is a practical and fun way to make the most of your trip to Italy and to gather as many experiences as possible by exploring other areas of the country in a short time.

How long are the tours from Rome to Naples?

The duration of organized tours to Naples from Rome is usually a full day (between 10 and 14 hours) but there are also express options (about 7 hours), depending on the type of tour you choose and the places you visit on the route.

What will you see on the tour?

Throughout history, Naples has belonged to many kingdoms which is reflected in the morphology of the city. It has, therefore, many places of interest to see such as Piazza del Plebiscito (with the Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, Palazzo Salerno or the Palace of the Prefecture), the Chapel of San Severo with the Christ "Velato" or Via San Gregorio Armeno (famous for its Christmas markets), among many others.

Accompanied by a guide, during the tour you will see why it is so captivating to tourists, it leaves no one indifferent! Already at the beginning of the 19th century, the German poet J.W. Goethe wrote that "the city is a city of the soul". Goethe wrote: "Just wander through the streets and open your eyes to see inimitable spectacles". As you can see, the essence of Naples has not changed despite the passage of time and that is something that, as travelers, we love.

And during the tour you will also have time to try the authentic Neapolitan pizza, the best in the world. Did you know that the famous Margherita pizza was invented here in honor of the Italian queen? If you were impressed by the best pizzas in Rome, get ready for the ones in Naples.

What if I combine the visit to Naples with another site?

Since the city of Naples is very close to Pompeii (only 30 minutes by road), I recommend that you take advantage of this excursion to Naples from Rome to also visit the famous archaeological site.

Visiting Pompeii is an essential visit to make during a trip to Italy and combining it with an organized tour to Naples is a unique opportunity to see many important places in the country, without spending much effort to prepare the excursion and saving time and money. I leave you this post about excursions to Pompeii from Rome.

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2. By bus, the cheapest way to get to Naples

Bus to Naples| ©Antonio Vera
Bus to Naples| ©Antonio Vera

You can buy bus tickets to Naples from 12 euros if you choose to skip the organized tours and travel on your own.

Some of the companies that cover the service are Flixbus, Itabus or Marinobus. You can book your seats online and the tour lasts about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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3. By car, the most flexible way to get there from Rome

Traveling by Car| ©Alquiler de Coches
Traveling by Car| ©Alquiler de Coches

Rome and Naples are about 200 kilometers apart and are very well connected to go on your own by car.

If you choose to rent a car to visit Naples you will enjoy a little more flexibility in your plans by being able to adapt the route and times to your interests, skipping certain stops along the way or staying longer where you want.

Getting to Naples from Rome by car is very easy. Just take the A1 highway, which is well signposted. The trip on this road takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes and has a toll that costs about 15 €.

Renting a car to see Naples is a good option if you like road trips and want to explore other charming villages along the route that you could not visit by public transport.

4. By train, the fastest way to get to Naples

Frecciarossa train to Naples| ©Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane
Frecciarossa train to Naples| ©Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane

The train is the fastest way to go from Rome to Naples. It departs from Termini Station (in the center of the capital) and arrives at Naples Central Station.

The price of the ticket and the duration of the trip depends on the departure time and the type of train you are traveling on. You can buy them through Italo or Trenitalia.

  • Italo or Frecciarossa: These are high speed trains that take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the destination. You will find tickets from 18€.

  • Intercity: These trains take about 2 hours and 30 minutes to arrive. You can buy tickets from 19€.

  • Regional: These trains take about 3 hours to arrive. You will find tickets from 12€.

5. By plane, the most expensive way to get to Naples from Rome

Taking a Plane| ©Anna Zvereva
Taking a Plane| ©Anna Zvereva

The direct flight from Rome to Naples only takes about 50 minutes but I do not recommend it because you have to add to that time the transfer to the airport, going through security checks, waiting times in the terminal, etc.

Calculate that going to Naples from Rome by plane will take you in total more than 3 hours and the tickets are very expensive compared to other means of transport, about 80€. It is not worth it!


When is the best time to go to Naples from Rome?

Walking the Streets of Naples| ©Mario Sánchez Prada
Walking the Streets of Naples| ©Mario Sánchez Prada

As with Rome's climate, the best time to visit Naples is in spring and autumn, when temperatures are pleasant and the atmosphere is relatively dry.

Another advantage of the weather in Naples during these seasons is that the streets are livelier than during the winter but not nearly as crowded as in the summer, so it is quieter to access the most important tourist attractions.

Although summer is the holiday season par excellence, I do not recommend going to Naples in this season as the weather in the city is quite hot and humid so you will feel too sticky and hot to go sightseeing. Besides, everything is crowded with tourists!

How much does an organized tour to Naples from Rome cost?

Naples at sunset| ©Alex N.
Naples at sunset| ©Alex N.

From 98€ you can find options on Hellotickets. The prices of organized tours may vary depending on certain factors such as the duration of the tour, the size of the group, whether it is a private activity or not, the tourist attractions that are part of the itinerary, the activities that are done during the tour or if the excursion includes the services of a guide.

Why take an organized tour to Naples from Rome?

Typical picture of the narrow streets in the center of Naples.| ©Vincenzo La Montagna
Typical picture of the narrow streets in the center of Naples.| ©Vincenzo La Montagna

Although you can do the excursion on your own, in my opinion organized tours are the best way to go to Naples from Rome.

  • They are so convenient! You won't have to worry about any aspect of planning the trip, just buying the tickets and having a great time.
  • With an organized tour you will avoid any last minute mishaps that might arise if you go on your own.
  • You will be sure to get the most out of your excursion time.
  • You will be accompanied by an expert guide who will tell you a lot of anecdotes and stories that you would otherwise miss.
  • And if you are traveling alone or as a couple, you will be accompanied by a group, so the excursion will be more fun.
  • You will be able to rest on the way back to Rome, without having to worry all the time about public transport schedules to get back.

All advantages!

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Other cities you can visit on excursions from Rome

Visiting Pompeii| ©Unsplash
Visiting Pompeii| ©Unsplash

Naples is one of the cities that appears in all the betting pools for getaways from Rome because of its particular charm that leaves no one indifferent and its proximity to the capital.

But there are many more! If you are traveling to Rome and you want to visit cities other than Naples, take a look at these proposals:

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