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Special Roundtrip Direct Trains from Rome to Pompeii Ruins to Run on Sundays Through 2024

Trenitalia has extended through all of 2024 its Sunday high-speed Frecciarosa train that travels directly from Rome Termini station to Pompeii Archaeological Park.

The FR 9693 departs Rome Termini train station every Sunday at 8:53am arriving at Pompei train station 1 hour 47 minutes later at 10:40am. A 10-minute shuttle bus then transfers passengers to the park’s entrance at Pompeii Scavi Archaeologici. Eventually, the trains will travel directly to the new train station under construction at the entrance to the Pompeii Archaeological Park. More daily trains will also be added to the route.
Passengers on the FR 9693 train can buy their admission tickets to the Pompeii archaeological site right on board the train. A movie shown during the train journey previews what passengers are about to see during their visit to the Pompeii ruins.
The return train, the FR 9568 , takes 2 hours 15 minutes for the return trip to Rome, departing from the modern city of Pompei’s train station at 18:40 (6:40pm) and returning to Rome Termini at 20:55 (8:55pm). The shuttle bus will collect passengers from Pompeii’s Scavi entrance and return them to the Pompei train station for the return train trip.
When bought one to two months in advance, tickets on the Trenitalia FR 9683 and FR 9568 can be bought for as little as $28 each way or $56 roundtrip.
Tickets can be bought through Trenitalia’s website and on The Trainline’s website.

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That's a long day. I wonder how many people will want to buy the return trip. Personally, there is enough to fill a full day, but I'm consistently surprised on this Forum and other social media sites about people trying to squeeze in a rushed tour on the way to/from Sorrento. Add to that, Pompeii doesn't have in/out privileges and food and water options in the park are extremely limited. I hope the park is making changes to accommodate these all-day trippers.

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Actually, water is now available from drinking fountains throughout the archaeological site, and there also is a cafeteria called “Chora” inside the park behind the Temple of Jupiter. For those whose limit is three or four hours on their feet at Pompeii, visitors can always buy a ticket on the FR 9693 that gets you from Rome to Pompeii by 11 am and take any of the afternoon trains returning to Rome.
Some of the returning trains depart from the “Torre Annunziata Centrale” train station, which is a little over one mile from the Pompeii Scavi entrance to the ruins. Other trains depart from the modern city of Pompei’s train station, also about one mile from the Pompeii Scavi entrance to the ruins. Both Trenitalia and Italo have trains throughout the day with some taking just 2:20-2:30 including bus/train transfers to return to Rome.

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Hi! I have been looking into this option for our upcoming trip in July and I have some questions.
1) I used the Trenitalia chat this morning to ask about purchasing this ticket for July 21 (I can not find it) and the agent said there is no direct train from Rome to Pompei. Where can I purchase these tickets??
2) Which Pompei park entrance does the shuttle take you to?
3) Is the shuttle included in the purchase of this ticket? If it is not, where do you purchase that ticket and how much is it?

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It doesn't look like this train is running in July. I had been waiting for tickets to become available for the past two months as it just said 'not available for purchase'. Having looked again now, the 8:53 goes to Naples Afragola, and then you have to change to a ArrowLink LK133 bus. However, you still can't purchase tickets on Trainline, and sometimes it says it's unavailable on Trenitalia! Other dates show that it arrives at Pompei at 11:20 whereas others its as stated 10:40.

Sunday 14th July is really the only time we can go to Pompeii but it doesn't look like we'll be able to arrive before 12pm as the trains between 7:36am and 8:53am seem to be 4+ hours!

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I'm assuming that the tickets aren't released yet after the June ticket release.....that's why y'all aren't seeing any, I am assuming....

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Hello - For those traveling in July and looking for the direct Rome to Pompei train - have you had any new information? We have been waiting for the direct train to appear on schedules and haven't seen it yet. I am wondering if there is a known release date for the schedule for the direct July trains? With no idea if/when the schedule will be released I am trying to make alternative plans.

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Looking on Trainline, it seems like you have to change at Naples and get a bus, but it has changed times so that you get into Pompei for 10:43. So not sure what's happened to the direct train. Maybe they just aren't running it in July? I've ended up booking an earlier train into Naples and will get the circumvesuvia to Pompeii Scavi, which will be better for me as i booked a 10:30 start time for the tour!

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(Editing last reply)
I'm not seeing this service on random July and August Sunday dates either. I guess we'll see if they update the schedule before July 1.

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I think this is a great option for those that would like to go to Pompei on a day trip from Rome. Doing it on a day trip isn't for me, and I always recommend Ostia Antica for an easier day, but for some this high speed train would work well. There are many that do not have unlimited travel days.

We did Pompeii on our way to Sorrento and we did not feel we crammed in a rushed trip at all. It was quite efficient, in fact, it seems we spent more time at Pompeii than many. I made sure we were very organized, the night before we moved to a hotel by Termini and then took an early high speed train from Termini to Naples and then the Circumvesiana to Pompeii. We stored our luggage and had several walking tours set to go. We stayed until about 4:30 and then took the Circumvesiana to Sorrento. I had a sun umbrella, water and snacks. There is water available in the site. We planned our route to be able to take a break in the shade by the amphitheater.

If we had the time we certainly would have preferred to spend a couple days in Naples to go to the museum, but that wasn't possible. We'd already been in Italy 3 weeks and had to get back to work.

We did our homework in advance to give us context for touring Pompeii. We watched many videos on Pompeii and listened to podcasts as well as reading a few guidebooks.

For those that are not retired and do have obligations, I feel that choices need to be made. For us, a big help is a lot of planning and study prior to the trip. We are now retired and are able to take more leisurely trips like many on the forum, but we still do extensive planning and prep work to make the most out of our trips. Those of us that are retired need to keep in mind that many of those that travel have very limited vacation days.

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Kathy, thanks for your research. If this were high-tech instead of railroad, it sounds a bit like "vaporware."

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LOL, Tim! Now you see it, now you don't? :O)
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