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These Trains Will Take You From Rome to Naples for the Trip of Your Life in Southern Italy

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by Morgane Croissant May 2, 2023

If you know anything about Rome and Naples, you know that driving in those cities is an absolute nightmare that will fill your lovely Italian vacations with unnecessary anxiety. Instead of putting yourself through the hell that is dealing with Italian drivers and their very interesting take on the rules of the road, ride the rails. The Italian passenger railway network is extremely well connected, reliable, comfortable, and cheap, whether you’re going from Rome to Venice, Rome to Florence, or even Paris to big Italian cities. And trains from Rome to Naples (and vice-versa) are very frequent, making visiting both cities a cinch.

What are the best train options from Rome to Naples?

There are nonstop trains between Rome and Naples throughout the day, every 20 minutes, starting before 6 AM until after 10 PM. You can choose between high-speed trains (called Frecciarossa which translates as Red Arrow), regional trains (Regionale Veloce), and Intercity trains. Frecciarossa run at 190 mph and therefore complete the journey much faster.

How do I purchase a train ticket between Rome to Naples?

Roma Termini train station and high-speed train that goes from Rome to Naples

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To book your train from Rome to Naples, visit the website of the Italian train operator Trenitalia, switch the language to English in the top right corner, and enter your stations of departure and arrivals and your dates of travel. In one click of a button you’ll get an abundance of options for every day of the week.

How long is the high-speed train from Rome to Naples?

The high-speed train (Frecciarossa) between Rome to Naples takes between one hour and one hour and fifteen minutes — a breeze compared to the stressful 2.5-hour drive.

Regional trains (Regionale Veloce) and Intercity trains take between two and three hours. Intercity trains are generally faster.

How much does it cost to take the train from Rome to Naples?

Riding the high-speed trains (Frecciarossa) from Rome to Naples start from $16.35 (14.90 €), while regional trains (Regionale Veloce) start from $14.40 (13.10 €), and Intercity trains start from $15.25 (13.90 €). Because prices vary according to the demand on your dates of travel, the earlier you book your train from Rome to Naples, the better the price.

The price of traveling by train in Italy also changes according to the classes of service you choose for your trip. To learn all about the different classes of service on Italian trains, from Business Class on the high-speed trains to Second Class on regional and Intercity trains, check out the “how much” section of this informative Matador article.

What is the best train station from Rome to Naples?

Exterior of the Naples train station called Napoli Centrale

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Most Rome to Naples trains depart from Rome Termini station, the main train station in the city. A few depart from Rome Tiburtina.

The Rome to Naples train arrives in Napoli Centrale train station.

How to get from Rome’s airport to Naples?

It’s quick and easy to get from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport (also known as Fiumicino, don’t get confused) to Naples. All you need to do is take the Leonardo Express train to Rome Termini station, and then take the train from there to Napoli Centrale train station in Naples. Note that the Leonardo Express train from the airport to Rome Termini is direct, takes only 32 minutes, runs every 30 minutes, and costs only $15.50 (14 €).

Is Naples worth a day trip from Rome?

Italian high-speed train Frecciarossa in the Naples train station

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If you’re traveling from Rome to Naples and back by high-speed train, you can easily make Naples a day trip from Rome. To make the most of it, it would be recommended to take the first high-speed train of the day from Rome, and the last high-speed train from Naples, which is totally feasible. That said, you’ll be rushed and probably won’t be able to see much of the big and busy city that is Naples in just one day.

Is spending two days in Naples enough?

The length of time you’ll want to spend in Naples depends on your personality. Naples is loud, a little dirty, a little lawless, and can prove to be a sensory overload for some travelers. If you’re one of those travelers who prefer a quiet environment, then two days is plenty. However, if you like buzzing cities that are rough around the edges, stay longer because Naples is right up your alley. Three full days, or even four days, is a good amount of time if you want to explore the city and the islands of the Bay of Naples, including Capri and Ischia.

No matter how long you stay in Naples, you can’t visit without having a meal or two at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, the city’s most famous pizzeria.

Hotels near the Napoli Centrale train station

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Starhotels Terminus

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Starhotels Terminus is a four-star hotel in Naples, located just two minutes on foot from the train station. The hotel has 169 rooms equipped with free WiFi, premium bedding, air conditioning, smart TVs with premium channels, and bathrooms with showers and bidets. Additional amenities include a rooftop terrace, cafe, on-site regional cuisine restaurant, bar, car hire, buffet breakfast (for a surcharge), express check-in/check-out, 24-hour front desk, concierge services, childcare services, and daily housekeeping.

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Stelle Hotel The Businest

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Stelle Hotel The Businest is a four-star hotel located only four minutes away from Napoli Centrale on foot. The hotel has 38 rooms with free WiFi, premium bedding, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and bathrooms with rainfall showers and bidets. Additional amenities include a free breakfast buffet, return airport shuttle, spa services, cafe, free newspapers, concierge services, tour/ticket information.

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New Gallery

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New Gallery is an extremely well-rated bed and breakfast located only three minutes on foot from the train station. The property provides free WiFi to all guests. Additional amenities include a multilingual staff, front desk safe, and luggage storage. Each guest room at New Gallery features premium bedding, air conditioning, safes, bathrooms with showers and free toiletries, 43-inch flat-screen TVs with premium channels, wardrobes/cupboards, free infant beds, and daily housekeeping. The property is smoke-free.

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