The train from Rome to Naples takes just 1h 07m on the fastest services. High-speed Frecciarossa and Italo trains frequently depart from Roma Termini station throughout the day, hurtling across the Rome-Naples high-speed railway line and arriving into Napoli Centrale in just over an hour. The occasional service departs from Roma Tiburtina but most leave from Termini, the city’s main station. There are 40 direct services per day between Rome and Naples, with the first train leaving at 07:00 and the last one at 23:20. You’ll travel through the pretty Lazio and Campania regions from the comfort of an air-conditioned carriage – there’s simply no better way to travel from the Italian capital to this fascinating coastal city.
Situated 117 miles (189km) south of Rome, Naples is an ideal destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway. It’s the spiritual home of Neapolitan-style pizza and the gateway to the historic ruins of Pompeii. It might be less polished than other cities, but it certainly doesn’t lack authenticity. Check out our guide to Naples for tips on the best sights in the city.
Heading straight from Rome–Fiumicino Airport to Naples? You can do that by train, too. Hop on the Leonardo Express from the airport, a shuttle service running directly to Roma Termini station. It takes just over 30m to get to Termini and from there, you can catch a connecting service to Naples. Ready to travel? Compare ticket prices and train times using our Journey Planner, and book cheap tickets to Naples.
Frecciarossa trains are Trenitalia's flagship high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The "red arrow" trains are distinguished by their comfort, their ultra-modern design and their reduced impact on the environment. All Frecciarossa trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection and four levels of service – Standard, Premium (with drinks and welcome snacks served on arrival, as well as a morning newspaper), Business (with drinks and snacks, morning newspaper and larger seats) and Executive (with Fast Track, access to FrecciaClub lounges in train selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat).
Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).
Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.
Frecciargento "silver arrow" high-speed trains connect the main cities of the north-west, central and southern Italy at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h). All Frecciargento trains are equipped with a food carriage, free WiFi, reclining seats and power sockets. There are two levels of service – First Class and Second Class. First Class travellers can enjoy reclining leather seats, welcome service with drink and a sweet or savoury snack, and a free morning newspaper.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Rome to Naples by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Rome and Naples is 2 hours and 10 minutes, with around 67 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Rome to Naples is 1 hour and 3 minutes.
Train tickets from Rome to Naples can start from as little as $13.84 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Rome to Naples without having to change trains. There are 58 direct trains from Rome to Naples each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Rome to Naples leaves at 03:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Rome to Naples leaves at 09:05. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Rome to Naples cover a distance of around 117 miles (189 km) during the journey.
For this journey, I took a Frecciarossa train from Roma Termini at 07:35 with an expected arrival time of 08:45 in Napoli Centrale.
Departing from Roma Termini
Roma Termini train station is quite busy at 07:00. Outside a huge number of cars and taxis try to make their way along the streets, while inside commuters and tourists come and go, wanting to get to work on time and avoid missing their trains.
The FrecciaClub Lounge at Roma Termini
The FrecciaClub Lounge is opposite platforms 2 and 3 and is open daily from 05:45 to 22:00. As I arrived quite early at the train station, I decided to stop by. To access the lounge, I bought Trenitalia’s Carnet 10 journeys – it’s available for all CartaFRECCIA holders – and thanks to the free WiFi I was able to check my emails, read the daily newspapers and had some tasty coffee before taking my train.
On the Frecciarossa train
I found my train at platform 14 without any difficulty and, to my surprise, it was already full even though I had arrived 15 minutes early. I travelled in Standard Class, my seat was quite comfortable and had a handy plug socket. During my journey I chatted with the couple sitting in front of me, they were two professors teaching in Rome and heading to an archaeology conference in Naples.
Just before arriving in Napoli Centrale, we stopped in the futuristic station of Napoli Afragola, a new and very modern train station designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid. At the moment, this station is only served by high-speed trains (Trenitalia’s Frecce and Italo high-speed trains) going to Napoli Centrale and Salerno, but it’ll also be served by high-speed trains going to Bari and regional and InterCity trains on the routes from Salerno to Turin and from Rome to Naples via Cassino by 2022.
Fun fact – the excavations for the construction of the station started in 2003 but were stopped for more than a year because a Mycenae ancient village from 1500 AD was discovered.
Arriving at Napoli Centrale
Napoli Centrale train station is quite big and offers a wide range of services. With 390 trains departing and arriving at the station every day and 50 million passengers travelling every year, it’s the seventh busiest Italian station for passenger traffic.
As soon as I got outside the station, I found myself in Piazza Garibaldi. Scooters were coming from every corner and as it was in the morning, the streets were quite busy. I walked along Corso Umberto I and Via Ammiraglio Acton to get to the city centre. After about half an hour I was in Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples’ main square. You can also take the tube from the train station itself – the tube stop is called Napoli Garibaldi and is served by lines 1 and 2. Take line 1 (the yellow one) and stop at Municipio to go to the city centre.
I really enjoyed my journey from Rome to Naples on the Frecciarossa train. What I appreciated the most was how friendly the staff at the FrecciaClub Lounge and onboard the train were. This journey is a must even for a day trip at the weekend.
Origin: Roma Termini
Destination: Napoli Centrale
Travel time: 1h 10m
Train stops: none, direct train
Federica is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.