A New High-Speed Train Connects Rome and Pompeii in Just 2 Hours

The new direct train route had its first trip on July 16.

Soon, getting to the famed city of Pompeii from Rome, Italy will take the same amount of time as it took me to figure out how to download "Pompeii" by Bastille onto my Android back in 2013. According to a report by Euronews, a new high speed train is being built to connect Rome and Pompeii in a multimillion dollar project.

Currently, there isn't a direct route connecting the two cities. The new train will bypass the stops other options make, speeding up the journey for tourists and commuters. The train will also connect to the Rome Fiumicino airport—meaning travelers will have the opportunity to head straight to Pompeii after disembarking from the airplane. It's a cheaper, faster, and easier way to get to the famed ruins. 

The train was initially reported to begin service in the beginning of 2024, but Euro News reports that the Frecciarosa (Red Arrow) train actually made its first ride with passengers on Sunday, July 16. Right now, the train will only run on the third Sunday of each month.  The train service is predicted to nearly double the daily number of tourists that will visit the city.

Right now, the train departs from Rome once daily at 8:53 am, and makes one daily return from Pompeii, at 6:40 pm. The service is direct and will take approximately one hour and 57 minutes in each direction. Prices have not yet been confirmed for the Red Arrow tickets.

The archaeological site in Pompeii is home to stunning history, including an ancient snack bar. The lost city is a big draw for travelers all over the world, and a high speed train would drastically simplify (and speed up) the journey to get there—the direct route means there is no need to transfer trains in Salerno or Naples. 

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