There are many options one can choose to travel to Naples, but from Rome, there is hardly anything better than taking the train, simply because trains make for low-stress and relatively quick trips around the country. Italy has two main train companies to travel with. Let's see in depth both of the companies's solutions to help you choose your train from Rome to Naples!
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To get to Naples from Rome, you will most probably choose Napoli Centrale as your final stop. Trenitalia (check their website here), however, has multiple stations to pick from, just like in Rome. Given for granted that all visitors depart from Roma Termini, which is Rome's central station and the best connected one, the arrival options you will have in Naples are:
Napoli Campi Flegrei
Napoli Capodichino Aeroporto
As stated before, Napoli Centrale is the station where it is most common to get off, as it is located in the center of the city, at walking distance to most important places and the best connected by all means of transport. The train ride from Roma Termini takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes with a direct train (Frecciarossa or Frecciabianca) and costs about 50€. For these fast track trains, it is advisable to book in advance not to end up not finding the tickets for your dates, obviously only once you have it all sorted out and you are clear about your itinerary.
Other options are slower, but cheaper like the Intercity train, which takes 2 hours and costs about 30€. Otherwise you can choose the regional trains (Regionali): this is the cheapest option, but the least comfortable. You will spend 15€ but will have to deal with changing at least one train and a duration of the ride of about 3 hours. The Regionali are a great solution if you are a slow traveler or if you simply want to enjoy scenic views and discover more about local everyday life in Italy: in fact, these trains are packed with frequent travelers and commuters. You can also travel overnight, sleeping on Trenitalia Intercity Night. Although with this train you have to deal with early hour departure and arrival, you won't take time away from your visit. The cost is equal to that of the Regionali.
Note: With Regionali, you can also easily reach the station of Napoli Capodichino Aeroporto, you could plan around it easily to fit in a very smart schedule itinerary. For the curious ones, the station of Napoli Afragola is a new architecture designed by Zaha Hadid. It is not complete yet, but it is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in modern design and architecture.
Italo is an Italian private train company, which only covers fast track trains and stops only in the main stations of Italy's most important cities. They own fewer trains than Trenitalia, and this is why we highly recommend to always book in advance with them, especially if you travel during the high season.
Supposing you always depart from Roma Termini, you will be able to choose only between two stations: Napoli C.le (Napoli Centrale) and Napoli Afragola. The ride takes about 1 hour and a half and the price is about the same as Trenitalia's Frecciarossa and Frecciabianca. Their trains run on a precise schedule from 7.30 AM to 22.30 PM.
The difference with Italo is that the compaby has numerous PROMO campaigns throughout the year, even more than one during the same month. So keep an eye on Italo's website to stay updated and get your ticket with a 20%, 40% or even 50% discount!
Now that you know the options to choose your train from Rome to Naples, don't forget to book your Prontopia local assistant to pick you up and guide you to your final destination!
©Photo Credits: Photo of Termini Station by Prontopia, Photo of Napoli Centrale by David McKelvey
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