Il Molendino

Via Nicosia, 1, Calci, Pisa, Italy
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Train from Pisa Airport to Siena

by Bella_TLV

Hello there, I need to get to Siena from Pisa Airport around 12:00. As I know there are no direct trains, only with changing train at Empoli Rail staion. What is the best way to buy a ticket, when I arrive? Do they have an English explanations over the tickets machines? Where are those machines placed, do they receive credit cards, and if not, what's the price of the ticket? And is it enough time to find the right train at Empoli station? Thank you..

Re: Train from Pisa Airport to Siena

by leics

It is easy to buy a ticket. Just use the ticket machines, which have English language options.

It is best if you use cash. Some machines may accept cards, but I have no idea if they will accept those from abroad.and the hassle is simply not worthwhile for a very reasonable fare. You can find train times, details and fares on the Italian railway website here (in English):

You are right that you will have to change at least once, but if you select the departure and the 'details by selection' you'll see exactly how long you have. It's always enough time...for the 12.43 departure you will have 10 minutes to change at Empoli. One-way fare is 7.30 euro.

There is a direct bus from Pisa airport to Siena, but with limited departure times. Timetable here:

Re: Train from Pisa Airport to Siena

by leics

I'm pretty sure that the ticket machines at Pisa Aeroporto are just inside the terminal building, by the exit to the railway platform (on the left as you come out of Arrivals). There are helpful information desks at the airport anyway, if you have any problems.

Re: Train from Pisa Airport to Siena

by Bella_TLV

Thank you! Sure, bus would be the best solution (DIRECT!), but the departure from the Airport is at 11:00 at morning, 10 min after my flight arrival... pity

Re: Train from Pisa Airport to Siena

by leics

Yes, it's a pain.and the next one isn't until 17.30.

Never mind. Train will be easy enough, and Siena is lovely...but its station is quite some way out of the historical centre. Depending on where you are staying, be prepared to take a bus (or taxi), or walk for around 10/15 minutes.

Re: Train from Pisa Airport to Siena

by mccalpin

Don't be concerned about changing trains in's been a long time since I've seen that station, but I suspect it's about the size of room. Seriously, in most smaller Italian train stations, you get off the train when it pulls into the station, you walk over to the arrivals/departures board (assuming you can't see it already) to see what track the train to Siena is (track = "binario"), then you walk over to that track (Empoli is a through station, not a terminus, so you'll possibly have to go downstairs and walk under a track to get to another one) and wait for the train to Siena. If you have a 5 minute layover, you'll spend 3 1/2 minutes wondering why you rushed. ;-)

The only puzzling thing may be that from the looks of the rail line layout, that when you leave for Siena, you'll think that you're going back to Pisa, because you arrive from the west at Empoli, then leave for Siena going back to the west (because the train will turn south shortly after leaving the station).


Re: Train from Pisa Airport to Siena

by Bella_TLV

Thank you Bill! :))

Re: Train from Pisa Airport to Siena

by Bella_TLV

Thank you guys!

Travel Tips for Pisa

make pisa as a day tour from florence

by coolswizzle

when in tuscany, its better to make florence as your base and book a tour to go to pisa. there`s not much to see in pisa except for the tower.

when we were there we booked a walking tour of pisa. check it out at

You have to walk along...

by Poda

You have to walk along Lungarno (the street running along the river Arno) during the sunset... it's beautiful!!

I'll show you some traditional event:
La Luminara
La Regata di S. Ranieri
Il gioco del Ponte
(see the others general trips)

Some facts on the tower

by filipdebont

Some facts on the tower:

- The height of the building from the foundations to the belfry is c. 60 m.

- The tower weighs c. 14.500 tons.

- The Tower is shaped like a hollow cylinder formed by two concentric walls (in marble blocks) which contain mortar and matter.

- A spiral stair within the cylindrical body allows access to the arcaded storeys and to the summit of the Tower.

- The inclination is c. 5.5 degrees towards the south; this means that the seventh cornice protrudes about 4.5 meters over the first cornice.

- The staircase consists of approximately 300 steps. climbing the tower

the doors of the Duomo are 8 meters high

by globetrott

The doors of the Duomo in Pisa are about 8 meters high, obviously in order to enter the church with banners during holy processions.

And when you are lucky and get there in the early afternoon, the sun will shine directely on the doors and will show more details of the reliefs

S. Maria della Spina

by Azhut

The small Church of Santa Maria della Spina is a remarkable example of Pisan Gothic. It was built in 1230 on the banks of the river Arno next to an important bridge, called Ponte Novo, that used to join the streets Santa Maria and Sant’Antonio. The bridge was destroyed during the 15th century and was never rebuilt. Being the church close to the bridge, it was given the name of Santa Maria de Pontenovo, changed in 1333 to Santa Maria della Spina, when it preserved the reliquary of a thorn of the Saviour’s crown (spina = thorn). Today the reliquary is in the church of Santa Chiara.

OPENING HOURS to visit the Church

January, February,  November, December:
on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:  10 am until 2 pm.
Every second Sunday of the month: 10 am until 7 pm

March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October, : on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10 am until 1:30 pm and  2:30 pm until  6 pm,
on Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am until 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm until 7:00 pm
16th June: 11 am until 1,30 pm. and 2,30 pm. until 11 pm.


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