...the bus can get you here/there in a little over an hour (depending on traffic) and for a reasonable price. These two services (see web link below) operate between the Pisa airport and Santa Maria Novella train station in Firenze, and tickets may easily be purchased at either station.
Prices do seem to fluctuate at bit depending on season but hey, a couple extra euro beats waiting around the train station for hours with a bunch of cranky, stranded tourists. The buses are comfortable, air conditioned, and your larger luggage is safely stowed underneath where you don't have to worry about watching it.
The photo I've included here was of our airport shuttle in Milan but the Florence/Pisa buses will be very similar.
Bus is caught right outside the train terminal (next to the information center). Look for the " i " which denotes visitor's information.
During Christmas and special holidays, the bus is free! Entire month of December through middle of January.
Bus runs every 20 minutes from train station to the entrance of the Pisa attractions (Baptistry and leaning tower).
Otherwise, the cost of transport is 0.50 Euros per person.
We arrived late into Pisa - after 10pm. There were no trains into Pisa Centrale. If you end up in this situation, you'll need to take the bus into 'town'. The bus stop is directly in front of the air port arrivals. Tickets were easy to get - just use the electronic ticket machine outside the bus stop. The 'ticket booth' was closed, so that wasn't an option.
All the info I had said that the bus would go to Pisa Centrale and would take about 10 minutes.
So, once we finally found the bus stop and got on, we ended up on a strange journey out to the Pisa residential areas. As you can imagine, this got us a bit worried. 20 minutes later we crossed the river then headed out into some other residential areas. I had a map of our hotel and showed the bus driver - he gestured to wait. The bus stopped outside our hotel and the bus driver motioned for us to get off there. This took about 30 minutes from the air port. Share and learn I guess.
If you wish to get from the Train Station or Airport to the Campo dei Miracoli, the bus is probably your best option. Tickets can be purchased from the bus stop, or Train Station, Airport or Tobacconist shops and are quite cheap.Buses to the Leaning Tower are number 1,3 and 11.
We caught the Lazzi bus at the Pisa Airport and took it to Lucca to start our Tuscan journey.
It is a good, cheap form of transportation between cities. The buses run frequently and the fare to Lucca was only 2.80 Euro.
I'll be honest. I don't ride the bus. I prefer to walk most of the time. But here is the website for the Pisa City bus called CPT for Compagnia Pisana Trasporti - http://www.cpt.pisa.it/index.htm.
There is also a site I built that covers all aspects of transportation for not only Pisa, but many other Italian cities. I started building it more for myself at first but then felt that it could be of benefit to others. Hope it's of help to you.
You will see in the photo I posted here the yellow coloured buses in the background just across the Pisa Centrale Train Station. As soon as we exited the train station, we just moved to the other side of the road. It is there where you have to board the bus in going to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You will not miss the Bus Stop. There will be a lot of passengers waiting for the bus. It takes barely 10 minutes to reach the tower.
Travelling to and from Pisa is great, buses are efficient and even trains. They are always on time. People are really helpful and by the way some of them are gorgeous :)
If you want to see Pisa just stop at Piazza dei Miracoli and walk walk walk... it's great cause like that you will see everything.
Local bus service in Pisa is managed by Compagnia Pisana Trasporti (CPT).
Intercity buses depart from the main bus station in Piazza Sant'Antonio.
Terravision operates an express coach service from Pisa airport to Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station.
IF YOU ARRIVE IN PISA BY TRAIN THE BUS TO THE TOWER CAN BE CAUGHT IN THE SQUARE OUTSIDE THE STATION
BUY A TICKET FROM THE TABBAC STALL IN THE MAIN STATION AREA COST 85 CENTS FOR A SIXTY MINUTE TICKET
THE BUS YOU NEED IS THE NUMBER 1 AND IS CAUGHT FROM THE BUS STOP ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE SQUARE OF THE JOLLY HOTEL OPPOSITE THE STATION(NOTE NOT THE BUS STOP ON THE STATION SIDE THIS WILL TAKE YOU TO THE AIRPORT)
THE BUS ON YOUR RETURN WILL HAVE 1 AERO PORT ON IT THE BUS STOP IS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROAD BUT YOU NEED TO BUY YOUR RETURN TICKET FORM THE BAR A ROUND THE CORNER ON THE SAME SIDE AS THE ENTRANCE TO THE TOWER TO THE RIGHT AS YOU COME OUT
ALSO HERE IS A AUTOMATIC MACHINE FOR A TICKET ,YOU NEED TO VALIDATE THE TICKET IN THE YELLOW MACHINE ON THE BUS
FROM THE AIRPORT TO PISA –BY BUS
PISA – PISA CENTRE
The Compagnia Pisana Trasporti (CPT) connects the Airport to Pisa’s city centre every 20 minutes.
Going down the main streets, the no. 1 bus crosses the Arno over the Ponte Solferino and arrives at the Field of Miracles (5 minutes from the “Ospedale S. Chiara” stop), with the world-famous Leaning Tower.
From the Airport, the main stops of the no. 1 bus are: Pisa Central Station, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, Riversides (4 stops), Santa Chiara Hospital.
For our visit to the center of Pisa, we took the "Citybus" no. 3. There is a bus every 15 minutes and you will need 15 minutes to get to the Piazza dei Miracoli.
Tickets can be bought at the information office in the airport's arrival hall or at the automatic ticket machine at the bus terminal. A one-way ticket costs 0.80 EUR. You need to validate the ticket in the ticket machine on the bus. Make sure that you buy all the necessary tickets in advance because when you buy your ticket on the bus you pay double!
At the airport the bus terminal is near the parking garage on the left side of the airport building. This bus also stops at the central station.
The airport is very close to the city center. There's a bus directly from the airport to Campo dei Miracoli. Instead of that , we took a bus to the railway station. From there on, it's a nice 20 minutes walk to the Campo. This gave us the opportunity to see a bit of the city. It only cost 0.80 euro.
If you want to go to Campo dei Miracoli from Pisa airport or the main station, take the orange busses, line 3 might be the direct line. As the busses cross the center and the river Arno you get a impression of Pisa inner city, the price is 1 Euro one way.
Busline No. 3 takes you from the train-station in Pisa within 5 minutes to 'Piazza dei Miracoli'
It certainly makes sense to take the bus, when you have just a short time in Pisa.
But when you walk, you will not miss the plenty of great little works of art at many places in the old town. The walk will take around 20 minutes.