There are two Railway Stations in Pisa:
- Stazione Centrale, the most important.
- San Rossore, which is much closer to the Cathedral and the Leaning Tower.
If you go by train, check the schedules because not all the trains stop at S. Rossore station.
If you go from Florence, the first station is Stazione Centrale, at Piazza della Stazione and not too far from the most important sights of the city anyway.
Pisa Airport is fairly small and like the flight, fairly lacking in fancy touches, but it has the great plus point of being nearer to the city centre than any other European airport I can remember flying to – just one kilometre away, or four minutes by train. Despite its proximity, trains run only every 30 minutes so you may want to check the timetables before choosing the train over the bus if Pisa is your final destination. But if like us you are going to be travelling beyond Pisa, it makes sense to use the train regardless so as not to have to switch between bus and train with luggage.
The ticket office for the trains at Pisa Airport is a little hard to spot and is nowhere near the station. You need to turn right as you emerge from the arrivals area and head towards the far end, to a window just next to the information counter. Once you have your ticket, double back on yourself past arrivals and the check-in desks to exit the airport terminal at its opposite end, where you’ll see the station immediately in front of you.
On our return we were leaving from Pisa itself and chose to catch the airport bus which stopped almost outside our hotel. I say “airport bus” but this is just a regular city bus (look for the LAM Rosso line) that happens to serve the airport. For that reason the fare is just €1 – you can pay on board or buy in advance from a tabacchi (the latter is best if you don’t have the correct change). The journey is longer than by train (it depends on the traffic and time of day – ours took 15 minutes) but it’s a good option if you’re not staying very close to the station or if the train times aren’t convenient for you.
Many cities in Italy have taxi cooperatives, a large network of taxis available at one simple number. Pisa is one of those cities. You never know when you'll need a taxi and it's nice to go armed with a number just in case you find yourself lost or late for the airport or train station.
In Sep 2007 we spent a few days showing my parents our favourite places in Tuscany. The easiest way to explore this gorgeous part of Italy is by car. We picked up a hire car in Florence, and dropped it off in Pisa.
We hired a car through Europcar. We have used them several times in Europe and have found the prices competitive, service good, and cars reliable. We booked and paid in advance to secure the best rate, which included unlimited kilometres.
Europcar have two depots in Pisa - one at the airport and one downtown. We opted to drop the car off at the airport. As you approach the terminal, you will see signs directing you to all the rental car depots. Drive into the large car park and follow the Europcar signs. Once you have dropped off the car, there is a courtesy bus that takes you to the airport, just a few minutes drive away.
Some road distances to Pisa from:
- Firenze/Florence: 108 kms.
- Roma/Rome: 334 kms.
- Lyon (France): 641 kms.
- Wien/Vienna (Austria): 930 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 1.620 kms.
If you happen to go by car, you cand find here some useful information.
I would advise taking a train into Pisa (From Florence it is only 5 Euros and only takes an hour and 25 minutes).. and walking to the leaning tower of Pisa. It is about a 25 minute walk, but you get to see the city, and if you're hungry there are a lot of restaurants along the way. You literally walk straight through the city from one end to the next to get there. It's fabulous, and very safe!
To get to Florence from Pisa or Pisa airport you have two possibilities: either the train, which departs at Pisa airport and the main station, or the bus – departure only at Pisa airport. Both cost 5 Euro, but the bus is much faster than the train. I recommend taking both for one way if you have to go back to see as much as possible of the countryside.
Train timetable at trainitalia.com, bus timetable only? at Pisa airport and Florence main station.
Our bus was too big to get to downtown Pisa, so we took a little train (see picture), it was organized by our tour so I'm not sure cost and all but it sure was a fun ride!!
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