Pisa Aeroporta station is part of the station complex. On exiting the airport terminal turn left and walk past the giant bird statue (the weird one) and the station platforms are ahead of you. The tickets are about £1 but you can get on the train without one and I have travelled to Pisa and back and never been asked for one, take your chance or not. The train ride between stations is five minutes long and there is nothing much to see. The train never really exceeds 20 mph.
The city has three train stations: Pisa Centrale, Pisa Aeroporto and Pisa San Rossore.
Pisa Centrale is the main train station and is located along the Tyrrhenic railway line. It connects Pisa with important cities such as Rome, Genoa, Turin, Naples, Livorno and Grosseto, but also with Florence.
Pisa San Rossore links the city with Lucca and Pistoia, also reachable from Pisa Centrale. It is a minor railway station located near the Leaning Tower: Lucca is distant some 25 minutes. Some trains to Florence stop here, however, the line is very slow.
Pisa Aeroporto connects the airport to the central train station.
Arrived at the Pisa Centrale Station from Firenze Santa Maria di Nouvella Centrale Station. It was April 4, 2006 10:30AM when we get off the train. It was a smooth and very convenient journey for approximately a little over an hour travel time. It was easy to buy ticket from the Santa Maria di Nouvella Centrale Station in Firenze. I did not have to buy it from the cashier's booth. I had a very bad experience with them when I bought my train ticket bound for Rome that same night which took me 2 hours to get one. For a ticket to Pisa, I got it for less than a minute. Where did I buy it? From that small store within the train station.
I posted a picture taken at 10:34AM just in front of the Pisa Centrale Station. Going to Pisa Tower by bus from this train station is very convenient. The bus is just across the street. It takes only few minutes to get to the tower.
While in Milan, if you want to pack Pisa in a day , the best way to do is the take the direct (slow but not bad at all) train from Milan Central Station which leaves at 7 AM to Pisa. It takes 4-1/2 hrs to get to Pisa. Also, for the return, take the 7 PM train from Pisa back. You can get the schedules from the Trenitalia website- www.trenitalia.com
Don't take the fast train which will need you to change in Genova station. There are two Genova stations and if you get down at the first one, you will end up in trouble. The 30-45 minutes that you would save is not worth the risk.
Pisa is also well connected from all other major cities in Italy.
Assuming that a lot of people will travel from Florence, as I did, here's the deal. It's easy. Just jump on the train at SMN and jump off at Pisa Centrale about 70 minutes later. From there it is 20-30 minutes walk to Campo Dei Miracoli
Some trains may also serve the other Florence stations, and in Pisa, some travel on to S Rossore, which is only around 5 minutes walk to the walls bounding the Campo.
Tickets easily available from the automatic machines in the station (generally much quicker than the ticket windows). Around E5 single 2nd class.
Make sure you have purchased and stamped your ticket prior to boarding.
From Florence, we took the local train - travel time is 45 mins and would cost 12euro per adult. It is a way to save time since traveling by car is like 2 hrs (from what I've read from other VTs). You can get the tickets at SMN station the day before you leave since no reservation is necessary. Pisa station is at the END of the train ride... Do not get out before the end.... (some tourists did get out till they realised they made a mistake - the train left already)
I took the regional train from Lucca to visit Pisa. If you go by train, make sure you get the Tuscany Regional Ticket as you can buy several kilometers valid of travellings on the Regional Train.
So, if you want to do some excursions around Pisa, get this ticket as you can visit other regions around Pisa & around Tuscany.
The photo shows my Tuscany Regional Ticket, valid for 30 kilometers only in Tuscany region. That means Pisa lies within 30 kilometers from Lucca.
I have now been to Italy several times and each time have travelled around this fabulous country by train.
Once you get the hang of it, train travel in Italy is easy. It is also a great way to see the beautiful countryside on the way to your next destination.
I have travelled a couple of times using a rail pass, but the last couple of visits have just purchased tickets for each individual trip as we went.
That said, we often have purchased tickets a day or two in advance - particularly if the particular train requires a seat reservation, or if it is a busy time of year.
Purchasing a little in advance also means that you don't miss the train you want to catch due to a huuuuuge queue for tickets...
Last trip we used the automatic ticket machines at the stations and found them excellent.
Also, I have travelled both first and second class, and didn't really find much difference - travel second class and you can use the extra money to buy more wine/food etc
Just remember with all tickets that you need to validate them in the small yellow ticket machines before you board your train.
At the end of the day I returned towards the railway station of Pisa, Pisa Centrale, in order to towards the Pisa Airport.
I decided to go buy train. I bought a ticket at the ticket machine (price : 1.10 euro). It was cheap, as it was only 5 minutes to the airport. (Distance : 3 km)
The station at the airport is just besides the entrance of the airport building (50 m walk)
On the far right side of the first platform (right side with your face towards the station building) you find the left luggage department.
First you see a row of luggage lockers, but these are sealed, you can not use them.
Why ? Maybe for security reasons after September 11th.
But behind the corner, you can leave your luggage. The price was 3 euro per piece and this for 12 hours. You also needed to give your passport for identification; they make a copy of it and hang the copy on the stored luggage.
So, now I was totally ready to discover Pisa.
So my trip started at the Stazione Centrale di Santa Maria Novella in Firenze, One hour later we arrived in the station Pisa Centrale, which is the main station of Pisa.
I really wanted to start visiting Pisa, but first I wanted to get rid of my luggage. Och yes, I was accompanied with my entire luggage, as this was the last day of my Italy trip, and I had an evening flight back home from Pisa airport.
Soon I had found the left luggage department.
At the site of the Italian railway company (www.trenitalia.it), it is very easy to plan your trip. You even can buy a ticket via internet.
But for this trip I did not buy my ticket via the internet, I just bought it in the station of Firenze.
Price for the ticket Firenze - Pisa : 5 euro
Time from Firenze to Pisa : 1 hour
Distance from Firenze - Pisa (by train) : 86 km
I really found a pleasant way to travel, it is very relaxing. And it was great to see the beautiful scenery of Tuscany pass by.
Once you have bought your ticket at the ticket machines, you can proceed towards the platforms.
Check the big displays which show you the arrivals and departures of the trains, in order to know what platform your train will be leaving.
Once you are at the right platform, do not forget to stamp your ticket. You find these orange validation machines near every platform.
If the train is already there, you can board.
My trip to Pisa started in Firenze. As soon as I arrived in the big railway station of Firenze (Stazione di Santa Maria Novella), I needed to buy a ticket for my train trip to Pisa.
In Firenze that was very easy, near the platforms there were several ticket machines.
These ticket machines work with a touch screen and you can choose from six different languages.
You can pay with your credit card or cash.
The price for the train ticket to Pisa was 5 euro.
The quickest way to get from Pisa airport to Pisa town is to catch the train.
It costs about 1 euro, and only takes a few minutes.
The only problem is that there are only 1 or 2 trains per hour, so if you just miss one, you may actually be better of catching a bus or even a taxi.