By plane: Pisa has its own airport: the Galileo Galilei airport from where you can get to downtown in a 10-minute journey by bus. The company operating this trip is L.A.M. Rossa (Linea and Alta Mobilità). It journeys from the airport, to the central railway station and Piazza dei Miracoli leaving every 10 minutes and taking 10 minutes. From the airport there is a 5-minute train service. The most important towns in Europe are serviced from and to Pisa’s international airport ( tel. 050 84 93 00, one of the main airports in Tuscany. Thousand flights a week depart and arrive at Galileo Galilei to and from national and international European or no-European destinations. Beware! The airport is not open 24 hours a day. Therefore, if you have thought of staying overnight remember this piece of information.
By Bus: Compagnia Pisana Trasporti (CPT) operates the services in town. The services that link the airport the railway station and downtown take 10 minutes and depart every 10 minutes. In Piazza Sant'Antonio is the main railway terminal from where services operating the other towns leave from. Other services operated privately connect Pisa to towns such as Florence, Siena and many more Tuscan towns. To/from Volterra (2 hours, up to 10 services daily), from/to Livorno (45 minutes, a service every 30 minutes).
Tickets are purchased at tobacconist’s and in the vending machines at the airport and station. Bus ticket machines at the bus stop are not in Italian, therefore if you do not speak it you should purchase tickets at the information desk. A single fare costs €0.95, but double the price when bought on the bus from the bus driver. The bus terminal is on the right of the terminal.
By Train: Pisa due to its busy tourist life and importance has three railway terminals: Pisa Centrale, Pisa Aeroporto and Pisa San Rossore.
The main railway station is Pisa Centrale Piazza della Stazione; tel. 050 917591) regularly links regularly Pisa to Rome, Genoa, Turin, Naples, Livorno, Grosseto and Florence (usually 3 an hour). From here it is also possible to go to Pisa Rossore. From/to Florence ( 1 ¼ hours, 40 services daily), from /to Rome (3.30 hours approximately, 20 services daily), from/to Livorno ( 15 minutes, services hourly).
From Pisa San Rossore there are services to/from Lucca (25 minutes, often 20 services daily) and from/to Pistoia (1 ¼ hours, 5 services daily). This minor terminal sits off the Leaning Tower area.
Services to the centre of Pisa and Florence depart from Pisa Aeroporto which is by the Galileo Galilei International Airport.
By Bike: Ecovoyager (tel. 050 56 18 39) offers a great way to go about by bicycles canopied two, four-six peopled rickshaws or rollerblades.
By Car or Motorcycle: among the roads to reach and leave from Pisa are the A11 (whose two exits are Pisa Nord and Pisa Centro –Aeroporto) and A12, the toll-free road linking it to Florence and Livorno and the SS1 to La Spezia and Rome. Pisa centre has many car parks around it. If you are searching for a free car park there is one 2 km away from the Piazza dei Miracoli to which you can reach by bus. Pisa Centro is the road leading into the town centre.
If you are planning to stay only in Pisa a car is not really necessary. However, if travelling around Tuscany is part of your programme, it would be a good idea to rent a car. There is shuttle bus in front of the arrivals’ hall to take passengers to the car rental offices.
On foot: to enjoy the Pisan flavour walk along its streets. The sights from the railway station to the Piazza dei Miracoli are very attractive. The pedestrian street to you have to go along is full of shops and restaurants.
By taxi: a taxi from the railway station to downtown may cost approximately € 6-8.