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Basic information

  • Area: 185 km² (71.4 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +39
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 87,506
  • Official language: Italian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Pisa – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Pisa is served by Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei which is located around 2 km south of the town centre. As a major hub for flights across Tuscany, the airport is operates flights to most major European cities. There are a number of transport links between the airport and downtown Pisa, including taxis, trains and buses. Taxis can be hailed from outside the Arrivals Terminal, but be sure to use only official vehicles. The journey takes around 10 minutes and costs €5. Public bus number 1 also stops at the Arrivals Terminal and goes into the city every ten minutes. The fare is usually around €2 and the journey also takes 10 minutes. Tickets can be purchased when boarding the bus. The airport also provides a frequent train service from the station next to the terminal building. Trains run every few minutes and take passengers into the city centre and onto Florence.

Bus

Pisa enjoys a decent number of bus services that transport passengers across the city and beyond. Operated by Consorzio Pisano Transporti (CPT), buses mostly run between the airport, Central Station and the Field of Miracles. Tickets can be bought before boarding the bus from tobacconists, bars and newsagents, and are cheaper than purchasing from the driver. Remember to validate your ticket after boarding. Daily passes are also available for added convenience.
Long distance buses arrive and depart from Piazza Sant’Antonio. There are frequent services to many other provinces including Volterra, Livorno, Florence, Lucca and Pistoia. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal building or via contacting the bus companies directly.

Foot and bicycle

Pisa is fairly flat and full of charming streets, making it the ideal place to explore via a gentle stroll or leisurely bike ride. Bicycles can be hired from rental shops in the town or from hotels.

Train

Trains are a great way of getting around Tuscany and further afield in Italy. Trains arrive and depart from Pisa’s Central Station located on the southern edge of the historical district. Direct daily services run to numerous destinations such as Florence, Rome, Genoa and Lucca. Tickets can be purchased via rail operators or at the station. Be sure to stamp your tickets at the designated yellow machines on the station concourse before boarding.