If you’ve been spending time in historic Florence, and are looking for a change of scenery, why not head for picturesque Pisa? With both cities located in the Tuscan region, it couldn’t be easier to travel the mere 42 miles between them. Pisa is famous for its leaning tower, but scratch the surface and there’s much more to this compact city than meets the eye. With tranquil walks along the banks of River Arno, over 20 historical churches, world-class museums, and charming restaurants and cafes, there’s much to see and do in Pisa. Let us help you figure out how to get from Florence to Pisa.
Best Way to Get from Florence to Pisa: Join a Tour
Guided tours organized by reputable tourism companies are the best way to ensure a carefree journey between cities. Accompanied by a local expert and transported in private vehicles, everything is in place for a smooth and enjoyable adventure. Tourist Italy offers a range of Tuscany tours from Florence, taking care of all the necessary arrangements on your behalf.
For those who prefer to keep their hotel base in Florence, day roundtrips to Pisa from Florence are ideal. On our Pisa Tour from Florence, for example, you’ll meet the driver at a centralized Florence location and board the air-conditioned private bus straight to Pisa. From there, you’ll spend the day touring the wonderful city, from the Square of Miracles to the iconic Leaning Tower. After you’ve taken all the obligatory photos, you’ll head back to Florence in time for dinner!
Another viable option to get from Florence to Pisa is to book a multi-day Tuscany Package Tour. In one single booking, you’ll have your entire Tuscan itinerary planned out for you, including all the tours, hotels, and inter-city transport. With so many beautiful sights in Tuscany, package tours help you to maximize your time in the region. Our Chianti Dinner and Tuscan Gems tour is a customer favorite. Join us and will show you all the highlights of the region in just 3 days, taking care of all the logistics in between. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and take in the views of the picturesque Tuscan countryside.
Other Ways to Get from Florence to Pisa
One of the fastest and most relaxing ways to reach Pisa from Florence is via high-speed train through the rolling fields. There are regular services from Florence’s main railway hub Santa Maria Novella Station with a journey time of just 50 minutes. Florence to Pisa train ticket prices are around $10 per adult for a single journey. The service is direct, so there’s no need to change trains en route. The train from Florence to Pisa Centrale Station operates several times per hour, so if you miss one, there’s always another not too far behind! From the train station, it’s a 20-minute walk to the city’s most famous landmark, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or if you’re not feeling too energetic, there are taxis and buses every 10 minutes during the daytime.
Although journeying by train is a preferred public transport choice for most travelers, you can also travel to Pisa by bus from Florence. Most buses stop at Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport; therefore, you may have to transfer at that point to reach the city center. The journey time is 1 hour, and 20 minutes and ticket costs are around $16 one-way. It’s a handy mode of transport if you are flying out of Pisa and wish to stay in a hotel near the airport.
If you’re planning to hire a car during your Tuscan stay, you may wish to drive from Florence to Pisa. It’s an easy drive via the SS67 and takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes. It’s a straight road throughout the journey, however, ensure you have a credit card or euros available as this is a toll road. Alternatively, if you fancy taking a more scenic route, you can travel along the A11. The journey only takes around 5-10 minutes longer, but you can stop at the delightful spa town of Montecatini Terme, historic Pistoia, and medieval Lucca on the way.
Taxis are generally the most expensive mode of transportation if you’re traveling from Florence to Pisa. A one-way journey for 3 people will cost around $150 one-way. For a large family or group traveling together, it costs approximately $175 to hire a minibus for a single journey. You can then split the cost for a more cost-effective option.
Bla Bla Car offers rideshare options from various neighborhoods in Florence to Pisa most days of the week. If you pop onto their website and see who is traveling into the city that day, they may be able to offer you a lift at minimal costs, between $4-5 USD one-way. It’s the perfect way to gain insider information on Tuscan destinations from locals. Plus, you can save your money for a tasty dinner or a souvenir of the Leaning Tower of Pisa on arrival!
If you’re a fitness fanatic and would enjoy exploring Tuscany by bike, you can! There are self-guided cycle routes throughout Tuscany with many leading from Florence to Pisa. You can cycle through verdant countryside near Lucca, and pedal along riverbanks and winding roads past fields of sunflowers. You can even spend the night in lesser-known medieval hilltop villages to gain a real taste of Tuscany. If you tire halfway through your journey, it’s possible to take your bike on the local train with you. Most trains accept bicycles if you purchase a ticket to bring them aboard!
Elevate your travel experience by securing the ultimate in comfort and convenience with a pre-arranged private transfer from Florence to Pisa. You’ll relish the smooth, end-to-end service in opulent luxury. Our private excursions offer the flexibility to craft your own schedule, enabling you to explore undiscovered gems during the journey or make unplanned halts. The exceptional convenience and personalized attention of a private Florence to Pisa transfer unquestionably justifies the additional expense.
Lean On Tourist Italy For Your Pisa Adventure!
Although there are many viable options for traveling between Florence and Pisa, there’s no doubt that traveling with Tourist Italy is the premium choice. From the second you meet your guide, we care for your every need, taking you on a magical journey through the breathtaking Tuscan landscapes. Don’t waste your time checking train and bus schedules from Florence to Pisa. Instead, book one of our day tours from Florence or Florence package tours, and let us do the work for you!
If you prefer to take the journey alone, whether that be by train, bus, bike, or car, allow us to still be a part of your experience. Not only do we offer tours around Pisa and Florence, but we have a wealth of Tuscany travel resources to help you prepare for the experience. From ultimate city guides to Tuscan food and drink information, your Italy vacation is in good hands!