Travel Florence to Pisa, the easiest way

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How to get to Florence from Pisa

Florence to Pisa is just minutes away. However, the question here is how to get there. Travel from Florence to Pisa or vice versa is very easy.

By train

Travel from Florence to Pisa should not be a problem. There are convenient trains available. To take the train: First, from the airport, take the 5-minute PisaMover train to Pisa Centrale train station. Second, take a train to Florence, about a 50 to 80-minute ride, depending on the train’s speed and the number of stops. Above all, this is the best option, as is offers a great combination of affordable rates, flexible times, more spacious seating, and easy luggage storage. Also, riding the train is a totally Italian experience. More info and photos on taking the train below. Moreover, I recommend booking train tickets in advance for fewer hassle. So, when you travel from Florence to Pisa, just to visit the city center, It is best to take the train.

trenitalia train
trenitalia train

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. This train offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

frecciarossa train
frecciarossa train

Frecciarossa is a high-speed train of the Italian national train operator, Trenitalia, and a member of the train category Le Frecce. The name, which, if spelled “Freccia rossa” means “Red arrow” in English, was introduced in 2009 after it had previously been known as Eurostar Italia.

frecciabianca train
frecciabianca train

Frecciabianca is a regional high-speed train of the Italian national train operator, Trenitalia, and a member of the train category Le Frecce. The name, which means “white arrow”, was introduced in 2011 after it had previously been known as Eurostar City Italia. These trains operate at speeds up to 200 km/h.


The bus will run about 43 miles. Travel Florence to Pisa by bus may take some time. There is a direct bus service every day by Autostradale from the Pisa airport to Santa Maria Novella, the main train station in Florence. Buses run every hour and fifteen minutes from 9 a.m. up to 12:40 a.m. The rate is € 5-13. Bus rides take approximately 2 hours 32 minutes. However, it can fluctuate depending on traffic. On the other hand, bus fares are comparable to trains, seats are smaller and total trip times are less reliable due to traffic. Large luggage is stored in a compartment under the bus with room for some small items above the seats.

bus and train ticket if you Travel Florence to Pisa
bus and train ticket


Traveling from Florence to Pisa by taxi is quite expensive. Cab is a much more expensive option than the train or bus but, if you are traveling with children or unwieldy luggage, this is the easiest and most flexible way. A taxi costs about €180 one-way, depending on mileage and time. There are always taxis waiting outside the airport. This is a suitable option for groups of up to four.

Private Transfer

There are daily shuttles from Pisa airport to Florence. It is cheaper per person than a taxi (though still not as cheap as a train or bus) but, you do need to book ahead. Sun Transfers is the best private transfer company running from Pisa to Florence. Rates listed are round trip, beginning at €150 for up to three passengers, with fares per person falling for larger groups of up to eight.

Own car- driving

Renting a car in Florence is much cheaper in the long run than a regular taxi. In the same vein, the rules of the road in Italy are similar to those in the U.S. The drive from Pisa to Florence will take a little over an hour, and the route includes tolls. Driving is a great option if your trip to Florence includes a few day trips to other Tuscan cities or into the wine country. But if the bulk of your travel days will be spent in Florence itself, then a car is more trouble than it’s worth, due to the limited and expensive parking and the fact that most hotels in Florence are inside the pedestrian-only zone.

Where to buy ticket

There are several ways to purchase a ticket. You can order it online, through the counter, or electronic machines available in the train stations. You can buy your return train tickets at the train stations. Reserving a ticket is not required. Traveling on regional trains, validate your train ticket before boarding in the validation box. You can buy your tickets online if you wish not to get hassled when you arrive at the train station. There are days that you need to be in the queue to buy your ticket at the train station.

How much is the ticket

Traveling by train from Florence to Pisa is a quick route, making this an easy day trip if you’re planning to see the leaning tower of Pisa. The distance from Florence to Pisa is about 42 miles. Some high-speed trains make this journey in just 49 minutes. Ticket prices on this route average 8 euros.

Ticket cost when you Travel Florence to Pisa
train from Florence to Pisa

Florence to Pisa train times

Most trains leave from Florence Santa Maria Novella station several times per hour for Pisa Centrale station — averaging 46 trains per day. The earliest train leaves Florence Santa Maria Novella for Pisa at 12:40 a.m. Meanwhile, the last train to Pisa leaves Florence at 11:07 at night.

Bear in mind that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy

In conclusion, travel from Florence to Pisa should be very easy. Just decide on which transportation you use based on your needs. There is widespread community transmission globally. Some travel restrictions are being lifted in Italy since at the beginning of May. For the latest travel status, please check the official page for Italy. If you wish to know more about Florence, just give us a message.

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