How to go to Pisa from Florence?
If you are in Florence for a few days, you should absolutely take the opportunity to make a round trip to Pisa. This will probably be the easiest way to do it, just because you only have 4 hours available and you can already do a super tour in Pisa. This is one of the tours that I consider unmissable! So let’s go to our Special Post of the day: How to go to Pisa from Florence? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
With its leaning tower is one of the most photographed tourist places in Italy, Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles – UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987) has real treasures! When purchasing tickets, you will have to decide which attractions you want to visit. And be sure to climb the Tower’s 300 steps! It is a truly unique experience! Come on?! “Ecco”, here are the 4 (four) likely options for going to Pisa from Florence. Read this post to organize your day in Pisa. What to do in one day in Pisa?
1) How to go to Pisa from Florence? BY TRAIN
The first option to go to Pisa is for sure by train. To take the train, just arrive at Santa Maria Novella Railway Station. I advise you to buy tickets in advance, so that everything is more planned and, consequently, it optimizes your time. Buy tickets in advance and save 🙂 The trip lasts an average of 1 hour. Taking the train (any type of train) get off at Pisa Central Station which is located about 2 kilometers from Piazza dei Miracoli, where you will find the Tower of Pisa.
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From Pisa Central Station you can go to:
- On foot: If you have time, go by the Arno River, one more attraction of this tour, but you should consider at least half an hour of walking;
- By public bus: Take the LAM Rossa (you must get off at the Via Cameo / Piazza Camin stop) or Line 4 (you must get off at the Piazza Arcivescovado stop);
- By taxi: remembering that it can be a bit pricey.
Another option is the Pisa San Rossore Station (if you take the regional train): I recommend this option because you will practically descend less than 10 minutes on foot from the Tower of Pisa !! With the regional train the trip can take about 30 minutes more, but you will avoid wasting time when you arrive in Pisa, so it can be a good option!
- If you have the energy to face the “marathon” you can also take the opportunity to visit Lucca. From Pisa San Rossore station, you can reach Lucca in 20 minutes. The beauties of Lucca are the walls, so I advise you to rent a bicycle and ride around the city and around the walls!
- To return to Florence you will spend about an hour and a half, so if you want to make the two roundtrips in one day, I strongly advise you to buy tickets in advance, so that everything is well organized.
- Ideal option for people who like to do things at their own pace.
- For people who are used to traveling, mainly by train.
- For young people, for those who are backpacking.
- And especially for people who want to save money and are in no hurry!
- For families with young children and for elderly people it ends up being very tiring. I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT AT ALL!
- Having to adapt to the fixed schedules of the round-trip trains.
- Having to go to the sights alone, without knowing the city or speaking the local language.
- Time wasted on public buses from railway stations to places where tourist attractions are located or money you will spend extra on taxi once you reach your destination.
- Another detail worth mentioning: get ready because, generally, the regional railway trains are very bad and sometimes very dirty, so don’t create high expectations! If you use the train, always choose the high speed train to avoid this type of problem.
- One more thing: the time that is lost with all these trips, could be used to get more out of the city visited!
2) How to go to Pisa from Florence? WITH A GROUP TOUR
This option is PERFECT for those who want to be calm and without having to think about organizing their trips. It is worth remembering the following: many of these tours are usually done in large groups and with guides in Spanish or English. Group tours are a great alternative for those who do not want to spend so much and for those who are not used to traveling alone and therefore prefer to be with other people, where you will have a manager who will organize all the day’s tours! That way you don’t have to worry about anything! Just being rested and willing to visit magnificent places!
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- IDEAL option if you are alone, as a couple or with up to seven friends!
- Save time that you would probably waste going to the train stations to catch the trains, or with transportation to get to the tourist places to be visited.
- Visit more cities on the same day!
- Spend less time on travel, taxis, trains and buses.
- You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” (glass of wine) during lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after drinking!
- You travel safely and comfortably!
- There is practically none! Just the issue of adapting to the program of the day, and meeting the tour schedule!
- Remember to always check customer testimonials before proceeding with the booking.
3) How to go to Pisa from Florence? WITH A RENTED CAR
If you prefer to do things with more peace of mind and freedom of time you can choose to rent a car to take this tour, but in my opinion it is worthwhile only if you are going to visit Pisa and Lucca, if you are going to visit only Pisa, I think it is easier to do it by train! If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.
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Among the first options, precisely because it does not have fixed times for sure the rental car is the ideal choice. It is always complicated to drive on roads that we do not know – it depends on person to person and the type of trip you are used to. This option is ideal if you like to drive! – IF YOU’RE DRIVING: DO NOT DRINK!
In addition, it is important to know that in tourist cities there are places (old town) where PARKING is NOT ALLOWED, and can only be used by residents! So it is important not to go to these places so as not to take unnecessary fines. In Italy it is common for them to tow the car or put that hubcap that blocks the vehicle’s exit! Be careful!
How to understand what these places are? See this post that talks about it, but in any case another tip for those who are unsure about it, is to park a little outside from the center and take a walk to reach the area, spending a little more, by taxi or other public transport.
- If you are in a group with 4 or 5 people it will be a great option instead of taking the train;
- Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
- It is the best form of transport for people who are used to driving anywhere and it is easy to locate!
- IF YOU DRIVE: DO NOT DRINK!
- Generally, those who drive cannot enjoy the beautiful view around, because you can’t take your eyes off the road!
- Extra expenses with GPS (average price of € 15.00 – A DAY) so you don’t get lost so much.
- Another thing, folks: to drive in Italy, as I have explained several times, is it essential to have an International Driver License AND your original driver license (in English) or with an official translation, ok?! If you don’t have these documents: DO NOT DRIVE, as you will have a lot of problems if you are stopped by the Italian police! READ ALSO: DO I NEED THE IDL TO DRIVE IN ITALY?
- Those who drive cannot drink, the Italian laws on this are very strict and you take the risk of getting a really huge fine. So if you intend to taste great Italian wine during lunch pay attention! Don’t risk ruining your vacation!
- It is not a suitable option for people who do not have the confidence to ask for information, especially if they do not speak Italian, as with the train or the bus not knowing the territory you can end up wasting precious time that could be used for tourist visits.
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How about if I give you a rental car option? Are you ready for it? If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.
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4) How to get to Pisa from Florence? WITH A PRIVATE TOUR
The last option is a private tour. The advantage of the private tour is the total freedom to decide your own time, not having to wait to leave, wasting unnecessary time and using it to get to know other places. In addition, the tour departs comfortably from your own hotel, which is important when you have little time available to visit a few places. In addition, of course, the arrival will not be at the train or bus station, but directly at the tourist spot you want to visit. And if you book in advance, you will often be able to have the driver in your own language, so you can easily ask for clarification about the trip.
This type of tour is ideal for VIPs and for small groups of friends or for the elderly. This type of service guarantees absolute comfort for those who travel. Basically, you should just enjoy the tour without the stress of attending train, subway, bus schedules, or worrying about where the main places to be seen are!
Are you interested in Private Tour?
- IDEAL option if you are a couple or with up to seven friends!
- It is safe, comfortable and you make your own schedules!
- Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
- You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” (glass of wine) during lunch without having to worry about driving afterwards :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after they drank (even a small amount of alcohol);
- You won’t have to worry about train or bus schedules, you won’t have to worry about whether you will be able to return to Rome or not.
- No need to ‘stick to’ schedules and itineraries.
- You will save a LOT of time, which you would lose traveling by bus and train.
- The value is a little higher, but a worthwhile investment! Especially if you like to do everything on your own time.
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How to go to Pisa from Florence? Pisa is beautiful as well as all of Italy and deserves a lot of attention, but just a small reminder: often, you get what you pay for, especially in a place you do not know, and with a language you don’t know how to speak. So I suggest you think carefully about the options presented above, especially if you are traveling with children. Don’t take any risks! Invest a little more and travel safely, comfortably and without worries and without risk of ruining your long dreamed trip, O.K.?
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