Pisa's leaning tower is one of Italy's most recognized symbols, and although most people don't plan to spend much time in Pisa itself, it's the most popular day trip from Florence. Luckily for travelers, it's easy to get from Florence to Pisa by train.
Driving the 50 miles (80 km) from Florence to Pisa would take roughly 1 hour 10 minutes, so taking the train doesn't really offer a huge time savings. What it does offer is convenience, especially on a day trip—there's no need to rent a car for just a few hours spent visiting Pisa when the train service is so quick, frequent, and inexpensive.
Frequent Trains from Florence to Pisa
Trains connect Florence and Pisa often throughout the day. There are 2 to 5 trains departing from Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station each hour during the most of the weekday bound for Pisa Centrale, for a total of 45 trains per day. The first train leaves Florence at 12:40 a.m., the last at 11:07 p.m.
The short distance means that this is not a route served by Trenitalia's high-speed trains, however. Regionale and Regionale Veloce trains are the ones making this trip, which takes between 50-90 minutes, depending on the time of day. Ticket prices range from $10-12.
Italo trains do not serve the Florence-Pisa route.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Florence to Pisa
There are some trains from Florence to Pisa which require changing trains in Empoli, but the overwhelming majority of the trains serving this route are direct trains because it's such a relatively short distance.
Amenities on Trains from Florence to Pisa
Regionale and Regionale Veloce trains are fairly low on the Italian train pecking order when it comes to amenities. There are sometimes both 1st- and 2nd-class cars, but the 1st-class cars aren't anything like the Frecciarossa 1st class. Sometimes Regionale trains don't even have air conditioning in every car. Reservations on these trains aren't necessary.
Florence and Pisa Train Stations
Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station, the main station in the city, is close to the historic center, and the street in front of the station is a major hub for city and regional buses, making it easy to get to and from the station if you're traveling light.
Pisa Centrale station is also the city's primary station, located 1.4 miles (2.3 km) from the main attractions of the leaning tower and cathedral. There is a luggage storage office at the station if you need to stash your bags while you make a quick trip to see the tower. Take the No. 1 bus from the station to get to the Campo dei Miracoli.
See below for details on traveling from Florence to Pisa by train.
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