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.
Florence and Pisa are only 50 miles (80 km) away from each other, making it a 1 hour and 10 minute drive, so whether you choose to take a train or car, it will not be a time consuming journey. This makes the excursion from Florence to Pisa a perfect day trip! Instead of going through the troubles of renting a car for a few short hours to visit Pisa, the train will be your best option considering it is quick, there are frequent departures throughout the day, and it is 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 throughout 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 vast majority of the trains serving this route are direct trains because it is a very short trip.
Amenities on Trains from Florence to Pisa
Regionale and Regionale Veloce trains have fewer amenities when compared to other Italian trains. There are sometimes both 1st- and 2nd-class cars, but the 1st-class cars are quite different from the Frecciarossa 1st class, for example, some 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 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 popular attractions, including the leaning tower and cathedral. There is a luggage storage office at the station if you need to store 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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