Train from Milan to Pisa
Take a trip from the epicenter of Italy’s fashion world to the home of one of its most iconic monuments. Find out about taking the train from Milan to Pisa.
Whether you just want to snap that quintessential picture of yourself propping up the leaning tower or you’re planning to explore this underappreciated city for a few days, Pisa is easy to reach by train from Milan.
The 175-mile (281-km) train journey doesn’t look direct on a map, but there are direct trains between the two cities. The drive time is potentially shorter, but you’ll pay a pollution surcharge on your rental car for driving in Milan’s city center. Taking the train eliminates some of the hassle of a travel day, and gives you a chance to see some gorgeous scenery as well.
Frequent Trains from Milan to Pisa
Trenitalia connects Milano Centrale station to Pisa Centrale station with both direct and indirect options. All together there are 42 trains leaving Milan bound for Pisa each day. What may be a bit unexpected is that some of the indirect trips - the ones requiring a train change along the way - are faster than the direct trains.
The direct trains from Milan to Pisa are not high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains, with one exception - a Frecciabianca from Milan to Pisa that makes the trip in 3 hours 52 minutes. The other direct trains are Regionale or InterCity, which typically take 4-5 hours. The indirect trains, which include a transfer in Florence, allow travelers to take the fastest AV trains - Frecciarossa - from Milan to Florence followed by a Regionale train from Florence the short distance to Pisa. Those trips can take as little as 3 hours 6 minutes.
The bottom line is that while changing trains can be considered a hassle, doing so on this route may save you an hour of travel time. It’s worth considering the indirect trains if you’re concerned about sightseeing time. Ticket prices on this route range from $28-58.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Milan to Pisa
There are many direct trains from Milan to Pisa, including one Frecciabianca train, but in most cases it’s actually faster to take an indirect route from Milan to Florence and then Florence to Pisa. Don’t discount the indirect option out of hand without looking at travel times.
Amenities on Trains from Milan to Pisa
The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars all come with air conditioning and power outlets in the seats for your convenience. There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars - 1st class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper – and a cafe car that's available to all passengers.
Frecciabianca trains offer very similar in passenger experience to the top of the line AV trains (they’re just not as fast). There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars. Passengers in 1st class cars get a free drink and a newspaper. Both typically have a cafe car which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
Regionale and InterCity trains sometimes 1st class and 2nd class cars. Because reservations are not required on these trains, you simply find an available seat on a car in the appropriate class for your ticket. There is no food service or cafe car on these trains, and the on-board air conditioning doesn’t always work.
Milan and Pisa Train Stations
Milan's main station, Centrale, is also a local transportation hub with buses and trams stopping outside and a Metro (subway) stop in a lower level of the station itself. Porta Garibaldi station is a smaller station, though it also has a Metro stop and several bus lines stop nearby.
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 number 1 bus from the station to get to the Campo dei Miracoli.