Train from Pisa to Florence
Hop on a regional train to get from Pisa to Florence, traveling between two cities that were once bitter enemies.
Pisa is by far the most popular day trip from Florence, but if you’re coming from elsewhere—Milan or the Cinque Terre, for instance—you’ll be traveling from Pisa to Florence. You might also need to get from Pisa to Florence because you’ve landed at Pisa’s larger (and Tuscany’s primary) airport. Whatever the reason, rest assured there are lots of trains connecting these two Tuscan cities.
Taking the train from Pisa to Florence doesn’t offer a huge time savings over driving—by car, the trip takes about ten minutes more—but it’s so convenient to not need a rental car in Italy’s main tourist centers. Plus, train ticket prices are inexpensive, making it a cost-effective solution, too.
Frequent Trains from Pisa to Florence
The short 50-mile (80-km) distance from Pisa to Florence isn’t served by any high-speed trains, but it’s still a relatively quick trip. There are 45 trains per day on this route, the first leaving Pisa Centrale for Firenze Santa Maria Novella (often abbreviated as SM Novella) at 4:15 a.m. and the last at 9:32 p.m.
The trip takes 1 hour on the regional train, and ticket prices on this route range from $10-12.
Italo trains do not serve the Pisa-to-Florence route.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Pisa to Florence
There are a few trains which require a change en route from Pisa to Florence, but the vast majority are direct trains. It’s such a short distance that changing trains along the way doesn’t make sense, so keep an eye on any connection information when you’re booking your tickets so you make sure you get a direct train.
Amenities on Trains from Pisa to Florence
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.
Pisa and Florence Train Stations
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. If you’re only spending a day in Pisa, you can leave your bags at the train station’s luggage storage office. The No. 1 bus connects the Campo dei Miracoli with the station.
Florence's Santa Maria Novella 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.