Pay a visit to Italy's famous leaning tower from its capital. Find out how to take the train from Rome to Pisa.
Getting from Rome to Pisa by train isn't complicated, but most routes require changing trains in Florence. There are a few direct train options per day on weekdays, both high-speed and slower regional trains, so if you're especially keen on not changing trains look carefully for the “direct” options when you're booking.
Driving the roughly 220 miles (354 km) from Rome to Pisa would take about 4 hours, not counting the time you might spend filling the tank or stopping to look at the map, so taking the train is usually the faster option—even including a possible train change in Florence.
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Frequency of Trains from Rome to Pisa
The direct Rome-to-Pisa trains are either Frecciabianca—one of Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains—or the slower InterCity trains. The direct Frecciabianca trains make the trip from Roma Termini to Pisa Centrale in just over 2 hours 10 minutes. The direct InterCity trains make the same journey in a little more than 3 hours.
If you're changing trains midway, that means taking an AV Frecciarossa train from Rome to Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station, which is a 1.5 hour-journey, followed by a Regionale or Regionale Veloce train to Pisa. That's another 50-90 minute-trip. You can also choose an Italo train from Rome to Florence—those depart from Rome's Ostiense station and arrive in Florence's S.M. Novella station about 1 hour 45 minutes later.
There are 72 trains per day from Rome to Pisa (including the ones that require a change in Florence), with the first leaving Rome at 6:15 a.m. and the last departing at 8:12 p.m. On weekdays, there are 3-4 trains leaving Roma Termini per hour for most of the day. If you're changing trains in Florence, trains bound for Pisa leave Florence 2-5 times each hour on weekdays.
Ticket prices range from $21-60 on this route.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Rome to Pisa
As mentioned, there are a few direct trains on this route each day, but the more common option is to take a Frecciarossa train to Florence and then switch to a regional train for the remainder of the trip to Pisa.
If trains are on time and a journey is well-planned, the whole trip—including waiting for the next train in Florence—can still be just over 3 hours, roughly equivalent to a direct InterCity train on this route. In other words, you can probably choose the schedule that suits your needs rather than focus solely on direct trains—but be sure to look carefully at connection details to know whether you need to change trains or not.
Amenities on Trains from Rome 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.
On the Frecciabianca trains, there are also both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars. As with Frecciarossa trains, 1st-class passengers get a free drink and a newspaper. Frecciabianca trains sometimes have a cafe car which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
Rome, Florence, and Pisa Train Stations
Rome's Termini is the city's largest station, and also a major transportation hub within Rome. Many bus lines stop right outside the station, and there is a Metro station inside Termini, too.
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.
In Florence, if you're changing trains, you'll be at Santa Maria Novella station (sometimes abbreviated as S.M. Novella). It's close to much of the historic center, as well as a big hub for buses, so if you have some time to kill between trains and want to do a little sightseeing in the Tuscan capital it's relatively easy to do that. The luggage storage office is located on the ground floor.
See below for details on traveling from Rome to Pisa by train.
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