How to easily travel by train from Florence to Pisa (or from Pisa to Florence), for a day trip or as a stop on your way to Cinque Terre. How to by train tickets, walk from station to leaning tower and tips to plan your climbing on top of Pisa leaning tower.
Pisa leaning tower is an iconic Italian destination and travelling from Florence to Pisa an easy one hour train trip, so what are you waiting for?
Visiting Pisa can be an easy day trip from Florence, or a stop while going to or coming back from Cinque Terre (it’s the same train line). This is what the itinerary looks like:
Trains leave from Santa Maria Novella station, right in Florence city center, and you can either purchase tickets at the station or reserve them on the internet (better option, so no queues!). Here is the link to Trenitalia website, and what your screen will look like:
Choose a “Regionale veloce” train, they are quicker and cost the same. You don’t need to rush to reserve, regional train tickets do not accept reservations and ticket prices are fixed (and fairly cheap!) . Actually you may not be able to see the time table before one week from the departure date, if you need to look for the schedule just enter a date within one week, time tables are fairly stable.
In case you purchase your ticket at the station (paper ticket), remember to validate it before you get on board.
So you arrived to Pisa station and you want to get to the leaning tower (Piazza dei Miracoli). The easiest way is just to walk: it’ a 20-25′ stroll across the city center and the Arno river, quick and enjoyable. This is what it looks like (click here to go to Google maps):
In case you prefer not to walk, you can catch the convenient LAM Rossa bus line (bus stop close to the NH Cavalieri Hotel), which will stop you just in front of the leaning tower area. Just to pay attention to catch it in the right direction, otherwise it will get you to the airport! It’s a 3 stops ride, less than 10 minutes, buses run fairly frequently.
Once you get to Piazza dei Miracoli you will be amazed by the monuments laying in a well maintained grass field: not only the leaning tower, but also the cathedral, the baptistery, the monumental graveyard and the museum.
The access to Campo dei Miracoli is free, while you will need to pay for visiting the other monuments. Consider that very few visitors are permitted at the same time on the tower, so you will need to reserve your tickets well in advance. This is the link to the Opera della Primaziale Pisana, the no profit organization that manages the monuments, where you can purchase your tickets on line (all the other sites you will find on the Internet are resellers and will charge a commission).
Click here to read my post “Climbing on top of Pisa leaning tower” for additional information and lots of pictures!
Enjoy your visit!
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