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Getting around in Pisa: info, costs and advice


Pisa is certainly one of the most loved and known cities in the world for its Leaning Tower. But beyond that, there are so many things to see and do for all genres! The historic center is not very extensive, you can easily walk or cycle and here are the main attractions. Alternatively you can use the buses, but you probably won't need them.
Here is a guide on how to get around Pisa: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Pisa
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips


Pisa is a city that deserves to be explored on foot: the historic center is small and welcomes all the main attractions, and then walking through its streets and alleys is a real experience to live.
For a first approach to the city we recommend that you take part in a tour with a local guide (the tour with an optional tower ticket is also available) who will give you an overview of the city and will allow you to familiarize yourself with the habits and daily life of the locals , as well as taking you to discover the artistic and cultural beauty of the historic center and the famous Piazza dei Miracoli.
Alternatively, you can use the bicycle, thanks to the excellent bike sharing service! The use of the car is not recommended, as it is not at all necessary, you can opt for city buses.

If your stay includes several days in Pisa and your itinerary includes several trips by public transport, we recommend that you request online the Carta Mobile, a card that will allow you to travel at a reduced price compared to ordinary tickets. It costs € 6,00 and is valid for 3 years.



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bicycle, bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Mobile Card (from € 6,00 -), 10 ticket booklet (from € 14,00)

How to get from the airport to the center of Pisa

Pisa has its own airport, theGalileo Galilei International Airport, main port of Tuscany. It is in fact well connected to the rest of Italy and the main cities and also has several international flights!

The airport is very close to the city, in fact it is only a few kilometers away. Once landed, you can quickly reach the center. You can choose the train, with the Pisa Mover line, a funicular service that connects the airport directly to the Pisa Centrale railway station (departures every 5 min, travel time 5 min, € 2,70) or the taxi (5 min, € 9,00)

Galileo Galilei Pisa International Airport

  • Distance from the center: 3 km / travel time: 15 min;
  • By train: Pisa Mover line / ticket cost: € 2,70
  • By taxi: average cost € 9,00 / travel time: 5 min

How to get around on foot

Pisa is a city perfect to visit on foot! In fact, the historic center is not very extensive and you can stroll through the streets of the historic center easily reaching all the main attractions!
For a first approach to the city we recommend that you take part in a tour with a local guide (the tour with an optional tower ticket is also available) who will give you an overview of the city and will allow you to familiarize yourself with the habits and daily life of the locals , as well as taking you to discover the artistic and cultural beauty of the historic center and the famous Piazza dei Miracoli.

In Piazza dei Miracoli you will find the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Monumental Cemetery, all must see to see on a trip to this city! The only drawback could be thewaiting for the long lines: for this, opt for the skip-the-line ticket for the entrance to the Tower and the guided tour of the Duomo and Baptistery.



How to get around by bicycle

A great alternative to walking is cycling! It's a fun and green way to explore the city, which will allow you to move quickly from one point to another in Pisa!

The city has a bike sharing service, called Ciclope, and has 14 different stations. To use the service you have to take the electronic card that will allow you to use the bikes at any time. As regards the rates, for a single ride the first 30 minutes are free, the subsequent half hours cost € 0,90 - € 1,50 - € 2,00. If you plan to use the bike all day, you can opt for the € 5,00 daily pass, while the weekly pass costs € 10,00.

For familiarize yourself with the city roads and cycle paths, you can initially take part in a guided bike tour that will show you how to move easily by bike, leading you to discover the narrow streets and attractions.

Con i mezzi pubblici

If for some reason you have to reach the outskirts of Pisa or maybe move to nearby places, you can rely on aexcellent urban and suburban network. Indeed, the bus is the only alternative to cycling to explore the city. So let's find out about timetables, fares and routes together.

bus

Pisa has an excellent urban network managed by the CPT, or the Compagnia Pisana Trasporti. The network expects approx 260 bus which cover the whole municipality in a widespread manner, with punctual connections. The buses are marked with a number.

With regard to rates, the single journey ticket lasts 70 min and costs € 1,50, if purchased on board by the driver € 2,50 (make sure you have the right money). If you are planning more trips, you can opt for the 10-ticket booklet (€ 14,00). Tickets can be purchased at ticket offices or from authorized resellers. The purchase of the Mobile Card, which allows you to have discounts on the routes (single ride from € 1,10).



  • Downloadable map: official site;
  • from 6:00 to 21:00, night from 21:00 to 24:00;
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50, purchased on board € 2,50, € 1,10 with Mobile Card;
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 14,00.

Taxi

Taxis in Pisa are operational day and night and the company that manages them is Co.Ta.Pi. It provides both trips throughout the city with variable rates based on the taximeter, and trips with fixed rates for the most popular routes such as Airport-Station or Station-Piazza Duomo. It also offers transfers from Pisa to other cities, even outside of Tuscany.

  • 24 hours;
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 3,25 at the start, then each km € 1,10 during the day, and € 2,60 per km at night;
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 1 hour / approximately € 24,50.

By car

Getting around Pisa by car is not necessary! You can easily move on foot or by bicycle thanks to the excellent bike sharing service, already the bus is only an accessory vehicle, to be used only in exceptional cases or to reach neighboring towns.

If you arrive in the city by car, the best solution is to choose a hotel or b & b with parking and leave it there for the duration of your stay in Pisa, except if you have to move for day trips. This is also why Pisa has an extensive limited traffic area, constantly controlled by electronic gates in the various access points. So both getting around and parking in the city can be difficult.

ZTL

The Limited Traffic Zone of Pisa extends into the historic center and is divided into 5 areas: A, B, C, D and CEP. For the first 4 its duration is permanent, even on holidays. The CEP zone covers the Arno river and is active from June to July every day from 22:00 to 3:00, May, August and September on Friday, Saturday and before holidays from 22:00 to 3:00, in the remaining months access is free . To access you must make a formal request to the official website of the Municipality of Pisa, where you can also find all the info about the rules and the position of the electronic gates.

  • Downloadable map: official site

Stops and parking

If you arrive in Pisa by car, the best solution is to find a hotel or b & b that includes the parking service for its guests. In this way you can leave your car in a guarded place and move easily around Pisa on foot.

If you decide to travel by car anyway, you will still have to park your vehicle on the edge of the ZTL and then move on foot. The surface parking lots are indicated by blue pay lines, the time slot is generally 8: 00-20: 00 and the average rate is € 2,50 / hour, not entirely cheap, especially if you have to leave the car for the whole day. You can opt for closed parking lots managed by different companies, one of the most comfortable is certainly the parking in Piazza dei Miracoli, managed by the private company Pisamo srl, on the edge of the ZTL and close to the main attractions of the city (€ 2,00 / hour, there is no daily rate, open every day 6: 30-23: 30).

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