The Pisa transportation network helps everyone get where they're going. A network of highways, airports, and rail connect the city of Pisa with the surrounding province of Tuscany to Rome and beyond. Most routes lead to the heart of the city, where the museums and Leaning Tower of Pisa are located. The city itself is roughly laid out in as a square with the Arno River dividing north from south, which the locals call Tramontana and Mezzogiorno. Fortifications, built in the 12th century, surround the city, but they're more landmarks than impediments these days. Once you leave Pisa behind, you could be in Florence an hour by road, and it's 90 minutes to Cinque Terre. Cities throughout Tuscany are easy to reach from Pisa.
Pisa Train Station
Pisa Train Station Image: bindonlane (flickr)
Pisa, like many other cities in Italy and the rest of Europe, is well served by the railroad. The Pisa transportation network has three train stations that connect it with cities around the country. The main Pisa train station, Pisa Centrale, is a stop along Trenitalia’s Pisa-to-Rome route, one of the major lines in the entire system. Running along the Tyrrhenian Coast from Tuscany to Lazio, the tracks run from Pisa north to Livorno, Grosseto and Viterbo, ultimately stopping in Rome. The fully electrified trains provide quick and comfortable service from city to city. Trenitalia makes it easier for tourists to buy tickets, which can be paid for in Euros, Pounds, or U.S. or Canadian dollars.Pisa San Rossore is a smaller, unattended station with service to and from Florence and Lucca. The third train station in Pisa, Pisa Aeroporto, links the airport with the rail lines and Pisa Centrale.
Pisa International Airport
Pisa International Airport Image: bindonlane (flickr)
Pisa’s airport, sometimes called Galilei, is the most visited airport in Tuscany, handling more than 4 million passengers a year. The modern airport and major part of the Pisa transportation picture is a hub for Alitalia and Ryanair, with regular flights to cities all around Europe. Delta offers regular flights from Pisa to New York-JFK, and British Airways flies from London-Heathrow year-round and London-Gatwick during the warmer months of the year. Once passengers land, they'll find a wide range of services, including shopping and dining. With the train station, buses, taxis, and car rentals, the airport is well connected to the rest of Pisa transportation.
Renting Cars in Pisa
Rental Cars in Pisa Image: axmai (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0
While some people prefer public transportation, it can be exciting to do the driving yourself. Many of the major U.S. and European companies have outposts in Pisa. The airport rental desk is just a few minutes outside of the terminal—with a fleet exceeding 1,500 cars, minivans, and even minibuses. If you are planning to drive in Pisa, be sure to watch your speed. Many speed cameras have been installed around the province—most of which have signs that warn they're coming. Italy drives on the right side of the road, just like neighboring France and the countries of North America. Some of the car companies also offer limo rentals, combining the advantage of driving at your own pace and a professional driver.
Top image: David Jones (flickr)