Getting around Pisa by foot & public transport

Local & tourist buses, airport, train station and walking route from station

Pisa public bus
Cheap fares: Pisa local bus

Pisa is a relatively small city of about 90,000 people. For most independent visitors the airport and the Leaning Tower of Pisa are the reasons for visiting Pisa.

If visitors do stay overnight it will normally be in a hotel by the railway station or the centre of the city.

The airport is very close to the city centre and train station. In 2017 the PisaMover automated train service was introduced between Pisa Airport and Pisa Centrale Station, a journey of just 5 minutes, running every day from 6am to 12am.

Pisa local bus service

There is a small bus station in front of the railway station that many of the local bus routes radiate out from, including to close by the leaning tower of Pisa.

However if you just want to go to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, most people will just walk, even though it's a 20 minute journey through the city centre. You will find full details and directions of this walk further down the page.

The local buses follow the usual Italian city bus model where you buy individual tickets from newsstands or ticket offices. There is a newsstand in the main ticket hall of the railway station that sells bus tickets. Fares are very cheap.

On boarding the bus you need to stamp the ticket in one of the validation machines which puts the time onto the ticket. Your ticket gives you 70 minutes to ride the bus allowing you to change buses if needed on the one ticket.

Pisa railway station

Pisa Central Station
Direct link to Pisa airport: Pisa Central Station

Pisa Centrale railway station is one of the major railway junctions of Tuscany. Lines serving the station include three long-distance lines: the Pisa–Livorno–Rome line, the Pisa–La Spezia–Genoa line and the Pisa–Florence line which connects to express trains to Venice. There is also a direct link for the short journey to Pisa Airport.

In the station ticket office is a newsstand that sells bus tickets and there is a fast food restaurant.

There are bars and restaurants facing the station and a good choice of hotels. Next to the station ticket office is a left luggage office.

Pisa hop-on hop-off tourist bus

Pisa hop-on hop-off bus
24-hour ticket: Pisa hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus

Like most major tourist cities there is a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus that departs from the small bus station in front of the railway station between April and October.

The 24-hour ticket gives you unlimited access to 2 routes that cover all that is worthwhile in Pisa.

There are 15 stops including the airport, railway station and of course the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Walking between the railway station & the Leaning Tower of Pisa

From the Pisa Central Railway Station it's about a 20-minute walk to the Leaning Tower of Pisa right through the city centre. Unfortunately there is little in the way of signage.

Exiting the front entrance of Pisa Central Railway Station you will find the NH Cavaleiri Hotel directly opposite, you go down the road to the left of the hotel. After about 100m you come to a large piazza, cross directly over and enter the pedestrianised road called the Corso Italia which forms the main shopping street through the city centre.

Eventually you come to a broad river flanked by busy roads at a small square, cross the bridge to another small square on the other side. Take the pedestrianised lane on the left hand side of the back of the square/piazza. Any signs to Piazza Dei Cavaleiri are pointing our way.

After about a 100m a lane joins from the left and shortly after is a small square (Piazza Giovan Battista Donati). Immediately after the square/piazza fork left along the Via Ulisse Dini that takes you to the large Piazza Dei Cavaleiri.

Continue directly across Piazza Dei Cavaleiri, there are three exits opposite. Going dead straight is the Via Dalmazi, but our way is the Via Corsica, just before the Via Dalmazi on the left. After just 20m along the Via Corsica go straight over at a crossroads and the Via Corsica has become the Via Dei Mille.

After about another 75m, the second right is the Via Santa Maria, lined with restaurants aimed at the tourist. The Via Santa Maria takes you all the way to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square).


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