The train is the most efficient way to travel from Florence to Pisa, taking less than an hour on most services. With Pisa being one of the most loved destinations in the world, you’re sure to be joined by tourists and locals alike on the train from Florence. If you upgrade to First Class on Trenitalia services, you’ll enjoy welcome drinks and snacks served to your seat as well as extra-comfortable seats and free WiFi.
Arriving into Pisa Centrale, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is just over 20 minutes away on foot. The magnificent Piazza Del Duomo is very close to the Leaning Tower, as is the beautiful Tuttomondo mural and Santa Maria della Spina church. If this sounds like your perfect trip, have a look at the useful information below – including journey times, prices and FAQs. Grab your camera, sunglasses and suncream – you're going to Pisa!
|Avg. journey time||1h 02m|
|Trains per day||45|
|Fare range||€9.00 - €74.00|
|Train operators||autolinee_federico, autostradale,|
|First train departs at||00:45|
|Last train departs at||23:13|
Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.
Frecciargento "silver arrow" high-speed trains connect the main cities of the north-west, central and southern Italy at speeds of up to 250km/h. All Frecciargento trains are equipped with a food carriage, free WiFi, reclining seats and power sockets. There are two levels of service – First Class and Second Class. First Class travellers can enjoy reclining leather seats, welcome service with drink and a sweet or savoury snack, and a free morning newspaper.
Frecciabianca trains operate outside Trenitalia high-speed lines. Offering more than 40 daily routes, they're capable of reaching a maximum speed of 200 km/h. Frecciabianca trains connect the centres of northern and southern Italy, especially on the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts. All Frecciabianca trains have power sockets and large reclining seats, as well as ample space for luggage. There are two classes of service – First Class and Second Class. In First Class, customers can look forward to a welcome service with snacks and drinks and a morning newspaper.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Florence to Pisa Centrale by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
Take a look at Tarjetas de descuento Renfe to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap tickets for your journey.
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Florence and Pisa Centrale is 1 hour and 2 minutes, with around 46 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
Frecciargento high-speed trains from Florence to Pisa Centrale can travel at speeds of up to 250 km/h. The fastest journey time from Florence to Pisa Centrale by train is 49 minutes.
Train tickets from Florence to Pisa Centrale can start from as little as €8.60 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when you book on the day. Prices can also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes. There are 45 direct Trenitalia trains that travel from Florence to Pisa Centrale each day with an average journey time of 1 hour and 2 minutes.
The first train from Florence to Pisa Centrale leaves at 00:45 from Florence Santa Maria Novella. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Florence to Pisa Centrale leaves at 23:13 from Florence Santa Maria Novella. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Florence to Pisa Centrale cover a distance of around 69km during the journey.
All trains travelling from Florence to Pisa Centrale are operated by Trenitalia – the national railway company in Italy.
I took one of the many regional trains that connect Florence to Pisa in less than an hour. In particular, my train was a fast-regional train bound for Grosseto.
Departing from Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Florence main train station has recently been equipped with an entrance gate where Trenitalia staff check if passengers have a valid ticket for one of the departing trains. Remember that regional train tickets are valid for 4 hours from the time stamped on them. If you have a few spare hours before taking your train, you can either relax in one of Trenitalia and Italo lounges or go shopping in the new shopping centre at the basement level.
On the regional train
The Florence to Pisa route is one of the most used regional routes in Italy and is served by 45 daily trains in both directions. My fast-regional train was clean and comfortable, and the journey was quite smooth.
Arriving at Pisa Centrale
I reached my destination in less than an hour. If your final destination is Pisa Airport, you’ll find many signs for the Pisa Mover, the shuttle that connects the train station to the airport. If you’re stopping in Pisa, instead, you can walk around the city or take one of the local buses. If you take the bus, I suggest you buy your tickets from one of the kiosks located at the station entrance to avoid paying more when onboard.
If you want to get to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), take the bus ‘n.1.’ The bus stop is opposite the train station and can be easily found thanks to the available signs. If you’re in a rush, you can always take one of the taxis on the left-hand side of the station.
Tuscany, Florence and Pisa in particular are the most loved destinations by tourists all over the world, and for good reason. A cheap, easy and fast journey you need to make at least once in your life. Discover more about regional trains in Italy and enjoy the beauties of Tuscany, including San Gimignano and Siena.
Origin: Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Destination: Pisa Centrale
Train: Trenitalia’s regional train
Travel time: 1h
Train stops: Firenze Rifredi, Montelupo Capraia, Empoli, San Miniato Fucecchio, San Romano Montopoli, Pontedera.
Federica is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.