Although there is a train service between Livorno and Volterra (station Volterra-Saline-Pomarance with a train change in Ceccina, taking around 1 hour and 30 minutes) there are only two trains in the morning and the required bus connections from the train station to the city are complicated. Therefore the Editor doesn't advise this route.
Livorno Railway Station
Photo: R. Rosado © IQCruising.com
A more feasible connection is via "Pontedera-Casciana Terme" on the train line to Florence - with or without a train change in Pisa. The journey between Livorno Centrale and Pontedera takes between 30 and 40 minutes and there are numerous trains in the morning. In Pontedera, you will need to get on Bus #500 (bus stop is next to the railway station in Pontedera). The bus ride takes around 1h 20 minutes and has a stop right at the heart of Volterra's historical centre. For the return journey, there are more Bus #500 departure times from Volterra and a good number of trains between Pontedera and Livorno.
In one word: depending on the arrival and sailing time of your cruise ship it is feasible and can be enjoyable to explore Volterra on a train/bus connection. However, the editor strongly advises the rental of a car if you wish to explore this hidden jewel. It will be very unlikely that your cruise ship will offer tours to Volterra and you will have to do it on your own.
* Change train in Pisa
These times are indicative and may change. Double check Trenitalia Website
IQCruising strongly advises a visit to the Tourist Information Office on Piazza dei Priori (very centrally located) - open every day between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
The Tourist Information Office can provide adtional information of interest for the cruise ship passenger calling at the Port of Livorno. Besides great maps, it also offers an Audio Guide Tour that is ideal to explore Volterra on your own, including the popular Twilight saga vampire sites and tours.
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