How to Travel to Pisa
from Livorno Cruise Port by Rail or Bus

How to travel to Pisa on your own for cruise passengers to Livorno Port by rail or public bus and get to top attractions.

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Pisa is one of the most popular towns in Tuscany amongst cruise ship excursions and passengers. It is also one of the main reasons why cruise ships dock in Livorno.

Pisa is the closest of all the major destinations cruise travelers visit when calling at this port in the West coast of Italy. Naturally, all cruise lines offer shore excursions to Pisa. But it should be noted that the majority include other destinations such as Lucca or Florence.

Inevitably, the cruise visitor on these excursions will not spend much more than 1 hour (two at best) in Pisa and will only explore the Piazza dei Miracoli with its 3 main attractions. For those that would like to visit other sites and attractions in Pisa and fully enjoy the town, it is advisable to travel on your own, specially because it is so easy to do so by train or public bus.

How to travel by rail from Livorno cruise port to Pisa

The fastest way to travel to Pisa is by train. Obviously, the cruise visitor would have to travel from the cruise port to the train station - either by shuttle provided by the cruise line to the Piazza Municipio and then by bus (stop at Piazza Repubblica) OR directly by taxi from the pier to the railway station.
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Photo of Railway Station in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Pisa Train Station

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There are 5 trains to Pisa in the early morning every hour (on weekdays) and 6 (between 8:00 am and 10:00 am on Sundays). The journey takes between 15 and 20 minutes and costs €2.50. Just have in mind that the "Frecciabianca" service is way more expensive - considering the journey duration and that it will cost €10.00 for a second-class ticket not worth it at all.

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Pisa Train Station

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The cruise traveler will arrive at Pisa Centrale railway station and once there you have two choices. Either go on a relaxed 20 to 30 minute walk through the city all the way to the Piazza dei Miracoli (where the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, and the Baptistery are located) or get on another train to the railway station of Pisa S Rossore - a secondary train station that is only a 5-minute walk away from the Piazza dei Miracoli.

Photo of S. Rossore Railway Station in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Pisa S Rossore Train Station

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If you prefer, Pisa has a good public bus network and you may want to take a bus back to the Railway station. The stop for this bus is close to the Leaning Tower, right by the Museum of the Cathedral - look out for the City Sightseeing Bus Stop.

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Public Bus in Pisa

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The journey time between Pisa Centrale and Pisa S Rossore is 5 minutes BUT, in some cases, you may have to wait for 30 to 40 minutes for the connecting train.

How to travel by public bus from Livorno port to Pisa

Although the bus drive from Livorno to Pisa takes longer than the train, this can be a good transportation alternative, in particular if the cruise traveler would like to stop at any of the beautiful beaches of Tirrenia or for a unique lunch in Marina di Pisa savoring "Cacciucco" (a soup made of various sea creatures, wine, tomato, hot peppers and garlic).

It should also be noted that the traveler would save some time as you will not need to take a bus or a taxi to the railway station. All added up, the bus ride would take about 20 minutes longer than the train.

Photo of Bus Station Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Pisa Bus Station

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The Bus Nº 10 stop is located on Piazza Repubblica in Livorno, around 5-minute walk from Piazza Municipio where the port shuttle bus stops. Bus Nº 10 runs between Livorno and Pisa, every 30 minutes (between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm). The journey to Pisa takes around one hour. The bus stops along the way at the beaches of Tirrenia, at Marina the Pisa and at a couple of small villages before arriving in Pisa.

The Bus Station in Pisa is not far from the railway station and, therefore, you will be at about the same (walking) distance to the major attractions in Pisa - more or less a mile away - or take a local bus to Piazza dei Miracoli.

Because Bus Nº 10 is an inter-city service you will not be on the most comfortable bus in the world but considering the journey time it can be a nice way to travel to Pisa. To return to Livorno, the bus departs every 30 minutes (last bus at 8:00 pm). The fare for this Bus is €4.00 and is NOT included in the Livorno Card.

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