The long-awaited new train shuttle connecting Pisa Airport to Pisa Centrale is finally finished, the last tests have been carried out and the official inauguration is set for March 18, 2017!
The People Mover/Pisa Mover connects Pisa’s Galileo Galilei international airport with the main train station in Pisa, called Pisa Centrale, which then makes it easy for anyone to move about the rest of Tuscany, including getting to Florence.
The new train shuttle includes a mid-way stop at a new, 1.400 space parking lot on the Via Aurelia to encourage local residents as well as day visitors to park outside of the city and take the train shuttle into town.
This new parking lot is the main reason the new train shuttle was planned… and it will be perfect for anyone visiting Pisa for the day who doesn’t want to go anywhere the city’s limited traffic ZTL zone and risk getting fines. Parking in the city costs much more, so this new parking lot will be much more convenient price-wise.
The People Mover is a high-speed, fully automatic service and will depart from just outside the Arrival Passenger Terminal at Pisa airport. It will run every day from 6am to midnight at 5-8 min intervals and take less than 8 minutes to get between the airport and train station.
In the meantime, connection between Pisa Airport and Pisa Centrale railway station is still being provided by the PisaMover BUS service, which runs every day including Sundays and holidays at 10-minute intervals to carry passengers to and from the airport in 8 minutes.
The bus route runs from Via dell’Aeroporto to Via Montanelli, Via Sant’Agostino and Via Cappuccini before arriving at the Pisa Centrale railway station. The PisaMover bus stops at the station near Track 14 for easy access to the other tracks and the main station entrance. The new People Mover will arrive on track 14.
Cost of tickets from the airport is foreseen to be:
– Monday-Saturday: 2.70 euro one way
– Sunday and holidays: 1.20 euro one way
If you park at the new parking lot (with 1.400 spaces), both parking and shuttle are included in the ticket cost:
– Monday-Saturday: 2.50 euro for parking and round-trip shuttle
– Sunday and holidays: FREE!
So make a note in your itinerary and plan to use this new service both to get from the airport to Pisa and then on to Florence and other parts of Tuscany, as well as for day trips to Pisa where you can easily park and then head into town to visit the Leaning Tower!
EDIT JANUARY 2020 FOR UPDATED RATES FOR PISA MOVER
Rates for riding the Pisa Mover are no longer as cheap as they were at the very start. I’ve updated the post to reflect current prices but for complete details and current rates, always double check the official site: http://pisa-mover.com/i-servizi/tariffe-park-shuttle/
€ 5 one way between Pisa Airport and Pisa Centrale (valid for 30 days from day it was purchased)
For those that are visiting Pisa, instead of heading into town and parking near the Piazza dei Miracoli to visit the Leaning Tower, you could use the parking lot half way between the train station and the airport and use the shuttle to get to Pisa Centrale, then either walk or take a bus to the Leaning Tower.
Cost for 18 hours parking + shuttle on weekdays and Saturdays (in parentheses lower cost for Sundays and holidays):
€2,50 (€1.20) and round-trip shuttle for 1 person
€4 (€2,40) and RT shuttle for 2 people
€5 (€3.60) and RT shuttle for 3 people
€6 (€4.80) and RT shuttle for 4 people
You can see it is a great way to visit Pisa with a car, as it is much more convenient than driving into town, risking of driving into the ZTL area or having to pay much more for parking near the Leaning Tower.
About Lourdes Flores
An American living in Florence for over 10 years, Lourdes continues to explore and discover new places in Tuscany with the eyes of a tourist but with the experience of living in Italy. She shares her experiences on this blog and website, particularly offering lots of travel planning help on the Forum!