What you should know before hiring a car in Pisa
|Pisa city centre|
|Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA): 4 km from city centre|
Where to rent a car in Pisa?
The Italian city of Pisa can be found in the picturesque region of Tuscany, and is perhaps most famous for the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The city is served by Pisa International Airport, also known as Galileo Galilei Airport. The airport is located close to the city center, and as a result a number of transport options will allow travelers to reach Pisa in next to no time. Buses and taxis are available from the airport, as is the option to rent a car from companies including Autoclick, Locauto, Hertz, Green Motion and Avis. Thanks to Pisa's location in Tuscany, a region known for its breathtaking landscapes, renting a car is one of the best ways to explore the area to its fullest. Pisa Centrale Railway Station is the main train station in Pisa, and offers connections across Italy by rail.
Driving in Pisa: parking and other tips
When driving in Pisa, visitors will not only need to be aware of Italian road rules (such as driving on the right and adhering to the speed limit), but also of where to park. Within Pisa, there are a number of areas in which traffic is limited, including within the walled section of the city. Therefore, it is advisable to find parking outside this area and explore on foot. There is a number of parking options available: park and ride parking lots are a great place to leave your rental car, before traveling into the city center by bus. Some are free, while others require payment. There are also several secure parking lots for peace of mind. On-street parking is available at varying rates – expect to pay between €0.60 and €2 per hour.
Road trips from Pisa
Thanks to its location in beautiful Tuscany, some of Italy's most iconic sights are within easy driving distance of Pisa. Traveling by rental car offers the chance not only to design your own route, but also to enjoy the Tuscan countryside as you pass through the region.
Pisa to Florence
So, you've seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Piazza dei Miracoli, and the Pisa Cathedral – and now you're looking for another city to visit on your trip to Italy? Look no further than stunning Florence, just a 1h 20m drive from Pisa! Home to Florence Cathedral, with its famous dome, Florence is known for its Renaissance art – which can be seen at galleries and museums such as the Uffizi Gallery. Other popular sites include the Palazzo Vecchio, the Ponte Vecchio, and Giotto's Campanile. While in Florence, be sure to taste some of the local gelato – it's said to be the best in Italy!
Pisa to Bologna
A two-hour drive from Pisa, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, stands the historic city of Bologna. Accessible thanks to a scenic route from Pisa by rental car, Bologna is home to a range of architectural landmarks and historic sights and attractions. From the Gothic San Petronio Basilica to the centuries-old Towers of Bologna, this is a city filled with fascinating structures. Don't miss a visit to the Fountain of Neptune, the Piazza Maggiore, and the Palazza d'Accursio art museum.
A road trip around Tuscany
Tuscany is famous for its vineyards, food, and beautiful landscapes – so why not design a road trip itinerary around visiting some of the region's most impressive destinations! The town of Pontassieve, with its excellent restaurants and Italian charm; the city of Siena, with its UNESCO-listed historic center featuring the Siena Cathedral; and the beautiful town of San Gimignano, with its medieval architecture, are all worth a trip on your way around Tuscany by rental car.