How to get from Livorno to Pisa by bus, train, shore excursion and taxi - it gets easier than ever with these free tips and advice for cruisers
That's why the top most asked questions on Italy cruises used to be related to Livorno port to Pisa distance, best way to get to Pisa, how long does train from Livorno to Pisa take, train schedules and whether you can do it on your own.
There are a few different ways you can get there:
This is one of the most popular ways of seeing both Florence and Pisa in one day. Or if you have been to Florence many times before, you can combine a day trip to the leaning tower with some other Tuscan destination, most usually Lucca.
Shore excursions are for people who don’t feel comfortable getting around in a foreign country by themsleves, aren’t too adventurous, or can’t be bothered worrying about getting back to the ship on time.
When choosing a tour that will take you to Pisa, have a few things in mind: this little town is only about 20 minutes ride from the cruise ship dock in Livorno.
If you aren’t too interested in climbing the famous Pisa leaning tower, or entering the Cathedral and the Baptistery, and just want to have a nice walk around the Piazza dei Miracoli and take a few shots… 30 minutes is more than enough to do that.
If this is your first time visit to this part of Italy, visiting Pisa only on your day in Livorno would be such a shame!
Shore excursions that focus on Pisa only last no longer than approx. 3 ½ hours. So if you are taking one in the morning, you will be back on board the ship by lunchtime!
It is recommended only to those who have been to Florence and Tuscany many times and really want to take it easy on this day.
If this is your first or second visit, you’re fit & healthy and don’t mind exploring all day… you will want Pisa to be just a quick stop on the way to Florence!
Another way of maximizing your day would be taking a tour to both Pisa and Lucca.
Here's a few of our suggestions of shore excursions to Pisa in combination with other destinations...
Only some of them are authorized to enter the Livorno dock area and they will want to take you for a half day/all day tour.
Local taxis for shorter distances (to the train station or the center of Livorno) can be found some 300 feet (100 m) away at the exit from the dock area.
How much is a taxi to Pisa? What is cruise terminal to Pisa taxi cost? The usual price for a taxi fare to Pisa is approx.€120 for a round trip for up to 4 people and that is with a 2 hour wait.
As we mentioned already, if you’re not into detailed exploration and climbing of the Pisa tower, 30-45 minutes around the Piazza dei Miracoli is more than enough, so maybe you can cut your wait time there and arrange with your taxi driver to take you to Lucca for that price too!
It's great to know that if your shore excursions sell out, there is a bus service to take you to Pisa.
Rather than using the regular local bus, there's something much better: a shuttle that serves the needs of cruisers only.
And not to mention it is much cheaper than your cruise line's shore excursions.
To be honest getting to Pisa and then even Florence by train can get a bit hectic, but not impossible if planned well and strictly sticking to the schedule. Of course it all comes down to how long your cruise liner is staying in port for.
The step-by-step instructions are explained in more detail in our article Pisa by Train.