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Whether you’re planning an Italy trip that starts in Tuscany or one that has you staying in Tuscany the entire time, it makes sense to try to get a flight that requires as little ground transportation as possible to get where you want to go. For many people, that means looking up flights to Florence, Tuscany’s capital – but while Florence has an airport, it’s not the biggest or busiest airport in the region.
The primary international airport in Tuscany is actually in nearby Pisa. The city with the most famous leaning tower in Italy is 42 miles as the crow flies from Florence, and train trips between the two cities take roughly one hour. Those planning a vacation in the Tuscan countryside will likely be better off renting a car to get around the region, but if you’re sticking to the main cities and towns you can get around easily by train and bus.
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Airports in Pisa
The airport in Pisa is called Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA), although it’s also sometimes called the Pisa-San Giusto Airport after the name of the part of Pisa where the airport is physically located. It lies less than one mile from the city center, so it’s very easy to get in and out of Pisa easily from the airport.
Transportation options to and from Pisa’s airport include buses and trains – in fact, there’s a train station at the airport that connects with not only Pisa’s central station but also the central station in Florence. There are buses from the Pisa airport that will get you to all the big Tuscan cities, including Florence, Lucca, and Siena, as well as into central Pisa. There are also several car rental companies at the airport.
Among the big airlines that serve Pisa are Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, and Delta. Most of the airlines that fly in and out of Pisa are smaller carriers and budget airlines. If your itinerary will include a layover in Europe en route to Pisa, you might look into switching to a budget airline for the last part of the trip.
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How to Find Cheap Airfare to Pisa
Finding cheap flights to Italy is a challenge most of the year, but it’s even more challenging if you’re trying to fly directly into a smaller airport – in other words, an airport other than the big ones in Rome and Milan. If your trip is going to be concentrated in Tuscany or central Italy in general, however, it’s worth trying to see if you can fly into Pisa to get to where you want to be more quickly.
Here are some tips to help you find cheap flights to Pisa:
- Look at alternate airports – While Pisa’s airport is the main one for Tuscany, it never hurts to look at other airports in the area to see if there are any cheaper flights than the ones into Pisa. The Florence Airport (FLR) is smaller than Pisa’s, but there are a couple of airlines that fly into Florence and not Pisa. Additionally, there’s a small airport in Perugia (Perugia Airport – PEG), the capital of neighboring Umbria.
- Check budget airlines – Most of the flights in and out of Pisa are on smaller/budget airlines, so if your flight route will include a stop in Europe before the last leg of the trip to Pisa, it’s worth checking the schedules to see if you can switch to a low-cost carrier. Some of the discount airlines flying to Pisa are Air Berlin, easyJet, Ryanair, and Wizz Air.
- Skip the high season – High season means high prices throughout Italy, and that’s especially true with airfare. Generally, it’s the summer that’s the high season – but in Tuscany, the high season really starts in May and goes through September. If you can avoid the high season, you’ll save money on everything from airfare to hotel rooms, especially in a popular region like Tuscany.
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