Car Hire at Pisa International Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Pisa is best known worldwide for its Leaning Tower, but there is more to see in the Tuscany region. Find out just what wonders await in and around the Italian city of Pisa by renting a car and making the trip yourself! While you won't necessarily need a car within Pisa itself, public transportation is very poor in southern Tuscany. In addition, having a rental car provides you with utmost comfort and convenience while travelling. Book your reservation in advance and pick up your car rental at the airport.
Where to hire a car at Pisa International Airport
There is a Car Rentals Terminal situated 500 metres from the terminal building of Pisa International Airport, formerly Galileo Galilei Airport. It is connected to the airport via a shuttle bus service from outside the Airport Arrivals area. The Car Rental Terminal can also be reached by foot. Car rental companies located at the airport are Auto Europa, Avis, Budget, Goldcar Rental, Advantage, Easy Car, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore/National, and Sixt. These companies provide a wide selection of cars, vans, and minibuses. Other services include chauffeur-driven cars, offered by Liberty Rentals, and used cars for sale by Avis.
What to expect when hiring a car from Pisa International Airport
Pisa International Airport is located in San Giusto neighbourhood in Pisa, a mere one kilometre from the city centre. It has direct access to the A11 and A12 highways, and the Firenze-Pisa-Livorno motorways, allowing easy access to the city centre of Pisa. Other nearby main towns are Lucca and Livorno, both 20 kilometres from the airport.
Driving around Pisa International Airport
The exits of Pisa are on the A11 Florence-Pisa road and the A12 Genoa-Livorno Road; Pisa Nord and Pisa Centro-aeroporto. The main roads in Tuscany include SGC Firenze-Pisa-Livorno (dual carriageway), and the state roads SS 1 Aurelia, SS 12 dell'Abetone e del Brennero, SS 224, SS 67, SS 206, and SS 2. The main motorways are A12, A11, and A1, all of which are toll roads.
The speed limit is 50 km/h in towns, 70 km/h on secondary roads, and 110 km/h on the autostrade.
Most of Pisa's parking spots are pay and display parking spots, as indicated by blue lines. Free parking spaces are marked with white lines, while reserved parking spaces and those for the disabled are marked with yellow lines. If you park within blue lines, estimate how long your car will be parked and use coins to pay the nearest parking meter.
Getting to your destination
Lucca is a city with a long history that goes back to the Etruscan and Ancient Roman times, as evidenced in various remaining Ancient architecture. Its tourist attractions include a Romanesque cathedral dating back to the 14th century, Duomo di San Martino, Roman Amphitheater, the tower Torre Guinigi, and the ancient clock tower Torre delle Ore. Lucca is home to many old churches. Some of these churches have been converted into house art galleries.
Lucca can be accessed from the airport via Strada Statale 1 and A11/E76.
Florence is the capital of Tuscany, known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. It is considered to be a major cultural, artistic, and architectural centre. Top attractions in Florence include Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and Boboli Gardens.
Florence is accessible via SGC Firenze-Pisa-Livorno from the airport. This route has tolls.
Livorno is a city on the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the third largest port on the western coast. Main sites in the city include Venezia Nuova, Monumento dei quattro mori or Monument of the Four Moors, La Gran Conserva (the largest of Livorno's covered cisterns), and Piazza della Repubblica.
You can reach Livorno from Pisa International Airport via Strada Statale 1.