Car hire at Pisa Airport
Car hire at Pisa Airport
Pisa Airport (PSA) is an international hub and the tenth busiest in Italy in terms of passenger numbers. It is also known as Galileo Galilei Airport and as a gateway to Tuscany. The airport is located less than 6km from Pisa city centre. You can make the journey in around 15 minutes in your hire car by driving along the Strada Statale 1 road when the traffic is light.
What I need to know
There is a lot of choice when it comes to Pisa Airport car rental, with 15 companies all offering great deals. They range from economy and compact vehicles to minivans and even convertibles, so you’re bound to find the right car at the right price for you. To make sure you get the best deal, compare car hire with the Holiday Autos’ booking tool.
Where to pick up my car
Cars hired at Pisa Airport can be picked up from the special rental car area, which is located just five minutes’ walk away from the main terminal building. If you are not confident about getting there yourself, there is a free shuttle bus that departs around every 15 minutes. A number of rental firms also offer a meet and great service for additional peace of mind.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
While the lopsided tower may be the first thing you associate with Pisa, it’s worth exploring more of the city outside of Piazza dei Miracoli. Hiring a car will allow you to see the diverse neighbourhoods on display and the other impressive sites. The rich history of maritime activity and educational prowess has made Pisa into the destination it is today, so be sure to explore far and wide.
Nearby Pisa Airport
By using toll roads, you can get to the walled city of Lucca in just over half an hour. Its cobblestone streets, spacious squares and impressive towers make the historic city centre a fantastic place to discover. A similar distance away, but in the opposite direction, is Livorno, whose coastal location has made it famous for its seafood and checkerboard-paved promenade.
A two-hour drive along toll roads from Pisa Airport will take you to the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna. It is filled with stunning medieval and renaissance architecture, along with a wonderful Italian café culture. Continuing on from Bologna for another hour and 40 minutes, you will reach the microstate of San Marino, complete with the hilltop citadels known as The Three Towers.
Eating and drinking
Tuscan food is among some of the best in the world and having a hire car means you’re at liberty to go and seek it out. Be sure to try as much local produce as possible, with fine cheese, meats, olive oil and freshly baked bread gracing many tables, as well as beans and tomatoes. Of course, Italy is known for its wine, so once the car is parked for the evening, you’ll also want to enjoy the latest vintage.
Things to do
With Pisa Airport car hire you can explore the whole region, whether you’re interested in enjoying the colours and flavours of its markets or understanding how wine is made at one of the many vineyards. Tuscany is also home to some beautiful secluded beaches, so get off the beaten track and find a stretch of sand that’s all your own.
As well as visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa, make sure you explore the other monuments in the Piazza Miracoli. These include the Baptistry, with its incredible acoustics, and the Caposanto Monumentale cemetery. Throughout the city, there are numerous pretty little churches and museums to find out more about the religious history and culture of the area.