Getting to Pisa Airport (PSA)
Pisa Airport has a few names by which it is commonly referred. It is known as the Pisa-San Giusto Airport because of its location in the district of San Giusto, as well as the Galileo Galilei Airport, after a famous Italian philosopher and physicist. It has the official airport code of PSA, and is situated only 2 km from the city center of Pisa. This airport is one of the two important international airports in Italy’s Tuscany region, the other being Florence Airport, which is located only 80 km from the airport, and is also easily accessible by train, car or bus.
Areas surrounding Pisa include Putigano to the east, La Vettola to the west, and directly to the north lies San Giusto and San Martino. The airport is in easy reach of many major Tuscan cities. Livorno is only a 20 minute drive away, while Lucca and Viareggio are only 30 minutes away. A 40/45 minute drive will take you to Massa Carrara, Florence and Pistoia, and a 50 minute drive will get you to Prato. Further areas include Arezzo, an hour and a half’s drive, Grosseto, an hour and 45 minute drive, and Siena, which is a two hour drive from Pisa Airport.
The airport is connected to Pisa and the surrounding areas by four major roads and highways. It is directly connected to the Firenze-Pisa-Livorno dual carriageway, to the Genova-Rosignano A12 motorway, to the Firenze-Pisa Nord A11 motorway and to road SS 1 ‘Aurelia’. To reach the airport exit at the Pisa Centro- Aeroporto Exit from the dual carriageway, at the Pisa Centro Exit from the A12 motorway, and travel through the Pisa Nord linking stretch with the A12 from the A11 motorway. These roads are all relatively easy to navigate, and motorists should not encounter too many traffic difficulties. Traffic generally flows smoothly on the entire road network. The airport can also be noted with a coordinate position of 43°40'58"N - 010°23'44"E.
There is one large main terminal building at the airport, handling all domestic and international departures and arrivals. There are also two runways, with facilities which are considered to be second only to Rome Fiumicino Airport. The terminal building features all the amenities required by passengers including 90 sub concessionaires, 5 bars, 2 pizzerias, 3 restaurants and 24 shops. Most of the shopping outlets can be found on the ground floor of the airport, and offer a large range of items to purchase. Everything from sportswear, shoes and accessories to newspapers, toys, gadgets and souvenirs are available. There is also a duty-free shop after passing the security control check-point, called the Linea Aeroportuale Sole’, selling various items. There is one self-service restaurant at the airport, and one Steak House, called the ‘Mastro Bistecca’ Osteria Toscana-Tuscany Grill, offering the best of grilled meat dishes prepared in full Tuscan tradition. The other restaurants are Mascagni’s Restaurant and Puccini’s Self Service Restaurant, and they can all be found on the first floor. Lighter refreshments are available from Bar Vasari e Pizzeria Chef, Caffetteria Salza and the Smail Cafè, while the Red Baron Bar is open from 10:30 to 23:30.
Business class passengers at Pisa Airport can make use of the VIP Lounge located on the first floor of the air terminal. It offers a relaxing environment in which to unwind or get some work done, and where passengers can watch TV, read their favorite newspapers or surf the internet. The lounge is available between the hours of 06:00 and 22:00. Companies who make frequent use of the airport can purchase the Galilei Gold Card, which allows all company staff members to take advantage of the airport’s business facilities. Benefits include free admission to the multilevel car park and a 25% reduction on the Business Center’s rates. The Business Center is located in the heart of the airport, and is the ideal place to handle business affairs while away from your company’s offices. The Etruria Hall has a seating capacity of 50, with equipment such as a slide projector, screen, overhead projector and microphone, the Populonia Hall seats up to ten people, and the Volterra Hall seats up to eight people.
Banking services are offered by the Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa, located on the first floor of the terminal building, and open from Monday to Sunday between 08:30 and 19:30. There are also various cash dispensers, or ATMs, located throughout the airport area. Foreign exchange services are offered, as well as a post office, chemist, beauty center and hairdresser, baby room and chapel. Connections to the internet can be found at Devialia’s Internet Point on the first floor. Airline ticket offices are in the departures hall, in front of the check-in counters, and they are open from 05:00 to 20:00. Ryanair’s ticket office is right next to the main ticket office, and they offer flights to all the main European destinations.
The airport is fully accessible to disabled passengers, or passengers with reduced mobility. Additional assistance is offered, and customers may request this service from their airline company when they make their flight reservation, or at least 48 hours in advance of their departure flight. Facilities at the airport include reserved and free car parking spaces nearby the terminal, adapted toilet facilities, handrails and elevators, wheelchairs upon request, pavement ramps and special lifting equipment to facilitate passenger boarding.
Passengers who would like to travel to the airport by transport other than their own vehicle have many options. Taxis are readily available from the central train station in Pisa and from any major public area, or they can be called, and buses travel to the airport every ten minutes from the train station as well. Various bus companies also offer transport from Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pietrasanta and Livorno. There is a train station at the airport, which is directly connected to Florence and the main central railway station in Pisa.
Further information is available from the Information Desk in the Arrivals area.