Pisa Airport is also well known as Pisa-San Giusto Airport, due to its location in the district of San Giusto, or Galileo Galilei Airport, after a famous Italian philosopher and physicist. The airport is located only 2 km from Pisa, and is one of the two major international airports in Italy’s Tuscany region, the other being Florence, or Amerigo Vespucci. The airport of Pisa offers arriving passengers all the amenities they require for a peaceful landing in this spectacular area of Italy.
The airport consists of a single and large terminal building, which handles all domestic and international flights. A large number of airlines serve the airport, including Air Berlin, British Airways, Ryanair, Jet2.com, Transvania.com, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thomson Airways, EasyJet, Alitalia and Meridiana Fly. Most of the shopping outlets at the airport are located on the ground floor, and they offer a large array of items, from clothing and accessories, to souvenirs, gadgets, toys and newspapers. The airport’s restaurants are located on the first floor. There is a Steak House, named the ‘Mastro Bistecca’ Osteria Toscana-Tuscany Grill, offering the best of grilled meat dishes prepared in complete Tuscan tradition, and Mascagni’s Restaurant, with a menu a la carte. A self service restaurant is available as well. For a lighter meal, arriving passengers can stop for a pizza at the Bar Vasari e Pizzeria Chef on the ground floor or a sandwich and cool beer at the Red Baron near the Arrivals Exit. In total, there are five bars, two pizzerias, three restaurants and 24 shops located in the airport terminal.
Passengers will find full banking services available from the Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa, and a few ATMs for more casual banking transactions. Currency exchange facilities are available, as well as a chemist, post office, beauty center and hairdresser, and a baby room especially for mothers traveling with little ones. Religious passengers can make use of the chapel on the first floor of the terminal, where a priest is available every Friday from 16:00 to 17:30, and mass is celebrated at 17:00. Internet connections can be found throughout the airport, and at Devitalia’s Internet Point on the first floor. Other facilities include a police station, an air health office, a first aid station and a railway ticket office.
Business passengers arriving at the airport can enjoy the services offered by the VIP Lounge. Facilities here include TV, newspapers and various refreshments, as well as internet connections. The lounge offers a relaxing environment for a break between flights, or for work, and is open from 06:00 to 22:00. There is also a well-equipped Business Center at Pisa Airport, with three meeting rooms. One room is large enough for fifty people, while the other two are smaller rooms seating eight and ten people. Companies who make frequent use of the airport’s facilities can purchase the Galilei Gold Card, which allows for any company member to access the business facilities, free admission to the multi level car park and a 25% reduction in costs for the use of the Business Center.
The airport is well equipped for disabled passengers, and passengers with reduced mobility. There are reserved parking spaces near the entrances to the terminal, which can be used free of charge provided customers have their disabled person’s badge available, and disabled toilet facilities in the terminal. Handrails and elevators help with access to the first floor of the terminal, pavement ramps provide easy access to the entrances and exits of the terminal, and wheelchairs are available on request for easy transfer inside the terminal building. The Security Controls are equipped to handle wheelchairs and passengers with pacemakers, and disembarkation from the aircraft is made as comfortable as possible with special lifting equipment. If passengers require additional assistance when they arrive, they should inform their airline company of their requirements when booking their flight, or at least 48 hours before their departure flight is scheduled. Staff at Pisa Airport will then be expecting your arrival, and will assist you with customs procedures, baggage collection, and anything else you would like to do before leaving the airport.
Passengers can choose from a variety of transportation options when ready to leave the airport. Taxis are plentiful outside the Arrivals area of the airport, and buses will take you to Pisa Central Railway Station or any of the nearby Tuscan cities, such as Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pietrasanta, Viareggio and Livorno. There is a railway station at Pisa Airport as well, which offers a quick connection to Florence and the Central Railway Station in Pisa, from where any other destination can be reached by train. If you would like to have your own vehicle to drive, there are many quality car hire companies at the airport. They can be found at the Car Rental Terminal, accessible by shuttle bus. The car hire companies available include Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, National, Alamo, Auto Europa, Easycar, Thrifty and Sixt.
Passengers arriving will find many hotels in the nearby vicinity. The Jolly Hotel Cavalieri Hotel is only half a mile away, while the Hotel d’Azeglio is a mile from the airport, at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II 18b. The Hotel Bologna can be found three miles from the airport, at Via Mazzini 57. The largest range of hotels are located in Pisa’s city center, only 2 km from the airport, and they offer various facilities, and prices range from budget to mid-range. Other hotels include the Amalfitana, an establishment dating back to the 15th century, the Europa Park Hotel and the Grand Hotel Duomo along the Via Santa Maria.
When arriving at Pisa, expect to find a Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry weather in the summer, and mild but damper winter months. The hottest months in Pisa are July, August and September, with temperatures often rising over 30°C. Further airport information can be obtained from the Information Desk in the Arrivals area of the terminal, and tourist information is provided from the Tourist Information Desk just outside the Arrivals area
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