How to get to Lucca

How to get to Lucca

 

Lucca is located in a strategic position, well connected with different transport options, between the two main airports of Tuscany, Florence and Pisa. Rail and motorway connections are also available.

 

Arrive in Lucca by plane

Lucca is not far from the two international airports of Tuscany, Pisa airport and Florence airport. Both are connected with different Italian and foreign cities by scheduled flights, including in particular (from and to Pisa) lowcost flights Ryanair and Easyjet. For more information visit the Pisa airport and Florence airport.

Pisa International Airport is reachable by train in just 20 minutes by train with a change of direction to Pisa Central railway station. Once arrived in Pisa you need to change track to Pisa station-airport, in a maximum distance of 5 minutes. The connections from Pisa central Pisa to Pisa airport are 30 minutes in frequency, those from Lucca to Pisa central Pisa have a frequency of every hour, intensified during rush hours. For information check the website of the State Railways (Trenitalia).

For the connections to and from Florence airport it is necessary to reach the Florence Santa Maria Novella train station, in about 1 hour and 20 minutes and then arrive to the bus stop for Florence airport, opposite the west square of the entrance to the station (Ataf-Sita bus station, Vola in Bus service).

Get to Lucca by train

The train station of Lucca is located a few steps from the walls of the city, in Piazza Ricasoli, opposite the port of San Pietro. The city is connected to the most important tourist resorts of Tuscany, Pisa and Pistoia in just 20 minutes, Montecatini Terme in only 10 minutes, and Florence in an hour and 20 minutes about. Lockers are available at the station. From Florence and Pisa you can easily reach other important places, from Pisa with links to Viareggio, La Spezia, Cinque Terre and the rest of Liguria and Piedmont. From Florence those with Bologna, Forli, Ancona and Rome.

Get to Lucca by bus

From Piazzale Verdi (Porta Sant' Anna) you can find the bus connection service to several other locations in Tuscany, including Florence, Pisa and Viareggio.

Getting to Lucca by car

Driving inside the walls is mostly impractical, the streets are narrow and if you don't know the city is not recommended. In some areas, however, it remains reserved for residents. The city has many parking lots located outside and close to the city walls, the two largest are located on the north and south side. The motorways connecting Lucca are: from Rome, Bologna and Florence, the A11 (E76) Firenze-Mare which connects it from the coastal A12 (E80) towards Florence; from Genoa-Rosignano, Viareggio the A12, which joins the A11. From Pisa Airport in Lucca you must always use the A11-E76 from Pisa North/Aurelia/Livorno, then the A12 (Firenze-Pisa-Livorno). Lucca has two motorway entrances, Lucca Ovest and Lucca Est.

Moving around Lucca

The center of Lucca is great to ride by bicycle. Leave your car in the parking lot (there are parking outside the walls and a couple inside, accessible by non-residents) and rent a bicycle. The bike rental service can be found close to the north entrance of the city, Porta Santa Maria, near Porta San Pietro and on foot from Porta Elisa towards the centre. It is better to visit Lucca on foot, so that you can discover all the things to see in the city, its main attractions and monuments. The urban transport service is managed by VAIBUS company, for timetables and routes it is advisable to visit the company's official website.

 

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