The taxi cabs of Pisa—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services
Really, the public transit system is so great—and strolling the streets so much fun—I rarely find the need to take a taxi in Pisa.
Still, late at night or laden with luggage, a cab is not a bad idea. Here's what you need to know.
Where can I get a taxi in Pisa?
It is rare in Italy to hail a taxi on the street. You can try to do it, but it's just not something that Italians do and so many (confused) cabbies will not bother to stop for this weird tourist who, for some reason, is frantically waving his or her arms at them from the edge of the sidewalk.
Alternatively, you can call a taxi to come get you—though that costs a bit more, since the flag falls when they leave to get you, plus there is a call fee. This is Pisa's "Radio Taxi" number: tel. 050-541-600.
How much do Pisa taxis cost?
There are a few flat fares for common runs:
- Pisa Centrale train station to/from Piazza del Duomo: €9 ($10)
- Pisa Centrale train station to/from the airport: €9 ($10)
- Piazza del Duomo to/from the airport: €12 ($14)
Otherwise, there's an initial flag fall/pick-up charge of €3.25 ($4), and a MINIMUM CHARGE OF €6.45 ($8)—even if you only go half a block.
On top of that, rates are based on distance (and/or, if you're stuck in traffic, time). In any legitimate cab, the official rates will be displayed. Only ever take a metered taxi and make sure it is set to charge the appropriate tariff for the time of day of place:
- In town: €1.10 ($1) per km
- Out of town: €1.95 ($2) per km
- Baggage: €0.65 ($1) per bag
- More than three people: €1.05 ($1) per person
- Radio taxi call: €1.60 ($2)
- Nights, Sundays, and holidays: €2 ($2)
Tip 10% to 15%.