Pisa to Lucca Train or Bus?
I will add this as a top question so any additions are welcomed, its a frequently asked question and the answer is not straight forward.I hope its all covered correctly!
Tickets> you can buy either Trenitalia or Lazzi bus tickets in the arrival hall on your far right as soon as you exit the customs area. The cost is pretty much the same either way, less than 3 euros each way. Both issue tickets that are neither marked for the destination or dated. As with most public transport in Italy the onus is on the passenger to time/date stamp the ticket, for trains its the yellow machines on platforms and station ticket halls, for buses its on the bus as you enter. In other words you can use the tickets on other journeys, the Trenitalia 30km ticket can be used for example on Lucca-Viareggio and I believe the fare is the same and is true for the bus ticket so that should be possible to.
Some of us have a preference for train or bus travel and often put this is “the best way”. The best way is the one that fits your plans.
By train, you can leave from the airport and catch the airport train to Pisa Central, first train 05.35, generally at 05 and 35 mins past the hour with some minor exceptions, last train 22.20. Its a 5 minute journey and you then have to make your way down from platform 14, usually to the small platforms 1 and 2 Ovest (west) (not the main 1 and 2). If you have a lot of baggage or are less mobile there are lifts to the main platforms, 1-13, I think there is only a slope at 14. Some few trains a day run through to Firenze and go into the main platforms.(If you are going in reverse from Lucca make sure you look at the board to be certain the Airport train is platform 14.) The Pisa Central-Lucca trains are timetabled for 25-35 mins. But with the buses too there are gaps around mid-late morning, for the trains 10.20 is the last until 12.20 but otherwise they are generally every 30mins, last train is 21.50 (Lucca 22.17). Generally allowing for the changing of trains allow 1hour for the journey to Lucca station, but is quicker if everything is on time.
Buses leave from infront of the airport, to the right of the taxi stand. Generally one or two and hour, last one at 21.08. The journey is timetabled at 55mins to 1 hour. Depending on traffic it can be a little quicker, but the route goes through Pisa so is subject to traffic, the timetable has some allowance built in so a smooth journey can take 45mins. There is a large luggage area in the hull of the bus, so this is an option of your are traveling with awkward luggage which might be difficult to lift onto the train luggage rack.
The choice between either method should take into consideration where you are staying in Lucca, your luggage and mobility, the less mobile the likelihood the bus will be better. As a general rule I would suggest using via Fillungo as a marker. If you are staying west of Fillungo, the bus station is closer at Piazza Verdi. Staying east the train station is closer. There are generally more taxis at the station if needed, although you can also get on the bus stop.
Buses:http://www.vaibus.it/ >orario e tarrife >linne extra urbane
don’t forget Feriale is work days. Monday to Saturday, Festivo is Sundays and holidays.
Trenitalia: http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/ has a english button, but also has the ability to give answers to your day/time.
LastlyTaxis from Pisa airport should be pre-booked. From the stand at the airport could be paying Eur 70+ depending on the driver going via San Guliano or the motorway.