Travelling to Tuscany for a holiday has never been so cheap. Thanks to low cost airlines like Ryanair, easyJet, Norwegian, Volotea and Jet2.com (which fly to Pisa Airport) and Vueling, Volotea and Flybe (Florence Airport), it’s very easy to get flights to Tuscany from the UK, Ireland and anywhere else in Europe without having to spend a fortune.
Sometimes, though, getting the cheapest flight possible becomes a game of strategy and a real artform. To help you, here's our guide for how to get cheap flights to Tuscany.
- If you don’t have much time and want to visit Tuscany, your best bet is to focus on exploring this particular area and not try to combine your trip with other cities or areas like Sicily, Sardinia, Naples, Milan or Verona. The first thing to keep in mind is that there are many options of things to do and see in Italy, so it’s better to take several different trips to the various regions and enjoy everything you see at a relaxed pace.
- Be flexible. If you’re thinking of travelling to Italy at Christmas or on New Year's Eve, Easter or 15th August, it will be almost impossible to find a low-cost flight. However, if you choose other dates you will have many more possibilities to find cheap flights to Pisa or Florence from such destinations as London, Bristol, Manchester, Dublin, Liverpool and Newcastle, among others. Before choosing your day of departure, compare the different fares for each day of the week; it may surprise you but there could be a difference between a Tuesday and a Wednesday of 30 euro or more.
- When to buy the flight to Tuscany. Most travel agents suggest buying the flight at least 21 days before you leave. Also, the best time to buy a flight is on a Tuesday afternoon. This is because, according to experts, at 19:00 most airlines put up new fares and offers so they can sell as many tickets as they can.
After these simple tips, it's time to take a closer look at the two airports in Tuscany, Pisa and Florence, and where you can get international flights from to there. Between the two of these Tuscan airports, they receive flights from most European cities.
- Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa
- Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence (also known as Peretola)
Direct low-cost flights to Pisa
London, Manchester, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Cork, Hamburg, Barcelona (El Prat - Girona), Brussels, Budapest, Crete, Dusseldorf, Eindhoven, Fez, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lisbon, Madrid, Oslo, Paris, Seville, Stockholm, Tenerife, Valencia, Warsaw
London, Bristol, Berlin, Paris
Belfast, East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle
Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm
Direct low-cost flights to Florence
London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Ibiza, Madrid, Prague, Valencia, Vienna
Of the two nearest airports to Tuscany, Pisa airport is probably the best option to start your holiday in Tuscany. It’s larger and has more flights and major low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, so Pisa has become the destination of choice for most visitors to Tuscany. However, your choice of airport will also depend a lot on the city or cities you want to visit.
Choose Pisa if you want to visit cities such as Pisa (of course!), Lucca and the coastal part of Versilia (Forte dei Marmi, Tonfano, Viareggio, Marina di Pietrasanta, Lido di Camaiore, etc.), Livorno, Massa and Pistoia. Choose Florence if you want to visit cities such as Florence, Prato, Arezzo, Grosseto, Siena and the Chianti area. And whatever you do, enjoy your holidays in Tuscany this year!