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My husband and I are flying from Texas to Frankfurt with our final destination being Pisa, Italy.

We are considering taking a train and would appreciate any input on a pleasant experience with beautiful scenery either sleeping on the train or just a day trip to a good stopping point that we can fly out of and maybe flying the rest of the way.

Or whatever recommendations you might have from Frankfurt to Pisa.

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1. Re: Travel from Frankfurt to Pisa -

Hi Gina P,

wow, that is a very long train ride, about 12 hours altogether.

Yes, there is a night train. You would take the train from Frankfurt to Munich, then catch the night train from there at 21.00 to arrive in Florence at 06.18 and then connect for a train to Pisa. Overall travel time would be 15 hours.

Are you sure you'd want to do that after a flight from the USA? You may be brain-dead by the time you arrive in Italy.

I rarely think that flying is a good idea, but in your case, it might be the best bet. If you can, change your flight to fly into Pisa if you can. If you can't change your flight, see if there are any discount airlines that connect Frankfurt and Pisa; check

www.whichbudget.com

Good luck with your planning!

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2. Re: Travel from Frankfurt to Pisa -

Hi, how quickly do you need to be in Pisa? If you have the time, why not take advantage of it and make a stopover? You could take the train from Frankfurt Airport to Munich (there are direct trains every half hour or so with travel time of about 3.5 hrs.). Spend the night in Munich, visit the city the next day and then, as swandav suggests) take the night train to Florence (just a short train ride to Pisa from there)? The night trains are great fun - splurge for a private compartment - it has that feel of the days of grand train travel - and something that is rare in the US! There is plenty to do in Munich for a day and you can have a very nice day just moving slowly and enjoying a few things if the jet lag is awful. Then have a nice dinner before heading for the station. You could leave your bags at your hotel in Munich while you sightsee. Munich is a lovely small city and well worth consideration as a stopover!

You can get the train timetables of the Deutsche Bahn website in English

http://www.deutschebahn.com/en/start.html

I find the Swiss Rail website easier to use and you can get the same timetables there but fares will be a bit more difficult

www.sbb.ch/en

There are other routes through Switzerland but there are no night trains from Switzerland to Italy at this time. Using these two websites you can play with different possibilities. The train station at the Frankfurt is easy to use so it's not particularly difficult to get on the train there and get off in the city center (not an airport some way from a city) just about anywhere in Europe!

Hope this helps.

Edited: 1:45 pm, May 03, 2012
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3. Re: Travel from Frankfurt to Pisa -

Thank you so much for the information. I think we just might take your advice and take an extra day and visit Munich and take the trains you mentioned.

We were really wanting some beautiful scenery by train if we were going to go by train.

Thanks again.

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4. Re: Travel from Frankfurt to Pisa -

If your main goal of taking the train is to experience stunning scenery, you're not really going accomplish that with an intercity train to Munich and an overnight train from there. You'd do just as well to fly.

Alternately, to actually see mountain scenery, you could consider stopping someplace in Austria - Innsbruck or Kufstein, say. It won't break up the travel time quite as neatly as Munich but there are still night trains to Florence from the above (the same one from Munich, in fact).

I'd consider the train if you actually do want to stop over, since it is a long journey. Stopping for an overnight can give you a taste of someplace, but staying even longer would further justify the long train trip.

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5. Re: Travel from Frankfurt to Pisa -

Here's another thought - take the train from Frankfurt Airport to Basel or to Zurich. Stay overnight there and enjoy a beautiful old town and neat little city in either one! Then take the train to Pisa and you will travel through Switzerland during the day and have some great scenery!

The websites above will give you all the timetables.

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