Aosta is served by 20 trains a day to and from Turin (2 hr., change in Ivrea or occasionally Chivasso; tickets 9.45€) aboard Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com; (tel) 8920-21), and is a much easier option than the bus.
Aosta’s bus station handles a couple of direct buses to Turin Porta Nuova per day (most change in Ivrea); the direct trip takes 2 hours, the indirect route more than 3. However, a SAVDA bus service connects Aosta hourly to Courmayeur (1 hr., 3.40€) and other popular spots in the valley.
Autostrada A5 from Turin shoots up the length of Valle d’Aosta en route to France and Switzerland via the Mont Blanc tunnel; there are numerous exits in the valley. The trip from Turin to Aosta normally takes about 90 minutes, but traffic can be heavy on weekends in the ski season.
The tourist office in Aosta is at Piazza Porta Praetoria 3 (www.lovevda.it/turismo; (tel) 0165-236-627) and dispenses a wealth of information on hiking trails, information about ski lifts and passes, bike rentals, and rafting trips; open daily 9am to 7pm.
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