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Arriving
Domestic and international flights land at Turin Airport (www.aeroportoditorino.it; (tel) 011-567-6378), about 13km (8 miles) northwest of Turin. Direct trains (www.gtt.to.it) run to GTT Dora Railway Station every 30 minutes between 5am and 11pm, costing 3€; the trip takes 19 minutes. SADEM (www.sadem.it) buses run between the airport and the city’s main train stations, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa (40 min.; 6.50€). Taxis into town take about 30 minutes and cost 30€ to 50€, depending on the time of day.

Turin’s main train station is Stazione di Porta Nuova on Piazza Carlo Felice. There is a regular daily Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com; (tel) 199-892-021) services from Milan; the fastest trains take 1 hour and fares are 29€ for a single journey. Slower trains take up to 2 hours, and tickets cost 12.20€ to 17€. Stazione di Porta Susa connects Turin with local Piedmont towns and is the terminus for the TGV service to Paris; four trains a day make the trip in under 6 hours for 98€.

Turin’s main bus terminal is Autostazione Bus, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 131 (www.autostazionetorino.it). The ticket office is open daily 9am to 1pm and 3 to 7pm. Buses connect Turin to Courmayeur, Aosta, Milan, and many small towns in Piedmont. There is a 2-hour SADEM (www.sadem.it) bus service to Milan Malpensa Airport costing 22€.

Turin is at the hub of the autostrade network. The A4 connects Turin with Milan in 90 minutes. Journey time via the A5 to Aosta is also around 90 minutes.

Getting Around
All the main sights of Turin are well within walking distance of each other. There’s also a vast network of GTT trams and buses as well as one metro line (www.gtt.to.it; (tel) 011-57-641). The Linea 7 tourist tram trundles around a circular route from Piazza Castello. Tickets on public transportation are available at newsstands for 1.50€ and are valid for 90 minutes. Daily tickets are 5€. There is no need to drive in the city center.

You can find taxis at stands in front of the train stations and around Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Castello. To call a taxi, dial Pronto at (tel) 011-5737, but all hotel reception desks will order a taxi for you. Meters start at 3.50€ and prices increase by 1.25€ per kilometer; there are surcharges for waiting time, luggage, late-night travel, and Sunday journeys.

Visitor Information
The tourist office on the corner of Via Garibaldia and Piazza Castello (www.turismotorino.org; (tel) 011-535-181), is open daily 9am to 6pm. There are also branches in Stazione Porta Nuova and at the airport (same phone; same hours).

The tourist offices on Piazza Castello and at Stazione Porta Nuova sell the bargain Torino+Piemonte Card for 26€. This is valid for one adult and one child up to age 12 for 48 hours and grants free public transport within Turin; access to over 180 museums, monuments, castles, and royal palazzos, as well as discounts on car rentals, ski lifts, theme parks, concerts, and sporting events (3- and 5-day versions are also available). Check www.turismotorino.org/card for details.

City Layout
With the Alps as a backdrop to the north and the River Po threading through the city center, Turin has as its glamorous backbone the elegant arcaded Via Roma, lined with designer shops and grand cafes, which marches northwards through a series of ever-lovelier Baroque squares until it reaches Piazza Castello and the heart of the city around the palaces of the Savoy nobility.

 

From here, a walk west leads to the Area Romano, Turin’s mellow jumble of narrow streets and the oldest part of the city whose edge ia marked by Via Garibaldi. Turn east from Piazza Castello along Via Po to one of Italy’s largest squares, the Piazza Vittorio Veneto and, at the end of this elegant expanse, the River Po and Parco del Valentino.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.