Choosing public transport in Turin is the best way to visit this city so rich in history and culture. Check out Visit Italy's tips.
Turin is a city so rich in points of interest and attractions that a visit is made almost compulsory.
A cultural, economic and historical hub, it can boast the presence of the world's most important Egyptian museum outside Egypt after the one in Cairo. All this without mentioning then, the Chapel of the Shroud of Turin or the Mole Antonelliana tower, that hosts the National Museum of Cinema.
Moving through its streets in search of its churches, monuments and magnificent squares could perhaps prove difficult if you’re using your own vehicles, especially if you do not know the city well. So why not rely on public transportation in Turin? Let's discover together the public transport offer of Piedmont's most important city.Find out how to get discounts on transport in Turin and Piedmont❯
Public transport in Turin
GTT-Gruppo Torinese Trasporti Spa is the company managing urban public transportation in Turin. GTT's transportation is used by more than 640,000 people every day. Thus, in the city, to get around by public transport, you can use either a subway line, with also the boast of being the first automatic one in Italy (these are light, frequent, driverless vehicles), or 8 tram lines and more than 80 bus lines.
GTT serves both the city of Turin and the municipalities in the first belt: Alpignano, Beinasco, Borgaretto, Borgaro, Cambiano, Candiolo, Chieri, Collegno, Druento, Grugliasco, Leinì, Moncalieri, Nichelino, Orbassano, Pecetto, Pianezza, Pino, Revigliasco, Rivalta, Rivoli, San Mauro, Santena, Settimo, Trofarello, Venaria, and Vinovo.
How to get to Turin from Caselle airport using public transport
To get to Turin from outside the city, you are likely to decide to take a plane. Sandro Pertini International Airport is located in Caselle and is about 20 kilometers from the city center. If you want to easily reach Turin in a short time, you can use the airport station located right in front of the flight arrivals area: here you can choose from metropolitan train, bus, cab or car-sharing services.
Reaching the Caselle Aeroporto train station you can take a train on the SFMA line of the Turin Metropolitan Railway Service, which is connected to the Rigola- Stadio, Madonna di Campagna and Torino Dora stations. Currently, due to work on the tunnel connecting with the rail link, the train line operates only between Ceres and Venaria stations, with substitute service provided by buses on the SF2 line to reach the center of Turin. For this type of route, there is an integrated type B ticket, costing 4 euros, that can be used on both the GTT and Trenitalia rail networks and the subway line.
The bus service from the airport is provided by the Arriva company, with rides leaving every 15 or 30 minutes depending on the time slot, stopping at stations in Turin Porta Susa, Turin Porta Nuova, Corso Umbria, Piazza Stampalia, and Via Borgaro. The fare is 7.50 euros per ride and 6.50 euros for Torino+Piemonte Card holders. You can buy tickets from vending machines, authorized retailers, through the Arriva app or directly on board the bus.
The airport also has three car-sharing services to allow you to travel to Turin in total freedom, renting a car that you can then conveniently drop off at one of the dedicated stations in the city. This is a much cheaper alternative to cabs, whose fares from the airport run about 30 euros per ride.
How to get around Turin by public transportation
Buses and trams run from 5 a.m. until midnight and connect the city of Turin to the nearest municipalities. The public transport service is further enhanced on weekend as, every Friday, Saturday and pre-holidays, it has been established the GTT Night Buster service, a network of 10 lines connecting the suburbs with Piazza Vittorio Veneto, with a number of strategic stops next to major nightclubs. From the outlying areas, rides begin at 0:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 a.m. The first departure from Vittorio Square, on the other hand, is at 1 a.m. and the last one at 5 a.m.
What tickets to get
Tickets and fares vary depending on each person's route and travel needs. In both Turin and Piedmont, you can make use of the electronic ticketing system BIP - Biglietto Integrato Piemonte allowing, with a rechargeable contactless smart card, to choose the season ticket or ticket you need. Tourists have additional benefits and discounts, as they can apply for the Torino+Piemonte Card that allows them to purchase GTT public transport tickets at a promotional rate. According to current laws, the use of an FFP2 mask is still mandatory on GTT vehicles.
The ordinary City ticket, which is valid for a single journey on the tram, bus and metro, costs Є 1.70 and is valid for 100 minutes; the price of the Daily ticket, which can be used via the app, is Є 3.00; the price of the paper Daily ticket is Є 4; the price of the Multidaily ticket, which was introduced to replace the carnet and can also be used for 7 days in non-consecutive order, is Є 17.50; and the Multicity ticket, which includes a carnet of 6 tickets, is Є 10.
The classic day ticket, which can be used 24 hours from the time it is validated, costs Є 5. You can also choose the special ticket, which is valid for 48 hours, instead of the '2-day' ticket at a price of 7, 50 Є. The cost of the special ticket, which can be used for 72 hours using a card with a microchip, is Є 10. There is also the possibility of purchasing carnets consisting of 15 ordinary tickets for urban and suburban journeys for 12, 50 Є.
Train tickets to travel from Turin Caselle Airport to Porta Susa, operated by the GTT company, cost an average of €3.20 and last approximately 25 minutes. If you prefer to opt for the bus that runs the same route, the ticket price is € 7 and the journey time is approximately 35 minutes.
If you will be in town for a longer period of time, we recommend the personalised, rechargeable Formula U season ticket, which costs €12 and grants access to second class on Trenitalia trains.
How to get around by tram in Turin
The city of Turin holds the record for having the oldest tram network in Italy: in 1871 the first horse-drawn carriages began to circulate, and twenty years later an actual network of electrified vehicles was developed. Today, Turin's tram network counts 10 lines, with a total of 220 kilometres of single tracks. In particular, two of these lines form a circular route (the 16C and 16D) while line 9/ is dedicated to sports events to the Allianz Stadium.
Line 7 is dedicated to the circulation of twenty historical trams, which have been refurbished and are used as tourist routes along the streets of the city centre according to the 'museum in motion' concept. These carriages are in service on Sundays, public holidays and during celebrations such as Christmas and Easter. It's also possible to reserve a seat on the so-called 'ristotram', two carriages on which to take part in aperitifs, dinners and lunches for a unique public transport experience.
Another interesting tourist transport service is the rack tramway from the village of Sassi going up to the Basilica of Superga. It's a 3-kilometer uphill route that boasts the use of the oldest carriages still in service in all of Europe, which were already in operation at the end of the 19th century.
In order to use the tram lines, the same tickets are valid as those of the GTT - Turin's urban and suburban network. They can be purchased at authorised sales outlets, by the red-coloured automatic ticket machines, via the To Move app or directly on board of the vehicles.
How to get around Turin by bus
If you plan to use the bus - which is commonly referred to here as a "pullman" - to move along your sightseeing routes in Turin, you will have about 80 urban and suburban lines, connecting you to neighboring towns. In the city center, the Star 1 line with electric buses operates, with a route that connects the main places of interest in the center to a network of parking lots distributed throughout the city, to better enable movement and reduce vehicular traffic.
The official website of the GTT transportation company offers you a series of interactive maps with which you can calculate the schedule and bus route best suited to your needs, being able to easily view alternatives with other public transportation. Then, by consulting the GTT Mobile app, you can monitor in real time where the bus you are waiting for is located, thanks to a geolocation system that alerts you on how much time you have left to board the bus you are interested in.
Visit Italy also recommends you the Venaria Express, a special bus route that takes passengers to the ancient village of Venaria Reale, about 15 kilometers from the center of Turin, where the beautiful Reggia surrounded by the Parco della Mandria stands. The palace has been a UNESCO property since 1997 and was one of the residences of the House of Savoy as a base for hunting parties on the Turin moors. The service operates Tuesday through Sunday.
How to move by metro in Turin
Turin has a single subway line, characterized by being the first and only in Italy to be automatic and driverless.The service is designed to reduce waiting times as much as possible, reaching as little as 69 seconds between one ride and the next. The line runs between the central area of Turin, reaching the historic Lingotto plant on one side and the town of Collegno, part of the metropolitan area on the other side. It is also very well connected to other surface transportation services within a few meters of the stations.
You can use the Turin Metro to move quickly along the main routes of the city, and then supplement your route with other means of transport until you reach the destination you desire. Remember that the GTT circuit includes a range of different types of tickets according to your needs: the City single-ride ticket, the Multicity with six pre-loaded tickets, the Daily ticket and the weekly MultiDaily, the special Tour ticket for 48 or 72 hours, other than a range of subscriptions divided by age group and coverage areas.
How to move around Turin by train
If you prefer to choose the train as your means of transport to discover the secret corners and main attractions of this enchanting and elegant city, there are eight train lines, operated by the Metropolitan Railway Service. Using the numerous lines available, it is possible to travel between the various urban areas and to the areas of the metropolitan area. Trains stop at the stations of Torino Porta Nuova, located near Piazza Carlo Felice, Lingotto and Torino Porta Susa.
The Porta Nuova railway station, which is the terminus for the high-speed Trenitalia and Italo Treno routes to Rome, Salerno and Naples, and Turin's primary railway station, is served by trains of the Regional and Metropolitan Railway Service, offering the opportunity to connect the city and Turin Caselle Airport. The Porta Susa station is operated by the Regional and Metropolitan Railway Service and TGV services by SNCF Voyages, with destinations in Paris, Chambéry and Lyon, while Lingotto provides connections to locations on the Ligurian Riviera, including Genoa, Ventimiglia and Savona.
If you wish to reach the centre from the airport terminal, you could go to the Caselle Aeroporto train station. The service offers trains that run regularly every 30 minutes, with the Dora terminus, where you can interchange with a city bus. The price of one-way tickets, valid for one hour from the moment of validation, is 1.50 Є.
Torino Travel Card
We suggest you purchase the Turin travel card to enjoy the economic benefits and services provided for tourists and travellers in possession of it.
You can request it and choose from different types, depending on the period of time you will use it. Specifically, there are versions valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days, while the Junior format card is valid for 2 or 3 days. In addition, the Torino+Piemonte Card allows you to take advantage of a discounted rate, applicable to public transport tickets, including the famous tramway that runs from Sassi to Superga at the rate of €4 for a round-trip ticket, the Venaria Express bus, the City Sightseeing tourist shuttle and the Turin Eco City Tour eco-friendly minibus.
Taking advantage of the citycard and supplementing the standard fare, it is possible to request at the tourist office "Tour" tickets for public transport managed by GTT, valid 48 or 72 hours from the time of validation at a promotional cost to travel by bus, tram and metro.
The card can be purchased online, by contacting affiliated circuits or municipal and regional tourism offices. Fares are very diversified according to duration: the price of the card valid 24 h is €29, for 48 h is €38, for 72 h is €44 and €18 for minors, for 120 h is €49. The cost of public transport tickets, with free validity limited to 3 admissions, is 5, 50 € for 48 €, 7, 50 € for 72 € and 3 € from 3 to 10 years.
How to get around with bike sharing in Turin
Turin is a welcoming city on a human scale, rich in green areas, urban parks and cycle paths, whose urban layout is ideal for cycling enthusiasts. You can take wonderful sustainable tours to discover its most hidden and picturesque corners, choosing the route that suits you best with a wide range of difficulty levels.
The ToBike bike-sharing service is the main one in Turin. It allows you to move easily and quickly along the city's boulevards and reach the main attractions and destinations of interest to tourists, while relaxing in contact with the lush nature of the city's green areas and contemplating very evocative landscapes and perspectives. The opportunity to register for the public bike-sharing service is reserved exclusively for residents: the BicinCittà app is available for both locals and tourists.
Thanks to the capillary spread of cycle paths and the remarkable presence of no less than 140 stations, you can discover the treasures of this ancient Savoy capital in a slower way. To take advantage of the bike sharing service, it is essential to take out a subscription, which can be daily, weekly or annual, offering the opportunity to rent the bike free of charge for less than half an hour, even many times during the day.
Among the varied availability of public transport in Turin, the transition towards urban eco-sustainability has been further enhanced by the introduction of a free-floating bike-sharing system. This innovative configuration does not require you to search for stations to park your bike: the service works by using a mobile device app to find vehicles, which can be unlocked via a QR code.
You can purchase different types of subscriptions on the card or via the app and activate them on the BIP Card or the Smart Card issued by the university.
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Citysightseeing: tour buses to visit Turin
If you like to discover this elegant and aristocratic city while admiring its masterpieces in a new and evocative way, we suggest you try out the stimulating tourist bus routes. You will be able to admire the most characteristic corners, such as the wonderful historical centre, rich in monuments, ancient palaces and enchanting galleries along which to stroll.
The proposed service is divided into the A line, which will guide you to discover the main attractions of the centre, the prestigious museums and the stupendous panorama that you can contemplate from the hill overlooking the majestic Po, on which the luxuriant Valentino Park, the fascinating Rocca of medieval origin and the picturesque village extend.
Line B will allow you to explore some of the undiscovered attractions of the so-called magic city, such as the famous Lingotto, Eataly, the sports centres where the Olympics were held, the Automobile Museum and the Pinacoteca Agnelli.
If you take line C, you can discover the Savoy Royal Palace of Venaria Reale, the Allianz Stadium and Juventus Museum, and the Lavazza Museum.
If you choose the D line, you will have the opportunity to let yourself be captivated by the wonderful perspectives of the Turin landscape and the grandeur of the spectacular Alpine arch, as well as the magnificent Basilica of Superga.
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How to get around Turin by funicular railway
Let yourself be enchanted by the extraordinary Piedmontese landscape, which surrounds the sumptuous city of Turin with spectacular Alpine peaks. To enjoy this stunning panorama from a privileged position, you can take a funicular railway to the top of the lush Superga hill, towering imposingly over the town.
Built in 1884, at first its operation was based on the Agudio model. During the 1930s it was converted into a tramway and provides a fantastic opportunity to experience the charm of other eras. The route, which lasts 18 minutes, offers very evocative views and has as its destination the marvellous Basilica of Superga whose architecture was designed by Filippo Juvarra.
The famous railway, whose inauguration dates back to 1934, makes the journey from Borgo Rosa Sassi to Superga, and is characterised by picturesque old carriages in creamy red tones.
The one-way fare on weekdays is €4, while the return ticket costs €6. During the holidays, the ticket is priced at €6 one-way and €9 return. The over-65s and those who have purchased the Torino+Piemonte Card can enjoy a discounted ticket at €4. Those under 6 years of age and disabled people with a card can enjoy a totally free ticket.
Walking in Turin
If you like the idea of visiting on foot this marvellous city to comfortably admire the beauty of its historic centre, you could start your tour by strolling through its magnificent arcades inlaid with art and history. Crossing the threshold of Piazza Carlo Felice, you will reach Via Roma, one of Turin's busiest streets, embellished with galleries and refined boutiques. On your way to Piazza CLN you will see two fountains, which will captivate you with their majesty, depicting the Dora and the Po. Walking a short distance, you will arrive at the elegant Piedmontese lounge of Piazza San Carlo, at the centre of which is the monument dedicated to Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia. Luxurious residences and historic cafés line the centre.
The elegant Piazza Castello is the ideal stage for prestigious noble buildings, such as Palazzo Madama, home to the Museo Civico di Arte Antica, whose façade and opulent Baroque staircase were designed by the famous architect Filippo Juvarra. Nearby, you will also be enchanted by the opulent Royal Palace, which houses prestigious rooms such as the Throne Room, the Ballroom and the Chinese Drawing Room.
Other very suggestive places that you can contemplate are the Casaforte degli Acaja, the Royal Church of San Lorenzo, the Regio Theatre and the imposing Renaissance Cathedral, a treasure trove of authentic gems, built between 1491 and 1498: inside it is kept the Holy Shroud in a Baroque-style chapel designed by Guarini. A must to add as a stop on your itinerary is the Mole Antonelliana, the city symbol par excellence, which houses the Cinema Museum. One of the jewels from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the gentle hills is Piazza Vittorio, the largest in the whole of Europe.