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! 

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Turin is a city so rich in points of interest and attractions that a visit is made almost compulsory! Turin is the capital of chocolate, as well as a real royal city, even said to be linked to magic.

A cultural, youth 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, by which Turin is well served?

Public transport in Turin

Turin Map

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

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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

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Buses and streetcars 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

Turin

Tickets are various, 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.

How to get around by tram in Turin

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

Bus in Turin

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

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.

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