Train travel in Italy
I have now been to Italy several times and each time have travelled around this fabulous country by train.
Once you get the hang of it, train travel in Italy is easy. It is also a great way to see the beautiful countryside on the way to your next destination.
I have travelled a couple of times using a rail pass, but the last couple of visits have just purchased tickets for each individual trip as we went.
That said, we often have purchased tickets a day or two in advance - particularly if the particular train requires a seat reservation, or if it is a busy time of year.
Purchasing a little in advance also means that you don't miss the train you want to catch due to a huuuuuge queue for tickets...
Last trip we used the automatic ticket machines at the stations and found them excellent.
Also, I have travelled both first and second class, and didn't really find much difference - travel second class and you can use the extra money to buy more wine/food etc
Just remember with all tickets that you need to validate them in the small yellow ticket machines before you board your train.
- Budget Travel
Get around in Turin
In Italy, and as well Turin you don't buy tickets for the bus aboard. You need to have your ticket before getting on the bus.
You can buy it in some bars, tabaccherie or newagent. If you need to take the bus on suday be sure you buy the ticket a day before, because a lot of shops are closed and if you are not in the city center it could be a problem.
If you want to know what time is coming the bus, write a sms to 0039 339-9949990 with the number of the bus stop (you find it on the post)
This is an internet site form the Bus company in Turin, you can write in there where u need to go and where are you and it tells you how to get there!!!!
Incredible, it works good, even though made by Italians :-)
Turin is well served by train. There 3 railway stations:
- Porta Nuova, the principal, from and to
where arrive and leave all national and
- Porta Susa generally used to Milan and
- Torino Lingotto, near Lingotto Mall, cultural
centre known for a lot of exhibition, like The
IT IS REAL!!!!
Today, 06 Feb 2006 I finally tried the Metro, nice experience.
People from Turin have been waiting for this really long.
It takes around 10 min. form one side to the other.
The first Metro in Italy which does not have the driver because of the automatic pilot.
Opening Hours 04.30 - 23.00
(in the beginning it might be different)
Ticket € 0.90
(last 70 min. it can be used with buses as well)
Lost items Office is located in via Meucci, 4
To see the map of the Metro
Going to the stadium
Stadio Delle Alpi is one of the stadiums in Italy that is most difficult to reach, at least if you don't come by car.
From the center of the town (lovely town by the way, at least when it's sunny!) you'll have to take a tram, and then change to another one after half the way.
How and when? Well, don't ask me, they change the ways everytime I'm going there...
In 2000 it was much easier, when a tram marked "stadio" went from the Central Station directly to the stadium, but then Torino town decided to rebuild the squares around the central, and that tram seems to have disappeared after that. Make sure to go from the center in time anyway, as it could take up to one hour to get to Delle Alpi.
From the stadium it's easier though, since there are trams waiting directly outside the stadium (close to Curva Nord) that goes straightly back to town. Just make sure you don't miss your stop... :)
Coming by car is even easier though, as it's really well signed around the exits from the highway. Parking the car close to the stadium is normally not a problem either, but be sure to be there in time when it's a big game, since there are far more cars there than normal then.
Also make sure you pay some euro to the "parking-guard", and pay them what they ask for, even if it might seem expensive. Otherwise it's a big risk that some windows are smashed at your car when you come out after the game...
No, I don't like Torino that much... ;)
Torino - Public Transportation
Torino has a consistent network of public transportation and is served by bus, tram and one subway line. Individual tickets aren't sold on-board and must be purchased at newspaper, tobacco and certain other stores. Tickets must be validated by punching within the first stop and are valid for 70 minutes even if multiple bus and tram lines are required to reach destination. Punch again each time you board. This is anyway a single ride and in no case you can use the same ticket for return, not even if within the aforesaid 70 minutes. Subway works differently and each ride requires its title.
If the start of journey or destination lies beyond the city limits, an urban ("urbano") type ticked is insufficient. Buy the "suburbano" instead - suburban refers to the outer belt of communes immediately adjacent to Torino.
In addition to train lines to and from out of town, many destinations are reached by mid-range bus service. Check website herebelow for maps, weekly/monthly plans and info on suburban and extra-urban fares.
It is just arrived in Torino the double deck bus operated by City Sightseeing. It offer a tour of the city with a multi lingual commentary (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian too).
Nine stops along the way on a circular path. It departs from Piazza Castello, to Piazza Vittorio then across the river Po up to Monte Cappuccini, then along the Po until Valentino Park, coming back to Valentino Castle, Piazza Carlo Felice (main train station), and then again to Piazza Castello passing by via XX Settembre.
It takes one hour to do the trip, and because there is just one bus, it means that it pass at any stop every one hour ;-)
This is the schedule so far:
10 am to 6 pm until 13th january 2008,
10 am to 4 pm until 29th february 2008,
10 am to 6 pm until 30th june 2008
sevend days a week
The fare is 15 euro (10 euro until the end of 2007). Half price for the child up to 15y.
(Discount for family)
- Family Travel
I want to share my personal experience. Living in the center of Turin, I am used to go to the airports by bus.
The closest airport is Caselle (code TRN) but there are few flights, the other airport is Malpensa (code MXP) that is near Milan. You can also consider other airports like Linate (close to Milan) or Genova.
Taxis to/from Caselle: the service is more expensive, and are subject to the traffic jam.
2008 UPDATE: flat fare all inclusive (7/7, 24/24, luggage, night sur-charge, and so on) 30 euro from and to Torino city center;
be aware: this means the "ZTL ambientale" a limited central area, light green shaded in this interactive map
and downloadable as a pdf file.
Railway to/from Caselle: You arrive in Dora Station then you have to take a bus to arrive in city center. And it can be boring depending on the weight of your luggage and the time you have to spend (but no traffic problem)
Bus to/from Caselle: there are 30 rides per day, and cost 5 euro one-way. 30 min. Direct to/from the very center (with some stops along the way).
Railway to/from Malpensa : you have to go first to Milan. From airport there is a train ("Malpensa Express") that connect the airport with Milano Cadorna station , then you have to go from Cadorna station to Centrale station and for this you can use the metro. Then from Centrale station there are a lot of trains to/from Turin. All this trip will take a lot of time (3 hours and more, minimum) and transfers (remember to consider the weight of your luggage).
Bus to/from Malpensa : there are only 3 rides per day (this is the bad), but it will cost only 17,50 euro one-way, and it take 2 hour (in these days 2h and 30 min because of the work in the highway) and you arrive very near the center (from the bus terminal a taxi ride to Piazza San Carlo will cost 5 euro)
How far from here?
Torino is perfectly located at the center of a relatively small territory where treasures abound in every direction. Circles in this image are centered in Piazza Castello and have a radius of 10, 25, 50 and 100 Km (6, 15, 31 and 62 mi respectively), and can help determining what can be done in a day if choosing your soles, bicycle tires or a car's wheels and public transportation.
The small, inner green circle (10 Km radius) encompasses the whole city of Torino and a good portion of its hill, and touches a couple of Royal residences while being just short of the city airport.
Next red circle spans from the Avigliana Lakes to the gentle hills of the Monferrato area.
One more notch - blue - waves at the French border and the Gran Paradiso National Park on one side and truffles and wineland to the other.
The 100-Km radius circle extends from the highest peak in Europe to the Mediterranean Sea, Lago Maggiore, Aosta Valley region, Switzerland and over 80% of all Piedmontese valleys.
- Road Trip
Bicycles for Rent in Torino
The City of Torino operates public bike rental locations from April 1st through October 30th inside several city parks. Locations:
* Valentino - Ph. +39.333.6125878
* Carrara (Pellerina) - Ph. +39.335.369951
* Colletta - Ph. +39.335.369951
* Ruffini - Ph. +39.338.3378215
* Millefonti - Ph. +39.339.8283487
* Suor Michelotti - Ph. +39.393.9855598
* Colonnetti - Ph. +39.338.7359459
ID is requested and bicycles must always be returned to the pick-up location.
Bikes can be used outside of the park boundaries.
Tue through Fri: 15:30 to 19:30
Sat, Sun and holidays: 10:00 to 20:00
1 hour euro 1,00
3 hours euro 2,10
6 hours euro 4,00
12 hours card euro 5,00
24 hours card euro 8,00
Weekend card euro 10,50
Weekly card euro 18,00
Monthly card euro 29,00
50% discount for Torino + Piemonte Card holders
Link herebelow to general information and map of cycling paths in Torino
Olympic Transport System
Free use of the new Metro of Turin, special olympic lines, and 25% more bus in the city.
On the 4th of February will be opened the first line of the Metro of Turin. Locals and turist will have FREE access for the olympic period. (see map in the pics)
The regular fare for the bus system, 0,90 euro, will last all day long (instead of 70 min).
Will be also increased the frequency of the rides (some line will work 24/24) and the number of the bus on service (1200).
There will be some special lines for the connection between the eleven parking lot around the city and the olympic sites, city center, and railway stations.
This olympic shuttle bus lines have a "X" before the number, and made fast connection with few stops (the special olympic stops have a red totem) from 10:30am to 1:30am.
For the opening and closure ceremony there will some special line (with a "C" after a number), to connect directly the parking and the stations to the Olympic Stadium.
on this site www.comune.torino.it/gtt/avvisi/mappa_olimpica.shtml you can view the complex grid of the special lines (sorry, too complex to show it here:-).
As forementioned thare are 11 parking lots in the outskirts for a total of 7000 cars. Are all free of charge, except the P1 (NW, where is the highway to Milan) and P6 (S, near to the Stadium) that are bookable via Internet and cost 10 euro per day.
Trenitalia (Italian railways) has planned about 40 trains per day to connect "Torino Porta Nuova" and "Torino Lingotto" with Pinerolo, Oulx and Bardonecchia. From these stations free bus will transfer the spectators to the game sites.
But on Trenitalia website no info, so far.
TORINO CARD OLYMPIC VERSION
2006 UPDATE OF THE INFO.
first of all, the Olympic name is referred to the Culture Olympiad and not the Winter Game (that are held jointly).
As usual the card can be issued for 48h (16 euro) 72h (18 euro) or 5 days (30 euro).
You have free access in 140 museums, castles, art exhibitions... and free use of the public transport system; free access to the lift in the Mole Antonelliana, to the tramway to Superga.
You gain also:
- free use of the olympic shuttle bus;
- free use of TurismoBus (instead of 6 euro regular fare) 1-28 february and 10-19 march 2006;
- discount on the events of the Cyltural Olympics;
- discount on the guideg walking tours made by "Turismo Torino" (5.50 euro instead of 7);
- discount (20% off) on the ChocoPass: coupons for chocolat tasting (10 euro for 10 coupons valid 24h; 15 euro for 15 coupons valid 48h; 20 euro for 23 coupons valid 5 days).
It is relatively easy to get to Torino by train. Eurostar Italia, Intercity and regional trains connect the city of the Mole to Milano, Venezia, Trieste, Bologna, Roma and cities of Southern Italia. Many local railways connect Torino to the other main towns of Piemonte and there are also three Eurocity trains to Paris.
There were more direct trains to Torino until December 2005, when the new timetable entered into force: direct interregional trains (like the one I took from Bologna) have been eliminated and partly replaced with Intercity trains. Many travellers were unhappy with Trenitalia, the Italian railway operator, and the involved regions (Piemonte, Lombardia, Emilia Romagna and Liguria) are negotiating to get a better timetable. The interregional trains between Bologna and Torino have been re-introduced in September 2006.
The new high-speed line between Torino and Novara, a part of the Torino-Milano connection and of the trans-european corridor nr. 6 Lyon-Torino-Milano-Venezia-Trieste-Ljubljana Budapest, went into service on 10th February 2006, on the occasion of the beginning of the Winter Olympics.
GTT, the operator of the local transport of Torino, also run some railway lines (you can see a map here), including one to the Caselle Airport.
I took these pictures while travelling on the Bologna-Torino train.
Busses and Trams in Torino
Torino does not yet have a complete metro system, so most public transit runs on the congested streets. You must purchase your tickets before you get on the bus, and the easiest place to do this is at a tobaconnist (tabachi). You can buy an individual ticket or a book of twelve. If you are travelling outside the city, you will need a urban (normal) and suburban ticket, which can be purchased together or seperately. When you get on the bus or the tram, find the ticket validating machine (usually near the back) and insert your ticket with the Prima Validation side facing in. Your ticket is good for 70 minutes of travel, however if you are on the bus and realize your 70 minutes is about to expire, you can re-insert the ticket for the Seconda Validation. Bus inspectors "regularly" patrol the busses and check tickets, although I usually only encountered them once every two months. The system for trams is the same. You can use your ticket to transfer busses and trams as many times as you want during the 70 minutes. Return journeys are permitted.
The new Metro opened just in time for the Olympics, and connects Porta Susa train station (near Piazza Statuto bus exchange) with the western suburbs of the city, stretching as far as Collegno. From a tourist's perspective, the Metro is really only useful for visits to Rivoli and Castello di Rivoli. For these trips, take the metro to the second-last stop, ascend to street level, and connect with a #36 bus heading OVER the overpass.
Other ticketing options include a shopping ticket, which is valid for four hours, and a monthly pass that costs € 32.
- School Holidays
- Work Abroad
- Study Abroad
OLD Malpensa Airport Connection
Malpensa Torino con Eurostar Alta Velocità
From 10th February a brand new connection between Milan Malpensa Airport and Turin (via Novara) in just 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Is now starting on service the High Speed railway line between Novara and Turin. The train is the "Eurostar Alta Velocità"
The schedule of the new fast Eurostar is:
Turin 06:55 - Malpensa 08:22
Turin 16:55 - Malpensa 18:22
Malpensa 10:40 - Turin 12:05
Malpensa 20:40 - Turin 22:05
Take note: this connections does NOT pass via Milan city.
the fare is 16 euro 2nd class or 21 euro 1st class.
3RD MARCH 2006 UPDATE: TRENITALIA REPORTED TODAY THAT THIS SERVICE IS SUSPENDED. Check on their website further info.
8th december 2008 Update: Trenitalia does not think to activate this service again. So sorry :-(
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