Getting There and Away
Turin is well connected to the rest of Italy (and Europe) by road, railway and air.
The city’s airport, Torino Caselle (TRN), is a 30 minute bus ride away from the city center and offers direct flights to almost all major destinations in Europe, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Munich, Madrid, Moscow and Istanbul. Click here for a full destination map and here and here for travel advice to the city center. Train to Stazione Dora followed by tram/local bus (included in the train ticket) is fast and cheap, but it runs a bit irregularly. Buses run frequently, but they take a bit longer and are more expensive. Taxis are 30-35 € to the city center.
If you can’t find direct flights to Turin, the major international airport Milan Malpensa (MXP) is a decent alternative. You can reach Turin from Malpensa by direct bus (22 €, click here for the schedule) or by train, with a change in Milan (Porta Garibaldi, Centrale, or Cadorna + metro to Garibaldi/Centrale. In both cases, the travel time is about two hours. Tickets can be bought on the spot or booked in advance via Trenitalia. Flying into Milan Linate (LIN) and taking a train to Turin from the Central Station is also doable. However, don’t fly into “Milan” Bergamo (BGY)—you are on the wrong side of Milan and the journey to Turin will be long.
High-speed train lines operated by Trenitalia connect Turin to Milan (50 minutes), Bologna (2 hours), Rome (4 hours), Lyon (3,5 hours) and Paris (5 hours). For international connections, also check the French SNCF and the Swiss SBB. Both Turin stations, Porta Susa and Porta Nuova, are in the city center.
Finally, Flixbus serves—like other bus companies—the bus station of Turin, which is close to the Porta Susa train station. Or you can take your own car and follow the autostrada. The major connection roads through the Alps are the Fréjus Tunnel and the Mont Blanc Tunnel (via Valle d’Aosta) to France and the Great St Bernard pass/tunnel and the Gotthard Tunnel to Switzerland and Germany.
Turin has a dense and reliable, but quite complex local transport system. Look at the map and decide what works for you. Stazione Dora is connected to the center by bus No. 11; from Porta Susa, the canonical choice is tram No. 13 or bus No. 56; from Porta Nuova to the university, it is bus No. 61 or 68. Google Maps gives you all connections up-to-date.
Tickets for local transport (metro/tram/bus) can be purchased in the omnipresent tabacchi shops and cost 1,50 € per ride (changes permitted). They are valid for 90 minutes. You can also buy carnets of 5, 10 or 15 tickets.
In case of bad weather, taxis are an affordable alternative, especially when sharing.
There are three bikesharing networks in Turin. The City of Turin runs the blue-and-yellow [TO]Bikes based on a network of terminals where the bicycles are docked. They compete with the red Mobikes and orange oBikes run by Chinese companies, which can be picked up and dropped anywhere (based on mobile apps). The [TO]Bikes are the most solid ones, but you need to register in Via Santa Chiara 26/f to obtain an access card.