Joining Turin by Plane
Torino – Caselle is the international Turin airport, about 16 km far from the city center, to wich is joined by train, bus, and taxi. It offers a selection of car rental companies as well. See the Turin Airport Site for all information. Even if obviously farther (about 140 km from Turin), the Milano – Malpensa Airport, one of the two airports of Milan, can be considered as terminal as well. A bus service links the Milano Malpensa Airport with Torino. There are about 10 daily runs. The trip lasts for about 2 hours. The Turin city bus terminal is in C.so Vittorio Emanuele 131/H. The bus also stops at the Torino Porta Susa railway station and at corso G. Cesare/p.le Autostrada. Tickets can be bought at the bus station counter, or in the bars close to the bus terminal or directly on the bus. See SADEM (in italian) website where you can find detailed pieces of information about prices (2010 price: 18 €) and timetables. From Milano Malpensa Airport to Turin there aren’t direct train connections: so you have to call at Milano. You can reach Milano either by:
- Milano Malpensa Airport – Milano city center, (Malpensa Express train) that arrives at Milano North railway station. This is not the station from which train to Torino leaves from Milano: you have to move from Milano North railway station to Milano Centrale railway station (by underground or taxi, a 10 minutes trip);
- Malpensa Shuttle, bus to Milano Centrale railway station available each 20 minutes for twenty-four hours a day. For a complete list of all available bus services please see Malpensa Airport website;
At Milano Centrale railway station direct trains leave approximately each hour.
Joining Turin by train
The two main railstation of Turin, Torino Porta Nuova and Torino Porta Susa, are of national relevance and well linked to all the other main italian cities (e.g. Milan, Florence, Rome…), even with fast trains. Of course Turin may be reached by train from the other european countries as well, by the international lines that cross the Alps through the rail tunnels of Frejus (between Italy and France – Turin railway junction), Simplon (between Italy and Switzerland – Milan junction) and Brennero (between Italy and Austria – Verona junction).
In the last years, Turin, thanks most of all to the showcase of itself that it was able to present during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, has lost its reputation of cold and grey-faded worker city where everything seemed revolve round the FIAT (now FCA) car factories and has been able to better exploit its relevant historic and cultural patrimony. It may boast several museums, from those that show the treasures stocked along the centuries by the Savoia royal family to the world-fame one about the finds of the ancient Egypt and many churches and buildings representative of the XVII – XVIII centuries baroque style. Its streets and places also give, here and there, some surprising views of the surrounding mountains and hills The historic center of the city and its main points of interest are easily visitable on foot and extended pedestrian areas make more pleasant shop windows walking. Please, consider that the access to the center (see the map) by private car is not allowed without authorization all the working days from 7:30 am to 10:30 am, parking has a time rate and finding a parking space is a challenging task…. About public transports, it’s possible to find the map of the bus, tramway and tube lines, other than a jouney planner in the GTT – Gruppo Torinese Trasporti site Here some links useful to visitors, all with English version at least:
You can download the Google Earth .kmz file with the seatpost of the Symposium sites HERE.