Fasten your seat belts (be ready, there may be a lot of ’em). We’re showing you how to get to Alba, Italy in beautiful Piedmont.
When people visit or we take a trip out of Alba it’s a chore to get the travel routes to / from organized. So, I thought I’d get everything in one place for a look at how to get to Alba, Italy from the closest airports of Turin, Milan, and Genoa. You will also find trains to Alba, Italy via major stations in Milan, Genoa, and Turin.
TRAVELER ALERT: Through September 2016 the Alba Rail Line is undergoing construction. As such, train routes listed in this post are suspended and are being back-filled with bus service to the Alba Train Station. Routes on Trenitalia.com reflect these changes.
Alba makes a perfect base camp for a Northern Italy wine adventure. Alba sits in the middle of the Langhe and Roero wine areas.
There are plenty of airports in proximity, so flying in isn’t difficult. The sprawling region offers much to see and do, so a car is helpful. But, it is possible to take trains to Alba, Italy – yes, expect more than one, sometimes two trains.
Piedmont (Italian: Piemonte) is situated in northwest Italy bordering France and Switzerland. The region is flanked by the Alps – on a clear day you can see Monviso and Monte Rosa.
Turin (Italian: Torino) is 121 km to Alba and tends to cost a bit more because it’s small.
Airlines that fly into Turin: Lufthansa, British Airways, Ryanair, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Air Dolomiti, Vueling Airlines, Alitalia, Blu-express, Royal Air Maroc, Meridiana, Air One.
Turin to Alba, Italy by Car: About 1.5 hours drive time.
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Bus and Trains to Alba, Italy via Turin: The easiest way to get get to Alba from the Turin Airport is a bus and train combination. The Sedem bus picks up just outside the terminal every 15 and 30 past the hour. Cost is 3.10 euros.
You can purchase just before exiting the terminal or when you board (exact amount only). Take the bus to the Porta Susa train station (it also goes to the Torino Porta Nuova train station). From there, take the train to Bra; trains to Bra leave every 31 minutes past the hour (may vary on weekends). You will arrive in Bra at 24 minutes past the hour, then take the train to Alba (every 32 minutes past the hour), which is about a 20 minute train ride. Total train travel is about 1:21 minutes.
Milan (Italian: Milano) is 177 km to Alba and is the area’s biggest airport, so it tends to have the most competitive international fares.
Milan to Alba by Car: About 2 hours drive time.
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Milan to Alba by Public Transportation: Be prepared because getting to Alba is a long trip with molti changes.
MXP to Milano Centrale (main train station):
- MXP to Milano Centrale by Train: The Malpensa Express is 52 minutes and costs 10 euros each way. Trains run hourly.
- MXP to Milano Centrale by Shuttle Bus: Shuttle buses run every 20 minutes, cost 10 euros each way, and have free wi-fi. See the Malpensa Shuttle website for schedule and pick-up locations. The ride takes about 1 hour.
Trains to Alba, Italy via Milano Centrale Train Station: Once at Milano Centrale you will find a few train routes into Alba. Go to a ticket (biglietto) kiosk (don’t wait in line at the ticket counter – it takes forever) and input “Alba” as your destination. Travel routes generally include two stops and last 2.75 to 3.5 hours. Check routes in advance at the Trenitalia website.
Bergamo is Milan’s airport for discount Euro-airline Ryanair. It’s small so you get your luggage pretty quick. It services more obscure airlines like Wizz Air, belleair, and Air Arabia Maroc.
Bergamo to Alba by Car: About 2 hours drive time, 210 km.
View Driving Directions Bergamo to Alba CN, Italy in a larger map.
Bus and Trains to Alba, Italy via Bergamo: Same story as MXP. Get to Milano Centrale via shuttle bus, Terravision. Five euros one-way, runs every 20 minutes, and takes about 1 hour. Once you’re at Milano Centrale follow the instructions for train travel to Alba.
Linate is another small airport that services a lot of European airlines including Lufthansa, easyJet, and British Airways.
Linate to Alba by Car: About 2 hours, 163 km. Click for Google Map directions.
Bus and Trains to Alba, Italy via Linate: There are two shuttle bus options to Milano Centrale. Both Air Bus and Starfly are 5 euros one-way, buses run every 30 minutes. Once you’re at Milano Centrale follow the instructions above for train travel to Alba.
The port city of Genoa (Italian: Genova) is nearly as close Turin, but an even smaller airport (we’re talking like eight gates. EIGHT!) Airlines include Lufthansa, Ryanair, British Airways.
Genoa to Alba by Car: About 1.5 hours, 138 km. Click for Google Map directions.
Bus and Trains to Alba, Italy via Genoa: Take a train from Genova Piazza Principe or Genova Voltri train station. Genoa to Alba trains take from 3 to 3.75 hours, requiring two connections on the way. Ticket prices range from 11.90 euros each way, depending on the train.
So, there you have it – the long and short on how to get to Alba, Italy. I know, more long than short – but, once you get here it is worth it.
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