Thinking about a day trip from Turin? Barolo and Barbaresco are a train ride (or two) away!
More and more people are discovering Piedmont and that includes the beautiful metropolitan city of Turin (Torino in Italian). This year about half of our Langhe wine tour clients have done a day trip from Turin. For easy reference I created a breakdown of train travel options to help you get to our neck of the woods. You can make the jaunt from Turin into three main train stations in the towns of Asti, Bra, or Alba.
One thing to note, if you are planning a day trip from Turin to visit Langhe wineries you will need a mode of transportation to explore. You can rent a car, a bike, or even a scooter. You can also hire a driver or a tour service.
When I used to visit here I opted for a tour service because I didn’t want to have to figure out how to get around as well as book appointments.
Read Getting Around Barolo and Barbaresco for a complete list of resources for car hire, bike rentals, tour services, and more.
A Day Trip From Turin via the Asti Train Station
When we have tour clients coming up from Turin we always recommend they train it to Asti. It’s the fastest route into the area and an easy pick-up location for touring the Langhe and Roero. Drive time from Asti is about 25 minutes to Barbaresco and 35 minutes to Barolo.
Trains from Turin to Asti
- You’ll want the Torino Porta Nuova Train Station. Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 53.
- Trains run at least once per hour at 30 minutes past the hour, starting as early as 5:30 a.m. Travel time is 35 minutes and the price is 5.25€.
- In the 8:00 a.m. hour there are two train options. These are the trains we always recommend to our clients to get a full day experience:
- Regional Train #2507: Departs: 8:20 a.m., Arrives: 9:02 a.m., Price: 5.25€.
- Frecciabianca Train (fast train) #9807: Departs: 8:32, Arrives: 9:06 a.m., Price: 9€.
- Sunday exception: No trains run from Turin to Asti in the 9:00 a.m. hour.
Return Trains from Asti to Turin
- For return, trains run hourly at 54 minutes past the hour. The last train leaves at 10:54 p.m. Travel time is 36 minutes, also at 5.25€.
- During the 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. hours there is another train in addition to the one at 54 minutes past the hour:
- Intercity Train #510: Departs: 4:36, Arrives: 5:20, Price: 9€.
- Intercity Train #512: Departs: 6:00 p.m., Arrives: 6:40 p.m., Price: 9€.
- Sunday exceptions:
- There only train during the 4:00 p.m. hour runs at 4:36 p.m., Price: 9€.
- There only one train during the 9:00 p.m. hour runs at 9:02 p.m., price is 11.50€.
A Day Trip from Turin to Bra or Alba
You can also make your way to the region by train via Bra or Alba.
Bra has a good deal of history and cultural activities, including the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo with the Banca del Vino, the storage location for some of Italy’s top wines. Tours and tastings are available. In addition, Bra is also home to the global Slow Food Movement. Every other year the city hosts the Slow Cheese Festival. It returns in September 2015.
You can get to Bra via the Torino Porta Susa Train Station, address: Piazza XVIII Dicembre. To continue on to Alba you change trains in Bra.
Trains from Turin to Bra
- Trains run hourly leaving Porta Susa at 31 minutes past the hour, starting at 6:31 a.m. (last train leaves at 8:31 p.m.)
- Trains arrive at 24 minutes past the hour (54 minutes of travel time).
- Tickets are 4.60€.
Trains from Turin to Alba via Bra
- Travel Alert: Through September 2016 Alba to Bra transport is via bus while the rail line is under repair. Monday through Saturday, buses run hourly at :32 past the hour. Sundays, buses run every two hours with the first bus at 7:32 and last at 21:32. Price is the same as the train route. Tickets can be purchased on Trenitlia.com.
- Trains from Bra to Alba run hourly, leaving Bra at 32 minutes past the hour starting at 6:32 a.m. (last train leaves at 8:32 p.m.)
- Trains arrive at 52 minutes past the hour (20 minutes travel time.)
- Tickets are 2.70€.
Return Trains from Alba to Turin via Bra
- Bus Schedule through September 2016: Monday through Saturday, buses run every hour at :56 minutes past the hour starting at 5:56. Sunday, buses run every two hours; the first bus is at 5:56 and last bus is at 19:56
- Trains from Alba to Bra run hourly every 8 minutes past the hour, starting at 6:08 a.m. (last train leaves at 8:08 p.m.)
- Trains arrive at 30 minutes past the hour (22 minutes travel time).
- Tickets are 2.70€.
Return Trains from Bra to Turin
- Trains run hourly every 35 minutes past the hour, starting at 6:35 a.m. (last train leaves at 8:35 p.m.)
- Trains arrive at 30 minutes past the hour (52 minutes travel time).
- Tickets are 4.60€.
Italy Train Travel Tips
- Skip the ticket line and use a ticket kiosk. It might seem like a safer bet to actually talk to someone, but in bigger stations like Turin the wait can take a long time regardless the length of the line. In addition, most agents don’t (or won’t) speak English. You can also book tickets online with Trenitalia or Italo.
- If you buy your ticket at a kiosk take a picture of the screen with your complete route – this can be especially helpful if you have a train change. If you book in advance keep a copy of the route with you. If you have a train change you will have to figure out the platform (binario in Italian) and it will show the train number and final destination on the digital screens.
- Don’t forget to validate your ticket before you board. If you do not it can result in a hefty fine. The validation machines are out of order at times. If this is the case find an employee and communicate that it wasn’t working so they can make a note on the ticket.
- As a last resort you can also buy your ticket on the train if machines aren’t working or you are running late. Head to the back of the train to find the conductor.
Train travel around rural Northern Italy can be a bit slower than more popular locations like Florence and Rome. So, get your route in order and your day organized in advance for a smooth day trip from Turin.
Drop me a note with day trip or travel questions in the area. We hope to see you here soon!