How to Do A Barolo Day Trip from Turin

Barolo Day Trip From Turin

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.

Day Trip From Turin To Barolo
The village of Serralunga in the Barolo zone. 

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.

Day Trip From Turin Porta Nouva
The Porta Nuova Train Station in Turin has a community piano. Take a seat at the bench and play a ditty!

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: Two trains run Turin to Asti, arriving in the 9:00 a.m. hour. The regular 8:20 a.m. train and a second at 8:30 a.m. that arrives at 9:03 a.m. (33 minutes in duration; 9.9€)

Return Trains from Asti to Turin 

  • For the 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 trains:
    • Trains run on the hour.
    • There two trains during the 4:00 p.m. hour runs at 4:01 and 4:54 p.m., Price: 5.25€.
    • The last two trains run at 8:54 p.m. (5.25) and 9:02 p.m. (9.90€).
Turin Architecture
The architecture in Turin is not to be missed. Find this building next to Piazza Beneficia.

A Day Trip from Turin to Alba

There is a new route from Torino Lingotto train station direct to Alba. See below for the Alba routes from Torino Porta Susa via Bra.

Trains from Turin to Alba

  • Trains run hourly leaving Torino Porta Susa at 35 minutes past the hour, starting at 5:35 a.m. (last train leaves at 7:35 p.m.)
  • Trains arrive at 53 minutes past the hour (1 hour, 18 minutes of travel time).
  • Tickets are 5.75€.
  • Sunday exception: Trains run every two hours from 6:35 a.m. until 8:35 p.m.

Trains from Alba to Turin

  • Trains run hourly leaving Alba at 7 minutes past the hour, starting at 6:07 a.m. (last train leaves at 8:07 p.m.)
  • Trains arrive at 24 minutes past the hour (1 hour, 17 minutes of travel time).
  • Tickets are 5.75€.
  • Sunday exception: Trains run every two hours from 6:07 a.m. until 8:07 p.m.

A Day Trip from Turin to Bra

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.

Turin Porta Susa Train Station
The Turin Porta Susa Train Station opened in 1886. A reconstruction project began in 2006 with long term plans of it becoming the city’s main hub for train transport.
A Day Trip From Turin to Bra
Bra, Italy – the home of the Slow Food Movement.

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

  • 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

  • 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€.
Alba Day Trip from Turin
The Alba skyline. On clear days Monviso shows up.

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.
Italy Train Travel Tips
Don’t forget to validate your ticket!
Alba Day Trip From Turin
I like to take a photo of my route when I have train changes so I can easily find the correct platform.

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!

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13 replies on “How to Do A Barolo Day Trip from Turin”
  1. says: georg

    Helpful article for tourists from abroad. There’s more to wine than just Barolo in our region, so maybe you migth add some more possible round-trips and some less known wines to your article. Good job, ciao

    1. Ciao, Georg!

      Thanks for reading and the note! I agree, there is a lot more to the area than Barolo. I did this post because we had so many wine tour clients coming up from Torino for the day and the majority were interested in Barolo and Barbaresco. The primary focus of our wine tours is the Langhe and the Roero, so for now it’s been the focus for the blog. If you have recommendations on routes and producers, I’d love to hear them and add them to the list of places to explore!

      A presto! Val

  2. says: Antoine

    Thanks Valérie for your article ! It helps me very much to plan my trip in the Langhe. Do you know if a bike is allowed inside local buses during travel ?

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