How to Do A Barolo Day Trip from Turin

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Thinking about a day trip from Turin to Barolo Italy? It’s super easy to do by train! 

More and more people are discovering Piedmont and that includes the beautiful metropolitan city of Turin (Torino in Italian). There is much to do from Barolo wine tasting to cooking classes, cultural history walks, truffle hunt, or leisurely exploring the Langhe, just train it!

For easy reference, I created a breakdown of train travel options to do your Barolo day trip from Turin. Make the jaunt from one of two Turin Italy train stations into Asti, Bra, or Alba.

Best Day Trips from Turin

Barolo Wine Tour from Turin

For Barolo wine tours from Turin, you need a mode of transportation to explore as the wine country here is rural and spread out. You find some walk-in tasting rooms in Alba, but if a real winery experience is what you desire, use a Barolo wine tour guide, hire a driver service, rent an e-bike or vespa to explore. Book your Barolo wine tour from Turin now!

Festivals and Wine Tastings

A number of festas more take place in Alba, Asti, and Bra. You can find a limited number or walk-in tasting rooms, and remember that wine bars aren’t always open the entire day, so having some help scheduling your Barolo wine tasting experiences is helpful if you aren’t synched up with Wine Festas like Alba’s Vinum Festival in April / May, Festa del Vino in September, or others.

Cooking Classes, Truffle Hunts, Walking Tours

I arrange these for you clients and direct you to get to locations by train or bus or hire a driver service. These include full day experiences or half day. Don’t forget the market days in the cities, which make great exploration, people watching, and maybe a nice lunch. 

  • Alba Market Days: Thursday, Saturday
  • Bra Market Day: Friday.

Alright, here’s the Girl’s Gotta Drink cheat sheet on getting you into the area!

Turin Italy Train Station Options 

The two primary Turin Italy train station options to get into Alba, Bra, or Asti are via the Torino Porta Susa Railway Station or the Torino Porta Nuova Railway Station.

Torino Porta Nuova Railway Station

Torino Porta Nuova Railway Station is Italy’s 3rd busiest station by passenger flow, just after Rome Termini and Milano Centrale. In total, the station sees about 192000 journeys a day and some 70 million travelers a year, which works out to about 350 trains / day.

The historic station dates back to 1864 and save for recent renovations, remains largely as it was when it opened. The station’s connection to the Asti railway station offers the quickest route for a Barolo wine tour from Turin. Find it centrally, located about 10-minutes on foot to the city center.

Torino Porto Nuova Station Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 58, 10121 Torino TO

Torino Porta Susa Railway Station

Located in the western part of the Turin city center, Porta Susa is the city’s second busiest train station, after Torino Porta Nuova. The station was fully renovated in 2006 from its original 1886 building with a contemporary glass and steel structure that reaches 300 meters long and 19 meters high creating a modern station that pours with lights. It’s one of my favorite stations in Italy. To get to Turin’s city center from Torino Porta Susa, take the metro directly at the station, grab a bus or taxi, or enjoy the 20-minute walk (as I often do).

If you are staying closer to Porta Susa, take this to Alba for a Barolo wine tour from Turin.

Torino Porto Susa Station Address: Piazza XXVIII Dicembre 8, 10138 Torino TO

A Day Trip From Turin via the Asti Train Station

For a Barolo wine tour from Turin, I provide a lot of clients travel routes and times to the Asti railway station. 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.

To check times, use the Trenitalia.com site or app. Buy tickets directly on the app without a need to print anything or validate your ticket (great for the environment!)

Trains from Turin to Asti

  • 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 5:50 a.m. Travel time is 35 minutes and the price is 5.80€.
  • In the 8:00 a.m. hour there are two train options. For the best day trips from Turin full day experience, I recommend my clients take Regional Train #2119: Departs: 8:20 a.m., Arrives: 9:02 a.m., Price: 5.80€.
  • Sunday exception: Two trains run Turin to Asti, arriving in the 9:00 a.m. hour. The 8:30 a.m. train that arrives at 9:05 a.m. (35 minutes in duration; 5.8€)

Return Trains from Asti to Turin

  • For the return, trains run hourly at 54 minutes past the hour with other routes peppered in (check the schedule for details. The last train leaves at 10:54 p.m. Travel time is 36 minutes, also at 5.80€.
  • Sunday trains:
  • Trains run on the hour with other times mixed in.
  • The last train runs at 10:54 p.m. (5.80€).

A Day Trip from Turin to Alba

If you want to finish your day trip or Barolo wine tour from Turin in Alba to explore the area’s primary wine city, this is your best bet. Just keep in mind that the last train of the day leaves just after 8 p.m. See below for the Alba routes from Torino Porta Susa via Bra.

A Day trip from Turin to Alba: Trains into 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, 23 minutes of travel time)., Price: 5.25€.
  • Tickets are 6.30€.
  • Sunday exception: Trains run every two hours from 7:35 a.m. until 9:35 p.m.

A Day trip from Turin to Alba: Trains back 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 6.30€.
  • Sunday exception: Trains run every two hours from 7:07 a.m. until 9:07 p.m.
Day Trip from Turin to Alba
Torino Porta Susa Station

 

A Day Trip from Turin to Bra

Make your way to the region by train via Bra. 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.

You can get to Bra via the Torino Porta Susa Train Station, address: Piazza XVIII Dicembre.

Trains from Turin to Bra

  • Trains run hourly leaving Porta Susa at 31 minutes past the hour, starting at 5:35 a.m. (last train leaves at 8:31 p.m.) with a handful of other time and routes (some requiring changes) mixed in.
  • Sunday Exception: Trains run every two hours starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 9:35 p.m.
  • Trains arrive at 29 minutes past the hour (54 minutes of travel time).
  • Tickets are 5.10€.

Return Trains: Bra to Turin

  • Trains run hourly every 35 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 (53 minutes travel time).
  • Tickets are 5.10€.

barolo day trip from Turin

Italy Train Travel Tips

  • Book tickets online at Trenitalia or Italo or use their apps. I love this option because you don’t have to print or validate and less paper means it’s better for the environment.
  • 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 of the length of the line. In addition, most agents don’t (or won’t) speak English.
  • 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.

Book your Barolo wine tour from Turin!

Drop me a note with day-trip or travel questions Girl’s Gotta Drink can answer for you on the area. We hope to see you here soon!

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