Our Turin Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Italy. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need? We have all these answers plus other basic info about the best time to go, getting there, getting around, and a few useful travel tips.

It’s all compiled in this Turin Travel Essentials. After reading this short and easy-to-read guide, you will be a little more prepared to start your trip in Turin, Piedmont.

  • When is the best time to travel to Turin?

    When is the best time to travel to Turin?

    Turin has a humid subtropical climate, with average temperatures ranging from 2ºC in winter to 23ºC in summer.

    • Most rainfall occurs from April to June, with an average of 9 rainy days per month. The other months roughly have an average of 5 rainy days.
    • The warmest time of the year is from May to September. 
    • Summer (July-August) is peak tourist season. Hotel and flight prices rise accordingly.
    • April-June and September-October are pleasant times to visit. The weather is mostly pleasant, you’ll avoid the summer’s crowds and hotel and flight prices are more affordable.
  • Turin basics

    Turin basics
    • Primary Languages: Italian
    • Plug types: C, F and L
    • Electricity: 230 V
    • Currency: Euro (€)
    • International dialing code: +39 11
    • Emergency telephone number: 112
  • How to get to my hotel in Turin?

    How to get to my hotel in Turin?

    Turin Airport

    Turin Airport sits around 9 miles north of the city center. As one of the busiest airports in northern Italy, it features shops, restaurants and facilities including bank services. There are several transfer options to reach central Turin:

    • A taxi takes around 25-35 minutes to reach the city center. The taxi rank can be found on the left at the exit of the arrivals level.
    • The GTT train takes around 20 minutes to reach the Dora Railway Station in the city center. The train station is opposite the terminal exit. It’s the cheapest way to get to central Turin.
    • The SADEM bus takes around 40-50 minutes. The bus ticket can be purchased in the arrivals lounge, and the bus stop is just outside of the terminal.
    • Car rentals agencies can be found inside the multi-storey parking lot and in the arrivals lounge.

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  • How to get around Turin?

    Travel tips

    How to get around Turin?

    Turin city center is pretty compact and can be explored on foot. You’ll find landmarks and attractions such as the Egyptian Museum, the National Cinema Museum and the Santuario della Consolata, just to name a few. For longer journeys, Turin has a good choice of public and private transport services at hand to get you around the city.

  • Public transport

    Public transport
    • The GTT (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti – Turinese Transportation Group) operates bus, metro, train and tram networks in Turin.
    • The metro features 1 line that connects Lingotto in the northwest to Fermi in the south of the city.
    • The tram features 9 lines while the bus network covers the entire city.
    • A single ticket in urban and suburban areas is valid for 100 minutes.
    • 1-day tickets in urban and suburban areas are available.
    • Tickets can be purchased on the bus, in stations, and in newsstands and tobacco shops throughout the city.

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  • Taking a taxi

    Taking a taxi
    • Many taxi companies operate in Turin. You can directly call companies such as Pronto Taxi (011 5737), Radio Taxi (011 5730), and Posteggio Taxi (011 0181), just to name a few.
    • You can easily find cab stands outside hotels and near the main attractions and shopping areas.
    • It is not customary to hail a taxi on the street in Turin.
    • Most taxis accept fare payment by credit card, but it’s better to ask the driver before you get in.
    • Rates are higher at night and on weekends.
  • Cycle around Turin

    Cycle around Turin
    • Turin features 4 bike-sharing schemes: [TO]Bike, Mobike, oBike and Ofo.
    • Only [TO]Bike, run by the city, features dock stations.
    • The 3 other schemes are dockless systems.
    • You need to register online to use [TO]Bike or download the app of any of the 3 other schemes on your mobile phone.
  • What are the main annual events in Turin?

    What are the main annual events in Turin?

    Turin Film Festival

    • What: Turin hosts 1 of the major film festivals in Italy. Founded in 1982, each edition of the Turin Film Festival is a tribute to a major Italian film director.
    • When: November
    • Where: Cinema Massimo

    Festival of Saint John the Baptist

    • What: When Turin celebrates its patron saint, Saint John the Baptist, with religious services in the morning, followed by a procession, live music performances, dancing, and a banquet.
    • When: 24 June 
    • Where: John the Baptist Cathedral and various locations particularly churches

    Torino Settembre Musica

    • What: During the whole month of September, classical and contemporary live music performances are held in various venues throughout the city.
    • When: September
    • Where: Various locations

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