Hi! At the start of November, I visited Turin for a weekend and here’s everything I did – and some tips for your trip!
Getting To Turin
Air: Turin’s airport is around a 25 minute drive from the city centre. This costs about €30 in a taxi. You can also take a shuttle bus which is 45/50 minutes and costs €7.50. The train from the airport takes 20 minutes, then you need to get an express bus to the centre of town which lasts another 15 minutes. This costs €3 all in all.
Train: There are 3 main train stations in Turin. Porta Susa and Porta Nuova both serve national and international trains. Lingotto can also be reached by national train services. From Genoa, a train would cost about €25.
Bus: I travelled to Turin from Genoa with Flixbus*. It cost £10.20 return, which included carbon offsetting of my journey (which you can include in your ticket purchase). The bus took about 2.5 hours and you can get 10% off with Student Beans or an ISIC card.
I stayed in this Air Bnb apartment which I really liked, and was super cute! However it did take about 15 minutes to get into the city via the metro. If you want to be a bit closer to the centre, then this apartment would probably work better for you. There is also this Eco hostel* which looks good if you’re on a tighter budget. (Click here to get £ off of your first stay*).
Budgeting, Costs & Useful Information
Food: Breakfast cost about €2 for a coffee and a pastry. Lunch and dinner were around €12 euros each and there is a lot of choice: Vegan burgers, pasta, pizza and traditional Piedmontese foods.
Must try: Bicerin – a traditional drink made of espresso, chocolate and milk.
Attractions: Turin has a lot of history and culture to see. A lot of the places to visit offer free entrance for those 18 and under, and reduced prices for EU citizens under 26. I visited 2 galleries and 2 museums. Overall, it cost me €11!
Transport: As with most Italian cities, you buy a ticket that lasts for a certain amount of time. In Turin, a 100 minute city ticket that is valid on the bus and metro costs €1.70. There is just one metro line in Turin which makes travelling around really easy – I use the moovit app to plan my journeys.
Turin & Piedmont Card: You can buy the card for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days. You get free or reduced admission to most museums and galleries, as well as discount on some transport. For those over 26, the pass is probably worth it due to the non-reduced entry prices being quite high.
The first thing I did was visit the Egyptian Museum. Its the oldest collection of Egyptian artefacts in the world. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this museum, and I thought it was a tad pricey. If you have limited time and less of an interest in Egyptians, then I would recommend visiting an alternative museum.
Entrance & Tickets: €15 full price, €11 reduced (Varies based off of exhibitions – reduced for EU citizens under 26). Open 9:00 – 18:30.
Via Roma, San Carlo & The Chocolate Festival
After, I headed to Via Roma and Piazza San Carlo. For a few weeks in November, Turin hosts a Chocolate Festival which was amazing. Miles of chocolate to buy, eat and drink! You can see the details and dates by clicking here. This is also where all the main shopping in the city is. There are both normal high street stores and designer ones too.
Mole Antonelliana & The Cinema Museum
The Mole Antonelliana also hosts the Cinema Museum. On the day I visited, there was a conference so museum entry was free and I wasn’t bothered about going up in the panoramic lift so I didn’t have to queue. I loved this museum! There was a lot of memorabilia to see and if you’re interested in the birth and development of cinema, then odds are you’d enjoy the exhibitions.
Entrance & Tickets: €15 for the museum & lift, €11 for just the museum. Reduced price €12/9 (Available for those under 26). Open 9:00 – 20:00.
Monte dei Cappuccini
If you’d like a great view of the cities skyline, then a hike up to the Church of Santa Maria al Monte dei Cappuccini. It’s a 10 minute walk from the city centre and the church is a nice place to rest after the walk up the hill!
GAM (Modern Art Gallery)
I really loved this gallery. I got there just after opening and there was barely anyone else there. The exhibitions were amazing as was the permanent collection – it’s a must see if you like contemporary art.
Entrance & Tickets: €10 full price, €8 reduced (19-26). Free for 18 & under. This includes all permanent and temporary exhibitions. Open 10:00 – 18:00.
Baratti & Milano
If you’re visiting Turin, you need to try a Bicerin! It’s espresso, hot chocolate and milk all layered up and it tastes great. There are a few famous cafes in Turin – Baratti & Milano is where I went. It cost €5 to drink at the bar (prices go up when you sit at a table) and was lovely. Caffè Mulassano and Caffè al Bicerin are other options!
Oriental Art Gallery
This was my favourite attraction in Turin. The exhibition was about Female Japanese Warriors and was curated in collaboration with the Japanese ambassador to Italy. It was so interesting and I’d recommend a visit for any art-lovers.
Entrance & Tickets: €10 full price, reduced rate is €8 (under 25). It’s free for 18 & under. This includes all permanent and temporary exhibitions. Open 10:00 – 18:00 Tues to Fri and 11:00 – 19:00 Sat & Sun.
The Royal Palace
I didn’t visit the actual palace due to limited time, but I did relax in the gardens (which is free to visit) for a while. The palace itself was originally built in the 16th century and is a great example of Baroque architecture.
Entrance & Tickets: Full price is €12, reduced is €6 (18-25) and free admission for under 18s. Open 8:30 – 18:00.
I really enjoyed Turin! There was plenty of cultural things to do and the chocolate festival was a great time to visit! It was a really affordable place to visit so if you want to experience the some of Northern Italy on a budget then Turin is a good place to consider.
Have you visited Turin? Do you have any other tips or recommendations?
If you’d like to see more of my travels, then you can find me on instagram by clicking here or searching for @jessrigg_. Want to read more about Italy? Check out my 2 Day Florence Itinerary or my Porto Venere Day Trip Guide.
Bye for now!