When arriving to Turin Caselle Airport, it can be unclear how to reach your final destination, or more generally, to the city centre. We, at Omio, have mapped out good things to know, facilities available when flying to Turin Caselle Airport and what to do when you get to the city.
The graceful northern Italian city of Turin, the capital of Piedmont, is known for its grid-like layout (which is unusual for Italy) and beautifully arcaded streets. Getting around the city is possible by bus, tram, cable car, and a lone subway line, which was built for the Winter Olympics that Turin hosted in 2006. Many of Turin's most significant historic sights are also located close to one another in the city center, and it's quite possible to walk between these with no need to hop on public transit. When it comes time to head from Turin to Turin Caselle Airport, travelers can easily forgo a taxi and instead take various combinations of the tram, train, and buses.
Turin has two large main central train stations, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa, from which various public buses also depart, including the SADEM bus service, which operates between Turin's city center and Turin Caselle Airport. From either of these stations, travelers can take SADEM's 000268 bus to Caselle Aeroporto (the official name of the airport stop). The ride from Porta Nuova is about 37 minutes, and from Porta Susa, it's only 30 minutes. These railway stations are also centrally located and easy to reach from Turin's historic highlights. One of the city's most famous squares, for example, Pizza San Carlo, is walking distance to Porta Nuova and less than 15 minutes by regular public bus to Porta Susa. An alternate way to get to the airport is to take the number 11 bus from various points around the city center to Stazione Dora (Dora Station), and from there catch the GTT train, which takes a mere 19 minutes to reach the airport.
Starting from the Turin city center at, for example, the beautiful Baroque Piazza San Carlo, the quickest way to Turin Caselle Airport is to walk one-third of a mile (550 meters) to Porta Nuova and take the SADEM bus. Outside the station at Piazza Carlo Felice, catch the 000268 bus headed in the direction of C.So Bolzano 42 and Caselle Aeroporto. The entire journey should take about 45 minutes. For the 000268 bus, passengers can buy their tickets right onboard for a small surcharge, or purchase them in advance at cafés and bars near the various bus stops. To take the GTT train from Dora Station directly to the airport, travelers will need to cover the two or so miles (around 3.2 kilometers) distance between Turin's city center and Dora. One option is to take the Dora Express bus that runs between Porta Susa and Dora Station and takes about 15 minutes. Another option is to catch the number 11 public bus, which makes stops throughout the Turin city center. Alternately, travelers can take a taxi from Turin's city center to Turin Caselle Airport. This 10.5 mile drive (17 kilometers) usually takes about a half-hour, but the exact distance and time of course depends on traffic and where exactly the journey begins.
Turin-Caselle, which is also called the Torino Airport, is modestly sized but quite modern, with shopping, dining, and duty free shopping. In addition, there is a baby lounge, smoking room, prayer room, and pharmacy. The airport also offers free WiFi. Furthermore, the Turin Caselle Airport is well-equipped for passengers with limited mobility, thanks to allocated parking, accessible bathrooms, step-free access, tactile pathways in both Departures and Arrivals for travelers with visual impairment, and sidewalks with ramps.
In general, Turin is known as a city that better accommodates those with limited mobility than many Italian destinations, as quite a lot of the city's museums and historic sights are barrier-free. To travel to the airport from the city center, travelers have a few options. SADEM, which operates the bus traveling between Turin's city center and Turin-Caselle, requests that passengers with limited mobility contact them via their website at least 36 hours before travel. The GTT fast train, which runs between Dora Station and the airport, is wheelchair accessible. At the airport itself, travelers will find step-free access, elevators, and the Sala Amica, a designated room for those seeing off and waiting for passengers with limited mobility.
To travel to the airport from the city center, the easiest route with plentiful luggage is via the SADEM bus, since this requires no switch of any kind. However, many locals might just take a regular public bus to Dora Station, which which requires only a basic single Turin bus/train ticket. From there, the direct GTT train takes a mere 19 minutes to reach the airport and costs even less than the SADEM bus. That said, both the bus and train options are highly affordable, run regularly, and whether one is more convenient than another really depends on exactly where in the city center the trip begins. For the airport itself, it's not a bad idea to pack a snack. There are reasonable food options, but since the airport is on the smaller side, travelers seeking specific cuisine will do well to pack it in advance.