Our guide to Torino Porta Susa station will tell you need to know about taking a train from here, plus how to access the station and transfer to the city centre.
Turin/Torino has two main train stations, Torino Porta Nuova and Torino Porta Susa.
The train services from each station:
The train services to and from the city which only arrive at and depart from Torino Porta Nuova station - so DON'T use this Porta Susa station, are:
(3) The Regionale trains to Bardonecchia.
Train services which call at both stations are:
(2) Regional trains to and from Aosta, Novara and Milano.
Therefore some trains TO Torino will call at Porta Susa station before travelling on to Porta Nuova station
So if you’ll be travelling on such a train and heading for the city centre; it’s likely that you will have a faster overall journey if you leave the train HERE at Porta Susa.
The public transport connections to the city centre are as convenient at Porta Susa as they are at Porta Nuova station.
Porta Nuova and Porta Susa are on the same Metro line and both have tram lines into the historic heart of Torino, so you can be arriving at your final destination by Metro, before a train has reached Porta Nuova station.
Porta Nuova is a more conventional type of station, it's a terminus, so it's simple to navigate and the trains arrive at street level, but Porta Susa also has step-free access from and to the trains.
Torino Porta Susa is a stunning station, the main building is huge as it spans the length of the platforms/binari.
So when entering the station from street level, the sight that greets you is awe-inspiring, but also a tad intimidating.
You’ll see what resembles a maze of escalators, staircases and bridges, because the station is on multiple levels.
However, as you begin to navigate the station, you will realise that this plethora of bridges makes Torino Porta Susa a comparatively easy station to navigate.
Although Torino Porta Susa has comparatively sparse facilities for a station of its size, there is only one fairly basic cafe in the station and few retailers.
Note that there isn't a left luggage facility at Porta Susa station, but there is one at Porta Nuova station, though a nearby cafe offers a left-luggage service.
Seven things worth knowing when departing by train from Torino Porta Susa station.
(1) If you arrive by Metro at Porta Susa in order to take a mainline train, the easiest option is to take the lift / elevator, even if you don’t have luggage etc.
Because the elevator will take you directly up to level -1, the departure concourse; from where the mainline trains can be accessed.
(2) Level -1 is also the location of the ticket office (biglietteria) the ticket machines and the café.
Note that the Torino Porta Susa is a multi-level building located mainly below ground, the main concourse is on level -1 because this one level below the street.
(3) This main concourse on level -1 has flat access to the four bridges labelled A, B, C and D, which give access to the binari/platforms that the trains depart from.
Each bridge has sets of stairs, escalators and lifts that lead down to each platform/binario.
(4) If you have time, the best option is to go towards the middle of the departure concourse , where the ticket office and main departure screens are located, then use bridges B or C to access the trains.
(5) What won’t be obvious is that the platforms/binari at Torino Porta Susa are exceptionally long, but most of the trains that call at the station aren’t.
Some trains only use the section of the platform/binario between bridges B and C.
The Frecce trains tend to use the section of the platform/binario between bridges B and D.
(6) If you will be taking a Frecce train there are screens on the binario/platform, which will light up a few minutes before the train departs, displaying where each coach will be located when the train arrives.
(7) If you are taking a Frecce or TGV train aim to be at Torino Porta Susa a minimum of 10 minutes before your train departs; it’s not a station where first time users should be rushing against the clock.
Seven things that are worth knowing when arriving by train at Torino Porta Susa station:
(1) Above the platforms/binario at Torino Porta Susa are four bridges A - D, these link the platforms/binari to the main concourse and exits.
The entrance to each bridge is marked with the 'letter' of the bridge.
(2) All of these bridges can be accessed by lift and escalator; in addition to stairs.
(3) If your train arrives at platform/binario 1 (and most Frecce trains from Milano and the south do arrive at this platform) and you want to transfer to the Metro, there is no need to ascend up on to the bridges that span the tracks.
The entrance to the Metro is on the same level as binario 1; you’ll find it between bridges C and D.
(4) However, if your train arrives at binari/platforms 2 – 6, you’ll need to initially ascend up to level -1 in order to access the Metro; bridges C and D are closest to the Metro station.
(5) If you will be taking a TAXI use bridges C or B, the taxi rank is towards the middle of the station building.
There are also signs on the floor of the main concourse, which point the way to the taxis.
(6) If you will be heading to the Piazza XVIII Dicembre (the trams and buses that call at the station depart from here) the easiest exit route is via bridge A.
(7) To exit on to Corso Bolzano, the street that runs beside the station, use whichever bridge is closest to you, when you step off the train.
Additional escalators and lifts on the main concourse, lead up to walkways which lead to the street exits.
Torino Porta Susa station is located on the northern fringes of the city centre
The Turin Metro does not actually serve the main tourist destinations in the heart of the city; though it does link Porta Susa station to Lingotto, the location of the historic Fiat factory.
The closest tram stop to Porta Susa is at the Piazza XVIII Dicembre, immediately above the metro station of the same name.
It is a 2 min walk from the station, to reach it turn left when exiting the station on to Corso Bolzano.
You may have to wait up to 15 mins for a tram.
Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines that are on the tram, the ticket then needs to be stamped.
As it is located on the northern edge of the city centre, there are comparatively few highly rated hotels within easy walking distance of Torino Porta Susa station.
The area with the greatest concentration of highly rated hotels that can be accessed via the metro is that around Porta Nuova station.
So unless you will be taking the TGV to/from Paris, and therefore would rather be within walking distance of Porta Susa, targeting hotels that have easy access to Porta Nuova station can be a better option.
Hotels within 10 mins walk of Torino Porta Susa station:
Diplomatic Hotel (discount for TGV France-Italy ticket holders)
Casa Di Clara B&B
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