It all makes sense when you see a map!  Red = high-speed line to Milan & Rome.

Taken from the excellent Rail Map of Europe, I recommend buying a copy at europeanrailtimetable.eu.

Which station in Turin?

Turin has two major stations, Porta Nuova & Porta Susa, often abbreviated to P.Nuova & P.Susa or Torino PN & Torino PS, Torino is Italian for Turin.  Turin Porta Nuova is the city's main terminus, right in the city centre.  Turin Porta Susa is a modern glass-&-steel through station with platforms underground, also close to the centre.

Italian high-speed trains to Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples start at Porta Nuova then call at Porta Susa 8-10 minutes later, so you can board at either station.  However, trains to Genoa & Pisa leave from Porta Nuova and don't serve Porta Susa.  The Paris-Milan TGVs use Porta Susa.

If you're travelling within Italy, for example between Turin & Rome, Porta Nuova is more central and boarding a train where it starts is more relaxed than joining it en route.  However, the TGVs from Paris arrive at Porta Susa, so if you're travelling from London or Paris to Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples (or vice versa), it's easiest to make a same-station change at Porta Susa.  Personally, I'd stop off in Turin, one of Italy's most underrated cities, staying at the excellent Turin Palace Hotel near Porta Nuova station and boarding my onward train to Florence or Rome there...

  Turin Porta Susa

  Turin Porta Nuova

  Visiting the city of Turin & why you should stop off...

Turin Porta Susa See location map

There's been a Turin Porta Susa station since 1868, but between 2006 & 2013 a large part of the line around Turin through Porta Susa was quadrupled, lowered and covered with a roadway.  A new 300m long 19m high glass-and-steel station was constructed, with 6 platforms hidden alongside it beneath the tree-lined boulevard Corso Inghilterra.  Most high-speed trains to Venice, Florence, Rome & Naples call here 10 minutes after leaving Turin Porta Nuova.  The TGVs to Paris go from here.  The old Porta Susa station (1868 to 2009) still stands, immediately to the north of the new station on the Piazza XVIII Dicembre.

  Which platform for your train?

  Changing trans at Porta Susa

  Ticket offices

  Free WiFi

  Left luggage, ATMs & security

 

  Places to eat & drink

  Local Transport: Walking, metro, taxis

  How to transfer from Porta Susa to Porta Nuova

  Suggested hotels in Turin

The station in pictures...

Turin Porta Susa station

Turin Porta Susa station, southern end.  The tracks & platforms are underground alongside this 300m long building, directly below the wide roadway you can see in the foreground.  Courtesy of travellingherd.uk

Inside Turin Porta Susa station

Inside Turin Porta Susa.  Courtesy of John Hadfield...

Inside Turin Porta Susa station

Turin Porta Susa concourse.  This photo is taken from street level, looking at the main concourse below.  In the foreground, a short bridge leads into one of the four passageways under the street and over the tracks from which escalators descend to the platforms.  In the background, a longer bridge leads to an exit onto the street (the Corso Inghilterra).  Courtesy of Frédéric Pardé.

Turin Porta Susa platforms

Turin Porta Susa platforms 1-6.  You can see one of the four passageways which link the concourse to the platforms (it's above the tracks, with 3 small windows).  Cars are driving along the Corso Inghilterra directly above these platforms. Courtesy of Michael Kiesling.

Which platform for your train?

Changing trains at Porta Susa...

Ticket offices...

Free WiFi...

Left luggage, ATMs & security...

Places to eat & drink...

Local transport: Walking, metro, taxis

How to transfer from P.Susa to P.Nuova

Suggested hotels in Turin...

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Turin Porta Nuova See location map

In complete contrast to Porta Susa, Turin Porta Nuova is a terminus with 20 platforms and a historic station building which opened in 1864.  It's right in the heart of the city.  For a plan of the station see www.torinoportanuova.it click ENG top right for English then select Maps.  The high-speed trains to Venice-Florence, Rome & Naples start from here, most calling at Porta Susa 10 minutes later.  However, the TGVs to/from Paris do not serve Porta Nuova.  Unfortunately, one thing you're unlikely to see at Porta Nuova is the Gonin Hall, the beautiful royal waiting room for the Savoy family - it only opens to the public on special occasions.

  Which platform for your train?

  Ticket offices

  Free WiFi

  Left luggage, ATMs & security

 

  Places to et & drink

  Local transport:  Walking, metro, taxis

  How to transfer from Porta Nuova to Porta Susa

  Suggested hotels in Turin

Turin Porta Nuova station

Turin Porta Nuova, built 1861-1868.  Photo courtesy of Dave Hickson...

Turin Porta Nuova platforms

A regional train, an Italo EVO high-speed train, and a Trenitalia Freecciarossa 1000 lined up at Turin Porta Nuova.  Courtesy Dave Hickson.

Which platform for your train?

Ticket offices...

Free WiFi...

Left luggage, ATMs & security...

Places to eat & drink...

Local transportWalking, metro, taxis

How to transfer from P. Nuova to P. Susa

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Visiting the city of Turin & why you should stop off...

Don't just pass through!  I consider Turin & Trieste the two most underrated cities in Italy.  Capital of the Duchy of Savoy from 1563, and the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy from 1861 to 1865, Turin is well worth a stop, whether for a few hours or a day - even if you're not a fan of the 1969 Michael Caine film 'The Italian Job" which is set here (and I am).  It's a supremely elegant city, easy to wander round.

For tourist information see www.turismotorino.org - although the women in the Tourist Information kiosk in Turin were completely unaware of any Italian Job filming locations in spite of my very best Michael Caine impressions...

Turin Piazza San Carlo

Turin's Piazza San Carlo...

Turin Piazza Castello   Turin Antonelliana Tower

Piazza Castello...

Antonelliana Tower.


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