Getting to Italy’s Piedmont
Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by Beth O'Meara
Piedmont is the second-largest region of Italy, snugly located in the northwest corner near the French and Swiss Alps. The region’s capital, Turin (Torino in Italian), is also its biggest gateway. However, our Piedmont cycling tours commence further east in the smaller city of Alessandria — one without its own commercial airport. Even so, it’s not complicated to get there. Alessandria enjoys a central location within the triangle formed by larger cities Turin, Milan (Milano), and Genoa (Genova), which means you’ll find numerous transportation options!
- Turin Airport lies within Piedmont’s regional bounds. It’s fairly small and serviced mainly by European airlines, including the big names and low-cost carriers like Easyjet, Germanwings, Jet2, Ryanair, and Wizz. For travelers in Europe, flying into Turin is a pretty easy choice! Travelers outside of Europe will have to connect in another airport in order to fly into Turin. To reach Alessandria from Turin airport, the easiest method of transportation is to take a SADEM bus (Line 268, Torino – Caselle) into Turin’s Porta Nuova central station and from there, catch a train to Alessandria. (See “Arrival by Train” for more details.) The entire journey from the airport to Alessandria lasts approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.
- Milan Malpensa Airport is one of Italy’s biggest hubs and is thus served by most of the world’s major airlines. It’s the simplest choice for intercontinental arrivals. After you land, take the Malpensa Express train from Terminal 1 to Milano Centrale, a major station in the city center — about a 50 minute ride; from there, catch a train to Alessandria. Depending on the train connection you choose, the entire journey to Alessandria may take 2 to 3.5 hours.
- Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport is about the same distance from Alessandria as Turin or Milan, only to the south. The easiest and most cost-effective way to get into Genoa city center is to take a 30-minute Volabus ride to Brignole Station, the major connecting station in the city center. Genoa is serviced by a mix of major European airlines (e.g. AirFrance, British Airways, Lufthansa), Italian airlines both big and small (e.g. Alitalia, Volotea, Meridiana), and low-cost carriers like Ryanair and Vueling. The entire journey to Alessandria takes approx. 1.5 hours.
ARRIVAL BY TRAIN
- Italy: Trenitalia operates Italy’s fairly extensive train network, and it’s certainly the best value for your money! Also note that travelers may bring their bicycles on urban and regional trains. (When consulting the timetable, click on the “information” icon next to the train and look for the bicycle icon under “train service”.) The chart below shows the breakdown of train travel time and cost to Alessandria whether you start in northwest Italy or one of the country’s other incredible regions. We have cycling tours in Tuscany, the Veneto, and the Dolomites, if you’re interested in an extended cycling holiday in Italy!
- France: Traveling to Piedmont from France? There’s a TGV high-speed train to Turin via Lyon or Chambéry! From Turin, take a one-hour Trenitalia train to Alessandria.
- Switzerland and Austria: Connect from points north and east in Milan, then take a Trenitalia train to Alessandria.
Train Travel to Stazione di Alessandria from Italian Cities
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*Please note there are 3 different train stations in Florence with connections to Alessandria. Be sure to carefully review the timetable when booking your trip!
**Venice Santa Lucia station is on the islands while Venice Mestre station is located on the mainland in Mestre.
Prefer to have four wheels at your disposal before and after your two-wheel ride? You can easily connect to Alessandria via major autoroutes in France (via the Mont Blanc Tunnel and Aosta Valley or up the Mediterranean coast from Nice) and Italy (Turin, Genoa, Lake Maggiore, Milan, and Piacenza). We can’t recommend a specific car rental company, but Europcar is often a good starting point for your search.
- Alessandria: www.italia.it/en/discover-italy/piedmont/alessandria
- Turin: www.turismotorino.org
- Milan: www.tourism.milan.it
- Genoa: goitaly.about.com
- Turin Airport: www.aeroportoditorino.it
- Genoa Airport: www.airport.genova.it
- Milan Airport: www.milanomalpensa-airport.com
- Malpensa Express: www.malpensaexpress.it
- Trenitalia: www.trenitalia.com
- TGV (France): tgv.en.voyages-sncf.co
- Europcar: www.europcar.com