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See: Why rent a car in Turin ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

(All of these pages will look a lot nicer when they are tidied up later in the spring)

Your key questions for any destination:

Do I need a car in Turin?

Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest.

That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than just yes or no answers!

  • The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
  • How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
  • Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
  • Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?

Is it worth hiring a car in Turin?

This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Turin car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.

How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Turin with other destinations locally and around the world.

This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.

Should I rent a car in Turin? 

This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Turin, but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.

Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2022 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. 

We do not intent to include detailed covid information, nor do we intend to suggest hiring a car, just because public transport might still have a mask requirement. Our advice will be based on the same criteria we've always used, ie whether or not you can get a better travel experience, or at least a better value one, by choosing not to hire a car.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Turin is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Turin? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.


Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Turin between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 10/10

Non car score:6/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -


Turin is one of those cities that is undoubtedly associated with cars, not just because it is the home of Fiat, but also because most Brits with associate Turin with the legendary crime caper the Italian job. So is there any reason not to pick up a red, white or blue mini at the airport?

Why? Visiting Turin using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Turin ?

  • Italian job — now the Turin of Italian job fame may have been, and indeed may still be horrendously congested, but the real enjoyment is to be had on the Alpine roads surrounding the city. This is stunning driving territory!
  • Poor rail network – outside the area covered by the Turin metro and suburban trains, options for travelling around by rail are relatively limited.
  • Flights — outside the ski season, the range of flights to Turin is relatively small, especially when compared with Milan, which has a much greater offering of both scheduled and low-cost flights. Getting from any of Milan’s airports to Turin is nothing like as easy as it should be. Even though Malpensa airport has its own railway station, you may need to change between stations in Milan to continue on to Turin.

Why not? Visiting Turin without a car

Why don't you need a car in Turin ?

  • City delights — Turin might be Italy’s answer to Manchester, but the centre is a delightful network of arcades and squares that really is simply best appreciated on foot. Turin also has a number of cultural attractions, including its famous Egyptian Museum, it’s Museum of film, and there is also the small question of that mysterious piece of cloth.
  • Metro — built around the time of 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin has an ultramodern metro system which will take you to various places of interest in the city. However, the number of places served is still relatively limited, but buses are still readily available.
  • Lignotto – one of the most famous locations featured in the Italian Job film is the former Fiat factory of Lignotto. This is where they had the famous rooftop test track. Now this building has become a shopping and conference centre with a shiny rooftop observation room. Designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, the refurbished Lignotto has become a worthwhile destination in its own right. As there is no more driving on the roof, you might aswell get here on Turin’s swanky metro.
  • Ski transfers — in winter, Turin airport welcomes huge volumes of skiers heading the nearby Alpine ski resorts. Plenty of options are available for resort transfers by bus, although of course as with anywhere, a car will give you more flexibility to travel between different resorts.
  • Milan by train — the high-speed Eurostar Italia train will whisk you to Milan in just over an hour, making it easy to combine these two cities as part of a North Italian break. Naturally, you can continue from Milan onwards to Venice, Florence or beyond, and going by train is a great way to explore the cities.

Ratings: How does Turin compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Turin? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Turin, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?



Do you need to hire a car in Turin? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Turin (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Turin? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel


Car hire basics:


Public transportation basics:


Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):


As you start ....

Does Turin airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No






Has our advice for Turin car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 4

2019 - 6

2021 - 6

Average score - 6



Conclusion — Do you need a car in Turin? There is plenty to enjoy within the city of Turin itself and nearby without needing a car, but to do your own modern version of the Italian Job (we hope without the bullion robbery), getting a hire car is a must. It would be rude to do it any other way.


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