Alba, in the Langhe wine-growing area of Italy, is about 38 miles (62 km) southeast of the city of Turin (Torino). To travel from Turin to Alba, you can choose to go by train, car, or bus. Having a car means you'll be able to make detours to some of the best wine towns in the region, while train travel is direct, quick at just over an hour, and pleasantly scenic.
Before you make your way to Alba, explore some highlights of Northern Italy with this 5-day itinerary from Milan.
Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes
From Torino Lingotto station, you can catch the Italian National Railway system, Trenitalia, to Alba about every hour from early morning until about 7:30 pm for the 70-minute ride. The trains are direct and you'll have scenic views as you pass through the Piedmont countryside. You can buy your ticket online and show the conductor your ticket on your smartphone for extra convenience.
By Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes, more with stops
There is a concentration of rental car companies around Torino Porta Susa station if you opt to make the road trip yourself. It is possible to rent an automatic transmission car in Italy, but manuals are more prevalent and will be less expensive to rent. You’ll also want to factor in the cost of gas (prices are by liters, not gallons) for your road trip.
If you decide to travel by car or private transfer, you'll have a chance to take a detour to see more of the Langhe region as you travel south, known for its Barolo and Barbaresco wines and white truffles. With about a 20-minute detour traveling on the E70, you can make your way to Asti, home of Asti Spumante, a sparkling white wine. South of Asti, you could stop off in Neive, a medieval hill town where you can taste Barbaresco wines. Having a private driver will mean you won't have to navigate and can enjoy sipping on more wines as you travel south.
Duration: 1 hour and a half
GTT (Grupo Torinese Trasporti) buses run from Turin to Alba about every hour from early morning until late in the evening. The bus makes several stops, meaning you could explore by hopping off the bus, and then hop back on, if you wanted to. Multiple tickets can be purchased for a discount and can be presented on your smartphone for extra convenience.