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Taxis in Torino

Unlike many North American cities, Torino taxis operate on a "Radio Taxi" system. It's not common for people to hail taxis on the street. Instead, you should phone the taxi company (about ten or fifteen minutes before you want to be picked up; longer if there's bad weather, heavy traffic or a transit strike, or if you're not in the city center) and they will send a taxi to wherever you are. The catch? You pay from the minute the driver accepts the call. In essence, you're paying the driver to come pick you up AND for him to take you where you're going. With this in mind, if you're traveling outside of the city center it's often cheaper to take a taxi right from the center, rather than take public transportation part of the way and then switch to a taxi. I do believe the fares are very reasonable and the taxi drivers usually seem very appreciative of tips (perhaps their Italian customers rarely tip?).

Taxis should ALWAYS have a meter. Both of the phone numbers below are for reputable taxi companies that use meters and provide receipts. I used 011 5730 hundreds of times without problem.


Other Contact: 011 5737 (Pronto Taxi)

Phone: 011 5730 (Taxi Cooperative)

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  • Written Feb 10, 2007
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Busses and Trams in Torino

Torino does not yet have a complete metro system, so most public transit runs on the congested streets. You must purchase your tickets before you get on the bus, and the easiest place to do this is at a tobaconnist (tabachi). You can buy an individual ticket or a book of twelve. If you are travelling outside the city, you will need a urban (normal) and suburban ticket, which can be purchased together or seperately. When you get on the bus or the tram, find the ticket validating machine (usually near the back) and insert your ticket with the Prima Validation side facing in. Your ticket is good for 70 minutes of travel, however if you are on the bus and realize your 70 minutes is about to expire, you can re-insert the ticket for the Seconda Validation. Bus inspectors "regularly" patrol the busses and check tickets, although I usually only encountered them once every two months. The system for trams is the same. You can use your ticket to transfer busses and trams as many times as you want during the 70 minutes. Return journeys are permitted.

The new Metro opened just in time for the Olympics, and connects Porta Susa train station (near Piazza Statuto bus exchange) with the western suburbs of the city, stretching as far as Collegno. From a tourist's perspective, the Metro is really only useful for visits to Rivoli and Castello di Rivoli. For these trips, take the metro to the second-last stop, ascend to street level, and connect with a #36 bus heading OVER the overpass.

Other ticketing options include a shopping ticket, which is valid for four hours, and a monthly pass that costs € 32.


Type: Bus


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  • Updated May 14, 2006
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