How to reach Torino and the Department of Computer Science
Turin (Torino) is located in Piedmont (Piemonte) in the north-western part of Italy.
The Department of Computer Science (Dipartimento di Informatica) is located in the northern part of Turin, half-way between the center and the city limits, in the "Centro Piero della Francesca", where several other activities are located. The "Centro" can be easily recognized, being a modern style building in an old industrial area (but it was apparently designed to start already being covered by rust after a few years, maybe in order to better integrate it in its environment). The postal address of the Department is Corso Svizzera 185 - the main entrance to the "Centro", but there is a direct entrance to the department from Via Pessinetto 12 (floor 1).
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How to reach Turin by planeTurin has an international airport with daily connections to the main italian and european airports, but there is no intercontinental connection.
From airports that are not directly connected we suggest transiting through one of the largest european airports, such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Zurich, which have several daily connections to Turin; Rome has even more, but note that it is not on the way from/to most of Europe and North America.
An alternative is to fly to Milan which is 150 km from Turin; it has also an intercontinental airport (Milano Malpensa) from which however there are only 2 direct buses a day to Turin (see the timetable); going by bus to Milan and by train or bus to Turin takes 3 hours at least.
How to reach the Department from the airportFrom the airport you might want to go downtown - e.g. to a hotel - or to the department, but also in the latter case, in order to use public transportation - rather than a taxi, you first have to go downtown, taking a bus to the Porta Susa railway station or taking a train to the SATTI Dora railway station. See below.
If you rent a car at the airport, follow the instructions on how to reach the department from the motorways (see below).
How to reach the railway stations and the city center from the airport
There is a bus connecting the airport to the two main railway stations, both located in the city center. The name of the bus company is Sadem. The terminal is at the Torino Porta Nuova station (main railway station); surprisingly enough, the exact location of the terminal changed more than once in the last few years; the last one was Corso Vittorio Emanuele, close to Via Sacchi. The bus stops near Torino Porta Susa (second main railway station, closer to the department than Porta Nuova) in Corso San Martino, close to Via Bertola. More info
Bus tickets to/from the airport can be bought:
A new railway links the airport to Turin (SATTI Dora Railway Station). Departures every 30 minutes to Turin from 6:19am to 8:49pm (and from Turin to the airport from 5:13am to 8:13pm). A few meters away from the air terminal, a new railway station has already been built: a comfortable pedestrian connection, only 150 covered meters away, links the station to the check-in counters on the Departures level (more information).
How to reach Turin by trainTorino is directly connected by train to the following destinations (numbers in parentheses give approximate times in hours):
See the train timetables at the (italian only) Ferrovie dello Stato web site.
How to reach the department from the railway stationsThe department is more than 2 km from the closest station. It can be reached by bus or tram. Tickets can be bought at most tobacco and newspapers shops, including the ones in the stations, but cannot be bought on board. One ticket is valid for 70'.
How to get into the Department from Via PessinettoIn via Pessinetto 12, less than 50 m from Corso Svizzera, you will see stairs leading to the classrooms, a few meters above the street level. They also lead to a lift and stairs to go up to floor 1, which is actually the third floor - there are 2 floors in between, including one for a parking. Floor 1 is the one above the parking level. The same lift and stairs can also be accessed 1 meter below the street level. As you get out of the lift, the door of the department is on the right. In the entrance there is a map of the department where you can find the location of people's rooms.
How to reach Turin by carTurin can be reached through several motorways:
How to reach the department from the motorwaysThe easiest way from all directions is from the exit "Corso Regina Margherita" of the "Tangenziale Nord" (= northern part of the ring motorway):
From the exit "Corso Regina Margherita" to the Department: