The city of Turku is supported by the developed infrastructure and efficient transport service. Being the capital of Finland’s southwest region with both an international airport and passenger ferry harbour, Turku can be reached quite easily in all possible ways – by air, by sea, and by ground transportation. The information below is provided to help you plan your journey regardless of your departure location.
It is possible to fly to Turku directly from few locations: Stockholm (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Riga (Latvia), Gdansk (Poland), Helsinki, Mariehamn, and Kittilä (Finland). The list of several major airline companies operating at the Turku airport reads as follows:
Turku Airport is 8 kilometres away from the city centre (Kauppatori / Market Square), which can be reached by taxi (approximately €20) or by local bus number 1 (€2.50). If your arrival time to the airport is after the last bus and there is no taxi to be found, you can order one by using the service phone which is located near the exit on the arrivals level of the terminal. Alternatively, you can use your own mobile phone to get in touch with local taxi operators, such as, Lounais – Suomen Taxidata: +358-2-10041, or Turun Taxi Center: +358-600-306-030.
It is also quite convenient to arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. There are long distance bus connections leaving approximately every hour from the airport to Turku (see below for timetables). The traveling time between Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Turku Bus Station is about two and a half hours. A one-way ticket costs around €35.
Please note that in some of the routes, there is a change of bus in Espoo during the trip from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Turku. The bus personnel will inform you about the change and the transfer bus will be waiting for the passengers. Your luggage will be transferred by the bus personnel. If you have any doubts about the transfer, you can always ask the bus personnel for further information.
NB: Those attending the PCA/ACA 2013 International Conference in Warsaw, please note that Wizz Air offers direct flights from Gdansk (Poland) to Turku.
The national long distance bus service Matkahuolto operates across the entire country. The final stop in Turku for long distance buses is at Turku Bus Station (linja-autoasema) which is located at the city centre. To search timetables for the coaches arriving in Turku, click here.
The national train company VR departs from the local railway stations all throughout Finland. There are two railway stations in Turku: Main Railway Station (rautatieasema) which is at the city centre at Ratapihankatu 37, and Kupittaa Railway Station which is about 1.5 kilometres from the city centre and 0.5 kilometres from the university campus. Only the trains coming from the direction of Helsinki stop at Kupittaa. To search timetables for the trains arriving in Turku, click here.
There are two cruise lines which have regular connections between Stockholm and Turku: Silja Line and Viking Line. Turku Port (Turun Satama) is approximately 2 kilometres away from the city centre and can be reached by local bus number 1.