Turku is Finland´s oldest city and one of the oldest in the entire Nordic region.
The year 1229 was of great significance to the city. It was during this year that the seat of Archbishop of Finland moved to Turku and it became the religious centre as well as an important town of commerce.
The University was founded in 1640 and Turku was the Finnish Capital until the year 1812. Turku has 180 000 inhabitants and 30 000 students in higher education. Natives from Turku typically speaks Finnish (83%) or Swedish (6%). Tourists will find it easy as most people speaks English very well.
Turku is located on the south-western coast of Finland, 160 km west off Helsinki. You can reach Turku by air, sea, road and rail.
Turku has an international airport just 10 km away from the city centre. There are frequent flights to Turku from Helsinki, Stockholm and Riga.
Turku has two railway stations; Turku Central Railway Station and Kupittaa Station.
The bus service between Turku and Helsinki Vantaa Airport is also a handy traffic connection. Buses leave every one hour from directly in front of the international terminal to Turku or you may travel by train to Helsinki.
Bus will arrive to the Main bus station in Turku (Aninkaistenkatu 20) and the journey will take about 2,5-3 hours.
There is also a ferry from Stockholm to Turku, which leaves Stockholm twice a day and takes about 10 hours. For more information on timetables and prices, see Viking Line or Tallink Silja