Practical Information

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Accommodation

Hotel Address Distance to conference location Single room price / night Double room price /night Telephone for reservations E-mail for reservations
Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs Kauppiaskatu 6, 20100 Turku 1,51 km 80€ 92€ +358 2 337 3800 sales.turku@sokoshotels.fi
Sokos Hotel City Börs Eerikinkatu 11, 20100 Turku 1,51 km 72€ 82€ +358 2 337 3800 sales.turku@sokoshotels.fi
Radisson Blue Marina Palace Hotel Turku Linnakatu 32, 20100 Turku 2,33 km 99€ (view to street) / 109€ (view to river) 109 € (view to street) / 119 € (view to river) +358 20 1234 710 info.turku@Radissonblue.com
Holiday Inn Turku Eerikinkatu 28, 20100 Turku 2,44 km 80€ 90€ +358 2 338211 turku.holidayinn@restel.fi
Cumulus Turku Eerikinkatu 30, 20100 Turku 2,44 km 77€ 87€ +358 2 2181000 turku.cumulus@restel.fi


Please do the reservation before 1.7.2013
Please quote the allotment code ICEC2013  when making a booking.

Good to Know

Weather

In August the temperature rises to between 20 and 23 degrees. You can check the weather forecasts:
Current weather in Turku
For longer term forecast please visit Foreca Weather

Finance

From January 1st 2002 Euro is the currency used in Finland. Exchange rates can be found at xe.com/ucc/.

International credit card (e.g. Visa, MasterCard) are accepted almost anywhere from the smallest shops to the biggest department stores.
You can also withdraw cash from the ATMs with your credit card. ATMs in Finland are marked with an orange sign. There are some "Otto" ATMs all over the country.

Eating and Drinking in Turku

During summertime Finns like to use the possibility to enjoy the sun so outdoor cafes and bars can be full. In Turku you can relax after a long conference day in some of the many restaurants or bars found under links below.

People usually gather by the river, which flows throught the center of the city, and spend time in one of the many riverboat bars and cafes found there.

Tripadvisor
Turku Touring: Food & Drink

Virtual Finland

Information about Finland from politics to nature

Virtual Finland

Time

GMT +2 hours

Electrical Socket

50Hz 230V. You might need an adapter

Transportation

Getting to Turku

Flights

There are some international flights (e.g. Stockholm-Turku, 45 minutes) directly to Turku Airport, which is situated 8 km from the city centre, reachable by taxi or by bus. From Helsinki, a major European flight hub for Europe to Asia connections, there is a 30 minutes domestic flight to Turku Airport, or a 2.5 hours bus connection to downtown Turku, alternatively there is a very convenient train connection via Helsinki.

Sea

For those in search for more exotic travel arrangement there is an optional voyage via Stockholm, Sweden, by regular cruise line ferries that cross the Archipelago Sea through one of the most scenic archipelagos in the world (approximately 12h trip).

Buses

Finnish buses and coaches offer a safe, affordable and an environmentally friendly way of commuting and travelling in your free time. The network, which covers the whole country, ensures efficient connections to destinations all over Finland. A comfortable ride is ensured by fully equipped high-standard coaches. Accurate scheduling guarantees smooth coordination with other modes of public transport, with local buses completing the range of services. Regular international bus services are also available.

Timetables rates and tickets can be found at Matkahuolto's website

Train

Trains in Finland are operated by VR. VR offers train passengers a wide variety of services in long-distance and Helsinki Metropolitan Area services. VR operates nearly 320 long-distance services every day of which six between Finland and Russia. Helsinki Metropolitan Area is serviced by approximately 850 commuter train services per day.

VR Passenger Services is part of VR Ltd, the biggest company in VR Group. VR-Group is totally owned by the state and it was incorporated in 1995. Finnish Rail Administration is responsible for maintaining the rail network and buildin new lines with funds budgetet by the state. VR operates rail services on the rail network and pays track fee to the state. VR-Track Ltd provides track planning, buildingn and maintenance services to the state.

Timetables rates and tickets can be found at VR.fi

Taxis in Finland

Whether you are travelling alone or with a group, you can always trust a Finnish taxi. Vehicles are top quality and the drivers are honest professionals. Taxi centres are found in the telephone directory under Taksi. You can also take a taxi by hailing or at taxi stands. When the taxi light is on, the cab is available. At airports, boat terminals, hotels and other service facilities you can request assistance from the staff.

Besides cars, taxi traffic also features 8-seat vans ordered in advance, taxis specialised in wheelchair transport, taxis equipped with ski racks or even strachers, and limousines. When ordering a taxi, you can request for a taxi driver that speaks foreign languages. Taxis also perform courier service functions. Special requests are easier to satisfy when you book the taxi in advance.

The phone number for the taxi service in Turku is +358 200 41

Along with cash, the taxi rides may usually be paid with credit cards and bank cards. A receipt is issued for the taxi ride, and the fee includes the value added tax. The taxi meter is switched on from the address where the passenger boards the taxi so there is no bargaining of the price. The meter first shows the taxi trip's basic charge.

At airports, there are also taxis specialised in group transportation. These drive passengers from the airport to the city centre or other the way around according to a pre-announced per person price regardless of the trip's lenght.

Visa

For Visa and other documents required to travel Finland please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs webpage.

If you need a certificate or some kind of letter for applying for a visa, please contact congress-office@utu.fi and mention ICEC2013 in your e-mail.


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