Travel to and within Turku

  Orientation and transport in Turku  

Most hotels, and at least those reserved for the conference, are in walking distance from the conference venue. You can use our
for orienting.This map also shows the other important venues during the conference. The easiest public transport connection is to take a bus from the Market Square ("Kauppatori") to the University ("Yliopisto") stopping on Hämeenkatu. For example buses number 2, 2A; 4, 40; 50,51,53,54; 55, 55A, 56 all go along Hämeenkatu. All local buses from Hämeenkatu go to the Market Square. A single bus ticket with 2 hours of changing time costs EUR 3. Details, maps and time tables of the public transport in Turku can be found here

Time difference

Local time in Finland is Eastern European Time (GMT +2 hours). Thus, one hour later than Central Europe (including Denmark, Sweden, Norway), two hours later than Faroe Islands and 3 hours later than Iceland. For this reason, we recommend arriving in Turku on Monday 1 February 2016, if possible.

 

Stay in Turku

Congress Office has negotiated favourable room prices and reserved rooms for the congress participants in hotels in the city centre. See Registration and Abstract Submission for details on these hotels and room prices.
You will be able to reserve your accomodation as part of the registration process.
 
If you want to book accomodation yourself then you can find useful links on accomodation (hotels, hostels, B&B, cottages, etc.) from the Turku Tourist office
or an internet-based booking service
 
 

Currency

Finland uses the euro. You can pay with Debit/Credit cards in almost all shops, restaurants, hotels and taxis.
 

Travel to Turku

General travel information is found from the tourist information

Turku Airport

Turku Airport is just 15 minutes away from the center of Turku. Bus number 1, with the harbour as its final destination, will take you to the center of Turku (Market Square). Time tables can be found from the Turku public transport travel planner.
Buses leave every half hour and tickets cost approximately 3 euros, only cash is accepted. Please note that there are no cash machines or bank services at the Turku Airport, please bring euros with you if you plan on using the bus!
A taxi ride to the center of Turku will cost around 20 euros. All taxis accept credit/debit cards.

Taxi in Turku
You can reserve a taxi at +358 2 10041. There are several taxi stands in the City centre.

Helsinki Airport

Bus
There is a bus service from Helsinki Airport directly to Turku that leaves once an hour for most of the day (there are periods during the late night that they leave less regularly). You can find information about the timetables and prices from Express Bus. Tickets cost approximately 30 euros per direction (a small discount is given for a return ticket) and you can either buy them on the internet or directly from the bus. Credit/debit cards are accepted. If you arrive in Terminal 1, the bus stops at platform 3. From Terminal 2, the bus stops at platform 13-14. The bus will have a sign saying TURKU on it. There is a bus change about 20-30 minutes into the ride, make sure you specify that you want the Express bus if there is a choice between Express and Pika when you take the bus (the former is a bit quicker than the latter).
 
Train
Another convenient way to get to Turku is to take the train, which also allows visiting Helsinki. From the airport you can take the local "I train" or "P train" to Helsinki central station or to Pasila station and transfer there to a train to Turku. The local trains leave about every 10-15 min and takes you to the city centre in about 30 min. You can buy a ticket on these local trains without extra charge (if you do: remember to travel in a carriage marked with "Ticket Sale" which you can find on every local train)
 
From Helsinki central railway station (or Helsinki-Pasila station), there are train connections between Helsinki and Turku every hour, departing approximately on the hour. You can find the time schedule and buy your ticket online from VR. Buying a train ticket is advance reduces the price, often considerably, compared to buying the ticket just before departure. You can buy train tickets prior to departure at all railway stations (vending machines accept credit/debit cards). You can also buy your ticket on the train (but an extra fee is then charged). Note that some of the suggested connections between Helsinki-Vantaa airport and Turku will go via Tampere rather than via Helsinki.
 
Bus within Helsinki
The Finnair City Bus and local bus number 615 also drive between the airport and the train station in Helsinki city centre. Taxis cost about 50 euros to downtown Helsinki from the airport.
 
Low budget 
For those on a budget it is also possible to use a cheap bus service from downtown Helsinki to Turku: Onnibus. The bus leaves from Kamppi, which is in the city centre within walking distance from the central railway station. In Turku, Onnibus arrives and leaves from Sokos hotel Caribia from where you can take a local bus to the city centre or walk along the river. Details can be found here

Ferry

A ferry from Stockholm and Turku arrives twice daily. Ferry connections to Finland from central Europe and the Baltic States go via Helsinki and Hanko.
 
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