There are several international flights arriving directly in Turku Airport. The airport is 8 kilometres from the city centre, which can be reached by taxi (approximately €20) or by local bus number 1 (3€). If your arrival time to Turku 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.
It is also quite convenient to arrive in Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. There are long distance bus connections and a train connection leaving approximately every hour from the airport to Turku. The traveling time between Helsinki-Vantaa airport and the Turku bus station is about two and a half hours.
The national long distance bus service Matkahuolto departs from local bus stations all throughout Finland and also from Helsinki-Vantaa airport. The final stop in Turku for long distance buses is at the Turku Bus Station (linja-autoasema) which is located at the city centre.
There may be 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 your luggage will be transferred by the bus personnel.
The national train company VR departs from the local railway stations all throughout Finland. There are two railway stations in Turku: The main railway station (rautatieasema) which is at the city centre at Ratapihankatu 37 and the 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.
There is a train connection from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Turku.
There are two cruise lines which have regular connections between Stockholm and Turku:
The Port of Turku (Turun Satama) is approximately two kilometres from the city centre and can be reached by local bus number 1.
Arrival during public holidays and weekends
You should avoid arriving during public holidays and weekends because the university, housing offices as well as most businesses and shops will be closed.
You should also be aware that the lease on student apartments always starts on the first weekday (never on a weekend day) of the month and you normally cannot get the keys for your apartment before that.
Getting around Turku
Local bus connections are efficient and safe and it is an easy and economical way to get to your apartment or to the university campus area. The local bus network covers also the Turku airport, harbour, railway station and bus station with frequent connections.
A single bus ticket costs 3€ and is valid for transfers on all local buses for up to two hours. Students can purchase discount bus passes from the local transportation office.
Local buses run approximately at 6.00 - 23.00. There are also few night connections. The ticket for the night time busses is 1€ more expensive.
Please see the Turku Local Transport website for timetables and prices.
Taxis are available at specific taxi waiting points (e.g. around the Market Square). You can also order a taxi by calling 02 10041. Depending on the length of the trip and time of the day, a taxi from e.g. the Market Square to the Student Village can cost around 8 - 10€ and a taxi from e.g. Turku Airport to the Student Village may cost around 20€.