Important: When travelling from the direction of Helsinki by train (vr.fi), select ”Kupittaa (Turku)” as your destination for quickest connections. When arriving from other directions or by bus, select Turku as your destination.
Fly to Turku
There are currently (Nov 2022) direct flights to Turku from Gdansk, Mariehamn, Riga, Rome, Skopje, and Stockholm, or you can book a connecting flight via Helsinki (however, it may be quicker and/or cheaper to travel from Helsinki to Turku by bus or train; see below). The Turku airport is just 8 km from the city center. Bus line number 1 (foli.fi) takes you to the city center in about 20 minutes. Taxis are also available at the airport; the taxi fare is around 25–35 euros.
Take the ferry from Sweden
Ferries from Stockholm to Turku depart daily (vikingline.fi and tallink.com). The harbor is just 3,5 km from the city center and 5 km from the university. Walk along the river or hop on bus line number 1 (foli.fi) to get to the city center. There is also a ferry (finnlines.com) from Kapellskär to Naantali, which is just 15 km from Turku, with bus lines 6 and 7 (foli.fi) running regularly from Naantali to Turku and back.
You can reach Helsinki by sea from Tallinn and Stockholm (vikingline.fi and tallink.com), or by flying to Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. From Helsinki and Helsinki-Vantaa airport, trains (vr.fi) and busses (matkahuolto.fi) depart every hour or so, and the trip to Turku takes about two hours. IMPORTANT! When travelling from the direction of Helsinki by train (vr.fi), select ”Kupittaa (Turku)” as your destination for quickest connections.
There are also direct international flights to Tampere. From Tampere airport, bus line 103 (https://www.nysse.fi/en/airport.html) takes you directly to the train and bus station in about 30 minutes. From Tampere, you reach Turku in about two hours by either bus (matkahuolto.fi) or train (vr.fi) with several departures throughout the day.
Public transportation in Turku: foli.fi
Long-distance busses in Finland: matkahuolto.fi
Trains is Finland: vr.fi
Airports in Finland: finavia.fi
GETTING AROUND TURKU
You can find information on local busses in Turku at foli.fi. For single journeys, tickets are valid for two hours. You can purchase single tickets with contactless payment, from the Föli mobile app, at service points, from ticket machines and from busses with cash. Prices: single ticket 3 euros (with cash payment on the bus 4 euros; between 11 pm and 4 am night supplement of 1 euro is added to the prices), day ticket 8 euros.
The fölläri city bikes are also part of the public transport system in Turku. In 2022, the monthly fee for unlimited rides (of 1 hour max each) was 6 euros (www.foli.fi/en/föli-bikes).
You can find tips on places to go and things to do and see in Turku at https://en.visitturku.fi/.