Travel & Accommodation
GETTING TO TURKU
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/.
Here are some options for accommodation in Turku.
Old cruise ship turned into a hostel that floats in the Aura river right next to the Turku Castle and the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and its museum ships. The hostel is 4 km from the university, but it's a nice walk or bike ride by the river to get there.
Prices include breakfast, morning sauna, and parking.
- Single room: 47 € when booked online; 54 € otherwise
- Double room: 76 € when booked online; 82 € otherwise
Just one block from the bus station, a few blocks from Kauppatori, the main square of the city, and 1,5 km from the university.
Prices (including breakfast) starting from:
- Single room: 59 €
- Double room: 79 €
- Triple room: 99 €
- Quadruple room: 119 €
Located right next to the Turku bus station in a building that represents functionalist architecture, Hotel Helmi is just a few blocks from Kauppatori, the main square of the city, and 1,5 km from the university.
Limited number of rooms available. Please note that the reception is open only until 9 pm (on weekends, until 6 pm). When booking, mention the booking reference "Trextuality2023-konferenssi." Offer valid until 17 August.
- Single room: 90 €
- Double room: 120 €
Located in a peaceful inner courtyard on Yliopistonkatu, which translates as University street (because the University of Turku was once located on that street), Centro Hotel is just two blocks from Kauppatori, the main square of the city, and 1,5 km from the university.
Prices include buffet breakfast, wi-fi, and access to fitness centre FitnessPalatsi (located in the same block as the hotel). Bookings can be done by phone, email or online using the booking reference "Trextuality2023."
- Single room: 110 €
- Double room: 130 €
Built by prisoners in the 1850s from the granite taken directly from the hill on which it stands, Kakola was a prison until 2007. To get up the Kakola hill, you can try the funicular, infamous for being often out of order – but don't worry, it's a small hill! Located 2 km from Kauppatori, the main square of the city, and 3,5 km from the university.
Prices include breakfast. Bookings must be made via email (email@example.com) or by phone (+358 44 424 4500). When booking, mention the booking reference "Trextuality2023-konferenssi." Limited number of rooms available. Offer valid until 7 August 2023.
- standard single room: 125 €
- standard double room: 140 €