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Turku (in Swedish: Åbo) is the oldest city in Finland and was the European Culture Capital in 2011. The city is located in southwestern Finland, about 166 km from Helsinki. One of the unique features of Turku is its location by the sea. The Aura River divides the city in two, and flows into the sea. That is the gateway to Turku Archipelago, often called the most beautiful in the world, reaching all the way from Turku to Stockholm.

How to get to Turku

By plane
  • Direct flights to Turku from Stockholm (SAS), Helsinki (Finnair), Gdansk (WizzAir) and Riga (Air Baltic).
  • Alternatively: from Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport either by bus from the airport or by train from Helsinki Central Railway station.
By train

Trains connect Turku with Helsinki and Tampere; for timetables see

By bus

Bus connection from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport operate on an hourly basis. For bus connections from Helsinki bus station in downtown Helsinki, see

By boat

Two daily ferry services (day/night ferry) from Stockholm to Turku, operated by Viking Line ( and Tallink Silja Line ( ).

Public Transport in Turku

– From Turku airport: Public bus service to Turku market square (Bus Nr 1).

– From Turku harbor: Public bus service to Turku market square (Bus Nr 1).

For public transport in Turku, see

Walking distance from Turku railway station and Turku bus station to the market square is about 10-15 minutes.