In Turku and the Southwest-Finland region, it’s easy for the traveller to get around on public transportation. Cities and towns have an efficient public transportation system, and longer distances can be covered in the comfort of long-distance buses and trains.
There is an international airport and ferry terminal in Turku, but Helsinki is the main destination for international flights. See a map of flight connections from Europe to Finland here.
For more information about Turku and travel connections, please visit the Visit Turku website.
In Turku, on June 25th, the sun sets at 23:03 and rises at 04:03. The night is very bright, and compared to dark winter months, arriving late in the evening is no trouble.
Arriving by plane
Turku Airport is a small international airport located about 8 kilometres from the city centre. Flying to Turku is usually a bit more expensive than flying to Helsinki. However, what you gain by flying to Turku is the convenience of a small airport that operates quickly and smoothly. For instance, if you plan to arrive late in the evening, you will get to your accommodation in the city centre in no time.
Bus line 1 serves the connection between the airport and the city centre. It is operated by Föli. A single ticket from the airport to the city centre costs €3 (€4 at night). On buses you can only pay with cash. Please have small or exact change for your ticket ready, as the driver cannot give back change that is worth more than €20 due to the small amount of change reserved. Remember that you can also buy a single ticket via the Föli mobile application.
A taxi ride to the center of Turku will cost around €25. All taxis accept credit/debit cards. You can reserve a taxi at +358 2 10041. There are several taxi stands in the city center.
Helsinki Airport (a.k.a. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport)
Compared to Turku, the Helsinki Airport is a large international hub, specialized in passengers flying between Asia and Europe. The airport is very modern and easy to navigate.
Connecting by bus: From the Helsinki airport you can take express busses to Turku operated by a few companies (such as J. Vainio Liikenne and Onnibus). You can buy tickets and find up-to-date information about the timetables at the Matkahuolto website. Travel time is 2-2.5 hours, and departures are about every hour. Some trips include a transfer to another bus (in case you have luggage in the luggage compartment they will be automatically transferred for you). You get the cheapest tickets by booking on-line well ahead of your trip, but even last-minute tickets are cheaper on-line than buying them on the bus.
Travel time to Turku: 2-2,5 hours
Price range: € 9-28
Connecting by train: Another option is to take the new Ring Rail Line from the airport towards Helsinki, and transfer at the Pasila station to a train to Turku. At peak hours, the Ring Rail Line trains between the airport and Helsinki run at ten-minute intervals and the trip takes about 22 minutes. Trains to Turku depart about every hour (between 5 a.m. and 8.30 p.m.). The trip to Turku from the Helsinki-Pasila station takes about 2 hours. Book your tickets at the Finnish Rail (VR) website. If you book your train trip months or a few weeks in advance you can get your tickets at half the price (please note the risk of delayed flights if you book in advance). It is recommendable that you at least book your return trip in advance, for the discount.
Price range: € 9-20
Rental cars: You can find a variety of different car rental options at airports and other locations in Finland. Check https://www.finland-carhire.com/ for more information.
Arriving by ferry
From Stockholm, you may choose to travel to Turku on a ferry through one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. Daily connections between Stockholm and Turku are operated by Tallink Silja and Viking Line (equally good options). The ferry takes about 10 hrs and your car may travel with you. The ferries provide different cabin options and you can take full advantage of cruise ship amenities.
From the Turku harbor, there is a regular bus to the city center (distance approx. 3 km), bus line no 1 which runs about every 20 minutes. A single ticket from the airport to the city centre costs €3 (€4 at night). On buses you can only pay with cash. Please have small or exact change for your ticket ready, as the driver cannot give back change that is worth more than €20 due to the small amount of change reserved. Remember that you can also buy a single ticket via the Föli mobile application.
Ferryboat connections from Stockholm
Timetables, train connections
Considering alternatives for flying or doing some more travelling while you’re at it?
Here is some links for planning your trip: