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Turku

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By ferry: Kampiföri has been discontinued because of continuous vandalism
===By plane===
Turku Airport [http://www.finavia.fi/airport_turku] ({{IATA|TKU}}) is located 8 km north of the city. There are domestic flights from [[Helsinki]] and [[Mariehamn]]. International scheduled flights from [[Budapest]], [[Stockholm]], [[Copenhagen]], [[Riga]], [[Alicante]] and [[Gdansk]]. Bus line 1 (€2.50 3 - paid by cash only and there is no ATM nearby) connects the airport to the market square (Kauppatori) and the port.
From some points, it ''may'' be cheaper overall to fly to [[Helsinki]] or with Ryanair to [[Tampere]] or [[Lappeenranta]] or even to [[Stockholm]], [[Sweden]] a short ferry ride away.
[[Image:Turku Ferry across river Aura.jpg|thumb|Föri crossing Aura river.]]
The free '''Föri''' ferry shuttles travellers and their bikes (no cars allowed) across the Aurajoki River every day from 6:15AM to 9PM, or until 11PM in summer. The trip covers a grand distance of 78 meters and takes about a minute and a half. A running local gag is to ask visitors if they've taken the trip from Turku across to Åbo on the Föri yet; actually, both sides of the river are called the same, Åbo is just the Swedish name. Incidentally, the name comes from the Swedish ''färja'' and is related to the English word "ferry".
 
Föri's low-tech cousin '''Kampiföri''' can be found upriver near the Kuralan kylämäki village museum. The name means "Winch Föri", and true to the name, it's operated by up to 12 passengers winching themselves across the river on their own muscle power. Unfortunately, as of June 2012 the Kampiföri service has been interrupted until further notice, after some cases of vandalism occurred [[http://www.turku.fi/public/default.aspx?contentid=268451&contentLan=1&culture=fi-FI&nodeid=5075&utm_source=turku.fi&utm_medium=twitter announcement]]
===By bus ===
[[Image:Medieval day in Turku.JPG|thumb|Medieval festival in Turku]]
* <see name="Turku Castle" alt="Turun linna" address="Linnankatu 80" directions="" phone="+358-2-2620300" url="http://www.turku.fi/Public/default.aspx?nodeid=4537&culture=en-US&contentlan=2" hours="Daily 10AM-6PM; reduced hours and closed Mon in Oct-Mar low season" price="€7€9/6, optional guided tour €2" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">At the south tip of the city, near the ferry terminals. A must for everyone visiting the city and is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. This old castle dates from the 1280s, and has been carefully renovated. There is always some exhibition in the castle premises. Highlights include the two dungeons and magnificent banquet halls, and a historical museum of medieval Turku in a maze of restored rooms in the castle's old bailey. Tours of the stronghold are given hourly in English. They give a good account of the castle's history.</see>
* <see name="Turku Cathedral" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.turunsrk.fi/portal/seurakuntayhtyma/english/turku_cathedral/" hours="" price="Free">Towers over the river and the town and is one of Finland's most important Cathedrals. Tours run 9AM-7PM during mid September to mid April and 9AM to 8PM mid April to mid September.</see>
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