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Turku (Swedish: Åbo) is a city in the Southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of Aura River. It is within the region of Finland Proper in the Province of Western Finland. It is believed that Turku came into existence during the end of 13th century which makes it the oldest city in Finland.

Turku was for a long time the most important population center in Finland: it was the first capital city of Finland from 1809 to 1812 and continued to be the largest city by population in Finland until the end of the 1840s. Nowadays its significance nationwide is not the same as it used to be, but Turku is a regional capital and important location for business and culture in Northern Europe.


Turku Cathedral

Turku has approximately 175 000 inhabitants, and was the most important city in Finland from the 1300s until 1812, until the Russians moved the capital to Helsinki (closer to Russia and further from Sweden). Turku remained Finland's main city for a while after, but its ambitions were dealt a death blow in 1827, when a raging fire destroyed most of the city.

Today's Turku remains the third largest city in Finland, after the Greater Helsinki metropolitan area and Tampere. Some of the main attractions of Turku are its history and the great natural beauty of the neighboring archipelago. Turku is at its best during the summertime, and hosts a great number of festivals, including rock festivals, chamber music festivals and a faire.

Get in[edit]

The city is well connected domestically, but sparsely connected internationally. Perhaps the most scenic way to get to Turku is by taking a passenger ferry across the Baltic Sea, from Stockholm in Sweden.

By plane[edit]

Turku Airport [30] (IATA: TKU) is located 8 km north of the city. There are domestic flights from Helsinki and Mariehamn. International scheduled flights from Stockholm, Riga, Alicante and Gdansk. Bus line 1 (€3 - paid by cash only and there is no ATM nearby, or Föli mobile app) 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.

By train[edit]

The railway station

VR [31] offers direct day connections from Helsinki (2h), Tampere (1:40), Pieksämäki, and Kuopio. There is also overnight car train to Rovaniemi. The railway station is in the northern part of the city center. Note that some trains continue onwards to the Port of Turku (Turun satama), which is quite handy if connecting to a ferry. You can also buy a ticket from the port to the railway station for 3€. Kupittaa station is in the eastern part of the city center (near the university), but only trains to Helsinki stop there!

If you want to travel from (or to) the port of Turku, you need a ticket from (or to) "Turku satama." If you travel from Kupittaa station, choose "Kupittaa." Tickets (when going to Helsinki) are checked only after Kupittaa.

In Finland train travel is usually quite expensive but you can get VR's tickets with reduced prices if buying them beforehand online.

By coach[edit]

There are several bus companies operating from Turku. Usual destinations are Helsinki, Tampere and Pori, and the busses stop between in smaller cities. Some busses go to Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

You can buy tickets for several companies in advance from Matkahuolto [32]. Usually Onnibus [33] has the lowest prices, tickets typically start at 7-8€ when bought in advance. Tickets bought from the driver might get quite pricy!

By boat[edit]

The Port of Turku [34] is next to Turku Castle and is easily accessible on bus line 1 from the Market Square (Kauppatori). The port also has its own railway station, and some trains depart at the port.

The two biggest ferry lines are Viking Line [35] and Silja Line [36]. Each one has a morning and an evening departure to Stockholm, Sweden, with a brief stop at the Åland Islands. For a scenic view, a morning departure is advisable. Evening departures provide adequate night club activities on board if you want to cut loose before arriving in Turku.

Ferry tickets usually start at 20€ for weekdays and a bit more for the weekends.

Viking Line operates M/S Amorella (morning departure) and M/S Viking Grace (evening), Silja Line operates M/S Galaxy (morning) and M/S Baltic Princess (evening). M/S Amorella was built in 1988 and is the smallest ferry, but the others are quite modern and spacious. M/S Grace is the newest one (2013), and has a proper spa. All ferries offer a selection of restaurants and bars.

The steamer S/S Ukkopekka [37] also offers cruises to/from nearby Naantali, the home of Moomin World [38].

During summertime m/s Ruissalo offers route between city and Ruissalo island.

There's a Guest Marina on the River Aurajoki, right next to the city center. [39]

By car[edit]

Turku is well connected by road. Route E18 leads west from Helsinki (2 hours). Route E63 leads south-west from Tampere (2:15), while E8 heads south from Pori (2:15).

Get around[edit]

Turku has an excellent public transportation system called Föli, and its buses can reach nearly every corner of the city. The city centre and nearby suburbs have also Föli city bikes (registration needed). For your convenience see Föli. Föli mobile app "Föli opaskartta", is definitely the best way to find routes and buy tickets.

On foot[edit]

The vast majority of the city's sights are within two kilometres of the Kauppatori market square that is considered as the heart of the city. The river Aura passes through the center of the city, and its banks are very popular for walking along on, allowing for a pleasant stroll from, say, the city centre to the Turku Castle.

By bicycle[edit]

The city tourist office can suggest cycling routes and publishes an excellent free bike route map of the city and surrounding towns. You can rent bike for €14 per day or €63 per week; Find out more bicycle rental at the website [40] or call +358 (0) 40 372 5310.

Föli-fillari or shortly Fölläri [41] is a new citybike system. It is part of Föli public transport system. They are ment for short time use: less than 30 min ride is free and the time may extend to 5 hours with additional fee. So far these require ownership of Föli value bus card and are not available for those having travel bus card.

By ferry[edit]

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".

By waterbus[edit]

From May to September there are two Föli waterbuses [42] running from the river Aura to popular Ruissalo island. The waterbus stops at Pikisaari suburb where architecture consist mostly of wooden villas. One direction trip from downtown to Ruissalo takes about 45 minutes. All Föli tickets apply here.

By bus[edit]

Public transport is operated by Föli, [43].

Almost every bus terminates at the Kauppatori market square, and bus lines radiate outwards from it. There are no significant 'circle lines', so usually if you need to transfer, you will need to take one bus to the Kauppatori, then transfer there to the bus taking you to your final destination. Buses generally go in two directions from Kauppatori, so check and make sure that you are taking the correct numbered bus in the correct direction as well.

You can pay the driver in cash only! A single daytime ticket is €3.00, and it is valid for unlimited transfers within two hours of the ticket's purchase. After 11pm the price is €4.00. If you intend to take the bus more than twice a day, it becomes economical either to buy a 24h travel ticket from the driver (€7.50) or a travel ticket card, priced from €7.00 for 24 hours to €31.00 for 14 days. Travel ticket cards are available from any Föli service offices (one is located next to the market square), main bus station, and Turku travel office. Travel tickets can be used in night buses as well.

Notice that all Föli tickets apply as long as you travel within the municipalities Turku, Kaarina, Raisio, Lieto, Naantali, and Rusko.

Some of the more important bus lines are the number 1, which goes from Kauppatori to the airport to Kauppatori to the passenger harbor (and Turku Castle) and then all over again.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are generally easily available and very safe, but expensive. There are three crunch times when they might be slightly problematic, and those are the morning and evening ferry departure times (particularly during summer), around 8AM and 9PM, and the bar closing times (particularly on weekends) around 4AM.

A normal taxi will carry about 4 people and a moderate amount of luggage. For significant amounts of luggage, you may want to order a "farmari" taxi, an estate/wagon car which has a roomier luggage compartment. There is also a third common type of taxi available, the tilataksi, a van which will comfortably carry about 8 people.

Taxis charge a base cost of €5.90 or 9.00 depending on time of day (on Sundays the base cost is higher regardless of the time of day), and €1.55-2.18 per km, depending on amount of passengers (more passengers, higher mileage charge). Quick 1-2 km trips will cost in the €8-13 vicinity.

Flagging taxis on the street is not common in Finland and may not work; calling the central dispatch is the common method, however you can recognize a free taxi in dark, since the taxi sign on the top will have its light on.

By car[edit]

Parking places are sparse at rush hours, but otherwise you should be able to park your car quite near the place you are going. One good option is the underground Louhi [44] parking hall (€1-2/h) as it gives you direct access via elevators to the center of the city and its entrance is well.


During the summertime, there are multiple boats at the banks of the River Aura who make trips into the archipelago.

See[edit][add listing]

Turku harbour and Turku castle
Tuomiokirkko by the Aura River from a distance
Aurajoki river
Medieval festival in Turku
  • Turku Castle (Turun linna), Linnankatu 80, +358-2-2620300, [1]. Daily 10AM-6PM; reduced hours and closed Mon in Oct-Mar low season. 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. €9/6, optional guided tour €2.  edit
  • Turku Cathedral, [2]. 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 6PM mid April to mid September. Free.  edit
  • Luostarinmäki, [3]. In 1827 a fire destroyed almost all of Turku. Luostarinmäki was one of the few areas that were saved, and now it hosts a handicrafts museum.  edit
  • Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, [4]. This museum is actually two museums: Aboa Vetus tells about the history of Turku, and Ars Nova is a museum of modern art. Aboa Vetus is based on ancient remainings of old buildings and the Aboa Vetus exhibition is located there.  edit
  • Kuralan kylämäki, [5]. Dubbed a "Village of Living History", here you can see newborn lambs and chicken (depends on time of year), as well as a genuine Finnish farm from the 1950s. Very close to the city center but yet you feel like you are in the country side.  edit
  • Turku Art Museum (Turun taidemuseo), [6]. The regional museum of Finland proper. A central part of the art life in Turku since 1904.  edit
  • Logomo, [7]. Köydenpunojankatu 14. The old train engineering workshop turned modern venue, Logomo offers a variety of temporary exhibitions and events.  edit
  • Ruissalo. A beautiful national park on an island located 6 km from Kauppatori. There is also a championship level golf course, Aura Golf [45], founded in 1958. The Ruissalo Spa Hotel [46] is in its immediate vicinity.
  • Caribia spa [47] and Posankka. Relax in the spa and see the famous cross between a pig and a duck, Posankka. This pink statue was made by Alvar Gullichsen, and it has become a known landmark in front of the spa.
  • Kakolanmäki hill. [48] One of the seven hills in Turku, situated near the harbour and the castle, Kakolanmäki was dominated by the notorious provincial prison for more than a century until 2007. Nowadays visitors are free to enjoy the magnificent view from the hill, and the 19th century prison building is an attraction itself. Cafe Kakola opened in 2015. A former outdoor swimming pool for prisoners can still be seen. Apartments are being built in the area, and there are preliminary plans for various kinds of tourist attractions, including a funicular.
  • Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Itäinen Rantakatu 38 (15 min from Market Sq, or take bus 14/15), +358-2-2620850, [8]. Tu-Su 11AM-7PM. An art museum named after Finnish artist and sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen (1896-1966), whose statues of famous Finns and various nationalist themes can be found throughout Finland. Perhaps the best-known is the classical Greek-style statue of "Flying Finn" and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Paavo Nurmi. Five copies of the statue exist, one in the museum, and the statue's best known exploit was when students from the Helsinki U. of Tech. snuck one onto the wreck of the 17th-century Swedish warship Vasa just days before it was salvaged. The museum also hosts changing exhibitions of other artists. 7€.  edit
  • Forum Marinum [49] and Suomen Joutsen [50]. A national special museum that also works as a maritime centre while having the famous Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland) just outside of it. A ship that is considered as the national ship of Finns. Both are located just after the guest harbour when going down stream, you can't miss it. Please note: admission is 8/5 EUR for main exhibition, or 16/10 EUR for combined ticket including the moored ships. The combined ticked is valid for two days. For those who are also visiting Stockholm, it may be useful to note that Stockholm also has a maritime museum ( which has free admission.
  • Sibelius Museum, Biskopsgatan 17 FIN-20500 Åbo (Turku), [9]. Located only 150 meters from the Turku cathedral is a low modern concrete building, housing an interesting collection of musical instruments as well as displays of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, the man and his music. On display are more than 1400 musical instruments and music art from all around the globe. These include instruments hundreds of years old, such as lutes and early viols; harpsichords, clavichords and early pianos; and downstairs, many organs. Additionally, a room is reserved for Sibelius´s life and work. During the autumn, winter, and spring seasons the museum hosts chamber music concerts on Wednesday evenings. The collections available at the Sibelius museum are of interest to both experts and ordinary music lovers. The museum was founded in 1926 by Otto Andersson, the first Professor of Musicology and Folklore at Åbo Akademi University.  edit
  • B-Galleria, Aninkaistenkatu 5 L 5, [10]. Contemporary art gallery organisation Suunnitelma B. Provides inexpensive and easily approachable gallery space for young artists and fresh environment for new ideas to emerge. Monthly changing exhibition and more randomly organized events.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Flowpark. [11] A cool new climbing park on the courtyard of shopping center Skanssi.  edit
  • Ruisrock. [12] Visit the oldest rock festival in Finland that takes place in the Ruissalo island in the beginning of July.  edit
  • Doerz. [13] Things that locals do. For travellers and groups looking to find deeper cultural learning through participating local life. A Turku based startup.  edit
  • Down by the Laituri. [14] A city festival with various bands playing around the city and mainly just a lot of people by the riverboats. Takes place at start of August.  edit
  • Uuden musiikin festivaali (UTM). [15] A city festival with electronic music scattered at different locations around Turku.  edit
  • Turku Jazz. [16]. A jazz festival held every spring.  edit
  • The Medieval Market. [17] (Keskiaikaiset markkinat) takes usually place at the last weekend of June. The old market square is filled with medieval action for the whole weekend, from sales to hangings to music and dance plays.  edit
  • Turku Modern, [18]. Annual modern music festival takes place in the beautiful city of Turku in July. Top notch line-up with the hottest electronic club sound ambassadors from Finland and abroad.  edit
  • Ilmiö, [19]. A quirky one day summer festival with various bands and performances; over 50 live shows in 14 hours  edit
  • JukuPark, [20]. The vast outdoor water park is situated just 3 km from the centre of Turku. Great for families.  edit
  • NEW Performance Turku Festival, Turku, [21]. New Performance Turku Festival is an international performance and live art festival. The festival invites artists from various countries to present their works in the theatres, museums, galleries and city spaces of Turku.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are plenty of opportunities to part with your cash in Turku. The city centre is full of major retail and independent shops. Shopping in Turku is generally more affordable than in Helsinki, but, as with the rest of Finland, it is by no means cheap by international standards. The numerous second-hand and antique stores represent a unique shopping alternative.

  • Hansa Shopping Centre, (Adjacent to the main market square), [22]. Over 150 shops under one roof.  edit
  • Länsikeskus. District on the outskirts of town full of big-box hypermarkets.  edit
  • Turun Kauppahalli, (50 metres from Kauppatori along the Eerikinkatu towards harbour), [23]. A (food) market located in a building opened in 1896, with approximately 40 different sellers. Along with meat, cheese and milk products, also handicraft and ethnic fast food is available for purchase.  edit
  • Skanssi Shopping Center. Modern shopping center. 20 minutes from the city center with bus line 9.  edit
  • Turku Treasure, [24]. Map to independent boutiques, bars and galleries of Turku.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

For proper restaurant meals, expect to pay €10-€30 - lower end with some simple pasta or soup with water or a soft drink, and the higher end with a high-grade steak meal with good wine. For fast food or pizzeria meals, you will generally need to pay under €10. Burger meals are around €5-€8 (including drink and fries), kebabs and pizzas are about the same.

Generally, proper restaurants are open until 10-11PM, on weekends maybe an hour longer. There are no proper restaurants open in Turku after midnight. Fast food chains, pizzerias and other such places are open later at night, some as late as 3-5AM. In some establishments, the bar may remain open for drinks even though the kitchen has closed and no food is available.


As eating out is expensive, it might be a good idea to have a hearty lunch and lighter dinner. As Finnish people typically don't bring their own food to their workplace, restaurant lunches are generally good value and most restaurants offer them. Lunch usually means a self service buffet - eat as much as you want. More expensive "business lunch" means portions brought to your table. Lunch prices start from EUR 6,50 with which you usually get salad and soup buffet + bread + coffee. If you pay the full price, which typically is a bit less than EUR 10,00, you get salad and soup buffet + the main course buffet (with several dishes) + dessert + coffee. Watch for signs in front of the restaurants with the text "lounas". The hearty buffet lunch for EUR 11,40 is even served at the airport.


Hesburger is the dominant burger chain in Turku, and you will find several of these in the city centre. Pizzerias are frequently kebab-pizzerias, offering both Turkish kebab and Italian pizza dishes on their menu. You will also find a lot of these downtown. Unfortunately, the restaurants offering the finest kebabs are not located in the core downtown.

  • Milan, Eerikinkatu 5, opposite cinema Julia (downtown). Kebab-pizzeria with excellent pizzas and kebabs.
  • Turun Center Kebab Pizzeria, Near the Aura river (Aurajoki) in front of Wärtsilä, [51].
  • Sisilia, Aninkaistenkatu 3 20100 Turku. Servers decent kebabs and pizzas. Famous for the price: all kebabs and pizzas €5 (for students, but you don't really need an I.D.).
  • Pizzeria Napoli [52], Puutarhakatu 20. Located near Mikael's Church, less than 1 km from city centre toward harbour. Traditional style pizzeria with wide selection of decent pizzas.

During the lunch time, usually from 11am to 15pm, most restaurants serves food for reasonable prices. Lunch restaurants and lists in Turku can be found at


  • Bremer. All meals around €10: pizza, wok, burgers, tortillas. Uudenmaankatu 1.
  • Pippurimylly [53]. The Peppermill is a nostalgic family restaurant where bluesquared table cloths and tasty beefs have been a part of Turku's weekly routines and holidays from the year 1974.
  • Kortteliravintola Kerttu [54] at Läntinen pitkäkatu 35, near the railway station. They have a laundromat, free wireless Internet, newspapers to read and a very comfortable atmosphere.
  • Panini Caffè Ristorante, address: Linnankatu 3. Good Italian food at reasonable prices.
  • Pizzeria Dennis[55]. Well known and respected Italian restaurant.
  • Viikinkiravintola Harald ("Viking Restaurant") [56], Aurakatu 3. Higher mid-range. Located in the heart of the city. A pseudo-authentic Viking style environment. Several fish, bird and game dishes. One of the few restaurants which serve Reindeer. Opening hours mon 12-23,tue-thu 12-24, fri-sat 12-01, sun 15-22.
  • Musiikkikahvila Sointu [57] Linnankatu 27. A nostalgic music joint for dining, drinks, coffee, and live shows.
  • Panimoravintola Koulu [58] Eerikinkatu 18. They have set a brewery restaurant inside an old school building. The beer is very good and they also make their own blueberry cider! In the summertime there's also a beergarden. The menu is limited but you get typical brewery restaurant food. It's worth wandering about the big building and see the different rooms, also upstairs where the lunch is served during the daytime.


Restaurant quality food is readily found in Turku. Most famous are the restaurant boats on the banks of the River Aura. Some of them close for the winter, but others remain open throughout the year. Other famous restaurants include:

  • Enkeliravintola ("Angel Restaurant"), downtown on Kauppiaskatu, decorated with many art objects related to angels and focusing on warm, friendly atmosphere.
  • Ravintola Suomalainen Pohja [59] is in downtown on Aurakatu 24 next to Turku Art Museum and Puolala Park. Excellent staff and good kitchen makes sure you'll visit there again. Tel +3582 251 2000.
  • Rocca [60], along the riverside towards the harbor from downtown - co-owned by the famous ice hockey player Saku Koivu.
  • Vaakahuone [61] Aurajoki riverside Castlestreet (Linnankatu) 38. Free live jazz every night during summer.
  • Trattoria Romana, Hämeenkatu 9. An Italian trattoria, excellent price-quality relationship. Tip: try their unrivalled pizza margherita.
  • Oscar's Place (Oscarin Olohuone), Eerikinkatu 10 (in hotel Hamburger Börs). Opened in 1895, this German-style pub-restaurant was at the forefront of Turku gastronomy for a long time. Post-renovation, though, the ambience is airy but nondescript and the menu is now a somewhat odd mix of the gourmet (escargots, duck leg confit) and the not so gourmet (burritos and pizza). €20-40.  edit
  • Restaurant & Bar Pinella (Ravintola & Baari Pinella), Vanha Suurtori 2, +358 (2) 445 6400 (), [25]. Pinella is a landmark building on the river in the heart of Turku. It has been transformed into a new contemporary bar and restaurant, creating a fresh chapter in its history as an important cultural and artistic venue.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Restaurants and bars have varying closing hours, but generally, nightclubs and discos are open either until 4AM or 5AM. Since March 2018 alcohol may be sold until 4AM but not later than that even if the club will be open up to 5AM. Most nightclubs do not reveal the last call by putting the lights off and on anymore.

Night clubs in Finland tend to have guarded cloakrooms where you can leave any of your outer garments in exchange for a ticket. Using the coat service is generally considered mandatory even if this is not explicitly pointed out. If you are unsure, ask. The cloakroom fee is usually 2 - 4 euros. Do not lose the ticket! If you lose the ticket, you may be told to come back the following day to get your things, and sometimes you need to pay extra (5-10€) for additional work you caused.

The legal drinking age in Finland is 18 for mild alcoholic drinks (up to 20%/40-proof) and 20 for stronger drinks than that, but selling stronger drinks to 18-year-olds is legal in bars and nightclubs as the customers are under bar staff's supervision. The minimum age required to enter bars/pubs/nightclubs differs; legally, one must be at least 18 to enter places that serve alcohol, but many clubs and bars have higher age limits (20 - 24 yrs).


  • Cafe Art[62], Läntinen Rantakatu 5. Located on the banks of the Aurajoki River near the city centre. Outdoor seating with nice view in the summer. Indoor seating in several different rooms, all decorated with art (changing selection) which is also for sale. Great coffee, good tea selection, and many snacks (cakes, croissants, sandwiches, etc.).
  • Kirjakahvila[63], Vanha Suurtori 1. Located at the historical Old Great Square, this is a culture cafe and a bookshop (hence the name, which means "Book Cafe") run by volunteers. Besides books there are also a lot of comics, postcards and posters by local artists for sale. Freshly baked cakes every day, even for vegans. Free wireless Internet available, ask the staff for passwords. Open from 11AM to 7PM, from M-F, but there is often live acoustic music or other cultural events in the evening.
  • Cosmic Comic Cafe [64], Kauppiaskatu 4 (Forum Shopping Centre). A cafe for comics lovers. Offers drinks, comics books for free reading and hosts various events from time to time.
  • Latte Cafe [65], Kristiinankatu 5. Latte Cafe is a sweet little cafe at downtown Turku. Special teas, coffees (from all around the world), paninis, salads & toasts. They also have cakes, buns, croissants and a lot of sweet surprises. Fruit non-alcoholic cocktails.
  • Cafe Fontana [66], Aurakatu 1. Street-level cafe in historical milieu in the heart of the city, opposite to Town Hall park, near Aura bridge. Also lunch and bar.
  • Fabbes Café Tehtaankatu 6. A small nice café with good lunch every day. Located at the corner of Tehtaankatu and Piispankatu near the universities among beautiful old tree houses. Smoothies, milkshakes, special coffee, cakes, buns, lunch, salad and much more. They have free wifi. Closed at weekends and in July.
  • Elvina Café [67] Yliopistonkatu 15. A beautiful café located near the market square, decorated in the 20's style.
  • Cafe Kakola [68] Lohrmanninkatu 4. A summer cafe located in the former prison manager's mansion, which is part of the unique cultural heritage area of Kakolanmäki hill.


  • For the late teens-early twenties crowd, the Night Club Marilyn [69] is particularly popular as a disco/night club as the age limit is 18. Marilyn has a Karaoke room. Next door club Vegas [70] has age limit of 20. Vegas hosts a Pianowar show, has arcade games and more activities.
  • For a similar disco experience for early twenties upwards, there are a number of options such as night club Apollo [71].
  • Dynamo [72] at Linnankatu, opposite the main library, caters for hipsters with a passion for slightly more electric sound. Downstairs indie pop, electro and rock 'n' roll are the main draws, upstairs it's chiefly soul, funk and disco. Attracts a healthy amount of exchange students.
  • Studio [73] is a trendy nightclub / lounge bar with impressive black-and-white hall and a nightclub located inside an old cellar. Quite expensive, and popular among teenagers.
  • Forte [74] tends to be busy thanks to cheap drinks and daily opening hours as opposed to majority of the other clubs in Turku. The concepts of 'SuFo' (='Sunday Forte') and MaFo (='MondayForte') are widely recognized amongst students in Turku as no other nightclub is open then.
  • Saaristobaari / Skärgårdsbaren [75] is an archipelago themed restaurant, bar and nightclub.
  • In the summertime, it is very popular to spend the early evening until midnight or so on the restaurant boats on the banks of the River Aura, and when it gets a little chilly, move indoors to a restaurant or night club. Aussie bar [76] is the only riverboat having a nightclub onboard. The other river boats located close to the centre are Donna [77], Cindy [78], Svarte Rudolf [79], Papa Joe [80], and Katarina [81]. There are more restaurant boats downstream the river, close to the castle.
  • Next to these boats is Samppalinna [82] a fancy wooden villa built in 19th century. Open only on summertime. K20 at Fridays and Saturdays, K18 otherwise.
  • Gay clubbing Parties take place as OMQ!-club at Portti [83], Hämeenkatu 7. To know when the next OMQ! takes place, check out the Turku LGBT organization's website [84]. The website is in Finnish only but you can contact the office and ask in English: +358 45 132 4877, tuseta[at]

Pubs and Bars[edit]

The WaterLoo English Pub

  • Alepub Turku near the city library by the Aura river. Cheapest beer in town and friendly atmosphere all day long. At alepub you never drink alone. Good jukebox and the best finnish sports (lentomäki) on the television.
  • Cosmic Comic Cafe at Forum shopping center by the Market Square. Comics gallery, board games to play and a relaxed, "a second living room" atmosphere. Sometimes very overcrowded.
  • Alvar at Humalistonkatu 7, near the railway station. It is located at a building designed by a famous finnish architecht Alvar Aalto. A comfortable place with nice staff and a large selection of beer. Free Wi-Fi available.
  • The WaterLoo English Pub[85], a former public toilet but nowadays a popular bar, located at Puutori market square, near the bus station. One of the must see sights in Turku.
  • The Old Bank[86], a former bank turned into a beer pub with beautiful interior and the widest selection of beers in town.
  • Brewery restaurant Koulu[87], an old school building converted to a brewery restaurant serving their own beers, good food and an excellent selection of wines. A cozy biergarten in the back yard is open in the summer.
  • Mallaskukko[88] is another good beer pub in Turku, with a wide selection of beers and scotch whiskies.
  • Pikku-Torre [89] close to the centre is a good and friendly bar-cum-restaurant, serving a good choice of different beers and a selection of mid-priced meals (only until 9PM.). Pikku-Torre is one of the best spots in Turku for watching football. Live music on weekends.
  • Uusi apteekki[90], a beer pub located in a former pharamacy built in 1907.
  • The Castle[91], Eerikinkatu 6, close to the main square. An Irish style pub with English staff.
  • Whisky Bar at Yliopistonkatu 19, in the core downtown of Turku. Has a wide selection of whiskies. Nowadays strongly orientated to heavy metal by it's music and atmosphere.
  • Tinatuoppi at Eerikinkatu 8 [92] Legendary boozing spot at the heart of Turku. Cheap beer and great jukebox.
  • Cup & Pint at Humalistonkatu 17. Forget Hurry Worries! Cosy modern bar/cafe near the railway station. Good beer selection, toasts, pies, champagne, cakes etc. DJ action at weekends.
  • suXes at Yliopistonkatu 9 [93] is currently Turku's only gay bar. Their Sunday evening karaoke is quite popular. There's a small dance floor but it's not really a club.

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Interpoint Hostel, Vähä Hämeenkatu 12a (near Cathedral, Kupittaa railway station). Open in summer only, usually July 15-Aug 15 (may vary). Maintained by Turku YWCA volunteers and often praised for its friendly atmosphere. Accommodation is very cheap at 8,50 €/night, but only includes a mattress on the floor. Kitchen and laundry facilities available.
  • Turku Unihostel, [94] Inspehtorinkatu 4. Located in the Turku University student village, and intended for longer-term stays. Buses 30, 50, 51, 53, 54, 20 minute walk to centre. Single rooms with WC/shower and common kitchen, laundry, tv, wireless internet. Book by the week only, payment by wire transfer in advance, limited office hours to obtain keys. Inhabited mostly by university short-term visitors, but open to anyone.
  • Hostel Borea, [95] The ship hostel offers year-round, affordable accommodation on the west shore of the Aura River, near Forum Marinum. Customers can walk to the hostel from the port; bus 1 from the airport passes the hostel on Linnankatu; and there is free parking for customers arriving by car. They also have a hotel.
  • Linnasmäki / Turku Christian Institute, [96] In the summertime, the student rooms are available as a hostel of 84 beds. Located about 4km from the central, in a very green area. They also have a hotel.
  • Majatalo Kupittaa, [97] Hostel with backyard, sauna and free BBQ. The house is located about 2,5km from the city centre, next to beautiful Kupittaa Park. They also have several furnished apartments around the city. City reception is next to Turku Main Railway Station, Läntinen Pitkäkatu 22.


  • Best Western Hotel Seaport Turku, Toinen Poikkikatu 2, +358 2 283 3000 (), [26]. Hotel Seaport is located in the Turku harbour, next door to the famous sightseeing Turku Castle. The hotel itself is an old customs house turned into a hotel.  edit
  • Cumulus Turku, Eerikinkatu 30, +358 (0)2 2181 000 (), [27]. Cumulus Turku is centrally located, a nice mid-priced business hotel."  edit
  • Omena. Booking only by Internet, and you get a passcode online which you can use to get into the building. There is no reception staff and no breakfast.
  • Holiday Inn Turku, Eerikinkatu 28, +358 (0)2 338 211 (), [28]. . Quality hotel located about 500 m from the marketplace towards the harbor."  edit
  • Sokos Hotel Seurahuone. From the marketplace about 3 blocks towards the harbor. On the same street as Cumulus/Ramada (Eerikinkatu).
  • Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs & City Börs, Kauppiaskatu 6, +358-2-337381, [29]. Formerly the Grand Hotel Börs, this hotel dates back to 1904 (the restaurant is a few years older yet) and remains a solid choice. The complex now has twin hotels diagonally across from each other, with the City Börs rooms being cheaper and simpler, but the combined reception is in Hamburger Börs. The entire complex has no less than 9 restaurants, bars and clubs, making this a popular nightspot. Indoor pool and sauna. Good discounts often available if you book a package with the ferry companies.  edit
  • Park Hotel. A non-chain hotel only a couple hundred meters from the railway station.
  • Scandic Hotel Julia. Two blocks from the marketplace, towards the cathedral.
  • Centro Hotel. One block uphill from Julia's location, a little hard to find on the inner courtyard of the city block.
  • Artukaisten Paviljonki. Near the Elysee Arena and fair centre, several miles from downtown.


  • Caribia Spa Hotel [98]
  • Scandic Hotel Plaza. One block from the marketplace.
  • Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs. Right beside the marketplace.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Marina Palace. [99] Located on Linnankatu overlooking the River Aura.

Stay safe[edit]

Risks in Turku

Crime/violence: Low
Drunk people on weekend nights, bouncers in clubs, pickpockets
Authorities/corruption: Low
Security guards and nightclub bouncers might be rude and/or violent
Transportation: Low
Traffic culture may be sometimes aggressive
Health: Low
Infectious tick bites in the archipelago
Nature: Low

Turku is generally a very safe city. On weekend nights drunken people may cause annoyance, especially after last call. The River Aura is as dirty as it seems, and is surprisingly shallow. Also the river banks provide very little access to the shore, so it is better not to refresh yourself with a quick dip. Swimming in the river is also considered illegal.

In case of emergency dial 112, which is the general emergency number for police affairs, fire and medical care.

Get out[edit]

The Turku archipelago is the pride of local people and it consists of approximately 20 000 islands which can be reached in many ways. A fun way is to take the "water bus" which goes from Läntinenrantakatu 37, by the river Aura of course. phone: +358 40 567 8910 Maisaari island is popular for outdoor activities

The Åland Islands is an autonomous region in the outer archipelago. Beautiful scenery and great outdoors with some of the world's best possibilities for island hopping. There are various ways to reach the islands from Turku: by road, by sea and by air. The capital Mariehamn has an array of accommodation, restaurants and shops.

Parainen (FIN) / Pargas (SWE) is a charming small archipelago town which is easy to reach from Turku by bus. If you happen to have a boat, visiting Parainen / Pargas makes a very nice sea trip from Turku.

Kuusisto Bishop’s Castle ruins are located just outside of Turku. It makes a great destination for a summer picnic. Also possible to visit by your own boat.

Take a local bus to Naantali to see the presidential summer residence Kultaranta and the Moomin world. The Unesco city Rauma can be reached easily by bus. Traveling time is approximately 1,5 hours. It takes less than 40 minutes to travel by a public bus to Pori, the baltic pearl from Rauma.

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