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Turku

Turku is a city in the south west of Finland, thought to be the oldest city in the country. It is a regional capital, and a nationally important business and cultural location.

The city benefits from a major commercial and passenger port, the Port of Turku, which sees over 3m passengers pass through it each year to destinations including Stockholm.

How to get to Turku from
Route 1:

There are numerous services between the port of Turku and the Finnish capital Helsinki each day. If you are travelling to Turku satama, there are fewer services, but still a few in each direction per day. If you are heading to the port make sure you book it for Turku Satama, rather than just Turku.

The journey is made on-board double decker InterCity trains, and connect Helsinki with ferries to Sweden.

Local bus and train services are avalable from Karjaa/Karis to/from Hanko. The journey takes around 40 minutes by train, or 50-60 minutes by bus. Services are available roughly every hour.

Route 2:

Fancy travelling between the United Kingdom and Finland without flying? Well the journey isn't easy, but it's certainly do-able. In total, the journey takes around two days (after you've included waiting times), with six different legs in total.

An alternative would be to travel via Russia, catching a train from Paris to Moscow, Moscow to St Petersburg, and then St Petersburg to Helsinki. However, this route would require additional visas for travel in Moscow, which would have cost implications.

Route 3:

Silja Line operates direct services between Stockholm and Turku, via the Aland Islands. Services direct to Helsinki are also available, although these tend to be more expensive and leave early in the morning, meaning that you would need to stay in a hotel overnight to take one.

Generally, there are two services per day in either direction on this route, allowing you to leave early in the morning for a day sailing, or later in the evening for an overnight trip. Cabins are available for either option, although it is obviously advisable to book a cabin for the night journey.

Route 4:

The overland journey between Helsinki and Lisbon is by no means short, involving a number of overnight train journeys, and crossing much of western Europe.