Finland has good infrastructure and Turku is a convenient city for students, as most of the necessities are within walking or biking distance. Transportation alternatives within and from Turku are numerous. It has bus and train stations, an airport and well organized public transportation network.
Public transportation in Turku and its surrounding areas is organized by Föli. Föli is a joint bus transportation platform organized by six municipalities: Turku, Kaarina, Raisio, Naantali, Lieto and Rusko. Passengers thus have the possibility to travel in these areas using this single service.
Students are entitled to discounts by presenting either a valid student card or a filled enrollment form while purchasing a bus card.
A bus card can be purchased in Turku from the Föli public transportation service office (check the location and prices from Föli website). After purchasing the card, added value can be loaded via service offices, Internet payment, mobile app or with cash in a bus. A single journey ticket can be bought from busses and in mobile app and lasts for two hours. However, a single trip bought from a bus is more expensive than one loaded on a bus card.
Turku Taxis (Turun Taxit, webpages only in Finnish) are a fast and convenient way of getting across the city and are considered very safe in Finland. Although they can be quite expensive compared to public alternatives, sharing a taxi with friends can make the cost per person quite competitive.
Matkahuolto manages bus stations in Finland and offers timetables and ticket sales for most bus transportation services. Tickets can be purchased either online or on the bus. You can get a discount with a valid student card. Read more about discount prices.
Onnibus is an inexpensive alternative with good connections to major cities. Buses leave from the Main Bus Station and few of them leave from the harbor. Tickets can be purchased either online or on the bus.
Students are entitled to student discounts when presenting a valid student card.
Long distance buses depart from the Turku bus station. Some of them pick up and drop off passengers in bus stops within the city. Blue-white signs stands for long distance buses and yellow-black signs for local ones.
Main Bus Station
Läntinen Pitkäkatu 7-9
VR (Valtion rautatiet) provides train services in Finland. VR offers a wide array of destinations within Finland. Tickets can be purchased either online or at the train station.
Students are entitled to student discounts when presenting a valid student card, read more about discount prices.
Turku Main Railway Station
Kupittaa Railway Station
Harbor Railway Station
Turku Airport is a convenient way of arriving or departing to and from Turku. The airport can be reached conveniently by taking the number 1 bus from bus station or from the center (check the correct platform changes from Föli).
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is another attractive alternative for long distance travel.
Direct connection from Turku to the Helsinki-Vantaa airport is available from Matkahuolto, commonly departing every hour, except in the evening and night time.
In order to rent a car in Finland, you need a driver's licence that has been in effect minumum one year. Remember, that only the driver registered for the lease contract can drive the rented car unless otherwise stated in the contract.
The age to acquire a driver's licence in Finland is 18 years. In addition, some service providers may have age restrictions for rental cars.