Turku has great city charm, possessing the status of the oldest city of Finland and the European Capital of Culture 2011. The city has a compact size, perfect for exploring the exciting mixture of old and new. A large part of city life – main sights, restaurants and shops – is concentrated around the banks of the River Aura - the heart and soul of Turku. Outside the city you will find one of the most magnificent and breath-taking archipelagos in the world, with more than 40.000 islands and islets. Turku has a wide selection of top-quality restaurants serving excellent food, featuring local products. Turku is also a city of young designers, with boutiques providing a glimpse of the future of Finnish and Scandinavian design including fabrics, glassware and ceramics. Turku will be hosting the Tall Ships Race in 2024.
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Berthing policy: The fairway leading to Turku between the stretch of Kuuva – Port of Turku is one-way, and regular liner traffic has priority. Cruise vessels calling Turku must hence adapt their arrival and departure to liner traffic schedules. Harbour pilotage is not obligatory, sea pilotage is obligatory. The use of tugboat is not obligatory unless otherwise stated by the port. The pilot and the agent can be consulted.
The Port of Turku starts a big constrution project in the summer of 2023 that includes a new Terminal building, carfields, digitalisation, reconstruction of quays and infrastructure.
The port will welcome cruise ships as usual but there might be som adjustments to the quay arrangements.
The new terminal is set to be launched at the beginning of 2026
The Aura River is the heart and soul of Turku and it is also referred to as being the locals' outdoor living room. A good way of getting to know the city of ours is certainly to take a stroll along the riverbanks. Stop along the away and visit the for our city typical restaurant boats, the cosy cafés and sights that you'll find along the banks of the river. And why not buy some local delicacies from the indoor Market Hall or the Market Square and enjoy a lovely picnic by the river?