Ancient History, Young at Heart

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 of the world, with more than 20.000 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.

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Useful information

Language

Finnish, Swedish

Distance from pier to city center

The city centre is only 3 km away

Transportation to/from airport

The airport is located 8 km from downtown Turku. Bus no. 1 departs from the airport every 20 minutes.

Currency

Euro

Transport to/from city center

The city centre is only 3 km away, easily accessible by a free shuttle bus (during each cruise vessel's call), local bus or a nice walk along the river promenade.

Port information

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.

River Aura Pier 12

Max LOA: 150 m Max depth: 7,5 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Cruise Fenders available (brand and type): Rubber etc. Bollard strength: 50+75 tons Learn more

Pier 41

Max LOA: 203 m Max depth: 10,6 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Container / Cruise Fenders available (brand and type): Rubber etc. Bollard strength: 75+100 tons Learn more
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Pier 38 - 40

Max LOA: 230 m Max depth: 11 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Container / Cruise Fenders available (brand and type): Rubber etc. Bollard strength: 75+100 tons Learn more

Pier 35 - 36

Max LOA: 230 m Max depth: 8,5 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Container / Cruise / Projects Fenders available (brand and type): Rubber etc. Bollard strength: 50+75+100 tons Learn more

Port Reception Facilities

Berth 22-24

Direct shore connections available: yesNumber and maximum flow rate: 85 cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: yesMARPOL standard connections fitted: yesBarges available: no Learn more

Berth 33-34

Direct shore connections available: yesNumber and maximum flow rate: 85 cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: yesMARPOL standard connections fitted: yesBarges available: no Learn more

Berth 35-36

Direct shore connections available: yesNumber and maximum flow rate: 85 cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: yesMARPOL standard connections fitted: yesBarges available: no Learn more

Berth 38-39

Direct shore connections available: yesNumber and maximum flow rate: 85 cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: yesMARPOL standard connections fitted: yesBarges available: no Learn more

Berth 1 river Aura west side

Direct shore connections available: noBarges available: noTank trucks available: yesNumber and maximum capacity of Tank trucks (cubm): 2/24m3MARPOL standard connections fitted: yes Learn more

Berth 2 river Aura west side

Direct shore connections available: noBarges available: noTank trucks available: yesNumber and maximum capacity of Tank trucks (cubm): 2/24m3MARPOL standard connections fitted: yes Learn more

Berths river Aura east side

Direct shore connections available: noBarges available: noTank trucks available: yesNumber and maximum capacity of Tank trucks (cubm): 2/24m3MARPOL standard connections fitted: yes Learn more

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

Port of Turku port dues are charged in EUR per NT. Port dues consist of vessel charge, mooring/unmooring charge, also on demand water supply, waste reception, oily sludge exceeding 20 cubic metres.

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

No fee

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
Download PDF with overview of services available at all Cruise Baltic destinations.
Pier
Personal welcome

Normally we have a representative of the port welcoming the cruise line as well as a representative from the Tourist Office. Furthermore, we always have our staff from the tourist information present welcoming the cruise guests. Also musical or other performance with local artists/musicians is arranged for each cruise call.

Musical welcome

We offer musical welcome for the calls.

Cruise guest national flags
Shopping & Attractions
Shops open on Sundays

The bigger department stores are open also on Sundays as well as some of the shops in the centre.

Museums offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit
Destination has special offers for crew
City Cards for sale
Port
Independent guest reception and help

There is always a tourist info desk with staff from the tourist information as well as free brochures and maps. We are also happy to have the staff and info desk onboard the cruise line if requested. The shuttle buses from the pier to the city centre, have the end stop in front of the Tourist Information Office, which also enables the passengers’ not participating in shore excursions, to get help and advice in the city centre as well.

Local life and events with locals
Tourist information (office or maps) in port area

We always have a tourist information point at the pier and will also happily arrange it onboard if requested by the cruise line.

Destination collaboration
Local cruise network
Authorized guides
Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility
Destination video available for Cruise Lines
Transport
Free shuttle available

There is a free shuttle bus service from the port to the city centre (drop-off point: in front of the Tourist Information)

Publicly regulated taxis

All taxi services are licensed and have the same tariffs.

Turnaround facilities
Scandic Hotel(s) in city
Cruise-ready hotels
Airport less than one hour drive from port
Airport less than one hour drive from city centre

The distance from the city centre to the airport is approx. 8 km.

Free Wi-Fi in airport

Selected attractions

Turku Castle

Famous landmark of Turku, guarding the outlet of the River Aura since the 13th century.

Turku Cathedral

A national shrine of Finland, which was inaugurated in the year 1300.

Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum

Old wooden houses saved from the Great Fire in 1827.

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Peruse an authentic piece of old Turku, and diverse exhibitions of Contemporary Art.

Sibelius Museum

Fascinating museum of music named after the famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.

Exciting extras

Market Hall

Must visit place for foodies! Try local specialties, e.g. dark archipelago bread, imaginative fresh fish dishes. The market hall is over 120-years old and the second oldest of its kind in Finland. You will also find the best bakery of Finland 2015 - Mbakery - in here!

Paavo Nurmi

Follow the footsteps of the famous Turku-born Flying Finn.

“Föri”

A Turku phenomenon: Small ferry boat crosses the River Aura in 90 seconds. And it is free of charge!

City Library

Combining modern and classic architecture, offering a variety within culture.

Turku Archipelago

One of the most unique natural and cultural landscapes in the world. With more than 40.000 islands it is considered the world's largest archipelago. The Archipelago offers plenty of interesting possibilities for excursions.

Ruissalo Island

The island, which is located just outside the city, has an unique and beautiful nature perfect for a day spent outdoors. The island also has a fascinating history; Ruissalo was once the hunting island for the court of Turku Castle.

Art Chapel

St. Henry's Ecumenical Art Chapel on the island of Hirvensalo is also a pilgrimage for lovers of architecture.

Events

27 Jun 2019
30 Jun 2019
Medieval market
Place: Turku
Category: Arts & Handrafts
The Medieval Market is Finland’s largest medieval and historical event held at the Old Great Square of Turku.
5 Jul 2019
7 Jul 2019
Ruisrock
Place: Turku
Category: Music
Ruisrock is the oldest festival in Finland, and the second oldest continuously running rock festival in Europe. Ruisrock was awarded the Festival of the Year award in the Industry Awards Gala in 2017. The festival is arranged on Ruissalo island.

Varied Shore Excurions

CLASSIC & POPULAR

Turku’s top 3 – Sightseeing in Turku
Visit the three most popular sights of Turku: Turku Cathedral, the Handicrafts Museum and Turku Castle.
Walking Tour on the Banks of the River Aur
History of Turku, sculptures of Väinö Aaltonen, the Pharmacy Museum, the Rettig Palace, the Old Great Square and Turku Cathedral.
A Design Tour in Turku
Local handicrafts at Outolintu and Gullkrona/Gallery Campus. Famous designs by Marimekko, Iittala, Alvar Aalto, Tonfisk and KUI Design.
Turku and Naantali Tour
A panoramic city tour; Turku Castle, Turku Cathedral and see the idyllic old town milieu of Naantali.
Meyer Turku tour
The Forum Marinum Maritime Centre (History of the Finnish Shipbuilding) and sightseeing tour in Meyer Turku shipyard, where the most luxurious cruise lines of the world are being built.

NEW & ADVENTUROUS

Nordic Walking in Ruissalo Island
Enjoy the peace and the quiet on foot, a soul-cleansing tranquillity, and a spectacular view that includes century-old villas, blue sea and fresh Nordic nature.
A Field Trip for Beer Lovers
Guided tour to the theme pubs in Turku: Brewery Restaurant Koulu (School), the Old bank and the New Pharmacy.
Paavo Nurmi - Flying Finn - his life in Turku
Sightseeing in Turku, Paavo Nurmi´s last resting place and the house where he lived in.

Contacts

Visit Turku
Anne-Marget Hellén
Director of Tourism
Visit Turku
Lotta Bäck
International Marketing Manager
lotta.back@turku.fi Mobile +358 50 5590 506
Visit Turku
Aurakatu 4, 20100 Turku, Finland