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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Quick facts
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.
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
Info on tides: No tide
Info on wind: Can be recieved from Turku Port Control
Info on currents: Can be recieved from Turku Port Control
Restrictions: Traffic restrictions information from Archipelago VTS
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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
All prices are subject to change. Cruise Baltic cannot be held liable for any port fees stated on the website. Please contact port for additional information.
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Guest Experience Standards
The Cruise Baltic Guest Experience Standards indicate service touchpoints available for cruise guests at each of our destinations. An overview of the services available in the Baltic Sea region is also available in pdf. The Cruise Baltic destinations are committed to give guests the World’s greatest cruise experience.
Personal welcome
Normally we have a representative of the port welcoming the cruise line as well as a representative from the Tourist Office.
Musical welcome
We offer musical welcome for the calls.
Cruise guest national flags
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.
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.
Free shuttle available
There is a free shuttle bus service from the port to the city centre (drop-off point: Tourist Information)
Publicly regulated taxis
All taxi services are licensed and have the same tariffs.
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.
Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit
City Cards for sale
Destination collaboration
Local cruise network
Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility
Destination video available for Cruise Lines
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
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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 : Try local specialties, e.g. dark archipelago bread, imaginative fresh fish dishes.
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.
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.
Varied Shore Excursions
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
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Visit Turku
Anne-Marget Hellén
Director of Tourism
Mobile +358 50 559 0499
Visit Turku Aurakatu 4 20100 Turku Finland

Visit Turku
Lotta Bäck
International Marketing Manager
Mobile +358 50 5590 506
Visit Turku Aurakatu 4 20100 Turku Finland

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