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How to get to Turku

How to get to Turku

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There are several international flights arriving directly to Turku Airport.

By air

There are several international flights arriving directly to Turku airport (location). The airport is approximately 8 kilometres from the city centre, which can be reached by taxi (approximately 20 €) or by local bus number 1 (3 €).

It is also quite convenient to arrive in Helsinki-Vantaa airport. There are long distance bus connections leaving approximately every hour from the airport to Turku. The travelling time between Helsinki-Vantaa airport and the Turku bus station is about two and a half hours. It costs around 50 €.

Flight connections


By train

The national train company VR departs from the local railway stations all throughout Finland. There are two railway stations in Turku: The main railway station (rautatieasema) which is at the city centre at Ratapihankatu 37 and the Kupittaa railway station which is about 1.5 kilometres from the city centre. Only the trains coming from the direction of Helsinki stop at Kupittaa.


Railway traffic & railway stations in Turku


By bus


The national long distance bus service Matkahuolto departs from local bus stations all throughout Finland. The final stop in Turku for long distance buses is at the Turku Bus Station (linja-autoasema) which is located near the city centre.

You can search for timetables for the busses from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Turku by entering:

Place of departure: Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Destination: Turku bus station  

Please note that in some of the routes, there is a change of bus in Espoo during the trip from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Turku. The bus personnel will inform you about the change and the transfer bus will be waiting for the passengers. Your luggage will be transferred by the bus personnel. If you have any doubts about the transfer, you can always ask the bus personnel to help.


By ferry


There are two cruise lines which have regular connections between Stockholm and Turku:  Viking Line and Tallink Silja Line. The Port of Turku (Turun Satama) is approximately two kilometres from the city centre and can be reached by local bus number 1.

Boat traffic and connections in the archipelago:


Conference venue

Logomo Conference Centre

This is the conference venue.
Köydenpunojankatu 14
Turku 20100


Logomo is the main site for the European Maritime Day Conference. The venue is an old locomotive engineering workshop which has been refurbished, and turned into a contemporary venue perfectly suitable for hosting diverse types of events.

Converted by Vapaavuori Architects over a period of several years up to 2014, Logomo offers a 1,700 seat concert hall, a series of smaller halls, the Byra small business centre, Logomo Kitchen restaurant and meeting facilities over 27,000 sq m. A key - and innovative - feature is a massive mobile seating stand, riding back and forth on compressed air cushions: this enables the main hall to expand to accommodate a rock audience of 3,500, and marks Turku's role as City of Culture.


Getting there

Getting to the Logomo Conference Centre in Turku

The Logomo Cultural & Conference Centre is located in the centre of Turku, close to the main railway and bus stations. It is easy to reach by foot, bicycle, or public transports (buses 20 and 61 stop there).

Map of the area around Logomo Conference Centre in Turku


  • On foot: A pedestrian bridge brings you directly from the main train station to Logomo – it takes fifteen minutes to walk to Logomo from the market square (the distance is two kilometres).
  • By bus: Bus routes 20 and 61 serve Logomo via Köydenpunojankatu, and the nearest bus stop is number 1016. Bus no. 20 leaves from the Market Square from bus stop T41 (Eerikinkatu) and bus no. 61 from the Mar-ket Square from bus stop T37 (Eerikinkatu). A single bus ticket costs €3.00 and is valid for transfers on all local buses for up to two hours. You may also purchase a tourist card, which allows unlimited travel over one or more days, from the Public Transport Service Office at Aurakatu 5, next to the Market Square. Local buses run approximately from 6.00 - 23.00. Please see the Turku Local Transport website for timetables and prices.
  • By car: Coming to Logomo with own car is not recommended because there is a limited amount of parking around the venue. Parking in the car parks and throughout the Logomo area is subject to a fee.
  • By taxi: Taxis are available at specific taxi waiting points (e.g. around the Market Square and Logomo) or you can hail one if it is not occupied. You can also order a taxi by calling +358 2 10041 (please note that public telephones in Finland are near obsolete).


After the conference:

On 19 May from 15:00 onwards a shuttle bus from Logomo to Turku airport will be available.

Networking reception venue

Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

The city of Turku welcomes the participants of the conference for the networking reception on 18 May 2016.
Linnankatu 72
Turku 20100

Forum Marinum is a National Specialist Museum for Finnish maritime and naval history. It is located close to the sea, beside the River Aura, and next to Turku Castle. The museum has both temporary and permanent exhibitions, a fascinating collection of vessels, and a remarkable fleet of museum ships: sailing ships the Suomen Joutsen (frigate) and the Sigyn (barque), four warships, and many small steam-powered vessels such as a tug-boat and police boat. Forum Marinum is a site for meetings and public events, and also features Café Restaurant Daphne.

Getting there

Getting to the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre in Turku


Non-stop shuttle buses take the participants of the conference from Logomo to Forum Marinum after the last session of the day. Shuttle buses will also take participants back to the centre after the networking reception.

It is easy to get to Forum Marinum on foot or by public transport. The distance from the market square is approximately 2.5 kilometres and the bus no. 1 leaving from the market square and going to the harbour stops at the Forum Marinum bus stop.

You can also order a taxi by calling 02 10041.




Please be aware that when booking a room (either via email or telephone) you have to provide the hotel with the following information:

  • Booking reference: EMD 2016
  • Your name and surname
  • Date of arrival and departure (also please let the reception know if you plan to arrive later)
  • Credit card information (card number, expiry date and crv number on the back of the card)

Notice: Each hotel has a different cancelation policy, please be sure to ask in case of no show or flight delay.

Please note that most of the special rates are available until one month before the Conference.


Sokos Hotels and Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu Marina Palace

The Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku places guests on the banks of the stunning Aura River and provides 184 well-equipped, stylish rooms that showcase an intricate Baroque design. The on-site Restaurant Grill it! Marina serves delectable barbeque dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients, while the Coffee Bar by Coffee House offers snacks and drinks 24 hours a day. Opt for a rejuvenating spell in one of the saunas, and visit the fitness center to maintain your exercise regimen while traveling. The meeting facilities overlook the Aura River and provide ample modern equipment for a successful event.

Radisson Blu Marina Palace
Linnankatu 32, 20100 Turku

Room rate:

  • standard single 118 € / night
  • standard double 133 € / night
  • river single 128 € / night
  • river double 143 € / night
  • superior single 138 € / night
  • superior double 153 € / night


Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs

Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs is the most popular hotel in the city situated right in the centre of Turku by the Market Place. A legend among city hotels since 1904. 1 km from the railway and bus station, 3 km from the harbour and 8 km from the airport.

Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs
Kauppiaskatu 6 , 20100 Turku

Room rate:

  • standard single 104 € / night
  • standard double 119 € / night
  • superior single 124 € / night
  • superior double 139 € / night


Original Sokos Hotel City Börs

An affordable and different hotel located across the street from Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs on the upper floors (floors 5-8) of the Sokos Wiklund department store.

Original Sokos Hotel City Börs
Eerikinkatu 11, 20100 Turku

Room rate:

  • standard single 95 € / night
  • standard double 110 € / night

Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone

A cosy hotel with excellent central location for both business and leisure travellers. 800 m from the railway station, 1 km from the bus station, 3 km from the harbour and 8 km from the airport.

Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone
Eerikinkatu 23, 20100 Turku

Room rate:

  • standard single 84 € / night
  • standard double 99 € / night

Room rate includes buffet breakfast (vat 14 %), room (vat 10 %) and use of sauna and also pool at Hamburger Börs. Room rate is net and does not include commission.


Special rate is available until 06.04.2016. Room rate includes buffet breakfast.

Please quote the allotment code “EDM2016” when making a booking directly from our sales office:

Original Sokos Hotels
tel. +358 2 3373800 or by e-mail:

Radisson Blu Marina Palace
tel. +358 20 1234710 or by email


Scandic Hotels

Hotel Scandic Julia, Turku

Hotel Scandic Julia is a modern hotel in the centre of Turku, near the shopping streets and River Aura.

Hotel Scandic Julia is one of the most modern hotels in Turku. It is located right in the centre of the city, close to the River Aura and trendy Vähätori square, which is the new culinary centre of the city with its design stores. All the city’s major sights and entertainment highlights are within easy reach of our hotel, including museums and Turku Castle. All of the shopping centres, the marketplace and market hall, and the University of Turku are also all within walking distance. Scandic Julia is the 1st hotel in Turku to receive the Nordic Ecolabel according to its new criteria.

Scandic Hotel Julia
Eerikinkatu 4, 20100 Turku

Room rate:

  • standard single 108 €/night
  • standard double 118 €/night

Room rate includes buffet breakfast.


Tel: +358 (0)2 336 000 or
Email: or, code: BEMD180516
Special rate is available until 19.04.2016. Please quote the allotment code “EDM2016” (or BEMD180516 via internet) when making a booking.


Hotel Scandic Plaza, Turku

Hotel Scandic Plaza is located right in the centre of Turku, near all the shopping streets and major attractions.

Hotel Scandic Plaza is centrally located in Turku, close to the market place and promenade. When you stay at hotel Scandic Plaza, you can shop at the Hansa shopping centre, located opposite our hotel, or explore the sights of Turku including Turku Cathedral. The city's cultural scene and the riverside with its river boats are also just a short walk away.

Hotel Scandic Plaza
Yliopistonkatu 29, 20100 Turku

Room rate:

  • standard single 113 €/night
  • standard double 123 €/night

Room rate includes buffet breakfast.


Tel: +358 (0)2 33 200 or
E-mail: or code: BEMD180516
Special rate is available until 19.04.2016. Please quote the allotment code “EDM2016” (or BEMD180516 via internet) when making a booking.


Hotel Cumulus Turku

Hotel Cumulus Turku is a friendly hotel at the heart of Turku, with a sincere atmosphere that can be felt in the common spaces as well as the individual rooms. The hotel staff greets the guests with friendly service.

Cumulus Hotel is located in Turku by the Aurajoki shore, and it is an excellent place to stay when you are on a holiday in the Turku area. In the summer, Turku offers many different events, such as the DBTL city festival – the festival area is very close to Hotel Cumulus Turku. The centre of Turku is only approximately 500 metres away from the hotel. The railway station is less than one kilometre away and the Turku Airport 8 kilometres away. There are no actual airport hotels in Turku, and therefore Hotel Cumulus Turku is a good choice also for those looking for an airport hotel in Turku.

We welcome you for a pleasant stay in the Cumulus Hotel in Turku

Hotel Cumulus Turku welcomes all visitors to the recently renewed, friendly and cozy hotel. After a night at Hotel Cumulus Turku, you will be well-rested and ready for an eventful day, whether it will be business or holiday.

Eerikinkatu 28-30, 20100 Turku

Room rate:

  • standard single 105 €/night
  • standard double 120 €/night

Room rate includes buffet breakfast.


Tel. +358 2 2181000 or

email: EMD2016 or


Special rate is available until 19.04.2016. Please quote the allotment code “EDM2016” when making a booking.


Sustainable conference

EMD 2016, a sustainable conference

The European Commission together with the City of Turku wish to make EMD 2016 a sustainable event, lowering environmental costs as much as feasible and taking into consideration the social and economic impact of the conference. We have minimized the carbon footprint of the conference though different actions:

  • Ensuring sustainable food by serving a vegeterian lunch on 18 May. There are no bottled beverages for lunches and water fountains are found in all Logomo center.
  • Minimizing travel impacts by arranging shuttle services. We encourage you to favour walking as main hotels are within walking distance from Logomo conference center and to make use of public transportation while in town.
  • Minimizing the amount of printed material handed out at the conference. No notepads will be furnished and pens are made by 100% renewable biodegradable bioplastic. The bags are from recycled PET bottles.
  • You will be able to give back your badges and lanyards when leaving the Congress, for these to be recycled.

As organisers, we consider that it is our responsibility to show a responsible behaviour about environmental issues and encourage others to follow us.


By serving a vegetarian lunch to 1.000 participants, we save 3 000 tons of CO2 emissions which is equivalent to the emissions produced by a mid-sized gasoline car running 4 000 km.


  • The main hotels are within walking distance from the conference center (in average: 2 km), so by 800 participants and organisers walking an average of 10 km in 2 days we save 1,35 ton of CO2 emissions.
  • Airport and railway station are well connected with the center of Turku and Logomo conference center by public transportation and shuttle buses: 800 participants and organisers using public transportation from and to the airport or train station save another 1,35 ton of C02 emissions.

Participants' kits

  • Small screen cleaners, re-usable and pens made by 100% renewable biodegradable bio plastic (corn starch).
  • Bags from recycled PET bottles (5.000 bottles in total for 900 bags) save 808 Kwh of energy, 3 cubic meters of landfill space, 363 lt of oil.
  • Printed programmes with a few pages added instead of printing an extra notepad save 20 000 A4 sheet pages, ie 100 kg of wood, 1.200 liters of water, 40 Kg of CO2 emissions.


Many hotels in Turku are environmental friendly and they have been labelled with various 'Green' labels.