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3 days in Turku early September.

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3 days in Turku early September.

We will be staying in Turku the first week in September, any suggestions where to stay centrally so that we don't need a car, and what to do. Flying into the airport, is it possible to get a bus train to the bus station ? How far is the ferry terminal away ?

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1. Re: 3 days in Turku early September.

Turku's not so big that you need a car to get around (assuming you won't be venturing into the suburbs) and although public transport is pretty good, using your feet is the best way in the city centre. There are buses from the airport but no trains. The ferry port is pretty close to the town centre, a kilometre or so away.

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2. Re: 3 days in Turku early September.

Just to complete some of the above:

Taxi fare from the airport to the major hotels is something like 20-25 euros. There is a bus line, too, but with luggage it is not that convenient. There are not always many taxis at the airport taxi rank on the arrivals level, as they normally appear there only to meet the landing planes and in case the demand exceeds supply, they may not automatically send more cars. In case you see no taxis in a couple of minutes, it is advisable to contact the airport personnel for assistance.

The hotel reviews here at TA are fair I think. The same goes for restaurant reviews.

The ferry terminal is actually some 4 km from the central market square, along Linnankatu (=Castle Street) following the river Aura. Take a taxi (15 euros maybe) or the bus number 1 towards "Satama - Hamnen", some 2,50 euros per person and some 15 minutes ride. The terminals of "Tallink Silja" and "Viking Line" are a few hundred meters apart from each other at the port.

For some activities, http://www.turkutouring.fi/en

The center of the city is compact and walkable, take precaution for possible rain. It is generally safe to walk there. You can walk several kms along river Aura on both sides and there is a chain of parks on the hills on the east side of the river. The major buildings include Turku Cathedral, upstream, east side and Turku Castle, downstream, west side, very close to the ferry terminals. There are some art museums, and the sea museum with a famous sailing boat "Daphne" restored and placed indoors in the restaurant/cafe area as well as some navy vessels and a major sailship moored at the river bank there might be interesting.

There is a major shopping center by the central market square downtown, with some 100 shops and restaurants.

The usual day temperature in early September is something like +15 C, nights are colder.

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3. Re: 3 days in Turku early September.

The walk between the cathedral and the castle is recommended if the weather is nice. You can also take the city bus from the market square to nearby Naantali which has a nice old town and harbor area (20-30 min trip). We stayed at the Holiday Inn (on Eerikinkatu, I think) last summer with no complaints.

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4. Re: 3 days in Turku early September.

The walk between the cathedral and the castle is recommended if the weather is nice. You can also take the city bus from the market square to nearby Naantali which has a nice old town and harbor area (20-30 min trip). We stayed at the Holiday Inn (on Eerikinkatu, I think) last summer with no complaints.

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