Public transport in Turku
On this page you can find information about the public transport in Turku during the Tall Ships Races event.
On line 1 between the Market Square and the Harbour, buses will run more frequently and until a later hour than usual during the event. Buses run every 5 minutes between 9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. On Friday 21 July and Saturday 22 July, buses will run until 2:30 a.m. The departure stop is T6 (situated in front of Åbo Svenska Teatern) at the Market Square and buses run to the harbour via Linnankatu. This means that the river front is easily accessible by bus.
The line 8 takes visitors to Ruissalo on Sunday 23 July to watch the departure of ships. Buses run every 15 minutes from 1:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (bus stop T39, on the corner of Eerikinkatu and Aurakatu). Further information: www.foli.fi
Free bus service from the market square to the event area
A free shopping bus service is available during the event, running between the Market Square and Turku Castle. The bus departs every hour from Turku Castle, and at half past, it departs from the front of Turku Orthodox Church. Driving times: Thursday 20 July from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 21 July from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 22 July from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 23 July from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Bus to Kakola during the event
The Turku Region public transport system Föli provides bus service from Linnankatu to Kakola during the Tall Ships Races event. Additional buses will run on each day of the event between 12 noon and 9 p.m. approximately every 10 minutes.
Extended river ferry Föri schedule
Föri will run with an extended schedule during the event, 19–20 July between 6:15 a.m. and midnight and 21–22 July between 6:15 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
River ferry Pikku-Föri
The Pikku-Föri ferry takes event visitors across the Aurajoki river free of charge. Departure points are: on the western bank of the river the dock behind the stern of the Suomen Joutsen ship, and on the eastern bank of the Aurajoki river by the harbour crane and the Viking Line stage. The ferry runs Wed 19 July–Sun 23 July between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. The ferry holds 38 passengers at a time.
An extra ferry for carrying visitors across the river
In addition to Föri and Pikku-Föri, the yellow ferry Replot 2 will transport event guests across the river.
The ferry will run from the pontoon at Turku Castle across the river to the shipyard shore. The ferry holds around 300 passengers. The trip is free of charge. The extra ferry will run continuously during the event on 20–22 July from 12 noon to 11 p.m. The ferry will not run on Sunday 23 July.
Attention! As a large audience is expected to attend the free concerts on the Viking Stage of the eastern bank on Friday and Saturday, the Replot 2 ferry will not operate for safety reasons on Friday or Saturday between 4:45 p.m and 6 p.m. After the break, the ferry will continue to operate, starting from the eastern dock.
Water bus transport between the River Aura and the Kansanpuisto park in Ruissalo
A water bus will run on the River Aura during the event, providing a great opportunity to see the ships from a new perspective. The water bus runs every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The stops include Martinsilta bridge, Forum Marinum, Ruissalo shipyard and the Kansanpuisto park in Ruissalo. The travelling time, stops included, is approximately 30 minutes. During the Tall Ships Races, special schedules and routes will apply – more information will be available later on.
Water bus transport is part of the regional Föli transport and the same ticket products can be used. Also the tariffs are the same as in bus transport – a single ticket for an adult costs 3 euros and a single ticket for a child costs 1.50 euros. The water bus holds up to 75 passengers per direction, and bicycles can be taken aboard free of charge. Further information: www.foli.fi/fi/vesibussi