Travel & Accommodation
The symposium will be held in Turku, a bustling medieval city in southwestern Finland. Located some 165 km west of Helsinki, Turku is within easy reach from the capital.
Turku Airport (http://www.finavia.fi/airports/airport_turku ) has direct connections to Helsinki, Stockholm, Riga, and Gdansk. The airport is located 8 km (5 miles) from the city center. The city center can be reached from the airport either by bus (bus line 1 to Market Square, or “Kauppatori” in Finnish) or by taxi.
It is very easy and affordable to reach Turku from Helsinki Airport (HEL) (http://www.finavia.fi/en/helsinki-airport/), Finland’s biggest aviation hub.
There is a convenient coach connection to Turku from the airport. The buses to Turku leave about once an hour from just outside the terminal exit. The travel time is about 2 hours 30 minutes. A one-way bus ticket from Helsinki Airport to Turku bought at the time of departure costs about 30 €. The terminal point of the bus is Turku’s main bus station, which is within walking distance from most downtown hotels. For timetables and advance tickets, please visit the web page of Matkahuolto (http://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/)
Helsinki Airport is connected to the rail network, and it is convenient to take the train from the airport to Turku (with one change of trains at the Pasila station). For timetables and tickets, please visit the web page of Finland’s state railway company (VR). (https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage)
By Bus or Train
Turku can be reached by bus or train from Helsinki and other major cities in Finland. Trains from Helsinki’s main railway station to Turku leave hourly from early morning to late evening. A one-way train ticket bought at the time of departure costs about 30 €, though tickets purchased in advance cost less. Turku’s main railway station is located in the city center and the hotels are within walking distance from it. For the train schedule, please visit the web page of Finland’s state railway company (VR): https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage.
Buses from Helsinki’s main bus station, located in central Helsinki, leave about once an hour. A one-way ticket bought on the bus costs about 30 €, though advance tickets can cost as little as 6 €. For the long-distance bus schedule, please see the web page of Matkahuolto (http://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/) or OnniBus (https://www.onnibus.com/home).
Turku can be reached also by ferry from Stockholm, Sweden. There are two ship companies, Tallink Silja (http://www.tallinksilja.com/) and Viking Line (http://www.sales.vikingline.com/), that offer ferry trips from Stockholm to Turku. The Turku-bound ferries leave Stockholm twice a day, in the early morning and in the evening. The ferry trip from Stockholm to Turku takes approximately ten hours.
To get an idea on what there is to see and to do in Turku, please see the Visit Turku website: http://www.visitturku.fi/en
For information on public transportation, please see the Turku region public transportation website Föli: http://www.foli.fi/en
We have reserved a block of rooms with a special price for symposium attendees from the following two hotels:
Yliopistonkatu 12a, 20100 Turku
Single room 104€ / night
Double room 124€ / night
While our reserved block of rooms expired on December 18, 2019, the hotel will still offer the special rates, as long as there is availaibility. Please use the code ”Histories of Death” when booking.
Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone
Humalistonkatu 2, 20100 Turku
Single room 122€ / night
Double room 142€ / night
For the special rates, please make your reservation by January 20, 2020, using the code ”Histories of Death.”