This page contains all the practical information that might help you to plan for the workshop. There is information about travel possibilities to and from Turku, around the city, and about accommodation options you have. The “Training and Rest” sections contain information to help you plan your schedule. We will also keep our COVID-19 plan updated to make sure that you can make an informed decision.
In case you have any questions about any practical side of the workshop you can contact the organising team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any further tips or want to point out missing information, let us know.
When travelling in Turku, you can rent a city bike or take a bus – or explore the city on foot. Intercity travel can be done by ferry, plane, bus or train. See further information at Visit Turku Website.
Bikes in Turku
Bikes are maybe the most practical way to get around in Turku. The whole city from the Student village to Turku Harbour is within a half-an-hour ride. If you choose an accommodation option at Student Village,
We have a deal with a bike-centered flea market Maailmanpyörä Koroinen where they you can buy an used bike for 80 euros a piece through us. After the bike is used, you can either keep the bike or donate it back to them in order to support Maailmanpyörä in making the world a better place.
Turku city bikes (called “fölläri”) are the first way to have a bike available. You can find more information about them at the city bike website: Föli City Bikes. The concept is that they are parked around the city in specific places where you can pick them up when needed, and return them to those places inside half an hour. The monthly pass costs just 6 euros.
It is also possible to take your own bike with you on most ships, and in some trains and buses. You must pre-book a bike spot for every company you travel with, and it will cost extra, but then you have your own trusty bike with you.
If you prefer to take buses, there is an option to get a Travel ticket for 14 days. This ticket costs 33 euros and allows you to travel in the city area as much as you want during the two weeks.
If you want to get out of the city, you can use buses from Matkahuolto, as when travelling to the city.
Travel to and from Turku
There is a seaport, an airport, a bus station, and three train stations in Turku.
You find more information about Seaport at Port of Turku Website. There are ships coming straight to Turku from Stockholm (Sweden). You can also take a boat from Estonia to Helsinki and then continue your travel on train or bus all the way to Turku.
The Airport can be found at Lentoasemantie 150, 20360 Turku. You can find more information about it on Finavia’s website . During “normal” times, there are direct flights from most of the countries to Turku, transfer from Helsinki is just a couple of hours on the bus to Turku.
There are three train stations in Turku. Kupittaa Train Station (Joukahaisenkatu 6, 20520 Turku), Turku Central Station (Ratapihankatu 37, 20100 Turku) and at Turku Seaport (Satamakatu 1, 20100 Turku). All the stations are located near the center, but Turku Central Station is slightly closer to the accommodation, and Turku Seaport is slightly closer to the training venue. The train from Helsinki costs between 10 and 20 euros, and normally takes a bit more than 2 hours. You can get your train tickets from the only train company in Finland VR.
The bus station is at Läntinen Pitkäkatu 7-9, 20100 TURKU. You can take buses to Turku from most of the large cities in Finland. It takes a little over two hours from Helsinki and costs between 5 and 20 euros depending on how early you book. Bus tickets can be found at Matkahuolto Website
See further information at Turku Public Transportation site.
We are still searching for the best accommodation possibilities and looking at three different preliminary options.
First option is a floor accommodation at local youth theater facility near the training venue. The lodging has toilets, a simple kitchen and showers. There is room to sleep on the floor for approximately 30 people. This option be included in the workshop price.
The second option is a studio apartment with a shared kitchen 3 kilometers away from the training venue at Turku Student Village. See also Virtual Tour to the apartment complex. For this we need you to pay an extra 250 euros of accommodation fee.
Third option is a shared four-person hotel room at the city center. This is at Turku Omenahotelli. There is a fridge and microwave at this lodging. The accommodation fee for this one is 300 euros.
You are also welcomed to find your own accommodation from other places. As an example Booking.com, Couch-surfing and AirBnB are good options to look for different accommodation options. If you need something specific, we are also happy to help you search for one.
The Training and Rest
Turku University of Applied Sciences
Check-list for gear
- Training clothes
- Indoor training shoes
- Outdoor training shoes
- Paper/pen to take notes with
- Water bottle and snacks
- Gloves for sword work (these can be thin utility gloves from a hardware store)
- Hygiene supplies
- Party clothes
- Casual clothing for different weathers
- Personal medications
We will order lunches from Daisy Ladies. They are a group of immigrant women who make traditional food from their native countries. Every day will be different, and we will have options for different diets. We will give more information on the menu closer to the workshop, when we have provided them with everyone’s diets and food allergies.
During the workshop week, you will have evenings free, some shorter days and even one day off. Besides resting you might want to try a wide variety restaurants and sights in Turku. We will gather our recommendations here later on.
There are four levels of guidelines we must follow during the workshop, and during travel there and back. There are government guidelines. guidelines from The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, guidelines for events in Turku, and lastly, there will be guidelines from the institute we will be working in. All these will need to be taken into consideration, and you will be informed of them.
The guidelines may make the workshop experience slightly different, or maybe they won’t affect us at all. There might be decisions about avoiding unnecessary mingling between the different training groups, avoiding some choices in choreography work, and of course recommendations to take extra care of personal hygiene. As usual, we will do our best to give you the safest and coolest workshop experience possible.