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Getting to Turkui - what is better?

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berlin
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Getting to Turkui - what is better?

I am thinking of visiting Turku with my family in July.

I will probably have LOTS of questions later, but my first question is about the most convenient way to get there:

- Is there a direct ferry from Rostock or Kiel to Turku?

- If not, what is better, to get with a car and ferry to Helsinki or to Stockholm? Is it difficult to drive in Finland in the summer, are there any specific things I should know about it? Is it inadvisable?

- The reason I am thinking of taking a ferry + driving is that I am going with two small children, and it is *hell* to fly with two very small children. However, is flying much more advisable?

Finland
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1. Re: Getting to Turkui - what is better?

1. No

2. Driving in Finland (or Sweden) during the summer is very easy. For a German it must seem the roads have practically no traffic at all ;) So it's really a matter of other preferences whether you want to do it via Helsinki or Stockholm.

Oulu, Finland
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for Helsinki, Oulu, Lapland
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2. Re: Getting to Turkui - what is better?

From Berlin you'll have a few options:

- Take Tallink's Superfast ( http://www.tallinksilja.com/de/ ) from Rostock to Helsinki and then travel to Turku (either by car, train or bus).

- Driving through Denmark and Sweden + a ferry trip from Stockholm to Turku (or Helsinki and then by car to Turku). Both Silja Line ( http://www.tallinksilja.com/de/ ) and Viking Line ( http://www.vikingline.de/ ) have packages that include also the connecting ferry links between Germany and Denmark and/ Sweden.

- Driving along the Via Baltica through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to Tallinn and then a quick 2 hour boat trip to Helsinki and driving onwards to Turku.

Info on Via Baltica

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_route_E67

http://www.viabaltica.info/ (covers only the Estonian part)

respons.pp.fi/viabaltica/engl/indexanglb.html

Tampere
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3. Re: Getting to Turkui - what is better?

I think it really depends on your plans, what are you going to do in Finland and in Turku. If you just need to get easily from Berlin to Turku the flight is definitely the easiest choice, even with the kids.:) But if you plan to see around taking the car will of course give you much more options. Alternatively, you could of course rent one here.

Concerning the flights you could take Air Berlin to Helsinki and then bus to Turku. Or then you could take Finnair flights from Berlin to Turku via Helsinki.

Lots of choices, just tell a bit more of your planc and preferences!

Finlandia
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4. Re: Getting to Turkui - what is better?

Hello there

There is a direct affordable flight with Wizzair from Gdansk to Turku. Check it out.

Do visit Naantali also if You visit Turku, both nice in summer. In Finland people with children visit Muuminmaailma in Naantali, in summer it is "very big". Good busconnections between Turku and Naantali.

Finland
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for Helsinki, Finland
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5. Re: Getting to Turkui - what is better?

Travelling with small children has it's challenges :)

I think the best bet is Lubeck-Helsinki by boat, http://www2.finnlines.com/passenger_ger/

Helsinki-Turku by car is less than 3 hours, even with a pit stop for the kids.

Only time you may see considerable amount of traffic is on a Friday evening out of Helsinki and on a Sunday evening back to Helsinki. Otherwise the driving in Finland is uncrowded, no Staus to be expected.

Helsinki, Finland
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6. Re: Getting to Turkui - what is better?

As a father myself, I'd take polarbearfin's advice if I were in your shoes.

berlin
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7. Re: Getting to Turkui - what is better?

Thank you all for the helpful advice. I think we'll take the train to Rostock or Luebeck, from there a ferry, and from Helsinki train again. That's the easiest, least hussle way.

Regarding "Muuminmaailma" - is that where Tobbe Jansen (I hope I have spelled the name correctly) Mummintrolls (sp?) live?

Finland
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for Helsinki, Finland
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8. Re: Getting to Turkui - what is better?

See: http://www.muumimaailma.fi/ The authorin is spelled Tove Jansson.

It is in Naantali, convenient drive away from Turku.

You are planning to leave your car home??? What's the idea? Life with kids is just sooo much easier if you have a car and you can travel at your own schedule. Would not even consider train with all the stuff for kids, pram etc.

Tampere
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9. Re: Getting to Turkui - what is better?

As a father of 3 kids I would say that taking ferry + train would be the last option for me to take - I see that it would be *hell* with all the hassle. But luckily we are can make our own choices. :)

Turku, Finland
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10. Re: Getting to Turkui - what is better?

It's your choice of travel, of course. If you do get take the ferry without a car, when you get to Helsinki, rent a car for your trip to Turku. Especially with young kids. I live in Turku and travel to Helsinki for work a couple times per weeks. There's a new motorway, just opened, between the 2 cities and travel is about 1 hr 45 minutes. With a bus, you might have 2.5-3 hrs. The car will allow you much more flexibility whilst in Turku. Naantali is about 15 mins from the centre of Turku. Parking will be a bit problematic if you're in the city but when booking a hotel, make sure they've confirmed parking for you.

If you've got active kids, Väski, at http://www.vaski.fi/en/ , is a better alternative to Muuminmaailma. In my opinion, it's way overrated and activities at this family "trap" are aimed at the 2-5 yr old crowd. My 3 boys, aged 5-10 yrs, love Väski.

Driving in Finland is lovely. Not much traffic and very well maintained roads and highways. We're a civilized country! :)