The city of Turku is a partner in the Horizon 2020 project called SCALE-UP (Scale up user-Centric and dAta driven SoLutions for ConnEcted Urban Poles), i.e. the expansion of user-oriented data-based solutions in regional traffic nodes. The main leader of the project is the city of Antwerp. In addition to the urban areas of Turku and Antwerp, the project also includes the urban area of Madrid. Partner implementers of the Turku complex are Varsinais-Suomen liitto, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Vinka oy.
Today, cycling is as important a mode of travel in Turku as public transport. More than 90 % of Turku residents live less than a 30-minute bike ride from the Market Square. The importance on cycling will be further emphasized in the congested urban transport of the future. The ecology and health benefits of cycling area also a key motive for cycling.
The City of Turku encourages cycling by providing a wide range of services for cyclists.
Turku offers plenty of interesting and convenient cycling routes all year round for home-to-work travelers, hikers and tourist alike. In Turku, you can cycle both in urban areas and in environments close to the nature. Archipelago routes are also easily accessible.
Year-round cycling is encouraged by, among other things, the approximately 12-kilometer-long winter cycling route, which is in the center of Turku and in the Kupittaa area. Thanks to brush salting, the route is also safe in the winter.
Walking is one of the most important forms of travel in the urban area. Each of us is a walker at some point of our travels.
The advantage of walking is the calm pace and the opportunity to explore the surroundings while walking. Increasing the use of sustainable modes of transport such as walking, and cycling will also play an important role in achieving Turku`s climate goals.
Drawing up the Turku suburban vision began in the summer of 2021. The vision is scheduled to be completed in the end of 2022.
The Turku suburban vision is co-created together with the city organization, the residents of Turku and various parties operating in the city through various events, workshops, surveys and a citizen jury.
The Turku suburban vision is a shared idea for the future of the suburbs of Turku and their development. The aim of the vision is to create an insight into the future goals of the suburbs and the necessary measures to reach these goals, but also to bring forth the suburbs.
Climate neutral cities by 2050
The purpose of the RESPONSE-project is to create sustainable and safe cities while simultaneously improving the quality of life and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
The project aims to find out how the energy production and -consumption of cities as well as its safety, equality and affordability can be combined with the sustainability of the environment on building, block and district levels.
The project is based on interconnected energy supplies and services that promote energy sustainability.
A unique Turku Music Centre will be built on the Independence Square at the heart of the City Turku, by the river Aura. The Music Centre will feature world-class acoustics and innovative design. The construction will be finished by the end of 2025.
The building will have two halls, a 1,300-seat main hall serving as a concert hall, and a 300-seat multifunctional hall.
The objective of combating noise is to provide a healthy and enjoyable environment in which noise provides as little inconvenience as possible. According to article 118 of the Environmental Protection Act of 2014, a local environmental protection official must be notified if an event causes noise that, although temporarily, impacts living and working in surrounding areas negatively. A notification must also be filed in cases where sound amplifiers are used outside during nighttime (between 10PM to 7AM).
No notification is needed for playing acoustic music in the streets.
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The city of Turku along with Japanese cities Nagano and Yokohama challenged young people to share their best climate tips through video -art.
The Föli journey planner is a public transport schedule service that utilises the real-time location data of Föli busses.
The Föli journey planner
The Föli journey planner (opens in a new window) tells you how to get from point A to point B in
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In addition to bus and waterbus schedules, the journey planner includes citybike stations and information on the number of bikes available at each station.
The Service Map is an open information channel on the service points and services offered by the City of Turku. The Map helps the inhabitants of the municipality find current information on services offered by the city, as well as on the accessibility of the services. Using the Map, it is possible to provide feedback and engage in open conversations directly with the people in charge at the services and the service points.
The Funicular is the first outdoor inclined elevator in a Finnish city. The funicular offers unimpeded access to Kakolanmäki hill where there is no other public transport. The funicular will run between Linnankatu and Graniittilinnankatu at Linnankatu 55b.
Travelling on the funicular is free of charge and it serves passengers on weekdays from 4:30 am to 01:00 am and on weekends from 05:00 am to midnight.
The funicular has a lower station and a top station at both of which you can get on or off.
The buildings belonging to the Ruissalo estate – residential buildings and outhouses near Kansanpuisto – used to be the centre of the island until the 1840's. The main building was rebuilt in 1901, as the old main building dating back to the 1720's had burnt in a fire two years earlier. Also the outhouses were built after the fire. The garden of the estate, established in 1754, included fruit trees and plants used in the kitchen.
Nowadays, the fields of the Ruissalo estate are home to several rare and even endangered species.
During the Middle Ages, there was no permanent accommodation on the island, though it served as a location for fishing and agriculture. During the 13th century, Ruissalo came under the rule of Turku Castle. The island was kept as pasture land until the mid-16th century, when its administration was taken over by the Duke of Finland. During this period, the island served as royal housing, offering a park for hunting as well as fields to feed the inhabitants of Turku Castle. The forest was cut down to make room for crops, consisting mostly of rye.
The Saaronniemi area in Ruissalo provides opportunities for hiking, swimming, sauna bathing, barbecue, minigolf and beach volley. You can use the sauna or go swimming even in winter. Dog owners can take their pets to a dog park or to a swimming beach intended for dogs.
Café Villa Saaro serves visitors in a beautiful villa representing the Empire style. If you wish to stay overnight, you can stay in your trailer in the well-equipped camping area or indoors.
The Botanical Garden of the University of Turku is open throughout the year and has a collection of over 5.000 plant species. The garden consists of six greenhouses and an outdoor garden that is free of charge.
The Botanical Garden has a café that also serves lunch.
Do I need a permit for my advertisement?
If you want to place an advertisement on a land area that is owned by the City of Turku, you will need a permit from the city.
Permits for permanent advertisements
Permanent advertisements on city-owned land also require building and siting permits. These spots are rented for 5–10 years depending on the contract. The rent depends on the size of the advertisement. Apply for a permit with a free-form application that includes the following information:
Parking a motorcycle
The rules for parking with a motorcycle are principally the same as for cars. In parking spaces that are subject to a charge, the paid parking slip must be attached to the motorcycle. If there are more than one motorcycles in a parking space that is subject to a charge, all motorcycles must have their own parking slips. It is good to take a photo of the parking slip, so you can prove that you paid in case the slip is lost. There is no need to use the parking disk, but the same parking time limits are still valid.