Turku

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Turku (Swedish Åbo) is a coastal city in Southwestern Finland. It has an active harbour, with both commercial and cruise ships going to and from major cities in the region. From Turku, there are highways leading to all different directions throughout Finland, so make sure you know which highway is going your way, and always use a sign.


What type of crazy person decides to hitchhike to Helsinki in the middle of Winter on a Sunday morning? At least amylin arrived, through the frozen rain, 3 hours later...


Going to Helsinki

From Stockholm, taking a cruise to Turku, rather than Helsinki, is comparatively less expensive, and you can always hitchhike the difference. The Viking Line cruise ships have free tourist maps of Turku at their information desks onboard. Be warned that if you take a daytime cruise (which is about half the price), you will arrive in Turku at night. In the Fall, Winter, and early Spring, that means no daylight for hitchhiking, and possibly extremely cold temperatures, as well. Plus, there might not be much traffic on the icy (or slushy) roadways, since Turku is a rather small city.

The highway entrance to Helsinki (and a few other places) begins just after the hospital, from the right lane. There is a spot where cars slow to turn onto the on-ramp, but can also stop & pull over. This highway (1), being a main one, has a lot of exits to other highways going to all different directions, but there are a few gas stations / rest stops in between Turku and Helsinki, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a warm spot indoors in between rides. However, since the distance between Turku and Helsinki is not too much, it should also be possible to do it all in one single ride.


Going to Tampere

Buses 1 or 18 go a short distance north of the centre to a crossroads in a neighbourhood called Raunistola. The point at which the highway to Tampere begins is signposted several hundred metres south of the crossroads, but unfortunately not at the crossroads itself. Look for a small sign reading "[HW] 9", a street sign reading "Tampereen valtatie", and an R-Kioski and a small Hesburger side by side. One can hitch from the north end of the parking lot outside of the Hesburger, сars will probably stop in the bus stop next to the parking lot. Use a sign due to the large amount of suburban traffic.