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'''Turku''' (Swedish ''Åbo'') is a coastal city in Southwestern 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 motorways leading to all different directions throughout Finland, so make sure you know which motorway is going your way, and always use a [[sign]].
== Hitching Out ==
=== East towards [[Helsinki]] (motorway 1) ===
[[File:Crazy-helsinki.jpg|thumb|200px|left|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...]]
From [[Stockholm]], taking a cruise to Turku, rather than [[Helsinki]], is comparatively less expensive, and you can always hitch-hike the difference. The Viking Line cruise ships have free tourist maps of Turku at their information desks on board. 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 hitch-hiking, and possibly extremely low temperatures, as well. Plus, there might not be much traffic on the icy (or slushy) roadways, since Turku is a rather small city.
The motorway 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 motorway (1), being a main one, has a lot of exits to other motorways going to all different directions, but there are a few petrol 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 get a single ride there.
'''Second option:''' You can also start from the very beginning of the The motorway number 1/the end , being a main one, has a lot of the street called "Helsinginkatu". This is just next exits to other motorways going to both Student village (Ylioppilaskylä) and the University of all different directions, but there are a few petrol stations / rest stops in between Turku. Coming from the direction of the harbour and the bus station on "Helsinginkatu"Helsinki, after the bridge take the right side of the street. After the traffic lights thereso it shouldn's t be too hard to find a bus stop where you can start hitchingwarm spot indoors in between rides. A sign However, since the distance between Turku and Helsinki is not too much, it should also be possible to get a good idea since single ride there's a lot of cars driving to suburbs of Turku.
==== at the on-ramp ====The motorway entrance to Helsinki (and a few other places) begins just after the hospital, from the right lane. There is a spot where cars slow down to turn onto the on-ramp, but can also stop & pull over.  ==== Helsinginkatu ====You can also start from the very beginning of the motorway number 1/the end of the street called "Helsinginkatu". This is just next to both Student village (Ylioppilaskylä) and the University of Turku. Coming from the direction of the harbour and the bus station on "Helsinginkatu", after the bridge take the right side of the street. After the traffic lights there's a bus stop where you can start hitching. A sign is a good idea since there's a lot of cars driving to suburbs of Turku. === North towards [[Tampere]] (motorway 9) ===
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 motorway 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.
=== West towards [[Åland]], [[Stockholm]] ===
There are several big ferries from Turku to Stockholm, also stopping on the Åland Islands.
* '''Viking Line:''' Ask You can try to ask people for the free tickets they got on the ferry. A lot of people just use this ferry to buy cheap alcohol on the open sea. If you buy a lot of things in the duty free shop, you get free rides (probably to increase customer loyalty). Ask the drunken people who exit the ferry when it arrives if they can give you one of these free tickets and check in for free!
* '''Silja Line:''' ...
* '''FinnLink:''' (only Naantali near Turku to Kapellskär near Stockholm)
You can also try to hitch-hike via the archipelago between Turku and Åland. You can get a map of the archipelago and the ferries at the tourist info in Turku. According to [http://www.alandstrafiken.ax/pdf/Taxa09ENG.pdf alandstrafiken.ax], there There are two possible ways from islands with a street connection to the finish Finnish mainland to the big islands of Åland via ferry for free (pay only for vehicles):
# North: Osnäs − Brändö, Kumlinge − Hummelvik
# South: Galtby − Sottunga − Långnäs
Check [http://www.alandstrafiken.ax/eng/index.htm alandstrafiken.ax] for more infos.
 
===Northeast towards [[Forssa]], [[Riihimäki]], [[Hämeenlinna]] (main road 10) (also [[Lahti]])===
===NortheastA good place is about 4km from the centrum of Turku, [[Forssa]]on Hämeenlinnantie, [[Riihimäki]]at the crossroad of Nummi and Halinen. There is a bus stop there, [[Hämeenlinna]] (local number 10) (also [[Lahti]])===and probably the correct bus is #4. Leave the bus at the Nummi library and walk 100m to the crossroads.  Or walk 6km on Hämeenlinnantie past the motorway ramps of Porintie. On the hill there is a bus stop, which is probably the best place to hitch-hike out of Turku.
* A good place is about 4km from the centrum of Turku, on Hämeenlinnantie, at the crossroad of Nummi and Halinen. There is a bus stop there, and probably the correct bus is #4. Leave the bus at the Nummi library and walk 100m to the crossroads.
You can also go to Lahti this way. In that case, go via Riihimäki.
 
* Or walk 6km on Hämeenlinnantie past the motorway ramps of Porintie. On the hill there is a bus stop, which is probably the best place to hitch-hike out of Turku.
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