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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.
East towards Helsinki
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 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 get a single ride there.
Second option: You can also start from the very beginning of the highway 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
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.
The common abbreviation for Tampere is TRE. So you can write this.
There are several big ferries from Turku to Stockholm, also stopping on the Åland Islands.
- Viking Line: 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 alandstrafiken.ax, there are two possible ways from islands with a street connection to the finish mainland to the big islands of Åland via ferry for free (pay only for vehicles):
- North: Osnäs − Brändö, Kumlinge − Hummelvik
- South: Galtby − Sottunga − Långnäs