Accommodation and travelling

ESEB2019 – European Society for Evolutionary Biology

Accommodation

A quota of rooms has been reserved for the ESEB2019 participants in hotels in the city centre and close to the congress venue. Nearly all the hotels are located within walking distance, two to three blocks, of each other and along the Aura River. The Aura Riverfront is a beautiful and fascinating area, where you’ll find restaurants, cafés, galleries, museums and the nearly 800-year-old Turku Castle. Below is a short presentation of the hotels.

The reservations will be made on “first come, first served” basis. The hotel quotas are valid until two months before the congress. After that, we cannot guarantee the availability of the hotel rooms but will assist you in finding accommodation. The hotel fees include breakfast, service and VAT. All hotel fees are payable directly to the hotels.

Please mark your hotel reservation on the congress registration form. Your reservation will be confirmed together with your participation. Kindly inform Aboa Congress and Event Services (info@aboaservices.fi) of any changes in your accommodation reservation.
In the hotel your reservation will be found under your name (there are no reservation numbers). Please note that the check-in time in the hotels is 15.00.

Below is a short presentation of the hotels. For more information, please contact Aboa Congress and Event Services.

Please see the congress MAP for locations.

Hotels

Solo Sokos Hotel Turku Seurahuone
Eerikinkatu 23, 20100 Turku

Solo Sokos Hotel Turku Seurahuone is located in the centre of Turku, a few blocks from the Market Square and just a short walk away from the congress venue. When staying in Hotel Seurahuone you can enjoy the hotel breakfast prepared with artisan products.

Hotel Seurahuone is an elegant and active boutique hotel, a classic full of surprises, brought from the 1920s to the modern age. Air-conditioning, luxurious beds and a minibar are featured in each room. Guest can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or tasty meal in the Hotel’s restaurant Gunnar Eatery and bar. Hotel Seurahuone also offers a gym and sauna for hotel guests.

For more information please visit the hotel website.

Solo, single standard room 145,00 eur/night
Solo, double standard room 155,00 eur/night

Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund
Eerikinkatu 11, 20100 Turku

Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund is located in the heart of Turku, right next to the Market Square and within walking distance from the congress venue. Buffet breakfast is included.

Hotel Wiklund is completely renewed urban hotel located on the top floors of Sokos Wiklund department store. All rooms at Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund feature city views and fridges, kettles and flat-screen TVs are standard in the rooms. A wireless internet connection is available during your stay. A variety of restaurants serving coffees and pastries is located on the ground floor, burgers and Italian flavors on the second, and on the roof top panoramic cocktails and beers. For more information please visit the hotel website.

Standard, single room 122,00 eur/night
Standard, double room 132,00 eur/night

Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund is eco-label awarded. Green Key is the largest global eco-label for accommodation.

Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel
Linnankatu 32, 20100 Turku

Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel is located right on the banks of the river Aurajoki, within walking distance from the congress venue. When staying in Radisson Blu Hotel you can enjoy a generous breakfast buffet.

Radisson Blu Hotel provides numerous guest services to enhance your visit, for example free access to a fitness centre and 3 saunas. After a day at the congress, enjoy a dinner at the hotel restaurant Grill it! Marina or have a drink at the terrace overlooking the river Aurajoki. A wireless high-speed internet access is available throughout the hotel.

Standard, single room 132,00 eur/night
Standard, double room 142,00 eur/night

River view, single room 137,00 eur/night
River view, double room 147,00 eur/night

Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel is eco-label awarded. Green Key is the largest global eco-label for accommodation.

Hotel Scandic Julia
Eerikinkatu 4, 20100 Turku

Scandic Julia is a modern, recently renovated hotel in the centre of Turku. Everything is close at hand. The congress venue is within walking distance. Our organic breakfast buffet is included!

When staying in Julia, you will have full access to the hotel gym and sauna. The hotel has air-conditioned and comfortable hotel rooms and a bistro-style restaurant.  Guests at Julia always have access to free WiFi in their room and throughout the hotel’s public areas.

From the hotel, it’s easy to explore all of the city’s major sights, such as Turku Castle, Turku Cathedral and the museums. The Old Suurtori grand marketplace is so close, it’s actually visible just across the river.

Standard, single room 134,00 eur/night
Standard, double room 144,00 eur/night

Hotel Scandic Julia is certified under the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

Hotel Scandic Plaza
Yliopistonkatu 29, 20100 Turku

Hotel Scandic Plaza is a comfortable hotel with stylish and harmonious interiors in the centre of Turku. The congress venue is within walking distance or otherwise easily reachable. Our organic breakfast buffet is included!

You can exercise in our gym and in the summer you can borrow a bicycle from the hotel reception. The nearby Aurajoki River and its banks are a good place to get to know either on foot or by bike.

For more information please visit the hotel website.

Standard, single room 144,00 eur/night
Standard, double room 154,00 eur/night

Hotel Scandic Plaza is certified under the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

Hotel Scandic Atrium
(the hotel name has changed from Scandic Turku to Scandic Atrium)
Eerikinkatu 28-30, 20100 Turku

Scandic Atrium is a cosy and peaceful hotel in the centre of Turku. The congress venue is just a short walk away from the hotel. Our organic breakfast buffet is included!

When staying in Scandic Atrium you can enjoy a delicious dinner in hotel restaurant and have a drink in hotel’s relaxed bar. Hotel’s relaxation suite with sauna and swimming pool guarantee a relaxing stay. The hotel has plenty of parking space and all areas of the hotel have free WiFi.

From the hotel, it’s easy to visit all of the city’s sights, such as Turku Castle and the museums.

For more information please visit the hotel website.

Standard, single room 124,00 eur/night
Standard, double room 134,00 eur/night

Ruissalo Spa Hotel
Ruissalon puistotie 640, 20100 Turku

Ruissalo Spa Hotel is located on the beautiful island of Ruissalo, surrounded by impressive sea views and old oak forests, but still close to the Turku city centre (distance 12 km).

Ruissalo Spa is home for beauty, wellness, and relaxation. Pamper yourself with luxurious spa treatments, soak in the warm waters and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities in the beautiful scenery of the Ruissalo island.

Please note! Following prices require at least three nights reservation!

Comfort, single room 91,00 eur/night
Comfort, double room 98,00 eur/night

Comfort, sea view, single room 101,00 eur/night
Comfort, sea view, double room 118,00 eur/night

Superior, single room 121,00 eur/night
Superior, double room 138,00 eur/night

Centro Hotel
Yliopistonkatu 12a, 20100 Turku

Centro Hotel is a unique, modern hotel located right in the heart of Turku city centre, but away from the hubbub of the city, in an inner courtyard. At the Centro hotel you can enjoy breakfast prepared with fresh natural ingredients from the nearby area. The congress venue is within walking distance or otherwise easily reachable.

Centro Hotel offers its guests a good personal service and peaceful nights in cozy rooms.

For more information please visit the hotel website.

Standard, single room 110,00 eur/night
Standard, double room 140,00 eur/night

Conference Hotel Linnasmäki
Lustokatu 7, 20380 Turku

Conference hotel Linnasmäki is located on the outskirts of Turku city centre, distance from the Market Square is approximately 4,5 km. Linnasmäki hotel offers affordable and comfortable accommodation in a peaceful and natural environment. The jogging trail is accessible directly from the hotel and their courtyard is a splendid place for spending time together. You can also use the hotel gym at no charge. A wireless internet connection and free parking is available during your stay. For more information please visit the hotel website.

Single room 48,00 eur/night
Double room 70,00 eur/night

Please note! Reservations at conference hotel Linnasmäki directly from the hotel! Contact: info@linnasmaki.fi or tel. +358 2 4123 500.

Hostel S/S Bore
Linnankatu 72, 20100 Turku

Hostel S/S Bore is a museum ship turned into a hostel, located next to the Turku Castle by the harbour, anchored at the Aurajoki river. Spend an unforgettable night aboard a museum ship enjoying the charm and milieu of a nostalgic cruise ship! For more information please visit the hostel website.

Single room 55,00 eur/night
Double room 85,00 eur/night
Double room with lounge 95,00 eur/night

Please note! Reservations at Laivahostel S/S Borea directly from the hotel via email: hostel.bore@turku.fi. Please use code “ESEB2019”.

Room reservation and cancellation conditions:

Reserved room will be held until 6 pm on the day of arrival. The hotel is entitled to give the room to another guest after 6 pm. If you plan to arrive after 6 p.m., kindly send your credit card information through our Secured mail system to Aboa Congress and Event Services to ensure that the room will be held until your arrival. You can fill in the information on the credit card authorisation form and attach it to the secured email. Note that the hotel will charge your card only in case of late cancellation or no-show.

A reserved room may be cancelled free of charge 2 weeks before the arrival (except in case of illness documented with a doctor’s note). The hotel has the right to charge the guest for cancellations made later than 2 weeks before arrival or no-shows.

Other accommodation possibilities

Here’s a list of some other hotel/hostel accommodation options. Please note that there are no quotas reserved in these hotels. Prices, availability, and reservations are to be asked directly from the hotel/hostel.

Hotel Helmi

Tuureporinkatu 11, 20100 Turku

Hotel Helmi offers you a comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Turku next to the main bus station. Our petit and private hotel offers lots of affordable parking places, cozy breakfast served in our own Café Helmi and friendly service from the moment you arrive! We have 34 rooms including a family room a room for handicapped guests.

Guesthouse Tapuli

Kaivokatu 14, 20520 Turku

A small and cozy guesthouse that is located near the university.

Omena Hotel Turku

Humalistonkatu 7, 20100 Turku

An affordable self-service hotel in the city centre.

Forenom

Furnished apartments around Turku

Forenom hosts 211 apartments in Turku. Forenom is the largest furnished apartments provider in the Nordic countries. Have a look at Forenom’s apartments in Turku.

Ruissalo Camping

At the Ruissalo Camping area, you can stay in Ruissalo on the outermost tip of the island. This well-equipped camping and caravan area have a beach, sauna, a convenience store, indoor accommodation 
and various other amenities, including hot showers and laundry facilities.

More options and links: Visit Turku

Travelling

In Turku and the Southwest-Finland region, it’s easy for the traveller to get around on public transportation. Cities and towns have an efficient public transportation system, and longer distances can be covered in the comfort of long-distance buses and trains.

There is an international airport and ferry terminal in Turku, but Helsinki is the main destination for international flights. See a map of flight connections from Europe to Finland here. For more information about Turku and travel connections, please visit the Visit Turku website.

Transport is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions that represents almost a quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions. When planning your trip, you may want to have a look at alternatives at the end of the page [1]. Use Ecopassenger website to compare the environmental impacts of different ways to get from Helsinki to Turku.

You may calculate the emissions of your travel using any of these:
https://www.atmosfair.de/en/offset/flight
https://co2.myclimate.org/en/cruise_calculators/new
Ecopassenger.org

You may compensate or offset the emissions of greenhouse gases by donating money to projects aiming to decarbonize the world (e.g. the calculators above), or to protect natural old-growth forests or mires that act as carbon sores and sinks. For more information please visit the websites: http://www.luonnonperintosaatio.fi/en/english/donations
https://www.sll.fi/en/

Ferry

From Stockholm, you may choose to travel to Turku on a ferry through one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. Daily connections between Stockholm and Turku are operated by Tallink Silja and Viking Line. The ferry takes about 10 hrs and your car may travel with you. From Turku harbor, there is a regular bus to city center (distance approx. 3 km), bus line no 1 which runs about every 20 minutes. Tickets à 3 euro (11 p.m. – 4 a.m. à 4 euro) can be bought from the driver (cash, preferably coins). Tickets can also be purchased as mobile tickets.

Turku Airport

Turku has an international airport and it is easy to reach by air via Helsinki, Stockholm, Riga, and Gdansk. From Turku airport, there is a regular bus to city center (distance approx. 8 km), bus line no 1 which runs about every 20 minutes. Tickets à 3 euro (11 p.m. – 4 a.m. à 4 euro) can be bought from the driver (cash, preferably coins). Tickets can also be purchased as mobile tickets.

A taxi ride to the center of Turku will cost around 25 euros. All taxis accept credit/debit cards. You can reserve a taxi at +358 2 10041. There are several taxi stands in the City center.

Helsinki Airport

If you fly to Helsinki, from Helsinki-Vantaa airport there is a bus to Turku operated by Expressbus (travel time 2-2.5 hours, departures about every hour). Another option is to take the new Ring Rail Line from the airport to Helsinki, to Pasila station, and change in Pasila to a train to Turku. At daytime, the Ring Rail Line trains between the airport and Helsinki run at ten-minute intervals at peak hours and the trip takes 22 minutes. Trains to Turku depart about every hour (between 5 a.m. and 8.30 p.m.). The trip to Turku from the Helsinki-Pasila station takes about 2 hours.

Further travel information

Please, see Visit Turku- webpage for further travel and tourist information.

Other transport links
Other links

[1] Considering alternatives for flying?

Here is some links for planning your trip:

Trains and timetables:

Ferries: