General information

ESEB2019 – European Society for Evolutionary Biology

Turku - the congress city

Turku, in the Southwest corner of Finland, is the oldest city and the first capital of the country. Today it is the capital of its region, Southwest Finland. Turku is often said to be the only West European town in Finland as all medieval European towns have four things in common: a river for transport, a cathedral for religious power, a castle that represents the secular power and last but not least – a marketplace for acts of commerce. Turku has them all! Please visit the Visit Turku website for more information.

Combine culture and outdoor recreation!

Cultural exercise routes located around the Aura river are a refreshing combination of culture and exercise. Take your time and explore Turku and its love stories, statues and urban legends. You can walk, run or cycle, the choice is yours.

The routes are not marked so you will need a map with you. You can get the route maps from the library or the Tourist info or you can print them from specific route sites (see links below). If you have a smartphone, you can download the free Citynomadi mobile app and get the maps from the app. Click and explore the routes!

Conference tours

A number of pre-, post- and Thursday afternoon conference tours will be available including birdwatching, mushrooming, fishing, hiking, and kayaking.


The City Bikes provide a quick and easy way of getting around Turku

The city bike-share system in Turku consists of bikes that are for public use and which can be picked up and dropped off at bike stations. The “Föli-fillarit” city bikes are meant mainly for short-term use. The bikes will be available all year round and in winter they are equipped with winter tyres.

The city bike-share system is a part of Föli Turku Region Traffic. You’ll find more information here.



Turku has an international airport, located 8 km from the city centre, and it is easy to reach by air via Helsinki, Stockholm, Riga or Gdansk.

If you fly to Helsinki, there are regular buses and train to take you to Turku. The trip by bus or train from the Helsinki airport to Turku takes about 2-3 hours.

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 Silja Line and Viking Line. The ferry takes about 10 hrs. For more information about Turku and travel connections, please visit the Visit Turku website.