Location Turku is a university town of nearly 200 thousand inhabitants at the south-west coast of Finland, a gateway to Turku Archipelago. It is 160 km from Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. More on what to do in Turku: www.visitturku.fi/en
Venue and accommodation The conference will take place at the "Holiday Club Caribia" hotel, located at walking distance from the downtown Turku. Rooms and a few apartment-style units have been reserved for the MPS conference participants, who should reserve the accommodation directly with the hotel in order to get the conference discount. Many other accommodation options are available in downtown Turku through common reservation systems. The walking time from downtown is about 30min and there is also frequent bus connection.
Travel Turku can be reached by air, bus, train or ferry. Direct flights link Turku airport to Helsinki (about 30 min), Stockholm, Riga and Gdansk. Downtown Turku is reached from Turku airport by bus number 1 or by taxi, costing about 30-40€.
Often a good alternative is a flight to Helsinki and taking a long-distance bus or train from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Turku. Bus can be the most convenient, faster connections taking about 2h15min and arriving at Turku bus station, close to downtown hotels. Usually a change of bus is involved -- outside Helsinki, the bus meets another one coming from Helsinki city centre and the passengers form airport are transferred to that bus, to continue to Turku. More information about buses: matkahuolto.fi/en/ (the starting point of your journey would be "Helsinki-Vantaa airport").
Travel by train takes a similar amount of time and involves changing from the local airport train to the long-distance train at Pasila station. Note that sometimes the transfer time to another platform can be short! Turku train station is also located close to downtown. More information on www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage.
Finally, two passenger ferry companies operate between Turku and Stockholm -- Silja Line and Viking Line. The scenic journey can be made during the day or overnight.