City buses are a good and easy way to travel in Turku. There are several bus stops in the area and from the different bus lines you can choose different directions and destinations to go to. If you’re heading to the city centre or coming from there, you can choose from one of the four different lines: 7, 9, 12, 18 and 61. The bus number 12 goes closest to Retrodorm. If you are going from the city center to Retrodorm the bus will say VARISSUO and from Retrodorm to city center the bus will say HÄRKÄMÄKI. If you want to learn more about different bus lines, we highly recommend that you get familiar with the Föli journey planner from this link: http://reittiopas.foli.fi/bin/query.exe/3engn.
Most of the city buses go to, and leave from the market square and its surroundings. Price of the single ticket is 3€, and it is valid for 2 hours after you have bought it. During this time you might switch the bus free of charge by showing the ticket. During the night-time (11pm – 4am) there is an additional fee of 1€. We advise you to purchase a student’s season ticket, if you’re using city buses regularly. The student’s season ticket costs 33€/36€ and you can travel 30 days with the ticket. The season ticket is rechargeable. The student’s season tickets can be bought from the Local Traffic Service Office, which is located by the Main Market Square, in address: Aurakatu 5, 20100 Turku. In order to get the student’s seasonal ticket you need a study certification from your host university. You have to also fill out an application form for the ticket. You can find these application from the Dorm books or download and print one from Föli's web site. Take the filled form and study certification to the Local Traffic Service Office, pay the office fee (5€) and the ticket (33€/36€) and use city buses as much as you want during the next 30 days. If you want, you can get additional 9 days with 10€. Local Traffic Office is open from Monday to Friday between 8am – 6pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. The Local Traffic Office may change the prices.