Föli’s water bus to continue operating on the weekends in August and September

21.08.2017 09:09

Föli’s water bus to continue operating on the weekends in August and September

In late May, Turku Region Public Transport Föli started a water bus trial, which was set to continue throughout the summer. The water bus, which ran from Martinsilta to Kansanpuisto in Ruissalo, proved popular right from the start, exceeding all expectations and garnering a great deal of positive feedback. During the trial period, from 22 May to 13 August, the water bus was used by nearly 29,000 passengers.

Water bus service to continue on the weekends until 17 September

The feedback received about the water bus service revealed that many people would like for the service to continue further into the autumn. As a result, the Turku City Region’s Public Transport Committee decided on 16 August that the water bus service would continue on the weekends in August and September. As such, the water bus will resume operation this upcoming weekend on 19–20 August, continuing until Turku Day, held on 17 September. The timetable will remain the same as during the summer.timetable

The water bus can be used with all Föli travel cards and other ticket products, and it features the same kind of travel card reader as Föli buses. A single ticket bought on the water bus costs €3 for an adult and €1.50 for a child. Single tickets include the normal two-hour right of transfer to other Föli transportation. No extra fee is charged for bicycles.

The water bus can seat a maximum of 75 passengers at a time.

Possibilities of continuing the water bus service in future summers being reviewed

In addition to passenger numbers, the summer water bus trial also provided information on changes caused by summer events. During the Tall Ships Races event, some water bus departures travelled all the way to Saaronniemi. During the Baltic Classic Masters regatta, the water bus also stopped at the Pikisaari quay and had some additional departures in the evening.

Possibilities of continuing the water bus service in the following summers will be reviewed during the autumn. Issues that will need to be considered include the route, the number and size of the ships, as well as timetables. Feedback and development suggestions concerning the water bus trial are also still being collected via a survey available at bit.ly/vesibussi.


Read more: www.foli.fi/en/water-bus



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