Ruisrock Festival will be organized between the 5th and 7th of July at the national park of Ruissalo in Turku, Finland. During the weekend around 60 artists and performers will be seen on stages of Ruisrock.
The festival area is open:
On Friday 5.7. 4pm to 2am.
On Saturday 6.7. 1pm to 2am.
On Sunday 7.7. 1pm to 11pm.
We reserve the right to make changes.
Ruisrock is held in the city of Turku, located in south-west of Finland. It's easy to reach from all around Finland. The easiest way to travel to Turku from different parts of Finland is by train or by bus. Turku Harbour has ferry connection to Stockholm, Sweden. There is also an airport close to Turku.
There's a festival bus connection to the festival area leaving from the city center, the railway station and the market square. Also some local busses operate from city center to Ruissalo. There's also a free festival transportation between the festival’s official camping area Artukainen and the festival area in use for the festival visitors staying at the camping area. Ruisrock recommends using public transportation.
ARRIVING TO TURKU
The train station is located right next to the city center. We recommend booking your tickets in advance, as during the festival weekend the trains get full. There's a special train connection on Sunday evening between Turku and Helsinki, leaving at 11.30 p.m. right after the festival. Regular train tickets are valid also on the festival train.
You can check the timetables and buy your tickets from the Finnish railway company VR's website.
The bus station is located right next to the city center.
Timetables of the Finnish bus company Matkahuolto can be found here.
Timetables for Onnibus (from selected cities) can be found here.
Turku airport is situated only 8 kilometers from the center (flights only from selected cities). Bus number 1 operates between Turku airport and the Turku city center.
TallinkSilja and Viking Line operate daily between Stockholm and Turku. Ferries to Germany, England and North Sea countries leave also daily.
Carpooling makes it easy to share any car rides and track carbon emissions - saving nature and money. Carpooling services: kyyti.net, GreenRiders, kyydit.net and Facebook.
Turku is heavily crowded during the festival weekend so we highly recommend that you use public transportation to get to Turku. Reaching Ruissalo by car is not possible during the festival weekend. If you arrive to the city with your own car, you can park your vehicle to the Ruisrock festival parking area or to Turku city center. Both from the parking area and Turku city center there is a festival bus connection to the festival area.
The Ruisrock parking area is located right next to the festival camping area at Turku Conference Center and HK Areena (previously Turku Hall). Signs "Artukainen Parking / Camping", "HK Areena" and "Turku Fair & Congress Center" lead the way to the festival parking area. The exact address is: Artukaisen Kiitotie.
Festival parking costs 5 € / parking. If the car is moved from the parking area, the fee will be charged again upon return. There’s a free bus connection leaving from the parking area to the festival bus stop.
ARRIVING TO THE FESTIVAL AREA
By festival bus
Transportation to the festival area is arranged with busses from the festival camping and parking areas and from Turku city center. Festival busses operate nonstop.
Festival bus schedule:
Friday 5.7. from 3 p.m. until the festival area closes
Saturday 5.7. from 12 p.m. until the festival area closes
Sunday 7.7. from 12 p.m. until the festival area closes
Festival bus route:
Market square - Train station - Ruisrock (festival's bus stop)
Market square's bus stop is located on Yliopistonkatu, in front of the Orthodox church. Check the location of the bus stop from here.
Bus ticket prices: 6 € one-way, 10 € two-way.
Tickets from the driver. Cash only.
By Turku local bus
Information about local Turku busses can be found here.
If your accommodation is towards Paimio, Kaarina, Naantali etc. you'll find the bus timetables from Turku centrum here (only in Finnish).
We recommend buying a ticket that is valid during the whole festival weekend to avoid the traffic jams.
You can also travel to Ruissalo by bike. Follow the signs and use the bicycle passage next to the Ruissalon Puistotie. Leave your bike to the guarded bicycle deposit next to the main entrance. The parking fee is 3 € / parking. Please note: At the end of the night there might be a couple thousands of bikes leaving the festival area, so be patient, drive slowly and follow the Law, look after your fellow bicyclists and the precious nature of Ruissalo park.
Taxis cannot drive to the festival gates. The festival busses and taxis arrive to the festival bus station that is located around two kilometers from the festival grounds. The place to drop and pick up people with a car is nearby the Pahanniemen silta (Pahanniemi Bridge) at the parking place of cafe Helenan Kahvio.
Please, Read more from Accessibility part of our site. We have done our best to make sure that everyone can enjoy Ruisrock as easily as possible.
Ruisrock’s info desk is open for service through the whole festival weekend. There is also a breathalyzer to aid you to keep track of your driving condition. You can reach the info desk via + 358 (0)44 966 1384
Using the breathalyzer costs 1 € / blow
The Ruisrock cloakroom is situated by the main gates. You can leave there your alcoholic beverages, your valuables and other belongings that you cannot / don’t want to bring to the festival area. You can reach the cloakroom also from the festival area. The cloakroom is open 1 h before and after the festival opening hours. The cloakroom fee is 3 € and visiting the cloakroom costs 1 € (if you choose to add something or collect part of your belongings).
Please note! You will only get your belongings from the cloakroom for your coat check tag. The organizer does not take responsibility for problems caused by a lost tag. Uncollected items with worth over 20 € will be delivered to the lost and found office “Varsinais-Suomen Löytötavaratoimisto”, phone 0600 307 777 (1,69 € / min + inc.).
Lost and Found
All lost and found items will be delivered to the cloakroom. You can enquire for your lost property via phone +358 (0)40 323 7395. After the festival, all uncollected lost and found items with worth over 20 € will be delivered to the lost and found office “Varsinais-Suomen Löytötavaratoimisto”, phone 0600 307 777 (1,69 € / min + inc.).
On the festival weekend, Turku will be filled to the brim with festival visitors. Ruisrock organizers and associates offer different options for accommodation in the form of hotels, schools and camping sites in Turku. We recommend booking your accommodation early, preferably during the spring.
School accommodation is available all over Turku from Thursday till Monday. School accommodation is provided by TuTo ry. The price is 15 €/ person per night, if the reservations are booked and paid no later than on the 29th of June. After this, the price is 17€ / person per night.
More information and reservations on the website of Tuto ry (in Finnish).
All hotel packages are sold out. Please contact hotels directly for possible rooms.
We have been able to grow our camping site Artukainen’s capacity and camping tickets are back on sale. You can buy your camping place (30 euro /person) from the gate of the camping area. No booking possibility, places are filled in order of enters. Saaronniemi camping area has also room. (Updated on 5.7. 11 p.m.)The Ruisrock camping site is located in Turku near HK Arena and Messukeskus in the region of Artukainen. The address is Artukaisten kiitotie. A free festival bus transports the festival goers from the camping site to the festival area that is located around 6,5 kilometres away. Camping is only allowed on official camping sites.
The principle of Ruisrock is that everyone has a chance to take part in the festival as effortlessly as possible. We would like that everyone could enjoy Ruisrock!
Ruisrock is situated in Turku, in the nature conservation area of Ruissalo. The festival is organized on grassland. Parts of the grounds are uneven but there is an asphalt / hard sand lane that goes almost through the whole area. The asphalt road leads from the main entrance past the Niittylava stage all the way to the beach. On the beach, the asphalt turns in to a hard sand route. The festival area has also a beach with very soft sand.
Arriving to the area
The festival area can be reached by walking, by bike, with a festival bus or with a taxi. The festival busses and taxis arrive to the festival bus station that is located around two kilometers from the festival grounds. The festival entry is located at the main gates. The festival has also a separate accessible entry that can be reached with a disabled taxi and a possibility for disabled parking that has to be applied for in advance. Find more about arriving to the area with a disabled taxi or with your own car below. Please note that it is only possible to drive to the accessible gates with a disabled taxi, not a regular one.
The festival area map will be published on this web site this spring.
There is a parking area near the festival area (around 400 meters from the accessible entry) and it has a limited amount of parking lots for disabled. As the amount is limited, the parking lot has to be reserved in advance. You will not be able to access the parking area without a personal permit.
The accessible gates can be used by persons who have a limited possibility to move due to physical or mental handicap, sight or hear impairment or a temporary injury. Pregnancy is not a basis for a use of the disabled taxi nor for the accessible entry.
The assistant can enter the area for free in the company of the assisted. The assistant and the assisted can enter the area through the accessible entry together when arriving to the festival. The assistant does not need a separate ticket nor a wrist band but to enter he/she has to arrive to the area together with the assisted person. Beside the assistant, no one else can enter in the company of the assisted through the accessible entry. The accessible entry will have a security control, the festival tickets will be read electronically and the common festival regulations apply. Please note that the accessible entry does not have ticket booth. The closest ticket sale is located at the main gates, about 500 meters from the accessible entry.
The festival area
The disabled toilets
The festival area has six disabled toilets. Four out of them are located by the view platforms and two others in the toilet areas. The festival map with the more precise information will be published on this web site later this spring.
The view platforms
There will be view platforms near all big stages. The platforms are located beside the mixing booths. The tent stage (Telttalava) platform will be located near the tent’s entry. The platforms are 60 cm high and have a low ramp leading to them. Every platform will have a personal guard or a general assistant that can aid with accessing the platform. The platforms will also have a couple of chairs on each. The assistant can follow the assisted on the platform if there will be space.
The alcohol licensed areas
More information on the accessibility of the alcohol licensed areas will be updated here in spring.
The VIP area can only be entered with a VIP pass. The VIP area is located on the festival area by the asphalt road. The VIP building can be entered with a ramp. The building has a disabled toilet.
The accessibility project 2012
Ruisrock led an accessibility project in 2012 with the aim to make the festival even more accessible to everyone. The Ministry of Education and Culture supported the preparation and the preliminary survey for the project. The Threshold Association Turun Kynnys ry took part as the expert adviser.
The project was successful and gained a lot of thanks and media attention.
As a part of the project, Ruisrock is committed to keep ten accessibility promises that will be developed even further for the next summer’s festival for instance by enlarging the size of the view platforms.
The accessibility promises
- build accessible view platforms to all big stages
- add more lights to the festival area- add more toilets for the disabled
- better the possibility to arrive to the festival by organizing a disabled parking lot and by making the entry procedure clearer
- add resting spots on the festival area
- hire general assistants to aid festival goers especially with accessibility issues
- better the accessibility of our communication by creating a simplified text version of our web site- teach our personnel to be even better aware of accessibility
- put out information on the festival’s accessibility even more efficiently and specifically
- promise to take accessibility into consideration at Ruisrock also the following years
The accessibility work is a long-spam project and we organizer hold it important to put effort into it and develop it also in the future. If you have feedback or developmental suggestions on accessibility, please contact Ruisrock via email@example.com
The Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY) has been our associate in the accessibility project already since 2012.
Ruisrock and the environment
Ruisrock is organized at the Ruissalo island which is a nature conservation area in most. Ruissalo has versatile and valuable nature which provides nesting grounds for rare bird species and mammals in the surroundings of luscious vegetation.
Ruisrock puts a lot of effort in taking care of the nature in Ruissalo and aims to create surroundings where every festival goer can easily take part in the important work. On this page you’ll find information on what Ruisrock does to help the environment as well as tips on how to enjoy an ecological festival weekend.
Tips to a more ecological festival weekend
- Turn off any unnecessary electrical equipment before you leave home.
- Pack only what’s necessary and return home with the same items.
- Arrive to Turku with public transportation or by carpool. From Turku to Ruissalo you’ll get easiest by bike or on a festival bus.
- Remember to drink enough water and fill the bottle when needed, the area contains several water stations.
- Use the beer pint deposits.
- Only use the bathrooms for relieving yourself, not the nature!
- Use existing paths
- Sort you waste to the right waste baskets. And do not litter.
- Favor renewable and decomposing packaging.
You can also buy the three euros more expensive Archipelago Sea ticket. The price difference is given in full to the work of the Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea.
Protection of the Archipelago Sea
In the summer of 2011, Ruisrock began cooperating with the Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea. The idea was simple: when purchasing a Ruisrock ticket, you are given an option to support the Fund’s important efforts stop the eutrophication of the archipelago sea.
In 2011, 1217 ticket buyers supported the cause. Next year the number of supporters doubled and a total of 2020 people supported the cause. As a result of the positive feedback and growing interest to the cause, the collaboration is going to continue this year as well.
Recycling on the festival area
Ruisrock makes sure that the area is sufficiently covered with waste bins and that there is an option to sort your litter. This way the beach and meadows of Ruissalo stay clean. The area contains three sorting stations with helpful guides. At the stations, you can sort your burnable and bio waste as well as cardboard, paper, glass, metal waste and refundable bottles.
In Turku, most of the waste is burned to produce energy and thus most of the litter bins in Ruisrock are accompanied with a burnable waste sticker. There will be plenty of bio waste bins near the food stalls and some also in other parts of the festival area. All the utensils used in Ruisrock are made of compostable materials and the festival encourages food sellers to make choices that support sustainable development.
The alcohol licenced areas use pint and can deposits. When purchasing a pint or a can, you get your deposit back when the drink is finished. Pints with deposits can be washed to use again and cans can be recycled. This is how we are able to recycle most of the pints and cans used during the festival and avoid excess waste.
Sorting guide - what belongs where?
Burnable waste includes for example different kinds of plastic (not PVC), paperboards, cardboards and papers, diapers and hygienic products, broken clothes, CDs, videos and cassettes, wooden pellets, food waste and plants.
Burnable waste differs from assorted waste in that unburnable materials and PVC products are sorted separately to go out to a landfill.
We recommend sorting everything organic to a bio waste bins. Burning bio waste produces methane, which contributes to global warming. Correctly composted bio waste produces less methane and composted food turns into soil.
Organic and locally produced food
Ruisrock invests in organic and locally produced food in its restaurants. Ruisrock’s wine and champagne bars also serve organic wines. The artists’ catering also uses organic products when supplies are available.
Electricity consumption and wind electricity
In the year 2012, Ruisrock used wind power drawn from the power company Turku Energia. Turku Energia also compensated the diesel generated electricity at the festival by acquiring certificated emission reductions. Nordic Offset Oy calculated the carbon emission footprint and purchased the required emission compensations. According to the evaluation by Turku Energy the wind parks in Pori, Raahe and Högsåra need only one hour in 15 m/sec wind to produce the energy amount Ruisrock requires for the weekend.
Arriving to Turku and to Ruissalo
Public transportation is much more considerate towards nature than private transportation. Turku is very accessible from all around Finland by train or by bus. www.vr.fi and www.matkahuolto.fi/en.
If you decide to arrive to Turku by car, you should fill your car with as many friends as you can. You can look for and offer great festival rides at www.kyydit.net/en and www.greenriders.fi/en.
From Turku centre the easiest way to get to the festival grounds is by festival bus that runs non-stop. More precise driving routes will be announced closer to the festival.
Ruisrock protects the diverse nature of Ruissalo by directing the visitors’ movement and fencing the most delicate areas. Any unnecessary movement is restrained in the festival by the ”in and out once a day” policy.
Ruisrock has been a part of YOUROPE for years and one of the organization’s most important missions is to promote the festivals’ green values: www.yourope.org/en/gointroduction
Since 2007, Ruisrock has received the Green ’n’ Clean environmental certificate that is granted for festivals that act according to the principles of environmental protection and sustainable development.
Ruisrock strives for decreasing its own environmental strain by paying attention to the amount and quality of waste that it produces, preferring public transportation and renewable energy sources.
We care about your security so please read through and follow the instructions below. Good atmosphere is made by the festival visitors, and this means you!
* Please follow the instructions of the security personnel.
* Take care of your friends and yourself!
* Think about what you wear, you will not regret wearing good shoes and comfy weatherproof clothes on the long weekend.
* Remember to drink non-alcoholic fluids. You can refill your water bottle on the festival area for free.
* Don´t disturb the peace of the local inhabitants and their property.
* Respect the nature!
* Making fire on the festival area or at the camping site is forbidden. There is a place for a barbeque on the camping site.
* Drive your bicycle carefully and follow the instructions of the security personnel.
All people entering the festival area will be security checked. All confiscated items will be delivered to the Turku police station after the festival.
Dressing up for a festival is recommendable, but please use your common sense when doing so. All items that will endanger you or your fellow festival goer must be left at home or to the deposit at the gates.
All tickets are checked electronically at the gates every day. You are allowed to make only one entrance a day with your ticket.
Alcohol, drugs, glass bottles, guns and knives (Leatherman and other tools are knives too!), explosives, fireworks, torches, laser pointers or aerosols. All confiscated items will be delivered to the Turku police station after the festival.
It is forbidden to bring umbrellas to the festival area due to the safety regulations and blocking the view. So if it's raining, we recommend raincoats. There are disposable raincoats on sale right at the deposit area and info center. We ask for some patience and tolerance from the festival guests in the matter of security reasons.
Alcohol and bottles
You can´t bring any alcohol to the festival area. There will be several bars serving alcohol drinks to customers who are 18 years and older. Bring your official ID with you (driving license, passport, etc). We follow the Finnish Law in this respect, and the law is very strict. You may bring any un-opened non-alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles to the festival area, or you can bring an empty plastic bottle for the water. There are several free water points in the area.
Smoking is forbidden in front of the stages during gigs! You can find the non-smoking areas on the festival map.
First aid is situated next to the festival info. First aid crew will also patrol in the festival area. In case of an emergency, contact any first aid or security person. For the Finnish emergency line just dial 112. No country code needed.
There`s a lovely beach on the festival area. We do not recommend swimming alone or when toxicated. The beach is guarded by lifeguards.
Tight crowds and "crowd surfing"
If you feel uncomfortable in tight crowds, please avoid the front parts of the stages or other crowded areas. If anyhow you get surrounded by a crowd, try to remain calm. Don`t resist the pressure but try to head away from the crowd when it gives in. Like on all big festivals, crowd surfing is also prohibited at Ruisrock. It's only for your safety folks! Climbing on your friends shoulders is also forbidden.
In addition our own security, the Turku police is enjoying your company in the festival area and its surroundings.
Remember to protect your hearing and get you earplugs from festival's info point!
Photographing for personal use is allowed, but remember to respect the privacy of other festival guests. Recording and filming performances without a special permission is not allowed based on the Copyright law so, in case you are planning to publish your pictures, you’ll need a special permission for photographing. The crew at the gates is permitted to deny bringing tape recorders and video cameras to the festival area.
Ville Ketonen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vantaan Festivaalit Oy
Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6 B, 6 krs.
FI-00100 Helsinki FINLAND
Phone: +358 40 477 1285
The board of Vantaan Festivaalit Oy
Juhani Merimaa, Tapio Nousiainen, Ari Salonen
Frequently asked questions about the festival area
Is there an age limit to Ruisrock?
There is no age limit to Ruisrock, but we recommend that children under 12 years arrive with an adult. Children under 7 years of age can enter the festival free of charge with a parent holding a festival ticket. Festival visitors over 70-years get to Ruisrock for free and they can also use shuttle boats from Turku center to Ruissalo and back. For more, check Tickets page.
At what time does the festival area open?
Festival are is open: Friday 4 p.m. - 2 a.m., Sat 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sun 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Is it allowed to bring any drinks to the area?
One is allowed to bring unopened non-alcoholic refreshments in plastic bottles, juice cartons and other plastic or carton holders. An empty plastic bottle can be taken to the area as a water bottle as well. The area holds several water spots where the bottle can be refilled.
Why can't I bring my own alcohol?
According to Finnish law you can't bring any alcohol to an event like this. There are several bar areas (age limit is 18 years) in Ruisrock where you can have a drink. Bring your official ID-card (passport, ID-card with a picture etc) with you.
Is a debit card accepted as a means of payment or does the area have an ATM?
The festival area does not have an ATM. The bar areas accept cash, debit cards, Visa Electron, Visa and Mastercard as a payment method. Also some sale booths accept card payment but most accept only cash. We recommend reserving enough cash with you for your purchases.
Can I take photographs in Ruisrock?
Photographing for personal use is allowed, but remember to respect the privacy of other festival guests. Recording and video shooting performances without a special permission is not allowed based on the Copyright law so in case you are planning to publish your pictures, you’ll need a special permission for photographing. The crew at the gates is permitted to deny bringing tape recorders and video cameras to the festival area.
Frequently asked questions about the tickets
Why doesn't Ruisrock use bracelets?
Ruisrock is held in the middle of natural resort of Ruissalo. Because of the tender nature, the officials have limited the traffic of our festival guests. So you can only enter the festival once a day. Inside you can find everything you need. Please take good care of your ticket!
What does the electronic reading of the tickets mean?
Ruisrock entry tickets are read at the festival gates with electronical reading devices. The device checks the validity of the ticket during every festival day. The ticket allows an entry once a day on every day the ticket validity includes. Keep the several day ticket safe as it will be read electronically every day. When the ticket has been read once it cannot be reused on the same day. In case your ticket gets lost or stolen, please inform about it immediately to your ticket vendor so that your ticket can be invalidated and nobody else can use it. For this purpose write down the code written on your ticket.