Accepting the residency and arriving at the Saari Residence

Residency applicants who have received a positive decision must contact the Saari Residence office by 15 August at the latest to notify us of acceptance of your residency. You may inform us whether you accept the place or not via the online grant service (by sending a message to the residency coordinator) or email (


Please notify the Saari Residence office of your arrival time in good time. Please let us know how you plan to travel (bus, car etc.).

The start of the residency period is noted in the letter of approval you will receive. You will also receive more detailed information about your forthcoming residency period in advance via email. Your check-in time is between 12 and 16.30 (4.30 p.m.).

Make sure to check your inbox carefully, as our emails are sometimes filtered as spam or promotional material, such as in Gmail.

Please note that the Saari Residence staff does not live in the manor, and the office is open during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Residents are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. If you arrive from outside Schengen states, you will need a visa to visit Finland. Please read more at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ webpage.

We encourage our residents to take their time travelling to Saari (i.e., via slow travel), if possible, by train, bus or boat, rather than airplane. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend that you use the safest modes of travel. Please follow local guidelines and recommendations.

The Saari Residence is accessible by bus, and the nearest stop is situated two kilometres from the Residence. Practical information on travelling will be included in the email sent to residents prior to their residencies.


If you are arriving by BUS, nearest bigger town Turku is well served by bus and train connections to Helsinki. The journey typically takes around two hours. Several buses also run daily between Helsinki-Vantaa airport and Turku. Local buses from Turku bus station will take you to within two kilometres of the Residence. The bus timetables can be found from

Insert the point of departure (from) and point of arrival: Lauttanpää, Kustavintie (Mynämäki). If you are getting only a few options selecting a trip from Helsinki to Lauttanpää, please choose first Helsinki–Turku and then Turku–Lauttanpää.

All buses to Uusikaupunki and Kustavi stop next to the Pyheen Village Shop in Mietoinen, Mynämäki (indicated as Lauttanpää on the Matkahuolto timetable), which is approximately two kilometres from the Saari Residence.

You do not need to purchase the ticket in advance. Also, the buses have a free WI-FI connection.

We can also help you to find the best bus connections to Saari. Do not hesitate to ask!

We will pick you up from the nearest bus stop.

If you are arriving by TRAIN, you can use trains from Helsinki to Turku, but from Turku to the Residence, you need to take a bus.

If you are DRIVING, driving instructions are provided in our email.

If you are arriving by AIR, the Saari Residence is situated about 30 kilometres North-West of the Turku Airport.
Still, usually, it is easier and more sustainable to fly to Helsinki Airport and then take a bus from the airport to Turku and the Saari Residence (unless there is a direct flight to Turku).


Please make sure that your insurance is valid during your stay at the Saari Residence. It is especially important to have valid insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please submit your certificate of insurance to the Saari Residence office well before your arrival.

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