You can travel to Tartu in different ways - plane, bus, train or car!
Getting to Tartu by plane
Tartu is situated in Southern Estonia and directly accessible by plane via Helsinki. Helsinki-Tartu flights are operated by Finnair seven days a week. Flight time is 50 minutes. Tickets for the flights leaving from Tartu Airport can be bought only on the Finnair website and in travel agencies.
You can also Travel to Tartu through Tallinn and Riga. Tallinn’s International Airport is located just outside the city centre, on the road to Tartu. It is comfortable to rent a car, take a bus or Airport Shuffle service. Riga's International Airport is connected with Tartu trough Lux Express buses.
The Airport Shuttle leaves Tartu Airport for the city centre ca 20 minutes after an arrival, but will wait for anyone who needs a ride to the city. For just 5 Euros the shuttle will drop you off anywhere in the City of Tartu. Tickets can be bought from the driver in cash or using a debit or credit card.
To get to the airport from the city, you can book the shuttle to come and collect you up from a place convenient for you and in consideration of our schedule. To book your trip, call at least 12 hours before departure.
Now the company is running also an airport shuttle service connecting Tallinn Airport with Tartu.The shuttle operates during night-time hours, when regular bus services aren't available. This scheduling means that passengers arriving in Tallinn on late-night flights, or departing from Tallinn on early-morning flights, have an easy way to make their connections. A one-way ride costs 20 euros per passenger.
Getting to Tartu by bus
The trip from Tallinn to Tartu takes around 2.5 hours, with buses leaving Tallinn every half an hour or so from 5:40 to 23:59. On the hour, every hour from 7:00 to 20:00 comfortable Lux Express buses depart on the Tartu-Tallinn-Tartu route. You can use power outlets, free WiFi, listen to music or watch movies and enjoy free hot drinks such as tea, coffee and cocoa. All Lux Express buses stop at Tallinn Airport in both directions. Find tickets and times at www.tpilet.ee and www.luxexpress.eu.
There are also international bus connections with Rīga in Latvia and St Petersburg, Moscow and Pechory in Russia. More information: www.luxexpress.eu and other carriers www.eurolines.com or www.ecolines.net.
Getting to Tartu by train
Eight times a day you can take a train between Tallinn and Tartu. Fast, comfortable diesel trains take you to your destination in two hours. All trains offer free WiFi. The line to Valga also provides opportunities for connections to Rīga. For more information and schedules see www.elron.ee and www.pv.lv/en. Another international route is Tallinn-St Petersburg-Moscow, operated by AS GoRail.
Getting to Tartu by car
For those behind the wheel, Tartu is only ever a pleasant drive away – the 186 km between Tallinn and Tartu takes just two hours, while the Latvian capital, Riga, is 260 km or three-and-a-half hours to the south-west. Driving here also means you can stop and admire some of Estonia’s prettiest and most interesting sights along the way! (For ideas, see visitestonia.com) Those travelling between Riga, Tartu and St Petersburg can plan their trip through Estonia using the Via Hanseatica travel planner (www.viahanseatica.info). Visitors who want to explore Tartu and Tartu County first-hand can hire a car or bike – information about both options is available from the Tartu Visitor Centre (email@example.com).
Parking fee payment in the center of Tartu is necessary from Monday to Friday from 8.00 – 18.00, with the exception of public holidays. Placing a parking ticket and written or marked parking clock on the dashboard with the same time, the parking meter will automatically extend for extra 15 or 90 minutes according to the zone.
Getting around with public transport in Tartu
From 1 September 2015, the City of Tartu is using a modern ticketing system which is already in use in many places throughout Estonia and Europe. A contactless plastic chip card or a sticker, which must be swiped at the validator upon entering the bus, is being introduced. Use of the bus card is compulsory for all passengers except those travelling for free under the provisions of the Public Transportation Act. Pensioners over the age of 65, and other passengers with the right to free travel from the City of Tartu, must also register their journey at the validator. Students can use their new student cards as bus cards. Tartu bus cards can also be used in Tallinn, Harjumaa, Kohtla-Järve and Tartumaa, and on Go Bus intercity lines.
New bus cards and stickers can be purchased at R-Kiosk, shopping centres, and other stores. A list of retailers is available at www.tartu.ee/bussikaart. Cards cost €2. You can load money onto your card and buy tickets at sales points, online at www.tartu.ee/bussikaart_eng and via mobile phone.
You can reach bus lines: http://tartu.peatus.ee/#city/eng
Taxis in Tartu
If it is your first time in Tartu, it is best to take a taxi to get to your final destination in the city. Most taxi drivers speak some English and all taxis are equipped with meters.
- Tartu Linna Takso (Ph: +372 736 6366)
- Elektritakso (Ph: +372 5749 5749)
- Takso 1 (Ph: +372 1300, +372 742 0000, +372 5344 4000)
- Rivaali Takso (Ph: +372 742 2222, +372 15222)
- SV Takso (Ph: +372 734 3333)
- Vatex (Ph: +372 736 6566, +372 1700)
- A-Takso (Ph: +372 733 3666, +372 51 41 698, +372 51 333 66)
- GoTaksopark (Ph: +372 730 0200, +372 1200, 1555)