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 approx. 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/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 your schedule. To book your trip, call at least 12 hours before departure.
Now the company is also running 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.