Tallinn airport has direct flights to a number of European cities and many flights a day to airports in Helsinki and Stockholm where it is easy to find connector flights to other destinations. Connector flight from Helsinki to Tartu is available once a day.
For those of you coming from Finland or Sweden, a convenient site for comparing the timetables and prices of ferries can be found here.
The easiest way to travel from Tallinn to Tartu is by bus. Buses between Tallinn and Tartu run every hour, sometimes even more often. The distance between Tallinn and Tartu is 186 km and travel time by bus is approximately 2.5 hours. Buses are usually comfortable and many offer WiFI connection making it possible to work while travelling. In Tallinn the buses stop at the airport and in Tartu the bus station is right in the city center requiring no additional transportation to the conference venue. Bus time table is available here where it is also possible to purchace tickets online.
There is also a train connection between Tallinn and Tartu. Express trains run 5 times a day and the travel time is just over 2 hours. WiFi connection is available in all trains. Train timetable and ticket information can be seen here. Tickets can be bought either on the train (card payment is also accepted), at the train station or at the website (max. 7 days before departure).
It is possible to travel to Tartu from Riga by bus but the travel time is longer than travelling from Tallinn - approximately 3.5 to 4.5 hours depending on the bus company - and buses do not run as often. For additional information see https://ecolines.net/en/ or http://www.luxexpress.eu/en.
Tartu is a small city and the venue of the conference is located in the city center – almost all of the hotels/hostels/guesthouses are located within walking distance of the venue, most of them not more than a 10-minute walk away from it. For checking the prices and availability, we suggest using sites such as booking.com