Travel to Tartu

Arrival to Estonia

Tartu is situated in Southern Estonia and connects to the world through Tartu Airport and Lennart Meri Airport in Tallinn.

Tartu is directly accessible by plane via Helsinki (HEL-TAY Thursday, 30 September  October at 00.05). Helsinki-Tartu flights are operated by Finnair 6 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 from travel agencies. The distance between Tartu Airport and the city center is about 10 kilometers. Airport Shuttle Bus departs about 15 minutes after the plane lands and will wait for all passengers who need transportation. The shuttle will drop you off at any place in the city, and a ticket costs €5. Tickets can be bought in cash or debit/credit card from the driver. If you purchase a ticket in advance for the return journey to the airport, the shuttle picks you up from any point in Tartu. Otherwise, call the bus company a day in advance to arrange pick-up. Taxis are located in front of the terminal and cost about €12 to arrive to the city centre.

Tallinn Airport has direct air links to numerous cities, including the nearby Baltic capitals, Riga and Vilnius. It is also easy to fly in direct from Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kiev, London, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Warsaw. The distance between Tallinn, Estonia's capital, and Tartu is 186 kilometers, or about 2.5 hours by express coach or car.

You can also reach Tartu easily from Riga Airport (245 km from Tartu). From Stockholm and Helsinki, there is also a ferry connection to Tallinn.

Getting to Tartu from Tallinn by express bus

From Tallinn Airport to Tartu: The Tallinn-Tartu bus departs from Tallinn bus station and makes a stop to pick up passengers at the Tallinn airport. Tickets can be bought online and downloaded to a smartphone; there is also a ticket machine located at the ground floor near the main entrance to the terminal. Tickets are available from the driver, too, but please note that buses tend to be full and you would be much better off purchasing your ticket before the bus arrives. Please check the timetable Tallinn Airport to Tartu.

From Tallinn Airport to Tallinn Bus station: Tallinn Bus station is situated quite close to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport and you can take a taxi or public transportation to get there (see the directions). As Tallinn Airport is a relatively small one, it is easy to find the area where public transportation and taxis are waiting in front of the building or next to it. It is a short distance by taxi and it should not cost you more than 6 EUR to get to the bus station. It is also possible to use public transportation, bus No. 2 from the airport stops not too far from the bus station (the "Autobussijaam" stop) and you need to cross 2 intersections to reach to the bus station. You can buy a ticket from the bus driver and it costs 2 EUR for one ride (ticket info and timetable). You can also get to the bus station with the tram.

From Tallinn Sea Port to Tallinn Bus station: It takes a little bit more time to get to Tallinn Bus station from Tallinn Sea Port and it's easier to get there by taxi. Tram No. 2 (towards Ülemiste) or bus No. 2 takes you to Tallinn Bus station (the "Autobussijaam" stop) from the port and you have to cross 2 intersections to reach the bus station. You can buy a ticket from the bus driver and it costs 2 EUR for one ride (ticket info and timetable).

From Tallinn Bus station to Tartu: Buses leave almost every 30 minutes from 5.45 in the morning until 23.59 at night (timetable). Tickets cost approximately 12 EUR and can be purchased from the ticket office inside the bus station or from the bus driver. It will take you 2.5 hours to reach Tartu. Buses are comfortable and most of them have WiFi. Express buses also have touch screens and you can watch movies (you need your own headphones, but you can also purchase them from the bus driver).

If you arrive late in the evening, you should spend the night in Tallinn. There are different hotels and hostels where you can find accommodation in Tallinn.

Getting to Tartu from Tallinn by train

Trains for Tartu from Tallinn train station leave 3-4 times a day, and it takes 2 hours to get to Tartu. The train station is situated just outside the Tallinn Old Town and sea port, a taxi or tram No. 2 (from the sea port) can take you there ("Balti jaam" stop). Trains are rather comfortable and you can use WiFi in the first class.