The Centre is well equipped for academic conferences and has cooperation traditions with University of Tartu, arranging the meetings. The venue is in very city centre of Tartu, at 10 minutes walking distance from historical old town, main building of University of Tartu and several hotels. The Centre and Dorpat Hotel are next buildings to the intercity bus station of Tartu, which has 2.5-hour bus connection each half hour with airport of Tallinn.
Travelling to Estonia by Plane
The largest international airport in Estonia is located in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, with direct flights from many major European cities. Information on airlines, schedules and customs is available on the website of Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. Tartu can currently be reached by direct flights from Helsinki (for more information see the website of Tartu Airport).
Travelling to Estonia by Ferry
Ferries link Tallinn with Stockholm and Helsinki. The main ferry operators are Tallink/Silja Line, Viking Line and Eckerö Line.
The port of Helsinki, Finland, is 80 km from Tallinn and the journey takes less than 2 hours by ferry. During the summer season (from May to September) ferries depart every few hours.
The port of Stockholm, Sweden, is 380 km from Tallinn, and there is a daily ferry (an overnight journey) in both directions. More information is available on the website of the Port of Tallinn.
Travelling from Tallinn to Tartu
Tartu can be reached by bus or train. Buses leave directly from Tallinn airport or more frequently from Tallinn bus terminal.
From Tallinn airport to Tartu: Buses from the Lux Express Estonia AS bus company travelling from Tallinn to Tartu depart often from 6.30 AM to 11 PM. There is no need to print the ticket out. You can just show it from your phone. There is also no need to go to Tallinn bus terminal because all buses stop at the airport. It is good to buy your ticket in advance because sometimes buses are full when they are arriving in airport. The train stop “Ülemiste jaam” is also very near to airport.
From Tallinn airport to Tallinn bus terminal and the city centre: Tallinn bus terminal is situated quite close to the airport and is readily accessible by taxi or public transport. Tram No. 4 goes directly from airport to bus terminal and city center. If you want to go to bus terminal then the right exit is “Autobussijaam” and for city center stop called “Hobujaama” or “Viru”- The second option is bus No. 2 which connects airport and port. A ticket on Tallinn public transport costs about 2 € if you buy it from the bus driver. There are many different e-tickets as well. You can ask information about public transport tickets also in R-kiosk inside the terminal.
From Tallinn sea port to the bus terminal: It takes a little more time to get to the bus terminal from Tallinn sea port. Tram No. 2 (towards Ülemiste) or bus No. 2 takes you to Tallinn bus terminal (the “Autobussijaam” stop) from the port. Alternatively, it can be easily reached by taxi. A ticket on Tallinn public transport costs about 2 € if you buy it on the bus or tram.
From Tallinn bus terminal to Tartu: buses leave almost every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. until 11.00 p.m. Tickets cost 12 - 15 € and can be purchased from a ticket office inside the bus station, from the bus driver or from internet in advance. The trip to Tartu takes 2.5 hours. Buses are comfortable and most of them provide free WiFi. You can find most Estonian bus lines and timetables on the website www.tpilet.ee/en.
Getting to Tartu from Tallinn by train. Trains from Tallinn to Tartu operate about 10 times a day. Express trains take about 2 hours to reach Tartu and regular trains 2,5 hours. The train station is situated just outside the Tallinn Old Town and near the sea port. It can be reached by taxi or tram No. 2 from the sea port (“Balti jaam” stop). Trains are comfortable and you can use WiFi in the first class compartment. Buying the ticket in advance is necessary only in first class. You can buy the ticket also easily in the train. Tartu train station is located 1 km from the city center.
Private transfer by car. In case you arrive at Tallinn late at night you have the opportunity to order a private car (starting from the airport, port or wherever in Tallinn) that drives you to your needed destination in Tartu. The service is provided by Tartaline and costs about 20€ per person. If you wish to use this service, you can forward your request on Tartaline website or contact organizers who will gladly help you.