Getting to Tartu
Flights: There is a direct Tartu-Helsinki-Tartu route operated by Finnair with seating for 68 passengers. Finnair tickets and Conditions of Carriage apply. The Finnair operated flights take 50 minutes, and tickets can be purchased from the Finnair website. There is no ticket sales point at Tartu Airport! For more information, see the website of Tartu Airport and the VisitTartu website.
It is also possible to fly to Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, and then take a bus or train to Tartu!
There are direct flights to Tallinn from around 30 European cities including Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, London (Luton, Stansted), Milan Bergamo, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Riga, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Warsaw, and Vilnius. For information on these and other connections, see the web site of Tallinn Airport.
The fare for a bus or train from Tallinn to Tartu is about 12 euros. While buses can be taken at a station right by the Tallinn airport, in order to take a train is necessary to go to the train station in Tallinn by bus, taxi or tram.
Buses: Tartu Bus Station is located in the city centre and has excellent connections to all the bigger Estonian cities as well as to Riga, St. Petersburg, Pskov and Moscow. Information about discounts, timetables, and bus routes within Estonia can be found at www.tpilet.ee. Information about international bus routes: www.luxexpress.eu, www.ecolines.ee and www.eurolines.ee.
Trains: A daily train service operates on the routes from and to Tallinn. Tickets can be purchased online, aboard the train, and from the Baltic Station sales kiosk in Tallinn. From the railway station, the city centre can be reached by catching free electric bus No 25 or regular bus No 20.
Getting from the Tartu Airport to town
Tartu Airport is located just 10km from Tartu city centre. You may get to the city by taxi, Airport Express bus or car.
The taxi rank is located right in front of the Tartu Airport terminal building. Aiport taxi partners include Tartu Taksopark, Krooni Takso and Takso Üks. The average taxi fare to the city is about 11-14 EUR.
Attention! Taxi fees in Estonia are not capped. Make sure you know and agree to the prices before you start your ride, and ask the taxi driver for an estimated price for the planned journey.
The Airport Express bus is free of charge. From the airport, the bus travels from Monday to Saturday along the itinerary Lennujaam (at 01.00) – Karete (at 01.10) – Kaare (at 01.18) – Kesklinn II (at 01.22) – Eeden (at 01.29) – Annelinna Keskus (at 01.31). Please note! The departure time of the bus from the airport in the direction of Tartu may differ slightly, since the bus departs the airport once all passengers have exited the airport.
More information about transportation from the airport can be found here
Several printable maps of Tartu can be found here.
Estonia uses East-European Time (EET), which is 1 hour ahead of Central European Time (CET).
The electricity supply is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.
The country code for Estonia is +372. There are no area codes. The prefix for international calls is 00. The emergency number is 112.
There are 3 mobile providers: Telia, Tele 2 and Elisa.
There are no public payphones in Estonia.
Public transport and taxis
Information about public transport in Tartu can be found here and here.
Taxis can be hired by phone, through mobile applications (for example, Taxify, Taxofon or TaxiGo), or directly at taxi parks, which are located for instance on Vabaduse Avenue in the area between Poe Street and Town Hall Square, near the intersection of Vallikraavi and Ülikooli Street, on Uueturu Street, on Soola Street in the parking lot of Hotel Tartu and elsewhere.
Both Taxify and Uber operate in Tartu.