For up-to-date information, go to Visit Tartu.

By air: Tallinn airport is served by Estonian Air, Air Baltic, Finnair, Lufthansa, LOT, Flybe, EasyJet, RyanAir, Norwegian etc. The easiest way to get from Tallinn to Tartu is by bus which takes another 2,5 hour ride. Tallinn–Tartu line is served by Lux Express Hourly Express buses every full hour (buses depart from stop 2 at the airport and you can buy a ticket to Tartu from a self-service ticket machine. Alternatively take a taxi to Tallinn Bus Terminal from where the wider selection of busses depart, see

Another option is to arrive via Riga airport, which is served by Aeroflot, Air Baltic, Finnair, LOT; Lufthansa, Ryanair, Norwegian. The LuxExpress bus departs from Riga Airport to Tartu at 17.45 and the Ecolines bus at 18.20. Travel from Riga to Tartu takes about 4,5 hours.

Tartu Airport is served by Flybe. Local AirportShuttle departs ~20 minutes after landing and takes passengers to their destinations in Tartu.

By land: There is bus service between Riga and Tartu (Eurolines, Ecolines) and St. Petersburg and Tartu (Eurolines Lux Express). Tallinn–Tartu line is served by bus every full hour; Tallinn–Tartu train connection operates twice a day.
Busses from Tallinn bus terminal to Tartu leave almost every 30 minutes from 5.45 in the morning (5.45 a.m.) until 23.59 at night (11.59 p.m.), usually from platform 1. Tickets cost approximately 10,80 EUR and can be purchased from a self-service ticket machine, a ticket office inside the bus station or from the bus driver. It will take you 2,5 hours to reach Tartu. Please note that there are many buses that have several stops on the route, make sure that you take a direct one ("ekspress"). Most of the buses are comfortable and some offer wireless internet connection.
! On your way back to Tallinn by bus, you can ask the driver to stop at the airport.

By sea: Helsinki–Tallinn line is served by Eckeröline, Viking Line, Tallink. A trip from Helsinki to Tallinn takes approximately 1,5 hours (about 3 hours by slower ferries). It takes a little bit more time to get to the bus terminal from the port and it is easier to get there by taxi. Otherwise, you can take bus No. 2 that stops in front of terminals A/B and terminal D. From terminal D, it is four stops to the bus station ("Autobussijaam"). The tram stop is approx. 300 m from the port, you should take tram No. 2 (direction Ülemiste), it takes 5 stops to the bus station. From the stop, you still have to cross 2 intersections to reach the bus terminal. A ticket on Tallinn public transportation costs 1,6 EUR if you buy it from the bus or tram.

If you arrive late in the evening you will have to spend the night in Tallinn. There are different hotels and hostels where you can find accommodation in Tallinn (see:,
Please check the schedule of Tallinn public transport here.
You will find the interactive map of Tallinn here.

Nationals of the member states of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) and any third-country national who is a holder of a residence permit of a Schengen state do not need a visa to enter Estonia. If this does not apply to you, please check the website of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for possible restrictions and visa regulations.

You can check the weather forecast for Tartu before arrival here:

Estonia’s currency is Euro. Please note that in small shops, busses etc. it is advisable to use smaller banknotes than 50 EUR as there may not be enough change for larger bills.
You can pay with VISA, VISA ELECTRON, MASTERCARD and MAESTRO in almost all shops, cafes and restaurants (though not at the bus station or in the buses!). ITIC and ISIC cards will give reduced fare in buses, as well as several bookshops and some cafes in Tartu (notice the sign on the door!).

You can find a lot of practical information visiting the following websites.
Tartu tourist information:
Look up Tartu city map here:


There is a wide selection of accommodation facilities in Tartu from four stars-hotels to B&B and hostels.

Organizers of TSSS 2015 have made limited preliminary reservations with fixed prices to the following hotels:

Rüütli 9, Tartu, 51007
Phone: +372 730 5555
Fax: +372 730 5565
Standard single room 77 € per night
The reservations should be made using the code word “Semiotics 2015”

Raekoja plats 2, Tartu, 51003
Phone: +372 50 19 173
Fax: +372 7 423 000
Standard single room 68 € per night
Standard double room 80 € per night
The reservations should be made using the code word “Semiotics 2015”.

Riia 4, Tartu
Phone: +372 730 1200
Fax: +372 730 1201
Standard single room 59 € per night
Standard double room 71 € per night
The reservations should be made by 16.06.2015 using the code word “Semiotics 2015”.
After 16.06.2015 the reservations can be made according to the ordinary availability.

Soola 3, Tartu, 51013
Phone: +372 731 4300
Fax: +372 731 4301
Standard single room 40 € per night
Standard double room 60 € per night
The reservations should be made by 15.07.2015 using the code word “Semiotics 2015”
After 15.07.2015 the reservations can be made according to the ordinary availability.

Ülikooli 15, Tartu, 51003
Phone: +372 737 0377
Fax: +372 737 0378

Aleksandri 42, Tartu 51004
Phone: +372 736 6659
Fax: +372 734 9446

Soola 6, Tartu, 51014
Phone: +372 733 7180,
+372 5646 8309
Fax: +372 733 7181

Ülikooli 8, Tartu, 51003
Phone: +372 744 7100
Fax: +372 744 110

Vallikraavi 23, Tartu, 51003
Phone: +372 742 7000
Fax: +372 742 7655

Villa Margaretha
Tähe 11/13, Tartu 50108
Phone: +372 7 311 820

Carolina Guest House
Kreutzwaldi 15, Tartu 51014
Phone: +372 7 422 070
Fax: +372 7 422 070

Domus Dorpatensis
Raekoja plats 1 / Ülikooli 7, Tartu 51003
Phone: +372 7 331 345
Fax: +372 7 331 340

Tampere Maja (Tampere House)
Jaani 4, Tartu, 51007
Phone: +372 738 6300,
+372 5645 3822
Fax: +372 738 6301

Hostel of the Estonian University of Life Sciences
Kreutzwaldi 52, Tartu 51014
Phone: +372 731 3263

Student Village ofTartu University (Pepleri Str.)
Pepleri 14, Tartu, 51003
Phone: +372 740 9955,
+372 742 7608

Looming Hostel
Kastani 38, Tartu, 50410
Phone: +372 56994398