Travelling to Tartu
By air: Tallinn airport has direct flights to and from a number of European cities and many flights a day to airports in Helsinki and Stockholm where it is easier to find connector flights. Once a day there is also a direct flight from Helsinki to Tartu airport. It is also possible to fly to Riga (Latvia) and take a bus from there to Tartu (it takes longer than from Tallinn though).
By land: Once in Tallinn you can take either a bus or a train to Tartu.
Buses between Tallinn and Tartu run every hour, sometimes even more often. The bus station is not too far from the airport but most buses also stop at the airport, we do recommend to buy a ticket beforehand because they might sell out the bus at the station. Tickets can be brought online tpilet.ee or luxexpress.eu or from the ticket machines on the ground floor of the airport. The trip takes approximately 2,5 hours, most buses have free WiFi connection. Tartu bus station is about 5 minute walk from the old town.
! On your way back to Tallinn by bus, you can ask the driver to stop at the airport.
Trains run 10 times a day, on express trains the travel time is a bit under 2 hours. However the main station is further away from the airport (though they also stop at Ülemiste which again is not far from airport) and further away from Tartu city centre. We recommend to buy the ticket before hand, first class is often sold out - elron.ee
By sea: from Helsinki, it is also possible to take a boat ride (2 to 3,5 hours) to Tallinn.
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.
Weather in Tartu
You can check the weather forecast for Tartu before arrival here: www.weather.ee/tartu/
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. 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!).
Additional information about Tartu
You can find a lot of practical information visiting the following websites.
Tartu tourist information: www.visittartu.com
Look up Tartu city map here: www.visitestonia.com