Travelling to Tartu
Tallinn airport has direct flights to and from a number of European cities and many flights a day to airports in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Warsaw where it is easier to find connector flights. Once a day there is 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).
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 bought 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 located in a business area of hotels, shopping centres and spas, it is about 5 minute walk from the old town and the University. On your way back to Tallinn by bus, you can ask the driver to stop at the airport. When buying a ticket either online or ticket machine, please choose correct point of departure and destination (either Tallinn/Tartu coach station or Tallinn Airport).
Trains run 8 times a day, on express trains the travel time is a bit over 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 checking their website as there are quite a lot of repairs (whitch mean replacement bus service), it's also good idea to buy the ticket beforehand elron.ee
from Helsinki, it is also possible to take a fairly short boat ride (or a 3 hour slow ferry) to Tallinn and continue either by bus or train.
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: 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 (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!).