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 connecting 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 (about 4 h).
Once in Tallinn you either can take 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 might be sold out. 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 online or from the 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 or you can take a tram from the airport to the train station) and in Tartu the station is 1.3 km from the city centre. We recommend buying the ticket beforehand from elron.ee because it's cheaper.
From Helsinki, it is possible to take a ferry to Tallinn and then continue either by bus or train. Ferry ride can vary between two and four hours.
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, buses 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 (also on trains and most long distance busses). 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!).