Travel to Tallinn/Tartu Area
There are three airports that serve the Riga/Tallinn/Tartu area:
Tallinn Airport – is served by Estonian Air, Aeroflot, Air Baltic, Avies, EasyJet, Finnair, FlyBe, Lufthansa, Lot Polish Airlines, Norwegian, Ryanair, UTair etc. The easiest way to get from Tallinn to Tartu is a 2.5 hour bus ride from this airport.
Riga International Airport – Aeroflot, Air Baltic, AMC Airlines, Belavia, Finnair, Lauda Air, Lot Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair, SmartLynx/Latcharter, Transaero, Turkish Airlines, UTair, Uzbekistan Airways, Wizz Air etc. The easiest way to get from Riga to Tartu is a 4.5 hour bus ride from this airport.
Tartu Airport – which is served by FlyBe and Finnair. At the moment there are regular flights between Helsinki and Tartu six times a week. You can take an airport shuttle into Tartu.
There is regular ferry service between Helsinki -Tallinn, Stockholm – Tallinn, and St. Petersburg – Tallinn. More information about ship schedules is available here. There is taxi service to Tallinn city centre. You can catch a bus from city centre to Tartu.
Bus (coach) – Tallinn to Tartu
Coaches (buses) leave almost every 30 minutes from 5:40 in the morning until 23:00 at night. Tickets cost approximately 11 EUR and can be purchased either online, from ticket offices and machines inside the bus station, or from bus drivers upon boarding (on the bus, cash only!). It takes 2.5 hours to reach Tartu. Please note that there are many buses that have several stops on the route, make sure that you choose an express line (e.g. SEBE hourly expresses). Most of the buses are comfortable and offer free wifi. You can check the timetables and buy tickets online from here.
Train – Tallinn to Tartu
Trains between Tallinn and Tartu are operated by Elron daily. Tallinn train station (‘Balti jaam’) is located close to Tallinn Old Town and the city centre and not far from the harbour.
Local Transport in Tartu
Having arrived by bus to Tartu Coach (Bus) Station (‘Tartu bussijaam’):
If you have a lot of luggage, we recommend taking a taxi unless you are in an accommodation that is very close to the bus station (like Hotel Dorpat, Hotel Tartu, Vspa, or Art Hotel Pallas). You will see the taxis standing on the other side of the street from the bus station. There is usually a fairly long queue of taxis present. In the unlikely event that there are none visible, here are the numbers for calling a taxi:
Tartu Linna Takso: +372 7366 666
Takso 1: +372 7420 000
Rivaal: +372 7422 222
SV Takso: +372 7343 333
Vatex: +372 7366 566
Mercedes Takso: +372 7333 666
Tartu Taksopark: +372 7300 200
Minu Takso: +372 7333 333
Having arrived by train to Tartu Railway Station (‘Tartu Rongijaam’):
The best option is to take a taxi (there should be some present at the train station when the train arrives – if not, call one using the numbers above). If you opt to walk to your hotel/the venue, please note that the walk from the train station to the centre is slightly longer than from the coach station. Depending on how heavy your luggage is, and how much spring you have left in your step by the time you arrive, the walk can take 15–25 minutes.
University of Tartu to Dorpat Convention Centre – 1.0 km (.6 miles) Walking
Tartu Train Station to University of Tartu – 1.3 km (.8 miles) Walking
Tartu Tratin Station to Dorpat Convention Centre – 1.9 km (1.2 miles) Walking
Bus Station to University of Tartu – 1.0 km (.6 miles) Walking