Tartu is situated in Southern Estonia and is the second largest city in the country. The easiest way to get to Tartu is to arrive by plane to Tallinn Airport and then take a bus from Tallinn to Tartu.
There are direct flights from most major cities in Europe to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia (180 km from Tartu) and to Riga, the capital of Latvia (250 km from Tartu). For more information see Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport or Riga International Airport. Also there are 5 times in week flights Helsinki-Tartu-Helsinki.
You can arrive in Tallinn also by boat from Helsinki and Stockholm. For more information see Port of Tallinn.
You can take the SEBE Hourly Express (“Täistunniekspress” in Estonian) bus (No.724), which departs from Tallinn to Tartu every day of the week. The bus stop is in front of the airport building. For more information see the timetable. In addition, bus line No. 158 stops at the airport at 23:05 and departs from Tallinn to Tartu. The buses are usually full during the weekends and on Monday mornings. To guarantee your seat in a bus, you can buy a ticket on the internet up to 15 days in advance and pay for the ticket with a credit card (MasterCard, VISA).
You can take a taxi or public transportation to get from Tallinn sea port to Tallinn bus terminal. The easiest way is to go by taxi. Tram No. 2 (towards Ülemiste) or bus No. 2 and No. 90K will take you to Tallinn bus terminal (the "Autobussijaam" stop) from the port as well, but you still have to cross 2 intersections to reach the bus terminal.
Buses from Tallinn bus terminal to Tartu leave almost every 30 minutes from 5.00 in the morning (5 a.m.) until 23.59 at night (12 p.m.). For more information see the timetable. A ticket costs ca 11 € and can be bought at the ticket office inside the bus station (payment by cash or bank card) or from the bus driver (payment by cash) or purchased on the internet up to 10 or 15 days in advance (payment by credit card: MasterCard, VISA). It takes 2,5 hours to reach Tartu. Buses are comfortable (many even offer free WiFi service).
If you arrive in Tallinn late in the evening you may need to spend the night in Tallinn. The closest hotel to the airport is the Ülemiste Hotel, although there are many other hotels and hostels in Tallinn.
You can take a taxi or AirBaltic minibus to get from Riga Airport to Riga bus terminal.
Buses from Riga bus terminal leave to Tartu at irregular times. For more information see the timetable. It will take 4 hours to reach Tartu and the ticket costs ca 11 LVL.
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