HOW TO GET HERE
Tartu is situated in Southern Estonia and directly accessible by plane via Helsinki. Helsinki-Tartu flights are operated by Finnair seven days a week. Flight time is 50 minutes. Tickets for the flights leaving from Tartu Airport can be bought only on the Finnair website and in travel agencies.
You can also Travel to Tartu through Tallinn and Riga. Tallinn’s International Airport is located just outside the city centre, on the road to Tartu. It is comfortable to rent a car, take a bus or Airport Shuffle service.
Riga’s International Airport is connected with Tartu trough Lux Express buses.
The trip from Tallinn to Tartu takes around 2.5 hours, with buses leaving Tallinn every half an hour or so from 5:40 to 23:59. On the hour, every hournfrom 7:00 to 20:00 comfortable Lux Express buses depart on the Tartu-Tallinn-Tartu route. You can use power outlets, free WiFi, listen to music or watch movies and enjoy free hot drinks such as tea, coffee and cocoa. All Lux Express buses stop at Tallinn Airport in both directions. Find tickets and times at www.tpilet.ee and www.luxexpress.eu.
There are also international bus connections with Rīga in Latvia and St Petersburg, Moscow and Pechory in Russia. More information: www.luxexpress.euand other carriers www.eurolines.com or www.ecolines.net.
Eight times a day you can take a train between Tallinn and Tartu. Fast, comfortable diesel trains take you to your destination in two hours. All trains offer free WiFi. The line to Valga also provides opportunities for connections to Rīga. For more information and schedules see www.elron.ee and www.pv.lv/en. Another international route is Tallinn-St Petersburg-Moscow, operated by AS GoRail.
For those behind the wheel, Tartu is only ever a pleasant drive away – the 186 km between Tallinn and Tartu takes just two hours, while the Latvian capital, Rīga, is 260 km or three-and-a-half hours to the south-west. Driving here also means you can stop and admire some of Estonia’s prettiest and most interesting sights along the way! (For ideas, see www.visitestonia.com) Those travelling between Rīga, Tartu and St Petersburg can plan their trip through Estonia using the Via Hanseatica travel planner (www.viahanseatica.info). Visitors who want to explore Tartu and Tartu County first-hand can hire a car or bike – information about both options is available from the Tartu Visitor Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Public transport in Tartu
The City of Tartu is using a contactless plastic chip card or a sticker, which must be swiped at the validator upon entering the bus. Bus cards and stickers can be purchased at R-Kiosk, shopping centres, and other stores. Cards cost €2. You can load money onto your card and buy tickets at sales points, online atwww.tartu.ee/bussikaart_eng and via mobile phone.
Single ticket 0,83 €
Concession single ticket (pupils, university students) 0,51 €
Single ticket from driver 1,50 €
1-hour ticket 0,96 €
1-day ticket 2,11 €
10-day ticket 7,03 €
10-day concession ticket (pupils, university students, Estonian pensioners, severely disabled individuals) 3,52 €
30-day ticket 15,34 €
30-day concession (pupils and severely disabled individuals) 5,11 €
30-day ticket (university students and Estonian pensioners) 7,67 €
90-day ticket 35,15 €
Further information about tickets, bus lines as well as taxies in Tartu can be found here: http://www.visittartu.com/en/public-transport/