Travelling to Tartu
Arriving at Tallinn airport
UPDATE FROM JULY 15, 2011. Most of you arrive in Tallinn, so we have decided to have a member of the organising team waiting for you at Tallinn airport on the 13th and 14th of August.
Please indicate if you would like to meet our team in Tallinn but are arriving on a different date! Also tell us the exact time of your arrival.
UPDATE FROM OCT 1, 2010. Great news for those who like to travel cheaply:
Ryanair will be running flights to Tallinn from Düsseldorf, Oslo,
Stockholm, Dublin, Milano, Edinburgh and London in December 2010 and January 2011!
Tallinn airport is conveniently small and close to town. It will take approximately two and a half hours to reach Tartu.
Travelling from Tallinn to Tartu
The bus station is located close to the airport, but it is still necessary to take the bus (No 2; costs 1,3 EUR) to get from the airport to the bus station. One can also take the taxi (about 6 EUR).
The bus ticket to Tartu costs about 10 EUR. The distance between Tallinn and Tartu is 186 km. Buses leave almost every 30 minutes from 6.10 in the morning until 23.00 at night, usually from platform 9. Here you can find the timetable of Tartu-Tallinn buses.
Some buses also offer a wireless internet service which you can use if you have a computer with you. Payment by credit or dedbit card is not possible on the bus or at the bus station. You have to pay cash (EUR)
There are two trains daily going from Tallinn to Tartu. The main train station in Tallinn, Balti jaam, is located in the town centre, so one must take an airport bus
(no 2; costs 1,3 EUR) and a tram (no 2; costs 0,6 EUR) to get there. A taxi from the airport will cost about 8 EUR. A fast train departs from Tallinn at 7:46 and 16:50, the journey takes 2 hours and 25 minutes.
Train tickets can be bought at the train station or on the train. Foreign currency is not accepted on the Tallinn-Tartu train, but debit and credit cards can be used.
A first class ticket on a fast train costs 11 EUR and the ticket holders have access to the Internet, to a 220V electricity socket and a bar.
A second class ticket costs 9 EUR, comes with non- assigned seating, though wifi can be used without charge.
Arriving at Tartu airport
Tartu is also approachable from air through its new international
airport. Estonian Air
operate daily flights from Tallinn (at 23:45, arriving in Tartu at 00:15).Between Tartu and Tallinn the 33-seat Saab 340 makes it possible to fly to Tartu with a stopover in Tallinn form several cities in Europe (Copenhagen, Vilnius, Oslo, Stockhom, München, Helsinki, Amsterdam, etc; operated by Estonian Air).
The AirportShuttle minibus departs from Tartu Ülenurme Airport approx. 20 minutes after the arrival of a flight, and will wait for all passengers who need transport. Passengers will be transported to their requested address in Tartu.
See the location of Tartu Ülenurme airport
See also Tartu homepage for directions.
For those who come from nearby, also buses
(Eurolines), trains (from Moscow) or even a ferry
(from Stockholm or
Helsinki to Tallinn) are an option.
Renting a car
Car renting in Estonia is not very expensive,
but at least in Tartu there is not much use for a car. Car parking in the town is for free in the more peripheral streets, and costs about 8 EUR per day in more central areas and car parks.
It is free after working hours (6PM) and in weekends. There is a relatively small parking lot at the Estonian Literary Museum, and the fee is 8 EUR per day.
Inhabitants of Tartu prefer to use bicycles regardless of the rather modest state of the cycling roads.
See the Location page for pre- or post-summerschool travel recommendations.