Travelling to Tartu…
Option 1: Directly to Tartu. This is the most comfortable, but limited option of reaching Tartu. Tartu Airport is served by Flybe and Finnair, with one flight a day departing from Helsinki. The local AirportShuttle departs ~20 minutes after landing and takes passengers to their destinations in Tartu.
For current flight times to Tartu Airport: http://www.tartu-airport.ee/eng
In the case of a very early (or very late) flights, it is possible to order an Airport Shuttle to transport you from Tartu airport to downtown Tartu. For further information and booking, see http://tartaline.ee/_eng. However, it is also possible to book an Airport Shuttle to transport you directly from Tallinn airport to Tartu (and vice versa) – for this, please contact the organizers of the symposium.
Option 2: Flying to Tallinn Airport (TLL) and taking a bus or a train to Tartu. Tallinn Airport is served by a wide range of companies and therefore enables a more flexible, albeit lengthier travel schedule. The easiest way to get from Tallinn to Tartu is by bus which takes another 2,5 hour ride. The Tallinn–Tartu line is served by Lux Express Hourly Express buses every full hour. Buses depart from stop 2 at the airport and you can buy a ticket from a self-service ticket machine.
Depending on the time of your arrival these buses might be full – in this case, you can take a taxi to Tallinn Bus Terminal from where a wider selection of buses to Tartu depart, see www.tpilet.ee.
Option 3: Flying to Riga Airport, which is also served by a wide range of companies. The easiest way to from Riga to Tartu is by the Lux Express bus, which currently departs from Riga Airport to Tartu at 17.45 and 22.00. Travel from Riga to Tartu takes about 4,5 hours. See information for bus, train [transfer to the Tartu train in Valga] or car.
BY LAND (from Tallinn to Tartu, in greater detail):
Option 1: From the Tallinn Bus Terminal, buses to Tartu depart almost every 30 minutes. The Tallinn Bus Terminal is situated quite close to the Tallinn Airport. You can take a taxi or public transportation to get there. As Tallinn Airport is a relatively small one, it is easy to find the area where public transportation and taxis are waiting in front of the building. Bus no. 2 from the airport stops not too far from the Bus Terminal (the “Autobussijaam” stop). Buses from Tallinn Bus Terminal to Tartu leave from 5.45 in the morning (5.45 a.m.) until 23.59 at night (11.59 p.m.), usually from platform 1. Tickets cost approximately 12 EUR and can be purchased from a self-service ticket machine, a ticket office inside the bus station or from the bus driver. It will take you about 2,5 hours to reach Tartu. Please note that there are many buses that have several stops on the route, it is best that you take a direct one (“ekspress”). Most of the buses are comfortable and offer wireless Internet access. For further information on schedules and tickets, visit: http://www.tpilet.ee/
! On your way back to Tallinn by bus, you can ask the driver to drop you off at the airport.
Option 2: Trains from Tallinn to Tartu leave about nine times a day, and it takes a little more than 2 hours to get to Tartu (choose an Express train if possible). The trains are comfortable and have wireless Internet access. The Tallinn train station („Balti jaam“) is situated just outside the Tallinn Old Town. From the airport it’s easiest to take a taxi to the train station. For information on the train schedule and tickets, visit: http://elron.ee/en/
Option 3: By car. There are several car rental options available near the main entrance of Tallinn Airport. The trip from Tallinn to Tartu takes about 2,5 hours. See the google maps route here.
The Helsinki to Tallinn line is served by Eckeröline, Viking Line, Tallink. A trip from Helsinki to Tallinn takes approximately 1,5 hours (about 3 hours by slower ferries). It takes a little bit more time to get to the Bus Terminal from the port and it is easier to get there by taxi.
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Estonia’s currency is the Euro. Please note that in small shops, buses etc. it is advisable to use smaller banknotes than 50€ 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 (though not at the bus station or in the buses!). ITIC and ISIC cards will give reduced fare in buses, as well as in several bookshops and some cafes in Tartu (notice the sign on the door!).