and the rural landscape


Arriving in Estonia

Tartu is located in Southern Estonia, approximately 186 km from the capital, Tallinn. Tartu connects to the world primarily through Tartu airport (mainly Finnair flights to Helsinki) and Tallinn international airport. It is also possible to reach Tartu easily from Riga international airport. The Helsinki-Vantaa international airport offers daily flights to Tartu, as well as flights and ferries to Tallinn.

Conference shuttles

The organizers will provide a minimal transfer service through bus shuttles departing from Tallinn and Riga. More information to be provided.

Via Tallinn

Reaching Tallinn by plane

There are direct flights or connections to Tallinn from many European cities. Tallinn Airport terminal is only 4 km from the city centre and on the road to Tartu.

Busses:The airport bus stops are located on the ground floor in front of the passenger terminal. Use the escalator or lift in the terminal to get to the bus stops quickly and conveniently. See the timetable here.

Taxi services: There are also taxis in front of the Arrivals Hall. You can also use ride sharing applications such as Uber or our own taxi application Taxify to get the cheapest rides.

Reaching Tallinn by sea

Ferries cross the Gulf of Finland between Tallinn and Helsinki several times a day. Hydrofoils and jet cats also run from late spring to late autumn.
Ferries from Stockholm to Tallinn leave every evening and the trip takes approximately 15 hours. The ferry terminals are located within walking distance of the Old Town.
From the port you can take bus no. 2 to the city centre or bus station or the airport. For the buses to Tartu, please check the timetable and purchase the tickets here.

Tallink – Ferry company

Viking Line – Ferry company

Via Riga

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From Tallinn to Tartu

By bus

The easiest way to reach Tartu is by bus.

You can get to Tartu straight from the airport. A bus to Tartu runs every 30 minutes from 6:35 AM to 11:05 PM. You may see the timetable and purchase tickets here. (lines: Tallinn Lennujaam-Tartu Bussijaam or Tartu Näitused).

From the Tallinn Bus Station, buses go from Tallinn to Tartu approximately every 30 minutes, they depart from the Bus Station and most of the buses stop at the Airport, located quite close to the Bus Station, before leaving Tallinn completely.
The buses go from 5: 40 AM until 11 PM, usually from platform 9. You can look for the timetable here. It will take about 2,5 hours to reach Tartu. Buses are comfortable and most offer free WiFi service.

How to get to the Bus Station in Tallinn

You can get to the Bus Station by taxi or public transportation – bus no.2 stops not too far from the bus terminal (the “Autobussijaam” stop) and then goes to the airport. It takes a little more time to get to the bus terminal from Tallinn sea port: either by taxi, tram no.2 (towards Ülemiste) or bus No.2 will take you to Tallinn Bus Station (the “Autobussijaam” stop) from the port.

By train

Trains from Tallinn to Tartu leave 8 times a day and it takes between 2-3 hours to get to Tartu, depending on the train. The train station is situated just outside the Tallinn Old Town and sea port, a taxi or tram No.2 (from the sea port) can take you there (“Balti jaam” stop). Trains are modern and comfortable and some have a restaurant and free WiFi access. See the schedule here.

By plane

Tartu Airport is located in Ülenurme, about 9 km from Tartu. It is possible to reach the airport using the road from Tartu to Valga or to Võru. In both directions there are road signs showing how to reach the airport.

There is a shuttle bus taking passengers from the airport to anywhere in Tartu. Ticket price is fixed to 5 EUR  –  to be paid to the driver with either cash or credit card. The airport’s bus stop is located in front of the terminal.

See the current flight schedule here.

By private car

It will take approximately two hours to drive to Tartu from Tallinn airport.

Getting to the venues

You can take a bus or a taxi to the Eesti Maaülikool or the National Estonian Museum.
Taxi drivers usually speak some English and all the taxis are equipped with a metre.
The university campus is in the outskirts of the city. The distance from the bus station and train station is practically the same.

From the train station, bus no.20 will take you straight to the campus (from “Raudteejaam” to “Tartu näitused” stop). See the schedule here.
From the city centre, near the bus station, buses no.6, 8, 16, 16A and 20 will take you to the campus (from “Vabaduse puiestee” to “Tartu näitused” stop). See the schedule here.
The Main building of the University is just opposite the dormitory and hostel “Torn”.