The Tartu airport has direct flights to Helsinki. The nearest biggest Estonian airport in Tallinn is 2.5 hour bus ride or 2 hour train ride away.

BY BUS

The bus is a convenient way to get from Tallinn to Tartu. Each day more than 30 express buses make the 2.5-hour trip from the capital, departing from Tallinn's bus station at Lastekodu 46. The ride costs about €10. See www.tpilet.ee for a complete schedule. Buses arrive at Tartu's bus station at Turu 2. The buses have free WiFi throughout.

There is also the possibility to take the long-distance bus from Tallinn Airport straight to the Tartu (for the stops and tickets see the section by bus). The late arrivals can order the Tartu-Tallinn airport shuttle, the ride costs about €20.

BY CAR

Driving from Tallinn is fairly simple. Just head out of town on Tartu mnt. and once you get past the airport, it's a straight shot all the way down.

BY PLANE

The city's one and only direct air connection is Finnair's service from Helsinki, which takes 50 minutes and runs once per day. For a list of scheduled flights, visit www.tartu-airport.ee.
Getting to town is a breeze, at least, thanks to the convenient Airport Shuttle. A one-way ticket costs €5 and can be bought from the driver with card or cash. A cheaper alternative is the N°912 bus, which leaves about 20 times per day. The 30-minute ride costs €1. You can also make the 11 km journey by taxi, which will set you back around €10.

BY TRAIN

For those coming from Tallinn, Estonia’s shiny, new trains offer a fast and comfortable way to reach Tartu at roughly the same price as the buses. Eight trains make the trip from Tallinn's Balti Jaam train station each day (info at www.elron.ee). Rides take about 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on whether it's an express train. The trains have free WiFi throughout. First-class sections have comfier seats, more legroom and guarantee you a table as well as a place to plug in your gadgets. Booking your seats in advance is also recommended as the trains tend to fill up, especially on Fridays and Sundays.