Getting to and around in Tartu

How to get from Tallinn airport to Tartu?

Most students and visiting scholars arrive to Estonia via Tallinn airport (“Tallinna lennujaam” in Estonian). The airport is quite well connected to Tartu by bus and by train.

Bus is the most convenient way of getting from Tallinn airport to Tartu. The bus ride takes approximately 2.5 hours. There is bus stop in front on the “0 Floor” exit from the airport. I.e. you will have to go from Floor 1 (where the arrivals are) to Floor 0 (see the terminal map). Location of the bus stop is indicated on this scheme of Tallinn Airport Surroundings and this photo presents view to the bus stop from north. Another photo pictures the information plates with bus times (the times might be different now). The drivers sell tickets but buses can occasionally be full (i.e. you will not be admitted to the bus), so, booking a ticket in advance over the internet a ticket is a very good idea. The bus timetable and online ticket booking system is available here: When you do that, please indicate “Tallinna lennujaam” (Tallinn airport) as your starting point and “Tartu bussijaam” (Tartu Coach Station) as your destination. The Tartu bus terminal (the last stop) is quite close to the Raatuse dormitory, see the Tartu city plan (it has two pages).

Train is another option. See for the timetable. The train stop “Ülemiste” is not as near to Tallinn airport as the bus stop (see the scheme of Tallinn Airport Surroundings), but trains are never completely full. So, you can always get on train. You can buy ticket on the train, you can just find a seat and sit down, the conductor will come to you and sell you the ticket. In Tartu the train stop is also not so near to the dormitory (see the city plan), so you may want to take bus or taxi, especially with luggage.

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If you are a visiting scholar or a collaboration partner, then you will probably stay in the Dorpat hotel. It is very near to the Tartu bus terminal (see the Tartu city plan and a street photo).

Where in Tartu is the Raatuse dormitory, Chemicum, Physicum, etc?

See the Tartu city plan with UT buildings indicated (it has two pages).

Last modified: February 1, 2024