Estonia and Tartu

About Estonia

Estonia, officially the Republic of Estonia (in Estonian: Eesti or Eesti vabariik) is a country in North East of the European Union, bordering with Russia from the east and Latvia from the south. The Baltic Sea separates it from Finland in the north by the Gulf of Finland and from Sweden in the west.

Estonia has a population of just 1,3 million inhabitants, but it´s territory is larger than Denmark or Holland. Almost 50% of the territory is covered with forest.

Estonia has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004 and of NATO since 29 March 2004.

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Tartu - City of Good Thoughts

Tartu is a university town and a city of youth. The time-honoured university, museum-rich and Hanseatic city of Tartu lies on the banks of the river Emajõgi. The Emajõgi river connects the two largest lakes of Estonia and flows for the lengt of 10 km within the city limits and adds colour to the city. The capital of Southern-Estonia is oldest city in the Baltic States. The first written records of Tartu date from 1030. Tartu, with its population of 98 473 (data from
1.01.2009) in an area of 38,8 km2, is the second largest city of Estonia, but the largest in terms of student population.

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Arrival to Estonia

Tartu is situated in Southern Estonia and connects to the world primarily through Tartu airport and Tallinn (Estonia's capital) international airport.
The Tallinn international airport is located on the edge of that city, on the road to Tartu. The distance between Tallinn airport and Tartu is 180 km, so it will take approximately two hours to drive to Tartu.

Getting to Tartu by plane

Tartu Airport is located in Ülenurme, about 9 km from Tartu. It is possible to reach the airport using the taxi or AirportShuttle. AirportShuttle leaves Tartu Airport for the city about 15 minutes after the plane has arrived, but will wait for anyone who needs transport to the city. For a fee of 3 € the AirportShuttle will drop you off at any location in the City of Tartu. Tickets can be purchased from the driver, either in cash or with a debit/credit card.

One regular airline connects Tartu with the rest of the world via  Helsinki.  Flybe flies between Tartu and Helsinki, the flight lasts 50 minutes.

Getting to Tartu by bus

From Tallinn airport to Tallinn bus terminal - Tallinn bus terminal is situated quite close to the only airport - Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. You can take a taxi or public transportation to get there. As Tallinn airport is relatively small one, it is easy to find the area where public and taxis are waiting in front of the building. It is also possible to use public transportation, bus No.2 from the airport stops not too far from the bus terminal (the "Autobussijaam" stop). You can buy the bus ticket either from the driver (1.60€) or from the newsstall inside the terminal building (1€).

From Tallinn sea port to bus terminal - it takes a little bit more time to get to the bus terminal from Tallinn sea port and it is easier to get there by taxi. Tram No.2 (towards Ülemiste) or bus No.2 will take you to Tallinn bus terminal (the "Autobussijaam" stop) from the port, but you still have to cross two intersections to reach the bus terminal.

From Tallinn bus terminal to Tartu - buses leave almost every 30 minutes from 5:45 in the morning until 23:59 at night. You can find the timetable from It will take you 2 hours and 25 minutes to reach Tartu. Buses are comfortable and some offer snacks and drinks for sale. Some buses offer also WiFi service.

Getting to Tartu by train

Trains to Tartu from Tallinn´s train station leave 3-6 times a day, depending on the weekday. It takes approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes to get to Tartu. The train station is situated just outside the Tallinn Old Town and sea port, a taxi or tram No.2  (from the sea port) will take you there ("Balti jaam" stop). Express trains are comfortable and have free WiFi access in the first class. Check the timetables and further information from