Tartu has an international airport with flights to and from Helsinki.The airport shuttle to and from the city centre costs 5 €, travel time is 15 minutes. Taxis are also available.
More connections to the European hubs are available from Tallinn (180 km) and Riga (245 km).
Tallinn airport has flights to and from Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, London, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Riga, Stockholm, Trondheim, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw, plus seasonal destinations.
There is a direct hourly bus connection between Tallinn Airport and Tartu Bus Station. Travel time is 2 hours 25 minutes, ticket costs around 10 € . Most buses have free WiFi and power sockets, some have personal multimedia devices.
Trains between Tallinn and Tartu operate 9 times in a day in both directions (train station in Tallinn is about 1.5 km from the airport and in Tartu 1.5 km from the city centre). Travel time by fast train is 2 hours. Trains have free WiFi and power sockets. Train ticket costs 12 to 15 €.
Train and bus tickets can be purchased online or on board.
Riga Airport has connections to 83 cities. The Airport Bus can take you to the Riga Bus Station (5 EUR) from where it is possible to take a bus to Tartu (6 departures every day, 15 EUR). Travel time is about 3hours 40 minutes. If you travel to Riga by Air Baltic, there is free bus transfer to Tartu.
A selection of hotels can be recommended:
**** V Spa Hotel – 79 rooms, single, 75 €, double room 95 €, includes a visit to the spa and sauna centre, breakfast and an entry to a night club in Tartu. Special prices for the guests of UT.
****Hotel London – 60 rooms, single 79 €, double 93 €, price includes breakfast. Special prices for the guests of UT.
*** Hotel Dorpat – 200 rooms, single room 60 €, double room 76 €, price includes breakfast, free parking, morning swimming in Aura water park. Special prices for the guests of UT.
***Hotel Pallas – 62 rooms, single room 57 €, double room 68 €. Special prices for the guests of UT.
Hotel Tartu – 68 rooms, single room 45 €, double room 53 €. Special prices for the guests of UT.
Academus Hostel – Affordable accommodation in the University Hostel, rooms for 80 people, single room 30 €, double room 40 €. No breakfast included.
**More options are available via online booking tools**
Getting around in Tartu
On foot. The easiest way to get around in Tartu is on foot. The old town and city centre are 5 minutes walk away.
By taxi. You can always order a taxi in Tartu. The prices are around 60 cents a kilometre + the starting fee (around 3 €).
Public transport. Tartu is covered with good bus connections in case you need to get out of the city centre. The ticket costs 1 euro that is usable during an hour.
Below you can find more information on the 5 most interesting tourist attractions of Tartu.
Town Hall Square
Town Hall Square has been the heart of Tartu for centuries, and its history dates back to ancient times. In the 18th century the square was the site of the city’s most important market – der GrosseMarkt or ‘Big Market’. A wide variety of events are held on the square these days, including theChristmas Market during the festive season, St. Mary’s Fair in autumn and the Hanseatic Days insummer. Since 1998 the square has also been home to a fountain with a statue of kissing students, from which it gets its name – and which has become one of the symbols of the city, which is renowned for its university. The slanting building on the square, which was built in the 1700s, has also become a sight in its own right. It is currently home to the Tartu Art Museum.
The AHHAA Science Centre is all about making science fun through exciting activities and entertaining adventures that test your skills. You are sure to learn something new from its exhibits, the majority of which are hands-on – so you get to try things for yourself. You can discover science in action in the planetarium, as part of the school laboratory pilot programme, by creating your own teaching materials or taking to the stage in the science theatre. You can also enjoy the 4D cinema screenings
Toomemägi is a heritage site in the Old Town of Tartu in which you will find a large number of sculptures and a range of buildings of great architectural value – including the former Dome Church (now the History Museum of the University of Tartu), Tartu Observatory, the Old Anatomicum, the Supreme Court and the Angel and Devil bridges. Toomemägi Park, established in 1805, was given a free design that would be as close to natural form as possible. It blends in with the surrounding classical architecture perfectly, as many parks of its kind do – they were common throughout Europe, especially in England. Pirogov Square is particularly popular among students.
St. John’s cultural quarter
The St. John’s cultural quarter in Tartu’s Old Town comprises the medieval St. John’s Church, theAntonius Guild, the Toy Museum, Uppsala House, Tampere House, a museum of 19th century life and a range of art galleries.
UT and the Botanical Gardens
Founded in 1632 by Swedish king Gustav II Adolf, the University of Tartu is symbolised by its main building and its six white columns. It is one of the best-known icons in the history of Estonian education and culture. The historical buildings of the university are perfect examples of classicist architecture and are easily one of the most interesting assemblies of 19th century university buildings in Europe for their compact nature. The main building, which embodies the spirit of Greek architecture, along with the observatory and anatomicum on Toomemägi Hill, the library built in theruins of the Dome Church, the university’s clinics and the Angel and Devil bridges have given the OldTown its architectural flavour – and led to Tartu being dubbed the ‘Athens of the Emajõgi River’.