Travel to Estonia

There is good air connection between Tallinn and other European countries. In 2018 it was named the best small airport in Europe. Also, it is served by some low cost airlines. For further information, please visit airport website.


Transport in Estonia

Tartu is 185 km from Tallinn.

By bus

There is a very good bus connection between the two cities. The bus ride to Tartu takes two and half hours. Most of the buses have free wireless internet and other minor conveniences. For coach routes, schedules and tickets visit

By train

Estonian trains are spacious, comfortable, and clean, with free wifi offered by most local operators. A ticket can be bought from the station building, also from the train in cash. There are wifi and charge points available in most trains, and while some trains offer the option of debit/credit card payment, it is wise to carry at least €20 cast just in case. In the middle of each train, there is a section called C-part, from where you can easily enter the coach with wheelchair, bicycle or a baby stroller.

By car

Estonia has right-hand traffic and an extensive road system, the quality of which varies. The speed limit on the highways is 90 km/h and 50 km/h in urban areas unless specified otherwise. While driving in Estonia, passengers are expected to wear seat belts and lights must be switched on at all time. Estonian laws against driving under the influence of alcohol are strict and follow a zero tolerance policy.


Local transport in Tartu

The conference will take place in the facilities of the University of Tartu. All of these are a 10-minute walking distance from the Town Square and from the shopping centres and the bus station.

Public transport

To ride city line buses, a ticket can be bought from the driver or an electronic bus card can be used. Tickets bought from the bus driver can only be paid for in cash. Electronic bus cards (contact-free plastic chip cards and stickers) can be bought from R-Kiosk convenience stores, the bus station, Tartu Visitor Centre in Town Hall, information counters in Selver supermarkets and elsewhere. To use an electronic bus card, it has to be swiped when entering the bus at the device or validator installed near the bus doors until a beep sound is heard.

For routes and schedules of Tartu public transport click here. Additional information about Tartu bus card can be found here.

Tartu has a fully established city bike system.


Taxis can be hired by phone or directly at taxi parks, which are located for instance on Vabaduse Avenue in the area between Poe Street and Town Hall Square, near the intersection of Vallikraavi and Ülikooli Street, on Uueturu Street, on Soola Street in the parking lot of Hotel Tartu and elsewhere. Taxi rates vary by company, but are posted on a yellow sticker in the right rear window of each vehicle. We recommend:

  • Taxi 1: Elektritakso +372 1918; +372 588 588 00
  • Taxi 2: Takso Üks +372 1210; + 372 53 444 000
  • You can easily order taxis and verified private drivers via the Bolt mobile app. See also here for more taxi options.


Accommodation in Tartu

Some recommendations: 


Lydia Hotel ****

Hotel Lydia, the 4-star superior hotel that combines the atmosphere of the Old Town with modern architecture, is located on the slope of Toomemägi, behind Tartu Town Hall Square. The hotel has a spa-lounge, which offers a variety of saunas and other relaxation options, a fitness-club, restaurant Hõlm, a lounge for meetings and an event centre equipped with state-of-the-art audio, light and video solutions. The historical location of the 4-star superior hotel and the personal service it offers make it an excellent place for business, conference, and holiday trips.


Barclay Hotel

The Barclay hotel in the very heart of Tartu is a pleasant and comfortable place to stay for holidaymakers and businessmen. The hotel courtyard is secure parking for cars and motorbikes. The former President of Estonia, Mr Lennart Meri said that Barclay is like the business card of the whole city, the inviting smile of it. Being in the centre of city, we are close to all the main sights – Tartu University, the Town Hall, the “Vanemuine” theatre, as well as banks and shopping centres.


Pallas Hotel ***

Renovated (May 2020) Art hotel Pallas is a three-star, superior hotel that offers comfortable accommodation in the downtown of Tartu at affordable rates. You will be enchanted by the excellent location, modernist glass facade and interior design, inspired by the works of the artists from the Pallas School. The hotel has 62 hotel rooms, divided between three floors, offering a view of the busiest quarter of Tartu town centre or a peaceful courtyard. The idea behind the latest renovation of Art Hotel Pallas is to use an artistic design language in all rooms.


Dorpat Hotel ***

The historical name Dorpat combines Tartu’s biggest hotel, a spacious a la carte restaurant, and the biggest conference centre in southern Estonia, with all the equipment you could need. Dorpat, a three-star superior hotel, is located in the centre of Tartu, in the business district of Emajõe. Modern interior design, professional service, and an attractive location make Dorpat into a popular destination for visitors from near and far alike. Additionally, our offers include special packages for families, people seeking for romance and culture, and much more.


Hector Hostel 

Hektor Design Hostel in Tartu is unique in the Baltics, providing a traditional service of hotel quality with a hostel price, an affordable combination of great service and convenient surroundings. Hektor Design Hostel is automatic and contact-free. All our guests have access to a shared kitchen situated on the same floor with hostel rooms. In addition, guests can use our laundromat and gym. Hektor hostel has a secure parking lot. Information on how to access the parking spaces is sent with the booking confirmation.







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