Estonia, officially the Republic of Estonia (in Estonian: Eesti or Eesti Vabariik) is a country in the North-East of the European Union, bordering with Russia in the east and Latvia in the south. The Baltic Sea separates it from Finland in the north and from Sweden in the west.
Estonia has a population of just 1.3 million inhabitants, but its territory is larger than that of Denmark or Holland. Almost 50% of the territory is covered in forests.
Estonia has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004 and of NATO since 29 March 2004.
Tallinn international airport, Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, provides excellent facilities and a wide variety of services, and the bus from Tallinn to Tartu can be taken directly from the airport.There are many connecting flights from Riga Airport (Latvia) and Helsinki Airport (Finland). From Helsinki, it is also possible to fly to Tartu Airport.
Information on international and domestic airlines can be found here.
Tallinn airport information service point is located in the departure hall. It opens 2 hours before the day's first flight and closes after the last arriving flight. Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport: ph. +372 605 8888, www.tallinn-airport.ee.
Ships from Helsinki bring thousands of travelers to Tallinn's busy passenger port each day. There is an overnight ferry link with Stockholm and a semi-weekly cruise ship connection to St Petersburg.
Ferries cross the Gulf of Finland between Tallinn and Helsinki several times a day, covering the distance in roughly 2 to 3 hours. From late spring to late autumn, high-speed vessels also operate on the route, reducing travel time to just 1.5 hours. Ferries between Tallinn and Stockholm depart every evening, with the trip taking approximately 15 hours.
The largest ferry operators are Tallink, Viking Line and Eckerö Line.
The world's largest cruise agencies have included Tallinn in their itineraries – the city receives over 300 calls per season, making it the third busiest cruise destination in the Baltic Sea region.
Two international bus lines offer connections between Tallinn and Tartu as well as with several other European cities. Regular routes connecting Tallinn with Riga, Vilnius and St Petersburg operate several times a day.
International connections are provided by Lux Express and Ecolines.
Domestic bus lines, fares and timetables can be found here.
International and intercity buses arrive and depart via the Tallinn Central Bus Station (Tallinna Autobussijaam): Lastekodu 46, ph. +372 680 0909.
Travelling to Tartu from Tallinn: the most convenient would be to take the Lux Express coach from Tallinn. The buses leave every hour, from Tallinn Coach Station (address: Lastekodu 46, 10144, Tallinn) to Tartu Coach Station (address: Turu 2, 51014, Tartu). The journey lasts for 2.5 hours, but time flies when you are seated in the lounge area.The coaches have free WiFi, hot beverages and an entertainment system on board. The bus also stops at the Tallinn airport when going to Tartu and on the return journey as well. Bus tickets can be bought from here or also from Tallinn Coach Station.
The Elron train service has regular trips between Tallinn and Tartu a few times a day. The train leaves from Balti Jaam in Tallinn (address: Toompuiestee 37, Tallinn) to Tartu Railway Station (address: Vaksali 6, Tartu). Tartu Railway Station is located in a historical station building 1.5 km from the city centre. The journey lasts from 2 hours. Train tickets can be bought from here or also at the stations or from train.
Information about the public transportation system in Tartu, please click here. For a taxi service, the app Bolt is very popular; we also recommend electrical taxies (call +372 5749 5749 or +372 5685 8954 to order) or the Tartu Taxi company (call +372 730 0200 to order).