University of Tartu, Estonia
August 17-19, 2022
Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia after Tallinn, Estonia's political and financial capital. It is situated 186km (116m) southeast of Tallinn and 245km (152m) northeast of Riga, the capital of Latvia.
The currency in Estonia is the euro.
In Estonia and elsewhere in the European Union, number 112 is the emergency phone for the purpose of calling the ambulance, police and rescue workers.
Travelling to Tartu
There are several ways to travel to Tartu:
We ask you to please read the information about COVID-19 restrictions before arriving to Estonia! Information can be found here: https://kriis.ee/en/covid-crisis-management-qa/crisis-management/current-restrictions
Flying from Helsinki to Tartu:
Flight connection between Tartu and Helsinki were restored in March 2022.
Flights between Tartu and Helsinki are scheduled five times per week, Monday through Friday. There are no flights during the weekend.
All the flights are operated by Finnair and information about tickets and timetables can be found here:
Tartu Airport is located 10km from Tartu city centre and information about transportation to and from the airport can be found here: https://tartu.tallinn-airport.ee/en/transport/leaving-the-airport/
When travelling to Estonia through Finland, The FINENTRY web service helps you with the information about COVID-19 restrictions when entering Finland.
Please go to https://www.finentry.fi/en/
Travelling from Tallinn to Tartu:
Travelling by Air
When travelling to Tallinn by air, the easiest way to get from Tallinn Airport (Tallinna Lennart Meri Lennujaam) to Tartu is to take a bus straight from the airport. The buses leave from Tallinn Airport to Tartu Coach Station once an hour and the trip to Tartu is approximately 2.5 hours.
Information about tickets and timetables can be found here: https://luxexpress.eu/en/ or here:
Should you want to go downtown from the airport, the easiest way is to take Tram Number 4 from the airport. The same tram also stops close to Coach Station (Tallinna Bussijaam) on its way to downtown (tram stop for Coach Station is named “Bussijaam”).
The Tram Line Number 4 stop is located on the city-side of the passenger terminal of the airport. Monday through Saturday. The first tram arrives at the airport at 5:25 AM. The last tram from the airport leaves at 0:45 AM.
The timetable can be found here: https://transport.tallinn.ee/index.html#tram/4/b-a
Another option is to take Bus Number 2 from the airport to Tallinn Coach Station (Tallinna Bussijaam) and/or downtown Tallinn. The airport bus stops are located on the ground floor in front of the passenger terminal. The timetable can be found here: https://transport.tallinn.ee/#bus/2/b-a/13516-1/en
A one-hour ticket for both bus and tram can be purchased with Smartcard or with a contactless debit/credit card. When using a bankcard for buying a ticket, please enter the public transport via front door where the validator for contactless payment is located. As you board a public transport vehicle, you will be required to validate your trip every time by swiping the card to the validator. If you see a green light, your trip has been validated.
Travelling by Ferry
After travelling to Tallinn by ferry, there are two ways to get to Tartu, either by bus or by train.
When taking the bus from Tallinn to Tartu, the easiest way to get from the harbour to Tallinn Coach Station, is to either taking a taxi or take Bus Number 2 (in the direction of Mõigu) from Terminal A or Terminal D. The timetable can be found here: https://transport.tallinn.ee/#bus/2/a-b/10701-3/en
There are taxis waiting for you next to the terminal. Taxis have fare meters that show the fare. Ensure that the taxi switches the fare meter on. It is recommended to use the Tallink Takso services. Tallink Takso operator number is 1921. See more information: www.tallinktakso.ee.
There are many buses going from Tallinn to Tartu every day, and the timetable and tickets can be found here: https://www.tpilet.ee/en/
When taking the train from Tallinn to Tartu, the easiest way to get from the harbour to Train Station Balti Jaam, is again either taking a Taxi or Bus Number 2 (in the direction of Balti Jaam) from Terminal A or Terminal D. The timetable can be found here: https://transport.tallinn.ee/#bus/2/a-b/10701-3/en
The trains leave for Tartu roughly every hour, and information about timetable and tickets can be found here: https://elron.ee/en
Travelling from Riga to Tartu:
If you are coming to Tartu via Riga Airport, please read the guidelines regarding COVID-19 requirements according to Latvian authorities: https://www.latvia.travel/en/article/covid-19-and-travelling-latvia.
There are several buses per day that go from Riga Coach Station (Rīgas starptautiskā autoosta) to Tartu.
One bus a day leaves at 5:45 pm directly from Riga Airport.
Timetables and tickets can be found here:
Should you need to get from Riga Airport (Lidosta Riga) to the city centre, please take Bus Number 22. The public transport stop is 300 metres from the Arrivals Terminal, immediately beyond the car park. The journey time approximately 30 minutes.
Tickets can be purchased at the airport's Information Office (Arrivals E), “Narvesen” shops (on the 1st and 2nd floor) and ticket vending machines at the bus stop. The stop for Riga Coach Station is called “Autoosta” in Latvian.
Information about bus timetables can be found here:
You can also take a taxi from the airport to the coach station. A taxi licensed to work at Riga Airport can be hired on the carriageway, which is located immediately at the exit from the arrivals terminal.
More information about transport from and to Riga Airport can be found here: https://airport-transport.lv/en/
Getting Around in Tartu
Distances in Tartu are short and the connecting roads and pavements are in good condition, therefore one of the best ways to get around Tartu downtown area is by walking.
Tartu has a bike share system that is included into city’s public transportation network and enables you travel anywhere in the Tartu centre city within 15 minutes. More information about how to use system can be found here: https://ratas.tartu.ee/
There are 15 bus routes in Tartu, two of them are night routes. Passengers can have access to real-time information on the web and by phone (Google Maps or peatus.ee/) the timetables are also available in paper form at the bus stops and in the Information Centre in Tartu Town Hall.
Tickets can be bought by an electronic bus card or a contactless bank card that must be swiped at on-board validators upon entering a city bus. Electronic bus cards can be bought from R-Kiosk convenience stores, the bus station, Tartu Visitor Centre in Town Hall. A one-hour ticket costs 1.50€.
Various taxi companies offering quality and secure service operate in Tartu. Taxis can be hired by phone (phone numbers: tartu.ee/en/taxis), through mobile applications (for example, Bolt or Forus Taxi), or directly at taxi parks, which are located for instance on Vabaduse Avenue in the area between Poe Street and Town Hall Square, and near the intersection of Vallikraavi and Ülikooli Street.
Staying in Tartu
There are several hotels and hostels within the walking distance from the conference venue (Jakobi 2)
More than 50 EUR per night:
50 EUR per night or less: