The Tartu airport has direct flights to Helsinki. The nearest biggest Estonian airport in Tallinn is 2.5 hour bus ride or 2 hour train ride away.
The bus is a convenient way to get from Tallinn to Tartu. Each day more than 30 express buses make the 2.5-hour trip from the capital, departing from Tallinn's bus station at Lastekodu 46. The ride costs about €10. See www.tpilet.ee for a complete schedule. Buses arrive at Tartu's bus station at Turu 2.
Driving from Tallinn is fairly simple. Just head out of town on Tartu mnt. and once you get past the airport, it's a straight shot all the way down.
The city's one and only direct air connection is
Finnair's service from Helsinki, which takes 50 minutes and runs once
per day. For a list of scheduled flights, visit www.tartu-airport.ee.
Getting to town is a breeze, at least, thanks to the convenient Airport Shuttlel. A one-way ticket costs €5 and can be bought from the driver with card or cash. A cheaper alternative is the N°912 bus, which leaves about 20 times per day. The 30-minute ride costs €1. You can also make the 11km journey by taxi, which will set you back around €10.
For those coming from Tallinn, Estonia’s shiny, new trains offer a fast and comfortable way to reach Tartu at roughly the same price as the buses. Eight trains make the trip from Tallinn's Balti Jaam train station each day (info at www.elron.ee). Rides take about 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on whether it's an express train. The trains have free WiFi throughout. First-class sections have comfier seats, more legroom and guarantee you a table as well as a place to plug in your gadgets. Booking your seats in advance is also recommended as the trains tend to fill up, especially on Fridays and Sundays.