Transportation to Tartu

Another option is to arrive via Riga airport, which is served by Aeroflot, Air Baltic, Finnair, LOT; Lufthansa, Ryanair, Norwegian. The LuxExpress bus departs from Riga Airport to Tartu at 17.45 and the Ecolines bus at 18.20. Travel from Riga to Tartu takes about 4,5 hours. Tartu Airport is served by Flybe. Local Airport Shuttle departs ~20 minutes after landing and takes passengers to their destinations in Tartu.

By land: There is bus service between Riga and Tartu (Eurolines, Ecolines) and St. Petersburg and Tartu (Eurolines Lux Express). Tallinn–Tartu line is served by bus every full hour; Tallinn–Tartu train connection operates twice a day.
Busses from Tallinn bus terminal to Tartu leave almost every 30 minutes from 5.45 in the morning (5.45 a.m.) until 23.59 at night (11.59 p.m.), usually from platform 1. Tickets cost approximately 10,80 EUR and can be purchased from a self-service ticket machine, a ticket office inside the bus station or from the bus driver. It will take you 2,5 hours to reach Tartu. Please note that there are many buses that have several stops on the route, make sure that you take a direct one (“ekspress”). Most of the buses are comfortable and some offer wireless internet connection. Bus tickets can be purchased in advance from here: http://www.tpilet.ee/ (also the bus schedule can be seen from there).
! On your way back to Tallinn by bus, you can ask the driver to stop at the airport.
There is also a train service between Ülemiste and Tartu. Ülemiste is a train stop quite close to the airport (approx. 15 minute walk or a short cab ride). Trains don’t go as often as busses, but cost about the same. Tickets and schedule can be found here: http://elron.ee/en/

By sea: Helsinki–Tallinn line is served by Eckeröline, Viking Line, Tallink. A trip from Helsinki to Tallinn takes approximately 1,5 hours (about 3 hours by slower ferries). It takes a little bit more time to get to the bus terminal from the port and it is easier to get there by taxi. Otherwise, you can take bus No. 2 that stops in front of terminals A/B and terminal D. From terminal D, it is four stops to the bus station (“Autobussijaam”). The tram stop is approx. 300 m from the port, you should take tram No. 2 (direction Ülemiste), it takes 5 stops to the bus station. From the stop, you still have to cross 2 intersections to reach the bus terminal. A ticket on Tallinn public transportation costs 1,6 EUR if you buy it from the bus or tram.

Spending the night in Tallinn
If you arrive late in the evening you will have to spend the night in Tallinn. There are different hotels and hostels where you can find accommodation in Tallinn (see: www.tallinn.ee/eng, www.tourism.tallinn.ee)
Please check the schedule of Tallinn public transport here.
You will find the interactive map of Tallinn here.

Visas
Nationals of the member states of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) and any third-country national who is a holder of a residence permit of a Schengen state do not need a visa to enter Estonia. If this does not apply to you, please check the website of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for possible restrictions and visa regulations.

Weather in Tartu
You can check the weather forecast for Tartu before arrival here: www.weather.ee/tartu/

Money
Estonia’s currency is Euro. Please note that in small shops, busses etc. it is advisable to use smaller banknotes than 50 EUR as there may not be enough change for larger bills.
You can pay with VISA, VISA ELECTRON, MASTERCARD and MAESTRO in almost all shops, cafes and restaurants (though not at the bus station or in the buses!). ITIC and ISIC cards will give reduced fare in buses, as well as several bookshops and some cafes in Tartu (notice the sign on the door!).

Additional information about Tartu
You can find a lot of practical information visiting the following websites.
Tartu tourist information: www.visittartu.com
Look up Tartu city map here: www.visitestonia.ee