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How to get from Tallinn Airport to Tartu

Located 186 kilometres Southeast of Tallinn, Tartu is the second-largest city in Estonia. It is home to one of Northern Europe’s oldest universities, ancient museums and stunning architecture; Tartu is considered the country’s “intellectual capital city”.

If you are landing at Tallinn International Airport and are off on a memorable trip to Tartu, you have three options to reach the beautiful city; you can take a taxi, a bus or a train. The easiest and most reliable way to get from Tallinn Airport to Tartu is to take a taxi or private transfer, as the journey is direct, taking 2 hours and 10 minutes to reach. For travellers on a budget, public transportation is accessible, but you will first have to make your way to Tallinn’s city centre. From there you can take a train to Tartu, taking 2 hours, or take a bus, which takes 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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How to get from Tallinn Airport to Tartu by taxi

Taking a taxi or a private transfer is the stress-free way to get from Tallinn Airport to Tartu. Taxis are direct, available 24/7 and provide safe door-to-door services, taking you to your Tartu hotel in 2 hours 10 minutes.

Taxi fare from Tallinn Airport to Tartu

Taxis in Tallinn calculate their fares using a taximeter; however, prices vary significantly between taxi companies. Nevertheless, you can expect to pay around €170 for your 2 hour 10 minute trip to Tartu.



Trip Duration

140 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Tallinn International Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Tallinn Airport taxi ranks are located just outside the arrivals hall.


Although being the more expensive option, taking a taxi from Tallinn Airport to Tartu is the most convenient one. Taxis provide direct, 24/7 door-to-door services in the comfort of a private vehicle – which is essential if you are travelling with children or heavy luggage.

Editor’s Note

It is customary to leave your driver a small tip; most travellers round up their end fare to the higher amount.

Useful Tips

Ensure that the taximeter is turned on and reset before starting your journey.
Most taxis accept bank card payments, although it is always best to ask your driver beforehand.
Remember that various independent taxi companies operate in Tallinn, and all fix their own prices.

How to get from Tallinn Airport to Tartu by bus

Taking the bus from Tallinn to Tartu is an excellent alternative for travellers on a budget. More than 30 Lux Express buses operate to-and-from the two cities daily, taking 2 hours 30 minutes to reach. However, you will first have to get to the bus terminal “Autobussijaam” in Tallinn city centre.

How much is a bus ticket from Tallinn to Tartu?

Unfortunately, there is no direct bus from Tallinn Airport to Tartu. You will first have to get to Tallinn’s central train station, where the price varies depending on your chosen transportation. However, your one-way bus ticket from Tallinn station to Tartu station costs €12.



Trip Duration

150 Min.

Buses are frequent, leaving the station every hour.

Value for Money

The Lux Express bus is available daily from 07:00 to 23:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can get the Lux Express from Tallinn’s Central Station, in the city centre.


Although being a very comfortable travel option, taking the bus can be tedious as you first have to make your way to the Central Bus Station. Moreover, if you travel late at night or early in the morning, you will have to find an alternative.

Editor’s Note

You can purchase your bus tickets online via the bus company's website or directly at the Central Station.

Useful Tips

The Lux Express provides comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, roomy seats, free Wi-Fi and individual screens.
The bus provides plenty of storage room for your luggage.

How to get from Tallinn Airport to Tartu by train

Taking the train is a comfortable option for travellers on a budget. Trains in Tallinn are comfortable and faster than taking the bus, with a travel time ranging between 2 hours and 2 hours 15 minutes, depending on the train you take. Nonetheless, you will first have to make your way to Tallinn train station in the city centre.

How much is a train ticket from Tallinn to Tartu?

Train ticket prices are similar to bus tickets, so a one-way ticket from Tallinn to Tartu will cost €11. You can purchase your tickets online through the train company’s website, at the train station at a booth, or by using the ticket vending machines.



Trip Duration

120 Min.

There are 12 trains from Tallinn to Tartu per day, on average.

Value for Money

Trains are available daily from 06:17 to 20:56.

Where do I get the train from?

Unfortunately, Tallinn Airport does not have a train station; therefore, you must make your way to Tallinn’s train station: Tallinn, Toompuiestee 37, 10149 Tallinn, Estonia – which is 750 metres from the Old Town.


Although being a comfortable and cost-savvy travel option, taking the train can be difficult as there is no direct train from Tallinn Airport – especially if you are travelling at night, with children or with heavy luggage. Moreover, once you get to Tartu train station, you will have to take a taxi or a bus to your hotel.


Editor’s Note

It is recommended to purchase your train tickets online, as you will be offered a 15% discount.

Useful Tips

The train provides comfortable seating; however, there is no Wi-Fi.
Area C in all trains are wheelchair accessible and provide easy access for strollers.
Pets and bicycles are permitted on the train.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Tallinn Airport to Tartu?

Three transportation options are available from Tallinn Airport to Tartu; you can take a taxi or private transfer which is the only direct option and takes 2 hours 10 minutes. Alternatively, for travellers on a budget, you can take a train, which takes 2 hours or a bus taking 2 hours and 30 minutes. However, you must first make your way to Tallinn city centre‘s stations.

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Is there a direct bus to Tartu from Tallinn Airport?

Unfortunately, there is no direct bus to Tartu from Tallinn Airport; you will have to make your way to Tallinn’s Central Station before taking the bus to Tartu.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Tallinn Airport to Tartu?

Tallinn taxis use a taximeter to calculate their fares, although prices vary from company to company. On average, expect to pay around €170 for your 2-hour and 10-minute trip.

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