[preliminary information, may be subject to change]
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.
By air: Tallinn airport is served by Estonian Air, Air Baltic, CSA Czech Airlines, Finnair, Lufthansa, SAS, EasyJet, Norwegian etc. The easiest way to get from Tallinn to Tartu is by bus which takes another 2,5 hour ride. Tallinn–Tartu line is served by bus every full hour (see detailed information below).
Another option is to arrive via Riga airport, which is served by Aeroflot, Air Baltic, Czech Airlines, Finnair, Bulgaria Air LOT; Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, EasyJet, Ryanair, Norwegian. The Eurolines 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 International Airport is served by Estonian Air and Flybe. Local AirportShuttle departs ~20 minutes after landing and takes passengers to their destinations in Tartu.
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).
GETTING TO TARTU BY BUS FROM TALLINN:
From Tallinn airport to Tallinn bus terminal.
Tallinn bus terminal is situated quite close to Tallinn Ülemiste Airport, so you can take a taxi or public transportation to get there. As Tallinn airport is a relatively small one, it is easy to find the area where public transportation and taxis are waiting in front of the terminal. It is a short distance by taxi and it should not cost more than 7 EUR to get to the bus terminal. It is also possible to use public transportation, bus No. 2 stops just in front of the arrivals hall (timetable
). The bus terminal (“Autobussijaam”) is the fourth stop on the route, but you still have to cross 2 intersections to reach it. A ticket on Tallinn public transportation costs 1,6 EUR if you buy it from the bus. Some busses to Tartu stop also directly at the airport, but to be sure to have a seat it is recommended to go through the bus terminal.
From Tallinn sea port to bus terminal - 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 (see link above) that stops in front of terminals A/B and terminal D. From terminal D, it is three stops to the bus station ("Autobussijaam"). The tram stop is appr. 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.
From Tallinn bus terminal to Tartu. Buses leave almost every 30 minutes from 6.10 in the morning (6.10 a.m.) until 23.00 at night (11 p.m.), usually from platform 1. Tickets cost approximately 10,80 EUR and can be purchased from 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 even offer wireless internet connection. You can check the schedule here: www.bussireisid.ee/
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/)
On your way back to Tallinn by bus, you can ask the driver to stop at the airport.
Please check the schedule of Tallinn public transport here: soiduplaan.tallinn.ee/
You will find the interactive map of Tallinn here: kaart.tallinn.ee
From Tallinn to Tartu by train:
There is quite comfortable train connection between Tallinn and Tartu, but the fast train goes only twice a day, at 7.53 (14.08 at weekends) and 17.10 (20.10 at weekends). The train ticket costs 7,99 EUR (in first class 9,91 EUR). The train station is situated close to the centre and not far from the port. From the port, you can take trams No 1 and/or No 2 in direction Kopli, it is only 2 stops to the train station ("Balti jaam").
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 web of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about possible restrictions and visa regulations
Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Conference venue is the University of Tartu Philosophicum building (Jakobi 2, Tartu), room 214 (preconference seminars in room 336)
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We have arranged minibus transfer from several hotels to the conference venue each morning. See detailed information
(and more about Tartu city transport) here!
There is wireless internet connection in the Conference venue.
Most of the cafes in the centre of Tartu are covered with wireless internet connection (look for the sign WIFI on the door):
The seminar room will be provided with necessary equipment for presentations (computer, overhead, PP-projector). If you need anything else, please let us know in advance.
You can check the weather forecast for Tartu before arrival here: weather.ee/tartu/
As of 1 January 2011, 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 return money 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 reductions in buses, as well as several bookshops and some cafes in Tartu (notice the sign on the door!).
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.tartu.ee
The conference "Gatherings in Biosemiotics 12"
Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu