Please bear in mind the possible travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For up to date information on travel advice, please refer to the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website
Estonia can be reached by plane, train, car or ferry (LINK: https://www.visitestonia.com/en/travel-and-transportation). Travel document requirements for visitors are available on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (LINK: https://vm.ee/en/taxonomy/term/41).
Travelling to Estonia by Plane
Fly to Tallinn: The largest international airport in Estonia is located in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, with direct flights from many major European cities. Information on airlines, schedules and customs is available on the website of Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (LINK: https://www.tallinn-airport.ee/en/).
Fly to Tartu: Tartu can currently be reached by direct flights from Helsinki (for more information see the website of Tartu Airport (LINK: https://www.tartu-airport.ee/en/). To reach Tartu city centre from the airport, you can either catch the free Airport Express or use a taxi. More info can be found here (LINK: https://www.tartu-airport.ee/en/transport/leaving-the-airport/)
Travelling to Estonia by Boat
Ferries link Tallinn with Stockholm and Helsinki. The main ferry operators are Tallink/Silja Line (LINK: https://www.tallinksilja.com/book-a-cruise), Viking Line (LINK: https://www.sales.vikingline.com/find-cruise-trip/route-traffic/) and Eckerö Line (LINK: https://www.eckeroline.com/journeys).
The port of Helsinki, Finland, is 80 km from Tallinn and the journey takes less than 2 hours by ferry. During the summer season (from May to September) ferries depart every few hours.
The port of Stockholm, Sweden, is 380 km from Tallinn, and there is a daily ferry (an overnight journey) in both directions.
More information is available on the website of the Port of Tallinn (LINK: https://www.ts.ee/en/).
Travelling in Tallinn
From Tallinn airport to Tallinn bus terminal and the city centre:
Tallinn airport is connected to the city center by bus (line number 2) and tram (line number 4). Both the bus and tram stops are located at the passenger terminal on floor 0. To get to the stops quickly and conveniently use the escalator or elevator.
To reach the bus terminal refer to stop “Bussijaam”. For detailed timetables and journey planning in Tallinn, use either this website (LINK: https://transport.tallinn.ee/#plan//en) or google maps. For more info on how to leave Tallinn airport please visit this (LINK: https://www.tallinn-airport.ee/en/transport/leaving-the-airport/) webpage.
Tickets: Public transport tickets can be bought from the bus/tram driver for 2€ (with cash only, NB! Paper tickets still need to be validated), by using a contactless bankcard (by swiping the card in front of the validator) or by downloading an app pilet.ee and buying a ticket on your phone. More info on Tallinn public transport ticket system can be found here (LINK: https://www.tallinn.ee/eng/pilet/How-to-buy-ticket).
Taxis: There are taxis available in front of the Arrivals Hall in the airport. You can also use ride sharing applications such as Uber (LINK: https://www.uber.com/ee/et/) or Bolt (LINK: https://bolt.eu/en/) to get the cheapest rides.
From Tallinn sea port to the bus terminal:
It takes a little more time to get to the bus terminal from Tallinn sea port: you can either use a taxi or catch tram no.2 (towards Ülemiste) or bus no.2, which will take you to Tallinn Bus Station (the "Bussijaam" stop) from the port. For more detailed journey planning and timetables either refer to Tallinn public transportation website (LINK: https://transport.tallinn.ee/#/en) or google maps.
Travelling from Tallinn to Tartu
Tartu can be reached by bus or train. Buses leave directly from Tallinn airport or more frequently from Tallinn bus terminal.
From Tallinn bus terminal to Tartu
The easiest way to reach Tartu is by bus. Buses depart from Tallinn Bus Station to Tartu approximately every 30 minutes from 5.40 AM to 11 PM. You can purchase tickets and check out the detailed timetable here (LINK: https://www.tpilet.ee/travel?departureStop=17028&destinationStop=17058). The buses are comfortable and most offer free WiFi service, the journey itself from Tallinn to Tartu will take about 2,5 hours.
From Tallinn airport to Tartu:
The bus stops at Tallinn airport are located on floor 0. Most buses departing from Tallinn bus terminal also stop at the airport, with departures from 6.35 AM to 11.05 PM. You can purchase tickets and check out the detailed timetable here (LINK: https://www.tpilet.ee/travel?departureStop=lennujaam&destinationStop=17058)
If you arrive in Tallinn later than 11 PM, you can book a spot on the Tallinn airport - Tartu shuttle which will take you straight to wherever you're staying in Tartu. You can book a spot on the shuttle here (LINK: http://tartaline.ee/en/order-airport-shuttle/). The shuttle costs 20 EUR but is still more convenient than spending the night in Tallinn.
If you arrive in Tallinn late in the evening you may need to spend the night in Tallinn. The closest hotel to the airport is the Ülemiste Hotel, although there are many other hotels and hostels in Tallinn.
Getting to Tartu from Tallinn by train.
Trains from Tallinn to Tartu operate 10-11 times a day, and take around 2 hours to reach Tartu. For tickets and timetables check here (LINK: https://elron.ee/en/) (departure “Tallinn”, destination “Tartu”). The train station is situated just outside the Tallinn Old Town and near the sea port. It can be reached by taxi or tram No. 2 from the sea port (“Balti jaam” stop). Trains are comfortable and you can use WiFi in the first class compartment. Tartu train station is situated just outside the city centre.