Local transport

Local transport in Tartu

Bus stop in Tartu. Photo by Renee Altrov

To ride city line buses, a ticket can be bought from the driver or an electronic bus card can be used. Tickets bought from the bus driver can only be paid for in cash. Electronic bus cards (contact-free plastic chip cards and stickers) can be bought from R-Kiosk convenience stores, the bus station, Tartu Visitor Centre in Town Hall, information counters in Selver supermarkets and elsewhere. To use an electronic bus card, it has to be swiped when entering the bus at the device or validator installed near the bus doors until a beep sound is heard.

For routes and schedules of Tartu public transport visit tartu.peatus.ee. Additional information about Tartu bus card can be found at tartu.pilet.ee. 24-hour free info- and helpline 1789.

You may try Smart Bike Share. See for more information here: https://ratas.tartu.ee/   Tip from the locals. As the Smart Bike Share is extremely popular, so be prepared for the plan B in case all the bikes are already taken.

Taxis can be hired by phone or directly at taxi parks, which are located for instance on Vabaduse Avenue in the area between Poe Street and Town Hall Square, near the intersection of Vallikraavi and Ülikooli Street, on Uueturu Street, on Soola Street in the parking lot of Hotel Tartu and elsewhere. Taxi rates vary by company, but are posted on a yellow sticker in the right rear window of each vehicle. We recommend:

Taxi 1: Elektritakso +372 1918; +372 588 588 00

Taxi 2: Takso Üks +372 1210; + 372 53 444 000 You can easily order taxis and verified private drivers via the Bolt mobile app. See also https://visittartu.com/taxi for more Taxi options

Tartu at night. Photo by Sixten Sepp

Traffic and driving in Estonia

Estonia has right-hand traffic and an extensive road system, the quality of which varies. TThe speed limit on the highways is 90 km/h and 50 km/h in urban areas unless specified otherwise. While driving in Estonia, passengers are expected to wear seat belts and lights must be switched on at all time. Estonian laws against driving under the influence of alcohol are strict and follow a zero tolerance policy. When parking, you can use the Barking mobile app to find spots and conveniently pay.