Tartu can be directly reached by plane from Helsinki to Tartu Airport, which is located about 12 km from town centre. The main air gate to Estonia is Tallinn Airport, however. From Tallinn Airport a direct bus leaves to Tartu every hour. The travel takes about 2.5 hours.
Tartu has also an advanced bus connection network to Tallinn, Riga and Saint-Petersburg. The information on schedules and prices is available online at T-pilet, where one can also buy tickets. The bus station is located at the centre of Tartu.