Getting to the venue
The festival venue, UT Sports Hall (Ujula 4) is approximately 1.4 kilometers from the city center, which is quite easy to reach by foot. However, the distances in a foreign city might seem a bit further than in your home town. And it might be cold outside as well. Therefore we have quite many different ways to get to the venue.
Ϟ BusPublic transportation in Tartu is free from January 29-31 if you have a sTARTUp Day wristband!
You can reach basically every part of the city by bus. Bus lines 4 and 8 take you to the festival venue (stop Vene) from the city center (stop Kesklinn I). Line number 25 takes you to the city center from the train station.
Check more information about schedules here.
If you would like to use public transportation before and after the event, tickets can be purchased directly from the bus driver with cash or pay for your trip with a contactless bank card at the validation points on the bus. Find more information about tickets here.
Ϟ TaxiIf it is your first time in Tartu, it is best to take a taxi to get to your final destination in the city. Most taxi drivers speak some English and all taxis are equipped with meters. The easiest way to order a taxi is by using the Bolt app, created by an Estonian unicorn. Unfortunately, there is no Uber in Tartu.
But you can also do it in the old way, you can check the information about the taxi service in Tartu.
Ϟ BikeYes, you read correctly – bikes in winter. In June 2019, the Smart Bike Share system was unveiled in Tartu. The system has 750 bikes in 69 bike share stations across the city. A total of 500 bikes are electric and the remaining 250 are regular bikes. Those 250 regular bikes will be available during winter as well. So, if you're up to an extreme experience (or not so extreme, depends on the weather, of course) you can also come to the venue by bike.
In order to rent a bike, you have to have a valid Tartu bus season ticket or purchase a bike-share membership. You can create a bike share account either online or via the mobile app (Tartu Smart Bike), and connect it to a credit card. Additional info from the City of Tartu page.