Practical information

The address of the Estonian Literary Museum is Vanemuise 42, Tartu, 51003. Most of the hotels, the bus and train stations and the Town Hall square are within a walking distance (not more than 1,5 km).

Arriving at Tallinn airport

Great news for those who like to travel cheaply: Ryanair will be running flights to Tallinn from Bremen, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt Hahn, Girona Barcelona, Oslo, Stockholm, Dublin, Milano, Manchester and London!

Tallinn airport is conveniently small and close to town. It will take approximately two and a half hours to reach Tartu.

Travelling from Tallinn to Tartu

By Bus

The bus station is located close to the airport, but it is still necessary to take the bus (No 2; costs 1,6 EUR) to get from the airport to the bus station. One can also take the taxi (about 6 EUR). The bus ticket to Tartu costs about 10 EUR. The distance between Tallinn and Tartu is 186 km. Buses leave almost every 30 minutes from 6.10 in the morning until 23.00 at night, usually from platform 9. Most of the full-hour buses (Ta"istunniekspress) stop at the airport. Here you can find the timetable of Tartu-Tallinn buses. Some buses also offer a wireless internet service which you can use if you have a computer with you. You can pay with card both at the bus terminal and at the ticket machine at the airport.

By Train

There are two trains daily going from Tallinn to Tartu. The main train station in Tallinn, Balti jaam, is located in the town centre. One must take an airport bus (no 2; costs 1,6 EUR) and a tram (No 2; costs 1,6 EUR) to get there. A taxi from the airport will cost about 8 EUR. A fast train departs from Tallinn at 7:46 and 16:50, the journey takes 2 hours and 25 minutes. Train tickets can be bought at the train station or on the train. Foreign currency is not accepted on the Tallinn-Tartu train, but debit and credit cards can be used. A first class ticket on a fast train costs 11 EUR and the ticket holders have access to the Internet, to a 220V electricity socket and a bar. A second class ticket costs 9 EUR, comes with non- assigned seating, though wifi can be used without charge.

Arriving at Tartu airport

Tartu is also approachable from air through its new international airport. Flybe operate daily flights from Helsinki.

The AirportShuttle minibus departs from Tartu U"lenurme Airport approx. 20 minutes after the arrival of a flight, and will wait for all passengers who need transport. Passengers will be transported to their requested address in Tartu.

See the location of Tartu U"lenurme airport

For those who come from nearby, also buses (Eurolines), trains (from Moscow) or even a ferry (from Stockholm or Helsinki to Tallinn) are an option.

Renting a car

Car renting in Estonia is not very expensive, but at least in Tartu there is not much use for a car. Car parking in the town is for free in the more peripheral streets, and costs about 8 EUR per day in more central areas and car parks. It is free after working hours (6PM) and in weekends. There is a relatively small parking lot at the Estonian Literary Museum, and the fee is 8 EUR per day. Inhabitants of Tartu prefer to use bicycles regardless of the rather modest state of the cycling roads.

Useful information


The conference will take place in the Estonian Literary Museum in Tartu, Estonia .

About Tartu

Tartu is a beautiful town in South-Eastern Estonia with approximately 100 000 inhabitants, about fifth of whom are students. Tartu is a university-town and a city of youth. Ever since 1632, when Tartu University was built, most of the local life has been revolving around the university and its people.In the beginning of each school year, about 5000 new university students move to Tartu and bring along fresh ideas and energy.

From high ground, most of Tartu looks like a green forest. However, when you walk around, there is plenty of things to see. It is best to get aquainted to Tartu simply by walking around since most of the sights are close enough. The conference site is about 600 m walk from the city center. Town Hall Square can be regarded as the central point. Nearby you'll find many statues, old renovated buildings, restaurants and pubs.



Have a look at a video of Tartu!

May in Estonia is a moth of many faces. It can be warm and sunny, but there can also be occasional rain.

In case you arrive in Estonia a bit earlier or leave later, the first recommendation would be to spend some time in the medieval Old Town of Tallinn, belonging to the UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1997. (for general information, see Tallinn tourism page ).


Estonian Literary Museum

The Estonian Literary Museum in Tartu is situated in a historical building dating from the 18th century. It is located in the heart of Tartu, close to the town hall square, the river Emajo~gi, and the central restaurants and hotels.

The address is:

Estonian Literary Museum
Vanemuise 42
Tartu 51003
Tel. +372 7377 700
Fax +372 7377 706
E-Mail kirmus [at]

Useful information

Time zone

Estonia follows Eastern European Time (GMT + 2 hours). Daylight saving time (GMT + 3) is in operation from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.


Estonia's currency has been Euro from January 2011. Most Estonian stores accept bank card payments, it will be difficult to find a place that does not. ATMs for money withdrawal are easy to find. However, checks are rarely used and cashing a check might prove more difficult than it's worth. The opening hours for banks are 9 am - 6pm on working days and 9 am - 2 pm on Saturday; banks are mostly closed on Sundays except for the offices at shopping malls.

Shops are open daily from 9 am until 6 - 9 pm. There are several grocery shops as well as a local market nearby the summerschool venue. An interesting (work)shop is the St Anthony's Guild where one can watch the artisans at work and buy their handicraft.


The electricity supply in Estonia is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-style 2-pin plugs are in use, although some European sockets are not compatible (eg UK). Delegates should bring their own adapters.

Communications The international dialing code from abroad is +372. In order to place an international call from Estonia, dial 00 + national code + area code + personal number.


The Estonian language belongs to the Fenno-Ugric language group together with Finnish and Hungarian. English is widely spoken, especially by younger people. Russian is also widely understood due to the Russian-speaking minority.

Transports in Tartu

All places connected with the summerschool (hotels, ISS venue, restaurants, etc) are within the walking distance. However, if you need to get around, there are stops of taxis at and close to the conference venue. The starting fee is ca EUR 1.5, the price per kilometer about 0.5-0.8 EUR.

Dangers and annoyances

Visits to Estonia are usually trouble free, but with an increase in tourism there has also been an increase in tourist-related crime. There is a risk of pick-pocketing and mugging around Tallinn's Old Town.


The biggest academical library in Estonia is the Tartu University Library. It provides daily passes for visitors for a small fee (0,6 EUR), although access will be limited to reading and references. There is also a library of the Estonian Folklore Archives at the Estonian Literary Museum that above all stores historic documents (e.g. memoires of the members of the cultural elite), collections of folklore (runic songs, also in mp3-s; fairy tales), manuscripts dating back to the beginning of 19th century, and photographs.

Internet access

During the convention a free internet WLAN access will be available for the delegates in the lecturing hall.

Besides, wireless Internet is widely available within city limits. Most cafeterias, the Tartu University library, public spaces like the Town Hall Square etc offer public wifi for free.


Recommended hostels and hotels All the listed accommodations are with a central location and close to the conference site.
We have pre-arranged some single and double rooms in the hotels listed below. Don't forget to mention when booking with them the code EKM:
Tartu hotel - starting from 40 EUR / person per night
Pepleri hostel - starting from 25 EUR / person per night
Vaksali hostel - starting from 30 EUR / person per night

Other very good hostels and hotels
Other hostels and hotels that we recommend have not been pre-booked by us, so getting a room there depends on how early you contact them.
Guesthouse Randur - starting from 25 EUR / person per night
Hostel Looming - starting from 20 EUR / person per night
Hostel Terviseks - strating from 22 EUR / person per night

Mid-range hotels
Park hotel - starting from 45 EUR / person per night
Barclay hotel - starting from 55 EUR / person per night
Dorpat conference hotel - starting from 65 EUR / person per night