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Inner City Bus Transportation

Inner City Bus Transportation
Ticket Prices
Tartu Bus Card

Inner City Bus Transportation

Urban Route Timetable



Buses constitute the only form of public transport within the City of Tartu. There are 15 bus routes in the city. Since 2019, Tartu’s public transport has been run by the transport company AS GoBus.  A total of 64 new buses, manufactured in the Scania factory, will begin travelling along the routes, equipped with air conditioning, low bottoms and running on an environmentally friendly source of fuel. There are two types of buses: normal buses (12 m in length, 27 seats, and standing room for 52) and articulated buses (18 m in length, 41 seats and standing room for 96).

You can use the Tartu Bus Schedule smartphone application.

  • Information about bus schedules and tickets -  ph: 1789 (City of Tartu`s  Hotline, free of charge), e-mail: infokeskus@tartu.ee
  • Information about bus cards and tickets - ph: 611 8000 (Ridango), e-mail: info@pilet.ee
  • Information about service disruptions and lost items in buses - ph: 631 0282  (AS GoBus), e-mail: tartu.linnaliin@gobus.ee 

Last changed 30.03.2021

Prices and discounts

One-hour ticket €0.83
One-hour ticket with student discount (upon presentation of a valid school or university student card) €0.51
One-day ticket €2.11
Ten-day ticket €7.03
Ten-day ticket with school student discount (upon presentation of a valid school student card) €3.52
Ten-day ticket with university student discount (upon presentation of a valid university student card) €3.52
Ten-day ticket with pensioner discount (available to recipients of the state pension) €3.52
Ten-day ticket with disability discount (upon presentation of valid proof of disability) €3.52
Thirty-day ticket €15.34
Thirty-day ticket with school student discount (upon presentation of a valid school student card) €5.11
Thirty-day ticket with university student discount (upon presentation of a valid university student card) €7.67
Thirty-day ticket with pensioner discount (available to recipients of the state pension) €7.67
Thirty-day ticket with disability discount (upon presentation of valid proof of disability) €5.11
Ninety-day ticket €35.15

Basis: Regulation No. 85 of Tartu City Council of June 2015

  • The discount only applies to recipients of the old-age pension. It does not extend to those receiving a pension for incapacity from work who must purchase full-priced tickets.
  • The discount does not extend to individuals with moderate disabilities.
  • To receive a discount for a pensioner living in Estonia who receives the old-age pension from a foreign country, a “Discount Group” must be added to the bus card, which can be done on the basis of a personal identification code and pension certificate at the Information Center of Tartu or by writing to linnatransport@tartu.ee.

If a passenger has not bought a specific ticket and there is enough money on the smart card account, the new system will charge the passenger the cheapest price, up to the price of a full day ticket.  Passengers can take an unlimited number of trips for €2.11, there need to be at least €2.75 on the card. The system calculates the day-ticket itself.

Right to Travel on City Buses Free of Charge

Passengers with the right of free travel under the Public Transport Act (a Tartu bus smart card is not required and journeys do not need to be registered on the on-board validators):

  • children under the age of seven as of 1st October of the current school year
  • children whose school entry has been deferred
  • individuals 16 years and younger with a disability
  • individuals 16 years and older with a profound disability
  • individuals with severe visual impairments
  • persons accompanying individuals with profound or severe visual impairments, or a visually impaired individual’s guide dog

Passengers with the right of free travel granted by the City of Tartu are persons whose registered place of residence is in the City of Tartu (the right of free travel does not apply on commercial lines). Such individuals can receive their first smart card from the City free of charge and may travel for free, but must register every trip on the on-board validators:

  • persons 65 years and older (upon presentation of identification)
  • severely disabled individuals with impaired mobility (upon presentation of a valid certificate)
  • families with four or more children up to 19 years of age (upon presentation of a valid certificate from the department of social welfare)
  • children in social welfare institutes (upon presentation of a valid certificate from the department of social welfare)
  • persons accompanying children with disabilities or individuals with profound disabilities

Last changed 18.05.2021

Tartu Bus Card

From 1st September 2015, the City of Tartu started using a modern ticketing system which is already in use in many places throughout Estonia and Europe. A contactless plastic chip card, or a sticker, which must be swiped at on-board validators upon entering a city bus, has been introduced. Use of the bus card is compulsory for all passengers, except those travelling for free under the provisions of the Public Transportation Act. Pensioners over the age of 65 and other passengers with the right to free travel from the City of Tartu, must also register their journey at the validator. Students can use their new student cards as bus cards. Tartu bus cards can also be used in Tartu County, Tallinn, Jõgeva County, Narva, Rakvere, Sillamäe, Lääne-Viru County, Hiiumaa, Saaremaa, Valga County, Põlva County and on Go Bus intercity lines. Bus cards of Tallinn, Go Bus and Ridango can be used in Tartu and vice versa.

  • Bus cards can be purchased at R-Kiosk, shopping centres and other stores. A list of retailers is available at https://tartu.pilet.ee/pages/retailers. Cards cost €2.
  • Passengers aged 65+ and other passengers with the right to free travel from the City of Tartu can receive their first bus card for free, upon presentation of a valid identity document. Cards can be collected from  the City Hall Information Centre.

How can I use the bus card?

The ticketing system uses credit card-sized bus cards and similarly sized stickers, which can be attached to a wallet, telephone, or any other handy item. Both the card and the sticker function as bus cards and passengers can decide which one is most convenient for them.

  1. Buy a card from sales points
  2. Register your card
    *at sales points (€1)
    *on the Internet www.tartu.ee/bussikaart
  3. Load money onto your card or buy a ticket:
    *at sales points
    *at www.tartu.ee/bussikaart
    *via your mobile phone
  4. Board the bus and hold your card up to one of the on-board validators, until you hear a beep.
  5. Safe travels!

Why should I personalise my bus card?

  • Both registered and non-registered cards can be used, but only registered cards (a card linked to one particular person) can receive a travel concession.
  • Using a registered card also ensures that your credit is preserved in the event of you losing your card. 

Registered cards are valid only with valid identification. Bus cards can be registered at sales points and online at https://tartu.pilet.ee/buy.

How do I load money onto my card?

You can load money onto your card and buy tickets at sales points, online at https://tartu.pilet.ee/buy and via mobile phone.

Dial: 1322*ticket code*card number*(star). An additional service fee of 0.32 EUR, and, if requested, a reminder fee of 0.51 EUR, will be added to the ticket price. A short reminder will be sent via SMS to remind you that your ticket is about to expire.

Ticket Code/Ticket Code with Reminder Amount / Ticket
601 €1
602 €2
603 €3
605 €5
610 €10
620 €20
621 €50
112 10-day ticket (€7.03)
309 10-day concession ticket (pupils, university students, Estonian pensioners, severely disabled individuals) (€3.52)
114 30-day ticket (€15.34)
327 30-day concession (pupils and severely disabled individuals) (€5.11)
318 30-day ticket (university students and Estonian pensioners) (€7.67)
272 90-day ticket (€35.15)

You can check the account balance on your card at the on-board validators. Swipe the card once to register your trip and swipe it again to bring up your account balance. You can also check your balance at sales points and online at https://tartu.pilet.ee.

A QR ticket is an electronic transportation ticket along with a square barcode (QR code), with the aid of which it is possible to register a ticket on the bus at the validator. To register a QR ticket, one must place the QR code displayed on the screen of their smart device or printed on a piece of paper next to the screen of the validator’s code reader. A maximum of 10 one-hour tickets can be purchased with a single QR ticket, with the desired number needing to be selected at the time of purchase. With a QR ticket it is possible to pay for the trips of multiple co-travellers at the same time, using the arrows to select the corresponding number of tickets from the validator and confirming the purchase by registering the QR code.

Travelling and Using the Validator

When boarding a bus, hold your card or sticker up to the validator until you hear a beep. If your card has credit or a valid ticket, but you have not validated your trip, you may be fined. You can check your account balance by swiping your card a second time. Up to five people can travel together with single tickets using one card. First, register your card at the validator, then choose the number of tickets to be purchased using the arrows on the validator, then confirm your purchase by pressing OK and swiping your card again. Additional travellers can buy full-priced tickets only.

Follow validator instructions:
Blue – swipe card
Yellow – wait, your right to travel is being confirmed
Green – ticket activated/season ticket, ticket concession valid
Red – No right to travel/insufficient funds on your card

Last changed 20.12.2021