For anyone without a car, the bus is a convenient way to get from Tallinn to Tartu. Each day more than 30 express buses make the 2.5-hour trip from the capital, departing from Tallinn's bus station (bussijaam) at Lastekodu 46. The ride costs about €10. See www.tpilet.ee for a complete schedule and prices. Buses arrive at Tartu's bus station at Turu 2, C-2. Left luggage (pakihoid), open 07:30 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 -. 16:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00, is located in the bus station itself. Costs start from €2/day, depending on the size of the bag. The ATM is in the main waiting hall, near the door to the platforms, and the WC is next to platform 4.
Getting to town: Taxis are usually standing out front, but you're only a 5-minute walk from the heart of Tartu. Head leftward around the Dorpat Hotel, which stands just next to the station, and head towards the river. Take the pedestrian path to cross under the road bridge and continue along the river bank until you reach the next bridge. Town Hall Square will be just across the street.