Tartu

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<map lat='58.37021728564513' lng='26.721153259277344' zoom='12' view='0' float='right'/> Tartu is a city in Estonia.

It is the second biggest town of Estonia, with a population of about 100,000. Everything is in walking distance. Urban bus lines are quite confusing, so before boarding a bus make sure that it's the right line and going in the right direction. All kinds of figure 8 shaped and circular lines exist.

Hitchhiking out

Northwest towards Tallinn E 263 (2)

From behind of the university main building Jakobi street starts, follow it away of the university. Once you get uphill it changes its name to Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi street, keep walking. Once you pass the only traffic lights and a 15-story dorm (only high building in that area) on your left start hitching in the first bus stop, some 50m past the dorm.

Some 3.7 km further down the road it will merge with Tartu ring-road, so that spot there has transit-traffic. But consider walking there only as a emergency option, since the way there isn't good for cars to stop.

West towards Viljandi, Pärnu (92)

Take a free bus from city centre (bus stops "Turu" and "Kaubamaja") to "Lõunakeskus" shopping center. The bus looks exactly like on the schedule with line number 69 (usual urban buses are all red). Once you get off the bus in shopping centre parking lot and face away of the shopping centre you will see a bigger (Ringtee) street. Follow it to the left for about 500-700 meters until you reach a roundabout. Viljandi and Pärnu are to the left as signs indicate. Superb spot, widest road shoulder ever.

Southwest towards Valga/Valka, Riga (3)

  1. Walk out if the city centre along Riia street until you reach a huge roundabout (about 3.6km from the city centre). Hitch after the bus stop which is on the opposite side of the roundabout.
  2. Can be also reached by bus 1 which runs along Riia street and stops after the roundabout in that bus-stop where you are supposed to hitch.
  3. Or take a free bus from city centre (bus stops "Turu" and "Kaubamaja") to "Lõunakeskus" shopping center. Bus looks exactly like on the schedule with line number 69 (usual urban buses are all red). Once you get off the bus walk back towards the roundabout and start hitching.

Northeast towards Lake Peipsi and Narva

Starting from town square. Head towards the river and cross the Arc bridge, keep heading straight for 100m until Statoil gas station. Turn left, now you are on the Narva maantee street, which head out of town towards Narva. Walk for about 1 km, after going uphill you may start hitching in the first bus stop or keep going further to get out of town.

North towards Jõgeva

Starting from town square. Head towards the river and cross the Arc bridge, keep heading straight for 100m until Statoil gas station. Turn left, now you are on the Narva maantee street, walk for about 1km, once you get uphill turn left to Puiestee street and continue walking, first suitable spot is after the graveyard in front of Salvest factory.

South towards Võru

Follow the Riia street from city centre, after going uphill Võru street splits from Riia street and heads left. Follow Võru street, it's very-very long. Eventually it will cross a railroad (also crosses an abandoned industrial railway long before the "right" railroad), after crossing railroad you can start hitching to the left.


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