17.02 - 16.03.2024

State-of-the-art skiing festival.
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  • Bus transportation



    The Organizer has organised special shuttle buses from Tartu and the finish parking lot in Elva to the start locations in Otepää and Arula, and later back to Tartu and start locations.


    Rides on the special shuttle buses are available for a fee. A seat on the bus is only quaranteed when you have a ticket from pre-sale. A bus ticket to start is valid also for the return ride, do not lose it! It is also possible to buy a ticket for the after-finish ride only. After the finish buses leave from the finish parking lot to Tartu and start areas according to fulfillment. The final stop in Tartu is the parking lot in front of the theatre Vanemuine.




    Buy the ticket here


    Pre-sale tickets can be also bought from the race expo (shopping mall Lõunakeskus) in February 16th at 12-19 and February 17th at 10-19.


    Express shuttle bus timetable:

    Please choose the ticket with departure time according to your start time.



    • To the starts of 31 km:
      • Tartu - Arula at 8:30 (start of 31 km Vintage)
      • Tartu - Arula at 9:00 (start of 31 km FT and Relay Marathon)
      • Elva - Arula at 9:30
      • Otepää - Arula at 9:30
      • Palu - Arula at 9:45 

    After the finish, the first bus from Elva is at 13:00. The next buses leave according to fulfillment. 



    • To the starts of 63 km:
      • Tartu - Otepää at 7:00
      • Elva - Otepää at 7:30
      • Otepää - Elva (for spactators) at 9:30


    • To the starts of 31 km:
      • Tartu - Arula at 10:30
      • Elva - Arula at 11:00
      • Otepää - Arula at 11:30


    After the finish, the first bus from Elva is at 13:00. The next buses leave according to fulfillment. 


    Tartu = parking lot in front of the theatre Vanemuine (on Ülikooli street)
    Otepää = parking lot at the Tehvandi stadium
    Elva = finish parking lot at the 2nd km of Elva-Hellenurme road

    The final stop in Tartu is the parking lot in front of the theatre Vanemuine


    Transfer1 offer: from Tallinn to the Tartu Maraton!

    Transfer1 offers shuttle bus rides from Tallinn to the start of Tartu Maraton in the morning and back after the finish.

    More info and booking:, +372 52 04 575 or +372 50 70 317. OÜ


  • Parking

    Parking in the parking lots of Tehvandi stadium is free. Parking in the 31 km start (Arula) and service points is free. Follow the directions of traffic officers.


    To park in the finish parking lots (Elva) a parking permit must be bought. It costs 6 € from pre-sale and 10 € on site


    Buy the ticket here


    Pre-sale tickets can also be bought from the race expo (shopping mall Lõunakeskus) in February 16th at 12-19 and February 17th at 10-19.


    Parking permit bought from pre-sale includes a bus ride to the start for all passengers in the car. Park your car in the finish area and have a comfortable ride to the start!


    Finish car park (PDF)


  • Getting to Tartu Maraton

    By plane: Tallinn international airport, 185 km from Tartu, is most common. Riga Airport is also usual choice for traveling to Tartu as driving here takes only 3,5 hours.

    By train: Several times a day between Tallinn and Tartu. See more:

    By bus: Buses form Tallinn airport leave every 30 minutes and take you to Tartu in 2,5 hours, some buses go directly to Otepää. There is bus connection between Tartu-Otepää-Elva. See more:

    Bus schedule Riga (Airport) - Tartu is available here:


    By car: Race centre (bib pick up location) situates in Tartu and it is well approachable by car. In the race day there are traffic jams at the start and finish areas, so please arrive early to avoid stress. Finish area parking is paid.

    By ferry: You can also travel by ferry from Helsinki or Stockholm to Tallinn, and take a train or bus from there to Tartu.


    Distance between Tartu and start place Otepää is 42 km, between Tartu and finish area Elva is 25 km. The organizers offer a bus transport from Tartu to the start (Otepää) on the morning of the race day, and transport from the finish to Tartu and Otepää.

  • Group travels

    International travel agencies offering travel packages to Tartu Maraton:



    Schulz Sportreisen is a German travel agency, offering professionally organized trips to cross-country skiing, running and cycling events worldwide!


    All inclusive - a guaranteed start number, full organization of arrival/departure, start/destination transfers, accommodation appropriate for the trip and any other support needed.


    Tartu Maraton package

    Tartu Maraton - Finlandia-hiihto combo package



    E-TURIST Ltd. is an Estonian tour operator offering trips to Tartu Maraton sports events. Accommodation, transfers, registration, boat/flight tickets, culture tours and much more.


    Both group and FIT packages available.


    Tartu Maraton package



    SportTravel is an Estonian tour operator offering sports trips year-round. Skiing, cycling, running, hiking and many other active holidays are covered. 


    Tartu Maraton - Finlandia-hiihto combo package




  • What to see & do


    Estonia is the smallest and the northenmost country of the Baltic States. Covering  45,227 km2, the state is slihgtly bigger than Denmark, Netherlands, B

    elgium and Switzerland. There are 1,3 million inhabitants and the official language is Estonian. 


    Estonia is perfect for active holiday – ca 50 % covered with forest, over 2000 lakes, over 1500 islands, numerous national parks and nature reserves. On the other hand – it is a very modern country with WiFi almost everywere. 


    More info:



    Tartu, with its population of around 100,000 in an area of 154 square kilometers, is the heart of South-Estonia and the second largest city in Estonia. The first written records of Tartu date from 1030, making it the oldest city in the Baltic States.


    Tartu has all the best of the globally new but with the local advantage – the costs are lower, security is higher, and the air is cleaner than in Tallinn, Helsinki or New York. The city successfully combines modern infrastructure and facilities with a green and friendly environment.


    At every corner in Tartu, there are concert venues, exhibition halls, theatres, churches, museums, and charming little cafés as well as various pubs and restaurants. An inseparable part of the city is its students who comprise around a quarter of the population and generate a lot of fun and energy.


    In 2024 Tartu will be the European Capital of Culture.


    Find the most exciting places and events to visit on
    Explore the whole South-Estonian region HERE


  • Ski tracks


    Tartu Maraton track is 63km long and covered with natural snow. The course is maintained throughout the winter. Both classic skiing and free style are possible. The track of Tartu Maraton is one of the most popular ski courses in South-Estonia for practising and recreational skiing. The course is open for public use throughout the season for free. However, there is one exception: the marathon weekend on 17.-18.02.2024, where the whole course is closed for the participants of Tartu Maraton.


    There are also many other ski tracks in the region, with various length and level of difficulty.


    An up-to-date overview of Tartu Maraton track as well as other ski tracks in the region can be found on the map of In addition to the location, there is also information about services provided in each place (equipment rental, washing and dressing facilities, track lightning, etc.).

  • Tartu - European Capital of Culture


    European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 is Estonia's main event in 2024 as well as the largest joint venture between Tartu and Southern Estonia.


    Tartu 2024 brings over 1000 events to individuals of all ages. The year-long programme in Tartu and Southern Estonia presents the story of the Arts of Survival – the knowledge, skills, and values that will help us lead a good life in the future. 


    European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 is versatile both in its nature and in its programme. On the one hand, it is a great cultural celebration that draws visitors from Estonia and abroad, and on the other, it is an opportunity to include as many people as possible in laying the groundwork for long-term change in Tartu and Southern Estonia.


    More information on Tartu 2024 homepage