17.09 - 24.09.2023

Cyclist´s best time.
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  • Transportation



    There are special shuttle buses to the start locations and later back.


    Ride on the special shuttle bus is available for a fee. A seat on the bus is only guaranteed when you have bought a ticket online or from the race center latest on September 16th. 
    A bus ticket to start is also valid for the return ride, do not lose it! 


    Bus ticket price includes bicycle transportation. NB! Bicycles are not allowed on the buses. Bicycles will be transported separately with trucks that follow the buses! 



    Buy the ticket here


    Tickets are also available at the race expo (shopping mall Lõunakeskus) on September 16th from 10.00-19.00. 

    P.S. If you buy the finish parking lot ticket, the bus transfer from the finish parking lot in Elva to the start in Otepää or Palu is free of charge for all of the passengers in the car, when the parking permit is presented! Read more in the parking info.

    Shuttle bus schedule:

    When booking the ticket, we kindly ask you to choose the bus according to your start time and arrive a few minutes earlier as the buses leave on time. 


    • To the 86 km start:
      • Tartu - Otepää at 8:00
      • Elva - Otepää at 8:15


    • To the 40 km start:
      • Tartu - Otepää at 11:00
      • Elva - Otepää at 11:15


    • To the 21 km start:
      • Tartu - Palu at 8:15
      • Elva - Palu at 8:45
      • Otepää - Palu at 9:00


    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


    • At 10:30 and 13:15, shuttle buses will go from Otepää to Elva (without transportation of bicycles).
    • After finish the shuttle buses will go to Tartu, Palu and Otepää on a free schedule according to fulfillment.
    • Rides back to Otepää/Palu/Tartu are also available for a fee (the pre-sale day ticket is valid also for the return ride).
    • The final stop in Tartu is at the parking lot next to the theatre Vanemuine on Ülikooli Street. 
  • Parking

    Parking in the parking lots of Tehvandi stadium is free. Parking in the 21 km start (Palu) 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. Online ticket costs 6 €, when buying on site, the price is 10 €


    Buy the ticket here


    Tickets can be also bought from the race expo (shopping mall Lõunakeskus) on September 16th at 10-19.


    Parking permit includes a bus ride to the start for all passengers in the car (including bike transportation). Park your car in the finish area and have a comfortable ride to the start!


    Parking lots on the map

  • 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:

    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. On the race day there are special shuttle buses from Tartu and the finish parking lot in Elva to the start locations in Otepää and Palu, and later back to Tartu and start locations.

  • Accommodation





    The travel agent of Tartu Rattaralli is E-Turist. Feel free to contact them for the travel questions, accommodation possibilities as well as sightseeing options:


    Accommodation options and price levels you can also check at

  • What to see & do


    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.


    Get the first emotions by joining the TARTU VIRTUAL TOUR!


    Find the most exciting places and events to visit on

    Explore the whole South-Estonian region HERE




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




  • Bicycle routes

    Travelling by bike in Estonia can be very enjoyable: there are several secret roads in the midst of the forests and villages away from major highways that traverse through picturesque places.

    You can find the most amazing cycling trails in There are options suitable for one-day trip as well as for 2-3 day hike. You may easily narrow your selection by region and also see all the routes on the map!



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