Tartu is the effective capital of Southern Estonia, and a vibrant university town. Tartu is intimate, yet providing many options for socializing, being part of cultural life, raising kids and having a career in innovation and entrepreneurship fields. It´s compact, safe and green, and has a high quality of life at a reasonable cost. It is well-connected to Tallinn, some people commute between two cities several times a week – it takes 2-2,5 hours to get from Tallinn to Tartu.

Check out Teleport´s data on Tartu

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Join Foreigners in Tartu Facebook group and ask other expats about their experience in Tartu

Once settled in Tartu, you are in a perfect spot to explore the scenic gems of Southern Estonia, most of them can be done as a one-day trip. Check Visitestonia´s suggestions on what to do, but nature and hikes are the one thing not to miss. Also, some distinct regions, such as Setomaa, are definitely be something to explore.