Using the scheduled bus service from Tartu Bus Station, it’s possible to go on trips to discover different regions of the county. For example, the Alatskivi and Kallaste regions on the Onion Route, the Ice Age Centre located near Lake Saadjärv in Äksi, or the animal park in Elistvere are perfect for a day trip. Situated on the other side of Tartu, only a short bus ride away, are “pinetown” Elva, the observatory in Tõravere, the romantic manor park in Luke, the extreme sports park in Rahinge and the car racing track as well as the Estonian Aviation Museum in Lange village.
Nature lovers can take the bus, for instance, to Ilmatsalu, which presents ideal conditions for birdwatching, or to Kavastu, where the Emajõgi River study trail begins, looping around on the riverside floodplain, across a wet meadow with sedge tussocks and through a bog birch grove. The Vapramäe–Vellavere–Vitipalu hiking trails are perfect for both – taking a walk and doing sports.
Besides buses, there is also the possibility to discover the county by train. The Tartu-Valga train stops near the observatory in Tõravere, in the vicinity of the Vapramäe hiking trails in Peedu as well as in Elva where hikers and adventure enthusiasts always find plenty of activities. The Tartu-Jõgeva train stops in Tabivere where, in addition to a lovely beach, the local museum and a handicraft beer brewery can be explored. On the Tartu-Koidula route lie Ülenurme, Uhti and Vana-Kuuste, where one can get acquainted with the historical manor houses and with the history of agriculture at the Estonian Agricultural Museum in Ülenurme as well.