Silvia Luik

University of Tartu Botanical Garden

Welcome to the University of Tartu Botanical Garden, which has been in continuous operation on the same site for 220 years. On this page we have compiled all the information you need to know about the Botanic Garden: opening hours, ticket prices and accessibility. We hope you enjoy your stay with us!

Opening hours

We are open every day

  • The greenhouses from 10–17
  • The garden from 7–19

University of Tartu Botanical Garden is closed 24.–26. December.

The greenhouses of the University of Tartu Botanical Garden have historically been a resource for teaching about tropical and near-tropical plants and an exotic destination for visitors and residents alike. The greenhouses are open daily from 10-17. Entrance with ticket.

The greenhouses are divided into four sections with different climates - the palm house, the hot and humid tropical house, the near-tropical house and the drier desert plant section above the visitor center.

The greenhouses have a total of more than 700 square meters of growing space, with exciting and exotic plants from almost every continent. The diversity of tropical American flora is particularly rich.

In addition to plants, visitors will also find turtles, fish, parrots and giant grasshoppers.

The open-air collections of the University of Tartu Botanical Garden are divided into eleven different gardens, designed under the direction of world-renowned botanists, Professors Ledebour and Bunge. The gardens are a fascinating place of discovery and free to enjoy for all passers-by and walkers.

Come for a walk, read a book or escape the city noise to our own paradise - the University of Tartu Botanic Garden is a green oasis where time stops.

The garden is open:

  • from 16. October to 14. April from 7 to 19
  • from 15. April to 15. October from 7 to 21

Please pay attention when walking on the botanic garden's roads, as there are also machines working in the garden.


Ticket information

    Prices from
1 March 2023
Full ticket 3 euros 5 euros
Discount ticket 2 euros 3 euros
Family ticket: up to 2 adults and all children up to 18 years old 8 euros 10 euros


Discount applies to schoolchildren, university students, seniors, holders of international student cards (ISIC Scholar, ISIC Student) or teacher cards (ITIC Teacher), UYTC Youth Travel Card holders and Estonian conscripts.

Free admission on presentation of a certificate:

pre-school children
a child with a disability (up to and including the age of 16) and an accompanying person
a severely disabled person aged 17 and over and an accompanying person
student of Tartu Environmental Education Centre
teachers accompanying a group of pupils
one guide accompanying the tour group
employees of Estonian museums
holder of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) membership card and the Estonian Association of Museums
member of the Estonian Biology Teachers' Association (EBÜ) and the Estonian Geography Teachers' Association
repressed person
press officer
citizens of Ukraine
The University of Tartu employees and students

There is a fee for a photo session with a photographer (i.e. taking a photo on commission) or for a photo session and video production for commercial purposes in the Botanic Garden (both in the open and in the greenhouse). If the session is carried out in the greenhouse, the price of a visitor's ticket per person is added to the service price.

All photo sessions, photo shoots and video shoots must be arranged in advance at or by calling 737 6180.

    Prices from
1 March 2023
Commissioned photo shooting €10 once €20 once
Photo sessions and video recording €25 per hour €50 per hour


Give the gift of time!

Gift vouchers (valid both at the Natural History Museum and the Botanical Garden) 2, 3 and 4 euros
Annual pass (valid at both the Natural History Museum and the Botanical Garden) 30 euros

From 1 March 2023, €5 and €10 gift cards will be added to the shop. The €3 gift card will also remain available. The €2 and €4 gift cards will no longer be sold. All purchased gift cards can be used until their expiry date.

Guided tours

    Prices from
1 March 2023
Guided tours in Estonian or Russian (up to 24 people) 25 euros per hour 30 euros per hour
Guided tours in English (up to 24 people) 45 euros per hour 45 euros per hour

Tickets are added to the price of the guided tour. The tour typically lasts up to 1 hour, but more extended tours can be booked on request.


University of Tartu Botanical Garden is located at Lai Street 38. See the location on map.

You can visit us: 

  • on foot. The Botanical Garden can be accessed from three gates – Lai, Emajõgi and Kroonuaia streets. The gate on Lai Street opens at 7 and closes at 19 during the winter season (and at 21 in summer). The gate on Vabaduse Street is open Mon–Fri 7–18, Sat–Sun 10–18. The gate on Kroonuaia is open Mon–Fri 7–18. You can enter the Botanical Garden with a stroller from Vabaduse puiestee (the gate by the river Emajõgi).
  • by car. Parking is available on Lai Street, Magasini Street, Munga Street or Vabaduse puiestee. There is a parking fee.
  • by bike. You can get to the Botanical Garden from Vabaduse puiestee (the gate by the river Emajõgi). There is a small bicycle park in the Botanical Garden where you can lock your bicycle. You can also use Tartu Smart Bike. Tartu Smart Bike Share is a public, self-service bike share system for short trips. Nearby stations are Vabadussilla, Delta and Rüütli. More information can be found on the Tartu Smart Bike website.
  • by public transport. The nearest bus stops are Palmihoone (bus lines 6 and 13), Kroonuaia (bus lines 6 and 13), Lai (bus line 6), Vabadussilla (bus line 7) and Vene (bus line 4, 7, 8 and 25). You can check bus timetables on the website.

Parking near the Botanical Garden is chargeable. Parking is available on Lai Street, Magasini Street, Munga Street or Vabaduse puiestee in the A area on weekdays from 8.00–19 and on Saturdays from 11–17. 

Parking fee: 3 euros per 1 hour, free for 15 minutes from the marked start time. Parking is free on Sundays and public holidays.

The nearest parking machines are located on Lai Street and Munga Street. 

Check out the parking information on the Tartu City website.

  • For wheelchair users, the entrance to the botanical garden is from the street Vabaduse puiestee, through the gate on the Emajõgi side;
  • there is a ramp for wheelchair access to the building;
  • the botanical garden greenhouse has an elevator for wheelchair users
  • the accessible toilet is located at the back of the palm house with access from the courtyard.

Looduse loor

In June, the exhibition „Veil of Nature“ will open at the University of Tartu Botanical Garden


Exhibition of Tõnu Tamm's Orchid Paintings at the University of Tartu Botanical Garden


University of Tartu Botanical Garden's orchid contest is inviting participants