Pärnu Airport lies on the northern edge of town, west of the Tallinn road, 4km from the town centre. It's only used by one small airline, Luftverkehr Friesland-Harle (LFH, www.lendame.ee), for flights to the island of Ruhnu, and then only in winter (Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays) when sea travel is impossible. Bus 23 runs from the bus station to the airport twice a day (15 minutes), or a taxi should cost no more than €6.
Buses stop at the corner of Pikk and Ringi, but the main bus station ticket office is about 100m away, across Ringi (look for the red 'bussijaam' sign). International coaches head from here to as far afield as St Petersburg and Warsaw. The main domestic destinations:
- Tallinn (€6.60 to €11, two hours, at least hourly)
- Tartu (€10 to €12, 2¾ hours, 12 daily)
- Viljandi (€8, 1½ hours, 11 daily)
- Kuressaare (€13, 3½ hours, four daily)
- Haapsalu (€5.05, 2½ hours, daily)
Car & Motorcycle
Rental options include Avis, which is based at the Hotel Pärnu.
Three daily trains run between Tallinn and Pärnu (€7.90, 2¼ hours), but this isn’t a great option given that Pärnu station is an inconvenient 5km east of the town centre in a spot that's difficult to find and to access, on a major road. There’s no station office; buy tickets on the train. Note, if you're coming from Tallinn, make sure you get in the right carriages, as part of the train unhooks at Lelle and continues on a different track to Viljandi.