Travel to Tallinn
Since much of the area of Old Town of Tallinn is entirely free transport, you will find that the only way to travel in this historic district is really on foot. However, close to you will be happy to find a reliable network, consisting of buses and trolleybuses, with trams.
Traveling around Tallinn is easy with a great bus service, tram, and rail. These options cover the most similar transport in Tallinn and are extremely very cheap. There are four tram lines in total, and eight lines of the network of trolleys, while buses tend to cover a much larger proportion of the city from the south-east corner, to the north-west. The city operates a bus system reaching all districts of Tallinn. The rates are reasonably priced and tickets can be purchased easily through street kiosks.
For a country as modern and impressive, the network of roads in Estonia is still pretty basic, although it is improving with a significant investment in recent years.
Driving is on the right and the minimum driving age is 18. Speed limits vary between 30-50kmph in towns and 90-110kmph on track mainline.
Drivers must have the original Vehicle Registration Document and insurance documents covering of Estonia in the case of driving in the country. EU licenses are valid for foreign drivers.
Ferries and high-speed vessels -The Tallinn-Helsinki line of the sea is one of the busiest routes of international passengers in the world. Ferries cross the Gulf of Finland between Tallinn and Helsinki several times a day, covering the distance of about 2 to 3 hours. From late spring to late autumn, high-speed vessels also operate on the route, reducing travel time by an hour and a half.
Ferries between Tallinn and Stockholm depart every evening, the trip takes about 15 hours.
Travel to Estonia by sea is very popular with tourists – it is not surprising, as Tallinn is the closest to the capital Helsinki and Stockholm, and travel by boat allows you to combine the fun of cruising with efficient transportation.
The largest and busiest airport throughout Estonia is the Tallinn Ulemiste Airport (TLL) is located near the eastern shore of Lake Ulemiste and it has easy access, just 3 km / 2 miles from the center of the city. In total, the airport has five terminal gateways and over 15 airlines, of which the airlines of Estonia is the most prominent, linking all major cities in Austria, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden.
By Public Transportation
Using the system of Tallinn public transport is easy enough for most cases.
A system of buses, trolleys, and trams connect all parts of the city between 6:00 a.m.-11 pm daily, are using the same type of ticket. Tickets can be purchased at kiosks or in the driver of the vehicle stops, which is more expensive. Make sure you punch or stamp your ticket once on board to avoid a penalty. Standard tickets are valid for one trip, while one-and two-hour tickets are also for sale. Passes are available that cover 24 or 72 hours.
Trams provide the easiest way to get around downtown areas, while buses are mainly to get to the suburbs. You can easily catch trams in various locations in Old Town. In Tallinn, where trams run through the middle of the street, the traffic is disciplined to stop to allow pedestrians to cross to the tram from the curb.
Only buses, trams and trolleybuses are unified ticket system, trains and ferries have their own ticket rates.
Visitors can buy Tallinn Card, which allows unlimited use of public transport, with the entrance to many attractions.
By Bus (Internal)
Bus routes can be found almost everywhere in Tallinn. Almost everywhere, especially in Pirita, Nõmme and Lasnamäe, which provide the backbone of the public transport system, as these districts do not have trams or trolleys.
Taxi drivers are known around the world to try to rip off naive tourists with exorbitant prices, and Tallinn is no different.
Minivans also provide transport and metered taxis can be hailed on the street or ordered by phone. Pre-booked taxis can be ordered from a number of local companies, such as Linna and Tulika. Make sure the meter is connected properly or to agree to a price in advance for all trips. If you are unsure of the fare, ask for a printed receipt – if the driver can not issue one, legally you entitled to refuse the fare.
There are taxi stands at major intersections and in front of larger hotels. Passengers can choose from any of the available taxis at a taxi stand.
There are plenty of parking lots in the downtown Tallinn, and streetside parking is always to be paid in advance in the sidewalk machines.
The advantages of traveling by car are obvious – door to door service and plenty of opportunities for day-tripping. Disadvantages include some streets a bit weak, some very poor drivers and even the odd moose lost in the road.
The main airport for flights to Tallinn is Lennujaam International Airport (TLL). The airport is two miles southeast of central Tallinn. It has excellent facilities and a wide variety of services to meet the demands of customers.
Information Service in the Departure hall is opened according to the flight time 2 hours before the first flight and closes after the last flight arrival.
Pricing information is available on the airlines and travel agencies. Tallinn Airport does not have to distribute that information.
The winter holidays, though cold, is another popular time to book flights to Tallinn for its many festivals held throughout the month of December. Because of its cold winters, cheap flights to Tallinn tend to be most abundant between December and March, when visitors shy away from the city covered with snow.
As the direct buses, express buses from the south of Estonia use the airport as a point of delivery. The city center is 10 minutes from the airport.
The airport receives both domestic and international flights and is located on the eastern shore of Lake Ulemiste four kilometers from the city center.
The airport serves the city of Tallinn, the capital and largest city in Estonia, with more than 400,000 inhabitants. It offers domestic flights to different cities of Estonia and international flights that connect major tourist destinations and European cities.
Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is a short distance from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Access to the city center from the airport can be by bus, taxi or hire car. As the direct buses, express buses from the south of Estonia use the airport as a point of delivery. The city center is 10 minutes from the airport.
A time series of dedicated minibusses to coincide their trips with the arrival of flights, and take passengers to downtown.
In the last ten years, the city has seen a big increase in tourism due to the arrival of low-cost flights, which has led to many improvements in Tallinn, so it is safe and easy to navigate.
Train Travel in Estonia has not gained popularity as the rest of Europe. The only real international connection points are the east (and beyond Moscow), and forget to take the train to Riga or Vilnius.
Estonian rail is much less popular for travel than it used to be but it is still very suitable for day trips and weekend excursions. There is a fairly limited choice of trains and destinations, although some go to neighboring Latvia and even parts of the Russian Federation.
Train travel is cheap and fun. You also have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful landscapes, viewing the most remote landscapes, wild and unspoiled and historic buildings.
There is only one international train line coming to Estonia: From Russia and Moscow. It travels daily and the trip takes about 15 hours, enough to enjoy the view, dine at the restaurant and sleep well at night.
The train from Tallinn to Moscow departures every day. The station is located near the old town and harbor.
The trains of the Latvian capital Riga to Valga established in southern Estonia three times daily (5:28 am, 10:32 am and 5:33 pm). The trip takes three hours and costs about 5 euros.
If you are interested in the experience of a true luxury and travel like royalty Russian used to, you could rent the “Imperial Wagon”. It includes a private room, three sleeping compartments (one with double bed), private all day, room service and dining in style. The cost is in the region of € 3,000 (Tallinn-Moscow-Tallinn.
There are three separate companies cover the train system in Estonia:
Gorail– handles international
Edelaraudtee’s trains – are inter-city. It is the national railway of Estonia. It has services between Tallinn and dozens of other cities and towns, including Pärnu, Viljandi, Valga, Narva, and Tartu.
The bus is a popular travel option for backpackers, budget travelers and those who are so interested in the journey as the destination itself.
It may not be the most comfortable way to go, but if you are on your European tour, the bus is the best way to in and out of Tallinn. If you’re traveling from city to city in the Baltics and you don’t have your own car, the bus is definitely the way forward.
The international bus lines (Eurolines, Ecolines, Hansabuss) offers bus connections between Tallinn and European cities.
From Tallinn’s Central Bus Station, the International and domestic bus lines arrive and depart.
Ecolines is the cheapest. A single ticket costs 14 euros and 26 euros for the first round.
Eurolines Tallinn bus to Riga, prices can change from 10, 50 to 28 euros, 80 euros one way, and it depends on the type of bus you are traveling in.
Discounts are only for children under 12 years of age.
There are 5 different prices for buses:
Simple Express -10,50
LuxExpress Special -28,80
Express Salon Lux / LuxExpress Lounge -24
Hansabuss has three buses during the week and weekend. Prices are 20.77 Euros one way in economy class lux, and € 28.76 in business class.
People over 60 years, students, military recruits and children are discounted.
Tallinn Bus Station
The bus station in Tallinn is a small, relic of the Soviet era, but has been renovated, services are quite efficient and not as depressing as it used to be. Ticket prices depend on the bus company and route.
International routes are advisable to book or buy your ticket in advance. On domestic routes this is usually not necessary, however, there are exceptions: Friday and Sunday buses to weekend destinations as Pärnu and Tartu tend to fill quickly, so buy your ticket earlier in the day will guarantee a place.
Tallinn Central Bus Station – located at Lastekodu 46. Tallinn bus station is open all night, but ticket sales and reservations can only operate between 6:30 am to 9 pm. There is a bar, a cafe and a hot dog stand at the station.
It was built during the Soviet era, and major renovations have been retained as Tallinn plans to develop a transportation hub near the airport. This gives a unique opportunity to see and feel a bit of Soviet reality.
Tallinn International Bus station is 5 minutes drive or 15 minutes walk from downtown, 10 minutes drive from Tallinn Airport and 15 minutes drive from the port of Tallinn.
When you’re planning a trip to Tallinn, make sure to consider the Tallinn Car Rental Services. The use of a rental car is the ideal way to travel around Estonia. The roads are wide, largely traffic-free and well maintained throughout the year.
With car rental, you can go visit spectacular places in Tallinn of your choice. The Car Hire in Tallinn is a very modern and maintained motorway, and the main road system ensures maximum mobility of its own citizens, foreign businessmen, and tourists.
If you fly into Tallinn, then you will be landing at Tallinn airport, located just five miles from downtown and connected to it with via bus routes and taxis, but it is the best bet if you book a car rental services and Tallinn have a car ready for you at the airport as soon as you land.
Renting a car is the preferred transport option for many people flying to Tallinn Ulemiste airport, while the cars are a convenient way to reach the city and travel around Estonia, but driving in the center of the city can be a problem. There are frequent traffic jams and many local Estonians regularly ignore the rules of the road. Therefore, driving in the center of Tallinn is best suited for the more experienced and confident drivers.
If You Choose to Rent a Car
Gasoline is cheap and available throughout the country. Prices vary slightly between companies. Many gas stations are open 24 hours a day and generally provide a reasonable selection of hot drinks and snacks.
Plenty of parking spaces are available if required, although you can usually expect to pay through the nose in the most central car parks. However, all car parks offer 15 minutes of free parking, and you must indicate your arrival time using the plastic watch provided by the rental car itself.
They are very strict about drinking and driving. There is a policy of zero tolerance. If you have had a lot to drink last night, even after breakfast, you may still have traces of alcohol in the blood that makes you unfit to drive.
The speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h. On the open road is usually 90 km/h, but signs will always tell you. In the summer, sometimes it above 110 km/h.
Please do not be tempted to exceed the speed limit they prefer, because the Ministry of Finance would like the money it collects from fines. It would very nice if you spend the money to enjoy the country in other ways than paying fines.
Keep your driver’s license and registration documents all over in the car. If the police ask to see them, and they want you to have it immediately.