Estonia Travel Guide
Getting Here and Around
There are no direct flights between Estonia and the United States. Estonian Air operates from Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kiev, London, Moscow, Rīga, Stockholm, Vienna, Vilnius, and Warsaw. American carriers partnered with Austrian Airlines, Finnair, LOT, and SAS have good connections. Estonian Air is the national carrier. Copterline helicopters fly the 18-minute trip between Helsinki and Tallinn daily.
Boat and Ferry Travel
Passenger ships—including frequent ferries and hydrofoils—connect Tallinn with Helsinki and Stockholm. Boat service to and from Tallinn is minimal and dependent on weather from October to March. Call the Tallinn Harbor for schedules; travel agencies for tickets.
Public transportation tickets purchased from nearly any kiosk cost €1. Purchased from the driver, they are €1.60. A single type of ticket is valid on buses, trolleys, and streetcars. A carnet of 10 tickets costs €8. Upon boarding the bus, punch your ticket in the machine or be fined €40. You can also buy a 24-hour pass (€4), or a 72-hour pass (€6). Public transportation operates 6 [am]–midnight.
An international or national driver's license bearing a photograph is acceptable in Estonia. Drive on the right. Most roads are not up to Western standards, but major thoroughfares tend to be in better condition than secondary roads, where potholes and unpaved ways are common. Gas costs about €1.40 per liter. Note that Tallinn is a pedestrian city and driving can be impractical as parking is generally scarce and expensive.
Cruise Ship Travel
The Old City Harbor Port sits in the very heart of modern Tallinn and is half a mile from the city center. Terminal facilities are comprehensive, and include a restaurant, bank–exchange facilities, tourist information shops, and restrooms. Taxis wait outside the terminal building for journeys into the Old Town; otherwise, it's only a short walk from the port.
Taxi drivers are bound by law to display an operating license and a meter. There is no need to rent a car while in Tallinn, as all the major attractions are in the Old Town, which is very close to the cruise pier.
Taxis are expensive around hotels and major transportation hubs, and cheaper within the city center; it's best to telephone for one. Taxi fares generally start at €2.50 and increase by 40¢ or €1 per kilometer (½ mile) in the daytime, and slightly more at night. Drivers are bound by law to display an operating license and a meter.