Crowded buses, trams and trolley buses can be unpleasant. But the system is functional and can be your friend; it services all entry points. Tickets are sold at kiosks for 10 kroons a ride (or book of ten for 70 EEK) and from drivers for 15 kroons a ride. You can also buy a monthly pass for 350
kroons. Most transport stops at midnight. For an online bus schedule of departing times, see
www.tallinn.ee. You can buy bus tickets and pay for parking with your mobile phone. For info, see
On the Road
If you have your own car, theres one main problem with driving in Estonia: other
drivers. Standards of driving can range from bad to down-right lethal. The best advice is
to drive defensively: dont assume your fellow drivers will do what you expect them
to do, like stop for red lights or signal before they merge into your lane. If you can
avoid it, its probably best not to drive on inter-city highways at night.
Thats becauseas if other humans werent enough to worry aboutyou
also have to watch out for moose. There are thousands of them in Estonia and, hit at high
speeds, they can do serious damage. Road signs drawing your attention to these gentle,
dumb, but very large beasts arent kidding. Highways are somewhat better marked than
they used to be, but at night it can still be difficult to see the road in front of
Other notes: Driving drunk is always a bad idea.
The legal limit here is near zero....The speed limits usually 90 km/h on the open
road, 50km/h in town...You must drive with your lights on 24-hours a day, and the law (if
not common sense) requires that you wear your seat belt.
Finding a parking space in the city center
can be tough. You have to
buy a parkimiskaarta parking card. Theres a pricey fee for parking in
the old city. You can also pay via mobile phone; call tel. 1910. There’s a pricey fee for parking in the old city.
The Tallinn airport is virtually within the city limitsonly about 10 minutes
from downtown by cab. After recent multi-million-dollar renovations, it feels more modern,
slick and efficient than many of its Western counterparts. The airport is not usually
bustling, so getting through check-in lines, security and customs only takes a matter of
minutes. A number of major airlines service Tallinn; some airline offices are only
open around flight time. There are direct flights to, among other cities,
Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Oslo,
Moscow, Kiev, Minsk, as well as Riga and Vilnius.
For information, call 605-8888. You can also find
updated airport info, plus timetables, at www.tallinn-airport.ee.
Air Baltic: SAS represents it. Tel. 605-8887 at the airport.
Czech Airlines: (C-3) Rävala 5, tel. 630-9397; email@example.com.
Easyjet: at the airport. Flies from Tallinn to Berlin and London.
Estonian Air: (J-2) Vabaduse väljak 10, tel. 631-3302; airport,
tel. 640-1160. www.estonian-air.com
Finnair: (C-3) Roosikrantsi 2, tel. 611-0950. Also at the
airport, tel. 605-8353. www.finnair.com
LOT: (C-3) Rävala 3, tel. 681-4651. www.lot.com
Lufthansa: (C-3) Rävala pst 6, tel. 681-4630.
SAS: (C-3) Rävala 2, tel. 666-3030. Discount offers for booking
through their web-site www.scandinavian.net
Copterline: tel. 610-1818 or 1818; firstname.lastname@example.org.
This service flies the Tallinn-Helsinki route in 20 minutes; 28
flights a day—virtually every hour from 07:30-21:30. Prices vary
from 75 to 230 dollars for a one-way ticket. In Tallinn, the heliport
is at Linnahall, (A-3) Mere pst. 20, near the Tallinn Harbor.
In Helsinki, it’s at Hernematalankatu 2; tel. (358) 9 681-16760. www.copterline.com
Avis: (C-3) Liivalaia 13/15, tel. 667-1500;
also at the airport, tel. 605-8222. www.avis.ee
Budget: (E-5) The airport, tel. 605-8600, email@example.com.
Europcar: At the airport, tel. 605-8031, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evison: At the airport, tel. 605-8059; email@example.com.
Hansabuss: (D-3) Kadaka tee 62a, tel. 627-9080;
quality mini-vans. Used by the Prince of Denmark to the Rolling
Hertz: (E-5) Tallinn Airport, tel. 605-8923, firstname.lastname@example.org;
also at Ahtri 12, tel. 611-6333; email@example.com.
National Car Rental: (E-5) At the airport, tel.
Regelung: Laki 13, tel. 651-6222, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Sixt: (C-3) Rävala pst. 5, tel. 613-3660.
Airport office, tel. 605-8148, email@example.com.
Tulika Rent: (D-2) Tihase 34, tel. 612-0012. Good value. www.tulika.ee
In recent years, along with the rapid deterioration of train traffic,
bus traffic has improved. Bus links to Europe are good, ticket prices
are very reasonable, buses are new and comfortable and have fewer delays
at borders. It takes at least 48 hours to get to Western Europe from
Tallinn by bus. The bus station (D-4) is located at Lastekodu 46,
tel. 680-0900, a kilometer from downtown. Domestic routes are
Ecolines: (I-4) Viru väljak 4/6, tel. 610-1570; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buses go to the Baltic states, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, France, UK, Ireland, Norway, Poland and Sweden.
Eurolines: (C-4) Lastekodu 46, at the bus terminal, tel. 680-0909, email@example.com;
tickets are also sold through the Wris Travel Agency. Buses go to
Stuttgart, Cologne, Munich, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Warsaw,
Kiev and Minsk. Buses from Tallinn to Riga leave four times a day, and
to Vilnius twice a day (in the morning and in the evening). They also
sell tickets for buses to destinations around Europe. The prices are
affordable and service good. When traveling, you should ask about the
bus you are taking since, because of different sub-contractors, bus
quality can vary. www.eurolines.ee
The train station is located at Toompuiestee
37, (B-2), tel. 615-6851 or 1447, at the edge of the old city. There are three
international trains: Tallinn-Moscow (departs daily); Tallinn-St.
Petersburg (departs every other day, on even days); Tallinn-Minsk
(departs twice a week and stops in Riga and Vilnius). Trains
havent modernized nearly to the extent of Baltic airlines or, for
that matter, buses. You can find train info at www.evrekspress.ee
Tallinn Harbors info number is reachable most hours of the day; it provides
schedules and all-around advice; tel. 637-8555. Most local travel agencies sell
Tallink, Eckerö Line and Silja Lines passenger/auto ferries ply the Finnish
Gulf daily, making the run to Helsinki in about four hours.
Car ferries have restaurants, cafeterias,
duty-free shops, private cabins and several bars. They leave from the passenger port at
the end of Sadama street. There is also a direct ferry connection with Stockholm.
Tallink, Silja Line, Nordic Jet Lines catamarans and Linda Line Express
hydrofoils get you from Tallinn to Helsinki in under two hours. They only run until late
autumn and begin service again in March/April. Nordic Jet Line, Silja Line and
Tallink catamarans also serve as car-ferries.
To Helsinki, Finland:
Eckerö Line: (B-4) At the B Terminal, end of Sadama street;
tel. 631-8606; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda Line Express: (A-3), At the
Linnahall Harbor, tel. 699-9333; email@example.com.
Their fast boats run from spring until late autumn. www.lindaliini.ee
Nordic Jet Line: (B-4) At the C Terminal, tel.
Their fast boats run from spring until late autumn. www.njl.ee
Silja Line: (B-4) At the A Terminal, end of
Sadama street, and at the D Terminal, Lootsi 13, for reservations tel.
Tallink: (B-3) Sadama 4, tel. 640-9808, and at
the A Terminal, end of Sadama street, tel. 631-8320; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catamarans leave from the D Terminal. www.tallink.ee
Viking Line: (B-4) At the A terminal, tel. 666-3966; email@example.com.
Two departures a day, at convenient times from Tallinn. www.vikingline.fi
To Stockholm, Sweden:
Tallink: (see above). The Tallinn-Stockholm ferry takes about 14 hours. Tallink also has ferry service from Paldiski to Kappelskär. You can also get to Stockholm via Helsinki on
Viking and Silja Lines. Silja Line will book your trip all the way from Tallinn.
To Petersburg, Russia:
Silja Line: (see above). Departures twice a
week beginning from mid-June.
To Rostock, Germany:
Silja Line: (see above) Departures twice a week beginning from
American Tours: (C-2) Rävala 6, tel. 699-9222; www.americantours.ee
Baltic Tours: (H-2) Pikk 31, tel. 630-0430; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estonian Holidays: (H-2) Lai 5, tel. 627-0500; email@example.com.
Estravel: (I-2) Suur-Karja 15, tel. 626-6201; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hermann Travel: (J-2) Pärnu mnt. 67b, tel. 640-7777; email@example.com.
Wris: (J-3) Roosikrantsi 2, tel. 611-0525; firstname.lastname@example.org. www.wris.ee
Distances and travel times dont always correspond. By car, there are delays on
Russias border, which can extend what should be just a five-hour trip to St.
Petersburg. Intra-Baltic borders can at times be a nuisance, but have improved over the
past three or four years.
Tallinn to Helsinki85 km (53
Tallinn to Riga305 km (190 miles)
Tallinn to St. Petersburg350 km (217 miles)
Tallinn to Stockholm375 km (233 miles)
Tallinn to Vilnius605 km (376 miles)
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