I left Tallinn on an Estonian Air flight to Stockholm (and on from there with SAS to Heathrow). And I was so impressed with this little airport! It was clean and bright, with just enough shops and cafés to be useful but not so many as to be overwhelming. There is free wifi throughout (unlimited) and plenty of comfortable places to sit and relax before the flight, with the attractive library area being our favourite. Next to this is a café selling a full range of coffees and teas (I had a nice frappé) and snacks, and the lady serving was happy to bring our drinks to our table in the "library". Indeed, all the staff seemed so helpful, from the guy who came over to assist with the check-in machines to the woman in the duty free who waived the need to see my boarding pass which was in my other bag, left with my friend Katherine while I shopped. The practical side of flying is also well taken care of, with efficient security staff, good signage and clear announcements in Estonian and English.
The airport’s website says “Tallinn Airport is striving to become one of the cosiest airports in the world, and it is putting a lot of effort into serving all passengers well and appropriately”. And they are succeeding. If every airport were like this, flying would be a real pleasure!
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I was surprised how modern it is . it is super clean with a couple of little restaurant /Cafes. The sandwiches are pretty good and only 3.90 euro too. There's a big duty free that you can't miss since you have to walk through it to get to your gate.
Tallinn has direct international connections with Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kiev, London, Milan, Minsk, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Prague, Riga, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna, Vilnius and Warsaw.
Estonia Air is the national carrier and serves 22 international cities directly.
I fly to Tallinn with Lufthansa from Dublin via Frankfurt and saved around €140 over flying direct with Estonia air from Dublin. Depending on your preferences you should check other airline fares with connections as Estonia Air can be very expensive.
Update November 2011
yanair now offers budget flights to Tallinn from a variety of European cities including Dublin, Barcelona, Bremen, Dusseldorf, East Midlands Airport, Edinburgh, London Luton, Manchester, Milan, Oslo and Stockholm. This will make ryanair one of the most economical ways of getting to Tallinn. We picked up flights for €82 Dublin-Tallinn return including taxes and charges but flights can be even cheaper depending on when you book.
Bus number 2 links Tallinn Airport with the main bus station in Tallinn city centre and then goes on to the ferry terminal. It is only 5 stops from the airport to the bus station so the journey is quick and efficient. It is 1 stop further after the bus station to the ferry terminal.
I didn't use a taxi for airport travel as I was perfectly happy with the bus service. I did though use a taxi at another point in my visit and found them to be expensive.
Ryanair operate cheap flights between Tallinn and 3 UK airports (East Midlands, London Luton and Edinburgh).
I had heard some horror stories about flying Ryanair but I was pleasantly surprised by the good service and punctuality of their flights. Both my outbound and inbound flights landed 20 minutes before the expected time. I can't ask for much more than that.
When I went to Tallinn, I used a plane to get there. The airport of Tallinn is a small one. Not to big, so you won't get lost.
I had to fly via Copenhagen (Denmark). The part from Copenhagen to Tallinn (and back) was operated by Estonian Air. It is a good airline.
Tallinn's airport is small, and not the busiest in the region, although it does have a number of international flights, and it's own airline, Estonia Air. It's also well served by Finnair and Baltic Air, who run regular flights to their much busier hubs in Helsinki and Riga. Other big name airlines that fly here are Lufthansa, Czech Airlines, and Dutch KLM Airlines. These act as hubs for longer distance flights. Plus there are the budget carriers like Easy Jet and Norwegian Air Shuttle, flying to London and Norway respectively.
Estonia Air's list of direct flights is quite small, and many have been suspended because of financial problems or are only seasonal. Check with the airline for the latest information, but these were the destinations as of December 2008:
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Estonia Air is very cheap.
The airport is located very near the city center, so getting to and from it is easy and cheap - even if you get a taxi.
The cheapest option is to take Bus Number 2. It costs just 20 kroon (about 1.50 euros) to the city center. It will drop you on A. Laikmaa street, which is just behind the great white walls of Hotel Viru in the modern city centre. This bus runs from 6am until a while after 11pm.
Outside these times you will need to get a taxi. Coming from the airport you will likely end up paying the highest price, but don't pay any more than 150 kroon (about 10 euros). On the way back you can call a cab very easily and shouldn't pay more than about 70 kroon (5 euros).
Lennujaam, to be accurate.
It's being very extensively upgraded at the moment (July 2008). There are really very swish departure areas, and it's all rather nice.
There is only a cafe and a kiosk (and currency exchange) before you go through security though, so don't plan to hang around there for long unless you have a good book to hand.
After security there are several shops, and another cafe.
And then you have to go through passport control to the gates: that bit I found rather disconcerting because you literally go through a door, which is unlocked by the controller once he/she has checked your passport. The same thing happens when you arrive. Very odd to feel the door literally slam shut and lock behind you as you enter 'no man's land'.
However, the gate area is very pleasant, with a small cafe and flatscreen TVs showing Estonian telly (some of which is in it English original, with Estonian subtitles). I spent an interesting several hours there (flight delay) watching 'Blackbeard', 'Sharpe' and a fascinating programme about bookbinding in Tartu.
I flew to and from Tallinn Airport on Lufthansa (my connecting city was Frankfurt, Germany on both flights). The airport is relatively small -- but it is clean and efficient. I checked some baggage on both the arriving and departing flights -- and I had absolutely no problems. Also, getting through customs was extremely pleasant. In fact, when I handed the customs agent my US passport, she asked me if it was my first time in Estonia -- and wished me an enjoyable trip!
As in most airports, the currency exchange rates are terrible -- so I would recommend changing as little money as possible. Unfortunately, I couldn't obtain Estonian currency in Frankfurt -- so I had to exchange enough at the airport to cover my taxi ride to my hotel in the Old Town.
Since my return flight left very early in the morning, I had coffee and a small breakfast at the Tallinn airport. The prices were more expensive than average, but that is the case with practically all airports. Overall, I was very pleased with the Tallinn airport.
Tallinn has international airport connected to many European main cities,
However, the airport is still too small and messy, sometimes reminding old days but at list it is under renovations and development and hopefully in few years they will have one to be proud of.
There are regular flights between Helsinki and Tallinn by plane operated either by Estonian Air and Finnair. The flight time is about 35 minutes, so the saving time-wise is not that much once you take into consideration having to get to the airports and being there in advance for check-in. A single ticket can cost as little as EUR 45 - of which the lion's share is for taxes, from finnair.com. Flying of course does have an advantage over the ferry - a frozen sea doesn't ground flights between the two capital cities.
As well as the budget airlines, consider Estonain Air.
They seem to be either very cheap, or very expensive, depending on when you want to go.
We paid £80 return inc tax from Gatwick this year.
Look on their site for special deals.
They operate a paper ticket system, so you do still have to pay P&P. Very unusual these days.
Had no problems on the flight, other than turbulance, but the crew were good, the plane clean and the pilot was informative.
Tallinn Airport is small, but very tidy.
It is only 5-10 mins from old town in a taxi. The cost is minimal. I think if you are on a very tight budget, there is a bus, but if there are more than 2 of you, just get a taxi, the difference is non existant.
The airport has the usual bars etc, as well as a few free internet terminals.
Air Estonia fly here from London Gatwick.
Easyjet go from Stanstead.
I think Ryanair used to go from Manchester, but not sure if this service is still available.
Tallinn’s small airport is connected to many european capitals. Unlike other european countries, Estonia has not experienced the low-cost air travel revolution, so Tallinn remains the only mentionable gate for air travel into Estonia. Only two low-cost destinations (Berlin/Schönefeld and London/Stansted) are offered, both by easyjet. However, Estonian Air, Estonia’s flag carrier, also offers affordable flights which may be even cheaper than Easyjet’s, if booked well in advance.
Estonian Air connects Tallinn with a couple of european cities. It is not as large as its latvian counterpart (Air Baltic) and does not offer any service in ecnomy class. And despite of interenet being used so much in Estonia, the airline does not issue electronical tickets. But at least, it is easier to get the good offers than on most other conventional airlines.
Tallinn airport is small, new, and efficient. It's not at all an unpleasant place to have to spend a couple of hours as you wait for a flight.
The toilets are plentiful and scrupulouslly clean.
There are two cafe/bars selling food and drink and they stay open until around 10.30pm.
There's a sky shop selling a very wide and reasonably priced variety of perfumes, and a seperate shop selling alcohol (very cheap in Estonai), cigarettes (a mere fraction of the price in Ireland), gorgeous hand made and hand painted chocolate and some other small souvenirs.
There are just six departure gates so it's going to be fairly difficult to miss your flight because you ended up at the wrong gate!