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Walking through the Old Town
There's a hop-on-hop-off tour through Tallinn, but I strongly recommend not to take it: 95% of Tallinn's sights are located in the Old Town, which cannot be accessed by bus anyway... That's why you should walk around.
Apart from that, getting around in the rest of the town is easy by numerous bus and four tram lines. Both run regularly and are for instance a good way to get from Tallinn's main bus station or the airport into the centre.
Tallin's Old Town and Toompea are just about the perfect size for exploring on foot, just as well as there is no public transport running through these districts. The cobbled streets and steep stairs and lanes leading up and down from Toompea make good walking shoes essential - particularly in winter when the cobbles can be very slippery.
To visit places further afield, your best option are the trams, trolleybuses and buses that are both cheap and frequent.
Buying your tickets from a kiosk prior to travelling is a considerable saving - it'll cost you 10 kroon for a single ticket instead of the 15 kroon you would have to pay if you waited until you were on board. Even cheaper is to buy a book of 10 tickets for 70 kroon, providing of course you're going to be around long enough to use them all - it's certainly a good option if there are 2 or more of you to share the tickets.
Tickets are valid for 1 ride and must be validated in the machine you'll find on each tram or bus.
Explore Tallinn on foot
The Old Town (Vanalinn) around the Town Hall Square (see photo) is best explored on foot. Most of the winding cobbled streets are pedestrianised. So just wander around between the Upper Town including Tompea Hill and the larger Lower Town.
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Walk the city
Tallinn is a small enough city to walk everywhere. If like me your hotel is a 15min walk and don't fancy the walk home at 2am - catch a taxi.
Always negoatiate a price first - but I'm honest when we got a taxi with a meter running it was always cheaper.
All in all, the taxi drivers are not sharks and we happily speak to you in English.. even if you don't understand!
As I mentioned already, walking around the old city is my favourite thing to do here, so have with you comfortable walking shoes according to the season.
Walk through Old Town
The cheapest way to see the Old Town is on foot. But it is not easy to do that if you are mobility impaired. If it isn't steps, it is cobblestones
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