Walk Old Town, Tallinn
The best way to move around Tallin´s old town is walking. From Linda Line terminal it´s about 15 minutes walking to old town and move around it is very nice. Wear a good shoes because most os street are cobblestone.
La mejor manera para moverse por el casco antiguo de Tallin es a pie. Desde la terminal de Linda Line se tarda unos 15 minutos andando. Hay que llevar buen calzado porque casi todas las calles son empedradas.
Old Town is compact enough to explore TALLINN BY FOOT. We were there two full days, Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31. Friday morning, I explored Lower Town - All-Linn. Only a few minutes walk from our hotel, is the Town Hall Square with the impressive Tallinn Town Hall. I also checked out the Tallinn Tourist Information Center on Niguliste 2, to get some maps and brochures. Close by there was a small handicraft market going on so I did a little snooping until it started to rain a bit. Then I headed over to Pikk Street. Here you can see the Guild Hall which houses the Estonia History Museum ( Pikk17), The Dragon Gallery - Draakoni - with its Art Nouveau facade, at Pikk 18 and at Pikk 26, you will see the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads with its beautiful and distinctive green and red door.
Friday afternoon I ventured to Upper Town - Toompea, via Long Leg Gate. The cobblestone passageway is a slight incline which takes you to Upper Town. The first thing I saw was the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Further on is the Dome Church - Toomkirk - on Toom-Kooli 6. I found a cute little souvenir store - Souveniirid - where I browsed around. I also came across two viewing platforms - Pathuli and Kohtuotsa - where there was awesome panoramic views of Old Town,
Saturday morning, it was time to check our the iconic towers at Towers Square. It really is as beautiful as the brochures show. Close by you can see some town walls. A little further is Epping Tower - Laboratoorium 31 - where you can enter and see a small museum with armor and weaponry.
Saturday afternoon I did some more exploring of Pilkk Street as I wanted to check out the Three sisters Pikk 71. Also at the end of Pikk Street is the Maritime Museum, Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret - Pikk 70. In the evening our group met for dinner at La Bottega on Vene 4 Street.
I really enjoyed walking around Tallinn. The only drawback is walking along the uneven cobblestoned streets, which is hard on the feet, so do wear comfortable shoes.
The only way to explore the older parts of Tallinn is on foot. Everything is close – you could cross the old town in a brisk ten minute walk I reckon (though you would have to skip round all the other tourists and would miss most of the sights in the process!) However there are a couple of challenges to be aware of, which together mean that comfortable flat shoes are the way to go. The first applies throughout – many of the streets are cobbled and although the pavements are not, you will often find yourself walking on those cobbles, so thin high heels such as stilettos are impractical and could even risk an injury. The second challenge applies only when you want to visit the sights of Toompea Hill, and that of course is the climb. Depending on the route you take it is a pretty gentle slope, or a short flight of shallow steps, but it is a climb and if you have any mobility issues you may want to avoid it. The only real alternative is to take a taxi, as buses don’t serve it well. The sights here are worth the small investment that would be needed.
Also, do get yourself a decent map – almost certainly available from your hotel and definitely from the tourist information office. I have a pretty good sense of direction but did find the old medieval layout of Tallinn’s streets confusing at first as they tend to kink and come out in unexpected places – no grid system here! There are some signs to guide you, but not on every corner so you need either a map or a willingness to get lost and trust to serendipity!
Next tip: Toompea Hill
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.
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.
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.
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