Getting Around Estonia

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    Tallinn Passenger Harbour

    by hopang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Tallinn Harbour is one of the largest harbours in the Baltic countries. It is administered by Port of Tallinn which is the biggest Port Authority in Estonia. The harbour is located at Sadama on the northern coast of the Gulf of Finland. It was formerly known as Reval.

    Tallinn Harbour is a very important seaport as well as an important cultural and industrial center of the country. Port of Tallinn has five harbours which include Muuga, the main cargo harbour and the Old City which is the passenger harbour.

    The Old City passenger harbour covers a total area of approximately 50 hectares and can accommodate vessels as long as 320 meters. It has a dept of approximately 10 meters. The passenger harbour has four terminals. It handles approximately seven millions passengers annually. You can take a cruise to Helsinki in Finland and/or Stockholm in Sweden from the Tallinn Passenger Harbour. You may e-mail to the following address for more information regarding the Port of Tallinn:- portoftallinn@portoftallinn.com

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  • Getting to Estonia by ship

    by Tobias_Plieninger Updated Apr 4, 2011

    There are frequent connections to Helsinki in Finnland.

    The journey takes minimum 1h and more.

    There several lines with different prices.

    It depends on if you are on a one way trip or and return trip.

    See the hp for details.

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    A number of operators offer ferry access

    by John_P_LSU Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A number of operators offer many daily trips to Tallinn, Estonia from Helsinki, Finland including Nordic Jet Line, Tallink, EstLine, and Silja Line. There is also regular service to/from Stockholm, Sweden and Rostock, Germany.

    SEE AIR TRANSPORTATION INFO ON MY TALLINN PAGE.

    To get around the country/region, use train and bus, I suppose, but I have not done it. I have only traveled within Tallinn.

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    By trams

    by hopang Updated Apr 16, 2009

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    The tram network system in the city of Tallinn is comparatively short compared to those of other cities in Northern Europe. The total length of tram tracks in Tallinn is approximately 20 kilometers long.

    There are only four tram lines in Tallinn linking four terminals in the city at Kopli, Kadriong, Ülemiste and Tondi. The trams are operated by TTTK. Nevertheless it has history which dates back to the late 19th century when first tram route was introduced in Tallinn! We boarded the tram in the town centre just for sight-seeing purposes and to satisfy our curiosity! Still it was quite a pleasant ride!

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    Hop-on Hop-off Sight-seeing Tour Bus, Tallinn

    by hopang Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    The Hop-on Hop-off open top London style double-decker city sight-seeing tour is an excellent way to see the city of Tallinn. It is very popular with foreign tourists especially families with children. You can get on and off the bus at any stop along the way. There are approximately 15 stops for red line town centre route.

    City Sight-seeing Tour offers three different routes to choose, the other two are green line to Pirita and blue line to Rocco Al Mare. Heaphone commentaries in several languages are available on the bus. The Red line departs from Viru Väljak near the Viru Keskus Shopping Center. The sight-seeing's operating hours are between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily during the summer months. You may travel free-of-charge with the purchase of Tallinn Card.

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    Tallinn Central Railway Station

    by hopang Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    Tallinn's Central Railway Station is located at Toompuiestee Street just outside the fortification wall on the northern end of the Old Town. It is a comparatively small central railway station with rail connections to Moscow and St. Petersburg. In other words it is possible to travel from any major cities in mainland Europe to Tallinn by trains. The railway station is still quite primitive and not modern by any standard! Nevertheless there are markets dealing in fresh food and vegetables at the Central Railway Station. You may even try your luck at slot machines inside the several casinos nearby!

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    Beware of Estonian Air !

    by stromnesstravelman Updated Jul 1, 2007

    Be aware that Estonia Air change their schedules for the summer and dont tell you or the operator that you booked the flight with! (Yes a scheduled airline that changes its schedule !!)
    I had a return flight from London Gatwick to Tallinn on flight number OV101 on
    Friday 25th May 2007 - my flight was booked and on the ticket it stated
    Departs Tallinn 1615, Arrive Gatwick 1715 (local time)

    I checked in at 1500 only to be advised by Estonia Air that they had changed to a summer schedule and the flight actually Departed Tallinn 1915 Arrived Gatwick 2015 !!
    To cap it all on the outward journey they provided us with no food or drink and everything had to be paid for and the Estonia Air website still advertises the flight as arriving Gatwick 1715. Book with Easyjet or Scandinavian Airlines instead.
    Please fellow travellers, do not get caught out like me - i missed my onward connection within the UK because of this.

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  • Ship to Saaremaa

    by Miisu Written Feb 13, 2007

    To visit the biggest of our islands you can take a bus from the mainland (several buses daily from Tallinn) and buy a ticket directly to Saaremaa. Antoher possibility ist o go to the ferry terminal in Virtsu and then cross the sea independently.

    You can not take a ferry straight to Saaremaa, instead of that you can take a ferry to a smaller island Muhu, then drive through that island and cross the long bridge between two islands. There are car-ferries taking you to the other side. Crossing between Virtsu on the mainland and Kuivastu ferry terminal on Muhu takes 25 minutes. Ferries make the crossing about 15 times daily. In highest season (for example around the midsummer) if there are lots of cars waiting in the line, the ferries are more frequent and usually leave as soon as the ferry is full.

    It is wise to book a place for your car in advance in summer season, if you want to catch certain ferry and can’t afford missing it. Getting on board is not a problem if you travel on foot or by a bicycle.

    For timetables and prices check this place: www.laevakompanii.ee. Note that timetables and prices are subject to seasonal variation. The same website allows you to book a place for your car online. You can also book by calling +372 452 4444.

    By the way, in winter if the ice is strong enough, there is ice-road crossing the sea. So you don’t need to take the ferry and can just drive across the ice from mainland to Muhu.

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  • Estonia by train

    by Miisu Written Feb 12, 2007

    Trains are cheaper than the buses in Estonia, but on the other hand also slower and rarer. Unfortunately new high-speed trains have not found their way to Estonia yet. The good side of this is, that there is something nostalgic about taking a train and hearing it’s voice in here:). Trains leave form the Baltic station (Balti jaam) situated just next to the old town. Tallinn is connected with Tartu, Valga, Narva and Pärnu. Trains stop in most of the settlements in their routes and are quite punctual with that. You will not miss the right station if you know the time when you shpuld arrive there..

    You will find the timetables and stations from this site:
    http://www.edel.ee/?CatID=6
    So far the timetables are only in Estonian. Maybe few words will help:
    “sõiduplaan” is the time table
    “liin” is the line
    “lähtejaam” is the departure station
    “lõppjaam” is the destination
    “kuupäev” is the date

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  • Estonia by bus

    by Miisu Updated Feb 12, 2007

    Buses are convenient way to travel around Estonia if your destinations are towns. Buses between main towns like Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Viljandi, Kuressaare, Narva etc are frequent (one bus in every hour or 1/2 hour) and reasonably priced.

    If you want to visit small settlements and villages, taking public transport might not be the best idea. The buses in these places go rarely. There is often only one bus in the morning taking the children to school and their parents to work and another one in the evening taking them back. So be prepared and don’t hope for a good luck if heading out of towns. Investigate the timetables of local lines or take some time for your trip and be flexible enough.

    Long-distance buses leave from the central bus station of Tallinn (autobussijaam). You can also find timetables, ask for information and buy the tickets there. Ticket can also be bought from the driver. In smaller settlements where the buses drive through, this is, in fact, the only way to buy it.

    You can find most of the Estonian bus lines (except the local ones of the counties) and their timetables on this website:
    http://www.bussireisid.ee/index.html?MENU=&KEEL=en

    If starting from Tallinn, you can also find the prices of tickets and even buy them on-line.

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    Travelling to Estonia

    by ginte Updated May 24, 2006

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    If you're travelling to Estonia from Lithuania or Latvia, you can do this by bus. Although, of course, your trip from Lithuania will be longer than from Latvia. You can use ferries if you're going to Estonia from Finland. But if you're travelling from somewhere else, using plane will be much quicker.

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    Trains, cars, bikes or buses?

    by King_Golo Written Apr 19, 2006

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    Getting around Estonia sometimes can be a little bit of an adventure. Further away from the towns, i.e. in nearly 70% of the country, roads are partly in bad conditions, signs are missing, or the next big place you reach is only a 500-people village... I think that this is great fun! Getting lost on a country's back roads is the best possibility to get to know that country.
    If you don't want to get lost, you might take the train to get around in Estonia - it's slow, boring, and the railway network covers only very few parts of the country.
    You might also take an Ekspressbuss, they take you from A to B without any unnecessary stops.
    Better ways (to get lost and enjoy it) are to rent a car and drive around, or to go by bike. Estonia and the rest of the Baltics are very flat countries, their highest point is only 318m above sea level - this means, ideal conditions for biking! I've never done that myself, but it's one of my big dreams and I'm certainly gonna do it soon.

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    Best taxi in town

    by DynamoNL Written Aug 4, 2005

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    A fairly priced Taxi company is the I.R.
    Euro or Pluss taxies.
    They are on time and don't ripp you off.
    And they speak english ! Call I.R. on 638 0000,
    Euro on 638 8888 or Pluss on 6363 555.
    By the way taxi in Estonian is called takso.

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    Tallinn - Helsinki Fast Ferry

    by Masteve Written Jun 24, 2004

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    The fast ferry (the trip lasts about 1,5 hours) is a pleasant and relatively quick way to get to Tallinn from Helsinki and vice versa.
    There are several carriers but I used Silja Line myself and was satisfied with it. The price for a person is relatively cheap (16 EURO or so) and varies as far as the car is concerned (the longer and higher the car the higher the price).
    The ferries depart and arrive every hour but it is resonable to book the tickets in advance, especially if you travel from a distant country.

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    Take the bus!

    by picklegirl Written Mar 5, 2004

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    Public buses are comfortable and run quite frequently throughout Estonia and to neighboring countries. Again, the fares are extremely cheap by American standards.A roundtrip to the seaside resort of Parnu cost about 2.50USD while a four hour trek to Narva on the Estonian/Russian border was a mere 4.00USD. Definately take advantage of the buses; I'm not sure I'd want to drive those dark, desolate roads at night.

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