Plane: Estonian Airlines
Estonian Airlines is the flag-carrier of Estonia, established in year 1992. It has flights to/from the following places (with fares that can be favourably compared with those of other national airlines) from/to Tallinn:
As you know Estonia is going to join the European Union in Mai 2004. Seems the first step is already done: in Tallinn prices are as high as in most other European metropolises.
If you see this sign you will be charged for parking. You shouldn't forget unless you have enough money. I saw a lot of traffic wardens in the streets!
Getting to Tallinn
I arrived Tallinn by car. It was easy to drive to and around Tallinn even during the rush hour. An excellent road network guide you to and through the city.
Most people arrive Tallinn by ship. At the huge port you can see several ferries and passenger ships.
Getting to Saaremaa
One possibility to get to Saaremaa is by ferry. One departs every hour from the port of Virtsu, about 60km southwest of Tallinn. You arrive on the island of Muhu. Follow the signs towards Kuresaare. When you crossed a huge dam you are on Saaremaa. On the island most roads are paved and in an excellent condition.
I'm writing in red because I want to warn you! Never travel from Estonia to Russia with a car. We had to wait over 10 hours! First we stood on a huge parking lot, waiting for a number. The sun was shining, it had about 28 degree Celsius and it took over 6 hours. There was a hole in the ground surrounded by big walls, so that no air could circulate - that was the toilet. What a odor! I used it once and never again. After we got the number we had to wait for the Migration-Pass. Then we waited for...not sure what .... It was just a sheet of paper. Then we were waiting here, standing in line there..... all in all it took 10 hours.
Ferries and cruise-ships
Ferries bring hundreds of tourists from Finland and Sweden to Estonia every day. During the summer there are huge cruise-ships with thousands of japanese, american, british etc. tourists standing in the port of Tallinn.
Ships are one of the easiest ways to get to Estonia, since they are relatively cheap, when compared to airplanes and the port is quite near the centre of the city, which is especially convenient for those who just come for a short period.
The ferries to and from Stockholm go once a day. the ferries to Helsinki... well, during the summer it seems that there is one leaving in every 30 minutes...
For further information, check the ferry-line web-page: www.tallink.ee
If you are going to Latvia from Tallinn
In case you are going from Tallinn to Riga (Latvia) I consider the bus of EUROLINES the best way to trip. They are comfortable bus and speed.
You have a bus from the central station, at midday that arrives in Riga at 17:40.
Anyway, you don’t need to take the bus in the Tallinn-Station as it stops about 10 minutes in Tallinn-Sadama Terminal, and departs of this point only at 12:30
This bus-stop is just in front of the Ferry Terminal. Sadama is the name of this terminal street
Well, the Eurolines has 2 buses a day, anyway as the second bus arrives in Riga about 3:00am, I consider only this one.
Price: 200 EEK, about € 14
Speed transport from the Finland
Get the ESTONIA in 100 minutes only !!!
Really, the Sea Cat delays just 100 minutes ( 1 H 40 m ) between Helsinki and Tallinn capital of Estonia.
This is one of the modern catamaran in use on the Estonia - Finland line.
HEL ------ TAL ------ TAL ------ HEL
dep --------arr ------- dep ------- arr
08.00 -----09.40 --- 10.15 ---- 11.55
12.30 ---- 14.10 ----14.50 ---- 16.30
17.20 ---- 19.00 ----19.30 ---- 21.10
(There are more ships a day in summer time)
A perfect way to travel cheaply around Estonia, as well as to Estonia, is hitchiking. It is very typical here in Estonia, and many students hitch a ride between the two major cities - Tallinn and Tartu while studying.
If you want to go to Tartu, or to southern Estonia, the place to hitch a ride is by the airport. Take the no. 2 bus from the city centre to the airport, find a suitable place and raise your hand. You won't have to wait long, cause people are used to hitchikers and the traffic is quite substantial.
If you want to go to Pärnu, Haapsalu, the islands, or follow your journey in the rest of Western Europe, you can hitch a ride in the place where Pärnu road is almost out of the city - across the road from the Neste gas station before Laagri.
If you want to go to Narva, eastern Estonia or Russia you can hitch a ride at the Peterburi road (the ST. Petersburg road) as soon as there is a place to do so. Meaning somewhere near the Susi hotel and the final stop of trams.
Estonian drivers are quite friendly and warmhearted, but you should always take the necessary precautions when hitchinkg - just as anywhere else. But it definately is the cheapest and one of the most popular ways to get from A to B. It can also be a lot of fun, and quite fast. So enjoy!Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Besides buses, the next-best way of travelling in Estonia is by train. The tickets are really really cheap, which is a huge pro. However, the trains are rather slow and some of them quite uncomfortable. The network of railways is also not very vast, so trains won't take you everywhere. But they give you a good oportunity to travel cheaply and have a look at the countryside while travelling.
Flying to Tallinn
I flew into Helsinki, Finland and then took a 20 minute flight to Tallinn, via Aero (Estonia's own airline). There are regular ferry services that run between the two countries that take between two and three hours, I believe. I'm not sure how comfortable these ferries would be in the winter months!
Estonia has quite a good network of buses, which can take you all around the country. Probably the best way to see as much as possible (aside from driving yourself). The routes connect even the most remote villages and the bus-fares are relatively cheap (trains are even cheaper but they take a lot longer and there are only a few routes). The buses are generally quite comfortable and relatively fast as well.
We took the Tallink Ferry to Estonia. We stayed in 2 cabins, 4 in a room but were only 7 people. We paid 650 Swedish Kronor per person (Group Price) to Estonia & back. The room have a toilet & shower. The atmosphere on the ship was magnificent!! There is a Show Room with a dance area, bar & they have Cabaret Shows aswell. There is also a shop, Small Casino & 2 restaurants on the ship. The food is excellent! The view on deck is exquisite in the morings with sunrise!! You can visit the website below, to make sure if you need a visa to visit Estonia, the website is english too. The hours of the Booking center in Tallinn is 07:00 - 22:00.
With ferries from Helsinki and...
With ferries from Helsinki and Stockholm
With plain from Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kiev, Moscow, Riga, Stockholm, Vienna, Vilnius and Warsaw.
With helicopter from Helsinki.
Wit bus from Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Kaliningrad, Riga, St.Petersburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Vilnius.
Best solution would be to rent a car but there is
very good bus connection between cities. You can go
with train from Tallinn to Pärnu, Viljandi, Tartu and Valga, Jõhvi. With plain from Tallinn to Kuressaare ( Saaremaa )and Kärdla ( Hiiumaa ).
The easiest way of course is...
The easiest way of course is travelling by plane, but it's quite expensive. You can come by ferry (if you live for example in Sweden, Finland) and by bus aswell.
You can travel very easily around Estonia by bus. Travelling by car is also quite easy. In bigger towns like Tallinn, Tartu is better to use public transport. It's just quicker.
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