Getting Around Estonia

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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!

    A tram near Tallinn's Central Railway Station A tram at Tallinn
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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

    Tallinn Harbour's Passenger Terminal
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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!

    Tallinn Central Railway Station
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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.

    Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus
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    Tallink Ferry

    by CharleneP Updated Nov 18, 2002

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    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.

    Cabaret Show in Show Room

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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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    Speed transport from the Finland

    by diamond7 Updated Jun 21, 2003

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    .

    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.

    Timetables:
    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)

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    Ferries and cruise-ships

    by Lodestar Written Jan 8, 2004

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    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

    The view from the port of Tallinn

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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.

    In the middle of nowhere (i.e. Vorumaa)
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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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    Hitchiking

    by Lodestar Written Jun 12, 2003

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    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!

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    Flying to Tallinn

    by picklegirl Written Apr 6, 2003

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    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!

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    Estonian-Russian border

    by Leipzig Written Feb 5, 2004

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    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.

    ony 150m to go.. ehmm... I mean to wait

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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.

    SuperSeaCat Fast Ferry
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