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Getting Around in Estonia
 
 
 

By Air

Domestic air travel is expensive. Airest (www.airest.ee) runs domestic charter flights. Avies (www.avies.ee) operates flights between Tallinn and Kärdla on the island of Hiiumaa and between Pärnu and the small island of Kihnu.

By Sea/ Lake/ River

Frequent ferry services connect the mainland with the larger islands, and boats operate on Lake Peipsi and the Emajõgi River.

By Rail

Estonia's train network does not cover the whole country. The quality of services has suffered considerably from privatisation and the main means of local transport is now bus.

Tallinn has three frequently-going local train lines (Tallinn-Keila-Paldiski/Riisipere and Tallinn-Aegviidu). Domestic trains run by Edelarautee (www.edel.ee) link Tallinn with many Estonian towns, including Pärnu, Viljandi, Valga, Narva, Tapa and Tartu. There are suburban electric trains to the Tallinn suburbs (www.elektriraudtee.ee).

By Road

Traffic drives on the right. Estonia has a high density of roads although there are few major highways. Signs are not always illuminated and fairly small, so driving at night can be tricky if you do not know the route. Car hire is simple and well catered for, with all the international operators and plenty of local companies offering rental.

The minimum driving age is 18, and EU licences are valid for foreign drivers. Speed limits are well marked, and range from 30-50 kmph in towns to 90-110 kmph on main intercity roads. Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory. The national breakdown number is 112. Blood alcohol level must be 0%. Car headlights must be used 24 hours a day.

Bus

There is a wide network covering most of the country, including express services. GoBus (www.gobus.ee) provides affordable and reliable public transportation service in cities, counties, as well as charter transportation. Buses are still the most important means of transport. The buses to and from Tallinn are generally quite fast and there are more of them compared to the other cities. For city bus routes tickets bought from the driver are more expensive than if bought at a news stand. Travellers can also buy a 10-ticket package or anything from a one-hour to a three-day ticket. City buses tend to be overcrowded. Tickets for minivans (marshrutka) have to be paid for on board. Buses, trolleys and trams generally run between 5:30 am-12:30 am.

Car Rentals

Estonia has lots of car rental companies and the level of English spoken by their representatives is generally very high. There are several car rental agency counters at Tallinn International Airport. Car rental in Estonia is very cheap compared to Western Europe.

Documentation: Drivers must have the original V5 C (Vehicle Registration Document) as well as insurance documents covering them for Estonia if driving into the country.

Urban Transportation

Taxis in Tallinn are inexpensive. Private taxis must display the name of the company and their number on the roof. Fares should be agreed upon beforehand. Taxis are best ordered from hotels, rather than in the street.

All parts of the city are served by bus, trolleybus and tram. Tickets can be bought at stalls in the main shopping areas.

 
 


 



 


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