Getting around

Getting around

Tallinn is basically a large village and getting from one end of the city to the other is usually fairly quick and easy - compared to most international standards of course. Here we have listed all of the different ways you can navigate the city - and in some cases even beyond.

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If you’re travelling city-to-city in the Baltics or around Estonia and you don’t have your own car, the bus is definitely the way to go. It’s also a good way to meet local students. Connections are frequent and cheap, allowing you to cross the country for the same money you might spend on a taxi in Tallinn.

Bus operators

Car rental


The vast majority of visitors travelling onward from Tallinn go by ship, and it's no wonder - the city has excellent, affordable ferry connections to Helsinki, Stockholm and Saint Petersburg. On the Tallinn-Helsinki route, you have the choice between large car ferries, which make the crossing in about two hours, and fast ferries (hydrofoils and catamarans), which usually take only 1.5 hours, but are seasonal and don't run in all weather conditions. Ferries leave from various terminals of the city's two passenger harbours, clustered just outside Old Town (see our map).

Ferry operators


Tallinn is so centralised and pedestrian-friendly that there’s absolutely no reason to bring a car. If you happen to be here with your own set of wheels though, keep in mind that finding parking in downtown Tallinn, especially during working hours, can be a real nightmare. Public parking on streets in the town centre, as well as a few streets in Old Town, costs €1.5 - 6/hour, depending on the zone. Look for posted signs to tell you the price and the hours/days that paid parking is in effect. Buy per-hour parking passes from streetside vending machines or kiosks, and be sure to leave a parking clock (or barring that a written note) on your dashboard to mark the time that you first parked. If all this sounds too complicated, you can just use the following guarded central parking lots/garages:

Public Transport

Roadside assistance


Taxi stands can be found near major hotels and next to the Drama theatre just outside Old Town, but grabbing a taxi on the street, especially those parked in Old Town, usually comes with a premium fare. Always check the prices first, which should posted on the taxi’s right rear window. Taxis typically charge a starting fee and begin racking up the kilometre charges immediately. Luckily the City recently implemented a law governing taxis and have put a cap on the starting fare (max. €5.50) and per kilometre rates (€1.10/km) - so even if you just hail a cab you shouldn’t be in for too much of a surprise. Order by phone is the best strategy though, as usually they have better rates. Here’s a list of taxi companies along with their daytime base fares and per-kilometre rates. Night time metres can run about 20% more.

For more info please go to: http://www.visittallinn.ee/eng/visitor/plan/getting-around/taxi

Tourist Information


Train travel in Estonia hasn’t gained the popularity it has elsewhere in Europe.The only real international connections are to point east (Moscow, St.Petersburg and beyond). Although plans are under way, forget about taking the train to Riga or Vilnius. It is, however, possible to get to Tartu and other Estonian cities by rail. Two separate companies cover Estonia’s train system: GoRail handles international, Elron operates the local electric trains and the inter-city diesel trains.

Train operators

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Travel agencies in Estonia

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