Public transport

24 Sep 2019

Tallinn’s public transportation system is a fairly straightforward network of buses, trolley-buses and trams, all of which use the same ticketing-system.
Trams provide the simplest way to get around downtown areas. From the centre, most major bus routes leave from the terminal under the Viru Centre, or from Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square). Routes and schedules are listed in English at https://tallinn.pilet.ee/buy where you can also find a handy route planner to help you navigate your way through Tallinn’s pubic transport system. Detailed route maps are also posted at many public transport stops and stations.

Tickets: The same tickets/cards are good on all three systems. The simplest version is the single-ride ticket which can be bought from the driver for €2 or with pilet.ee app. If you are planning on travelling a lot via public transport, other types of tickets are good for specific periods of time and are sold in Tourist Information Centre (Niguliste 2), bus station, Balti jaam train station, airport, ferry terminals A & D, Selver and Prisma supermarket info desks, or R-Kiosk shops. All longer period tickets are now e-tickets and come in the form of a plastic Smartcard (ühiskaart). You’ll need to rent the card for a one-time deposit fee of (€2) and then purchase ‘virtual’ tickets that will be added to the card. These come in the form of a 24-hour (€3), 72-hour (€5), 5-day (€6) or 30-day (€23) pass. The card will need to be validated upon entering the vehicle. Each time you add another ‘E-ticket’ to the card you’ll need to repeat this process. One-hour Tallinn tickets (€1.10) may also be purchased onboard using Mastercard, Maestro, Visa and Visa Electron bank cards with contactless interfaces. Look for validators at the front of the vehicle with the contactless payment logo. NB! Discount tickets are not available using this payment method.


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