Travelling to Estonia
Estonia is connected to the rest of the world by road, rail, air and water. Yet you may find yourself a bit lost in the different options.This page lists some of the most commonly used methods with up to date en reliable information so you can start planning your trip to Estonia!
|Travelling by plane to Tallinn||Travelling by ferry to/from Helsinki|
|Travelling by bus from Western-Europe / Germany||Travelling visa-free to Saint-Petersburg in Russia|
Estonia has two international airports, one in Tallinn and one in Tartu. There are also some regional airports on the islands, some of which have some flights from Sweden and Finland during the summer months.
Tallinn Airport (full name Tallinn Lenart Meri Airport) is located a mere 4km from the heart of Tallinn and is a small and cozy airport with fast connections to the city center and almost no queues ever.
Estonia’s national carrier Estonian Air has its main base in Tallinn and flies to some destinations in Western-Europe, Scandinavia and Eastern-Europe. Find out if you live close to an airport served by Estonian Air from Estonian Air’s website.
Ryanair has extensive flights from/to the UK, Germany and Southern-Europe during the summer season. You can find out if Ryanair flies to a destination close to you from their route map.
Other airlines serving Tallinn include Finnair, Air Baltic, LOT Polish Airways and Czech Airlines. These might come in handy when flying to Tallinn with an intermediate stop. Find your easiest connection with Tallinn from skyscanner.
Getting from Tallinn Airport to the city center is hassle-free. There are plenty of options at your disposal, all of which will get you comfortably and fast to your hotel or other destination in Tallinn.
A taxi is the most convenient and fast. It will bring you in about 10 minutes to the heart of the town and will cost about 10 euros. However, please do not get talked into getting into a taxi by some driver who is waiting inside the airport terminal. Sadly these taxis will charge you a very high fare. Just take a taxi from Tallink (yellow or black) or Tulika (white) from the taxi stand conveniently located just outside the arrivals terminal.
There is also a good public transport connection. Bus 2 towards “Kesklinn – Reisisadam” (City center - Passenger port) runs every twenty minutes from early in the morning to late in the evening. The airport stop is called “Lennujaam” and the city center stop is called “A. Laikmaa”. You can buy a ticket from the driver at 1,60 euros or buy an electronic chip card and charge money on it. You can buy and charge this card from the R-Kiosk in the arrivals terminal. Read more about public transport in Tallinn from our page on transportation in Estonia.
Apart from local buses, there are also some long-distance buses to Tartu which call at the airport every hour. You may find those schedules from http://www.tpilet.ee/en .
Tartu Airport has a limited amount of daily flights with some extra flights in summer. You can find all information about schedules, the airport and transportation from the airport on Tartu Airport’s website.
Finland – Estonia
The route between Helsinki and Tallinn is one of the busiest ferry crossings in the world with crossings practically every hour. Tallink is the best choice, with modern ferries and a travel time of only 2 hours. Linda Line can do it half an hour faster, but is far from reliable due to cancellations in case of bad weather. Viking Line is very similar to Tallink, but takes half an hour longer. Eckero Line recently also acquired a modern ship, but travel times are longer and less frequent.
Hansaguides is an official travel agent for Tallink Silja line, so you can get the best rates through us! So don’t be afraid to contact us for a reservation, we’re quick and cheap!
Sweden – Estonia
Between Sweden and Estonia there are two companies offering ferry connections: Tallink and DFDS Lines. Tallink is by far the most convenient with direct ferries between Stockholm and Tallinn. DFDS passengers need to find ways to get to/from Kappelskar in Sweden and to/from Paldiski in Estonia.
Thanks to our official travel agent status for Tallink, we can offer you the best rates on cabins on the daily overnight ferries between Sweden and Estonia. Save yourself some money and contact us for an offer!
Russia – Estonia
Saint-Peter Line offers an interesting combination cruise which goes from Tallinn to Saint-Petersburg and further to Helsinki and Stockholm before returning to Tallinn. Find more information on St Petersline’s website.
This is especially interesting because this is a visa-free cruise, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of acquiring a Russian visa. If you don’t have time to take the entire cruise, you can join the cruise from Tallinn through Saint Petersburg to Helsinki and take a regular Tallink ferry back to Tallinn from there.
By road, Estonia is connected with Latvia and Russia. The E67 road goes from Warsaw through Lithuania and Latvia to Tallinn and the E20 goes from Saint Petersburg to Tallinn. The E20 then continues to Stockholm, but this is by means of ferry.
There are several bus companies operating internationally. Our personal favorite is Lux Express which pretty much reinvented bus travel with extremely comfortable buses, running on the lines Tallinn – Riga – Vilnius – Warsaw – Berlin and Tallinn – Saint Petersburg. A cheaper alternative from the same group is Simple Express. Find more information from the Lux Express website.
Other international bus operators include Hansabuss (comfortable but pricy) and Ecolines (cheap, but old and uncomfortable).