Estonia
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Travel and accommodation

Tallinna Lennujaam, Tallinn's International Airport, is located 4 km from the city centre (Lennujaama 2, Tallinn 11101) and is a modern airport with excellent facilities.  Getting to and from Tallinna Lennujaam is straightforward.  A public bus (number 2) departs from in front of departure hall to the city centre (and port) every 20 minutes from 7am until midnight.  Tickets can be purchased from the driver.  In the city centre you can catch the airport bus on Laikmaa Street (between the Tallink Hotel and the large Viru Centre next to the Sokos Hotel Viru).  A taxi stand is also located in front of the airport with both Linna Taxis and Tulika Taxis.  There are also airports at Kuressaare, Kärdla and Parnu.

Domestic flights are available with the taxi airline, Avies, which flies from Tallinn to Kuressaare and Kärdla.

Getting there by rail, road and ferry

Estonia has good connections to Scandinavia and continental Europe so if you're not keen on flying then getting to Estonia via rail, coach and ferry are viable alternatives. You can also travel to Estonia by train plus ferry via Copenhagen (Denmark) and Stockholm (Sweden), or by Eurostar train and connecting trains to Rostock (Germany) then hop on a ferry direct to Tallinn.  See their website for journey information or call Rail Europe on 08708 371371 for advice about prices and routes.  Tallinn has excellent, affordable ferry connections to Helsinki and Stockholm with Tallink (Stockholm to Tallinn, Helinksi to Tallinn) but the journey time is lengthy, around 16 hours, and Superfast Ferries serve Rostock (northern Germany) to Tallinn.

Travelling around the country

Car rental companies are located at the airport and in the main cities.  Estonia has an extensive network of roads but not many highways.  That said, driving in Estonia is an attractive possibility since the government's development of scenic tourist routes to neighbouring countries.  If you have some extra time to travel consider the 'Via Baltica' which runs south-west from the capital of Tallin through Parnu to Riga, Latvia, or the 'Via Estonia' which runs south-east from Tallin to the Russian border or the 'Via Hansa' highway which parallels the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland and leads to Narva and St. Petersburg.  Driving is on the right.  For more tips and information about driving in Estonia see Auto Europe's guide and to contact them in Estonia dial 001 207 842 2000.

Train travel in Estonia is not developed but there are some trains from Tallinn to Tartu and other Estonian cities and some international connections for example to Moscow and beyond.  GoRail is the international train company, Edelaraudtee the inter-city, and Elektrikraraudtee the local electric trains.  Travelling by bus is a better option with regular and cheap connections around the country. 

Public transport in Tallinn

The public transport system in Tallinn is good with a choice of buses, trolleys and trams.  You can either buy tickets beforehand or from the driver as soon as you embark, however if you buy the tickets in advance you will save money.  If you plan to be in Tallinn for a few days then better value still is the 10 ticket deal.  The Tallinn public transport also offers one hour or two hour tickets and two hour tickets and one day or three day passes, available only from newsstands.  

Taxi stands are located at major intersections and in front of bigger hotels, or you can hail one in the street.  The price is determined by the taxi operator and not all taxis charge the same so ensure you clarify the exact fare in advance, a price list is posted on the right side rear door.  A more fun and eco-friendly alternative to getting about the centre of Tallinn in the warmer months (March to October) is the 'Velotaxi', a bicycle styled taxi (like a Rickshaw).

Accommodation

Around Estonia you will find a wide choice of accommodation from hotels, guest houses, apartments and Bed and Breakfasts.  The currency in Estonia is the Euro (it changed from the Estonian Kroon in 2011 when Estonia joined the EuroZone).

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