If you're looking to fly to Tallinn from Europe's larger capitals, you're in luck as Tallinn airport is serviced by many low-fare airlines such as Ryanair, EasyJet and Air Baltic. Regular ferries from Sweden and Finland drop you off right at the heart of Tallinn with many low-cost options and special offers available. If you're travelling from Central or Eastern Europe, look into catching a coach to Tallinn bus station.
Best enjoyed on foot
Tallinn is compact, with many of its landmarks and must-see areas a short stroll away from each other. On the way you'll find many green areas with great views of Tallinn's medieval city centre and the scenic coastline. Look up Kadriorg Park, Pirita promenade, Toompea viewing platforms and Culture Kilometre for great walks and casual picnic spots.
Hop on a bike
Cruise the city on a bike and explore the look of Tallinn on the go. Bicycling culture in Tallinn is becoming more and more popular every year and you can now rent a bike year round. Although many areas in Tallinn have bicycle roads and you’re more than welcome to cycle on sidewalks, be prepared that many Estonian drivers are not yet used to sharing the road.
If you're looking to explore Tallinn’s surrounding areas, you have the option of taking a bus, trolley bus or a tram costing €1.60 for a single trip (April 2014).
Having so much fun for so little must make one hungry! Kalamaja, Tallinn's quickly developing hipsterville is great for tasty budget meals in simple yet chic interiors and cool outdoor terraces. Look for cafes, bars and restaurants in Telliskivi street area but make sure to book ahead when going for a dinner, as the places tend to get packed early on (TIP: Kalamaja area is great for parties too!).
The city sleeps
From low-star hotels to home accommodation and campsites, there's many options for accommodation located all around Tallinn. Similarly to most European capitals, you'll also find active AirBnB and Couchsurfing communities here in Tallinn.
Just enter your budget and room requirements, and find a suitable accommodation today at visitestonia.com/accommodation
Free stuff itinerary
To start with: pick up a nice glossy city guide and a map from Tallinn Tourist Information centre OR cut right to the online and offline travel apps available for downloading in Tallinn's many free Wi-Fi areas.
Take a free tour! Traveller Tours holds a weekly free tour in Tallinn’s Old Town. As you can probably imagine, the tour is among the most popular ones in Tallinn so make sure to book and secure a place beforehand not to miss out.
Come and see how arty Tallinn is! Many galleries in Tallinn invite you to drop in between Tuesdays and Sundays, and some of them offer free admission throughout the year (look for Tallinn Art Hall Gallery and Tallinn City Gallery). If you’re looking to take in as much as possible, try Tallinn Card which gives free and discount access to nearly 100 attractions including shops, cafes and restaurants.