You can travel to Saaremaa and Muhu by plane, ferry or during cold winters, drive on the frozen sea. Saaremaa and Muhu are connected by the 3,5km long Väinatamm bridge and you can cross either on foot, on a bike, by car or bus, so travelling between those two neighbouring islands is easy and comfortable.
There are regular ferry connections between the islands and the mainland:
- From the coast to Saaremaa & Muhu: Virtsu (mainland) to Kuivastu (Muhu) the boats go every half an hour
- From Saaremaa to Hiiumaa: Triigi (Saaremaa island) to Sõru (Hiiumaa island) the boat goes every other day for most of the year, daily during the summer
The most comfortable way of travelling is to take a coach from Tallinn, as scheduled buses have guaranteed space on boats and ferry ticket are included in the bus ticket price (up to 15EUR per person).
If you’d like to drive to the islands, be sure to book your tickets in advance, especially for the summer time. The most popular island holiday season is around Midsummer day (Jaanipäev) in the end of June and without a pre-booked ticket for the car, you might have to wait for hours.
Ice roads are open only during cold winters. Driving on the frozen sea is an unique experience available only in very few places around the world. It is a safe way of transportation as long as you follow the traffic signs and do not drive off the designated roads.
Another option is to fly to Saaremaa: Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport connects the coast and Kuressaare in Saaremaa. Tickets cost around 15-20 EUR per person and are operated by Avies.
You can travel to Vilsandi island through Saaremaa island and will need a (private) boat or high truck to travel there, as there are no regular ferries/flights/connections. However, many of the locals on the Saaremaa coast frequently transport tourists there, so ask the local Tourism Information Centre for assistance and help.