In most Estonian cities including the capital, Tallinn, interesting sites, restaurants and hotels are often so close to each other that it’s only a short walk from a to b. However you might want to save some time and catch a taxi, or perhaps take a day trip out of town. If you're travelling in a group, a taxi ride might even work out cheaper than taking the public transport.
In Tallinn, all taxis have their individual prices marked clearly on the rear passenger-side window in English. To obtain a receipt for the ride, you must ask the driver at the end of the journey. Receipt is known as "cheque" in Estonia.
Approximate Taxi Fares in Tallinn
|Central Tallinn to the Port||2 km||€ 4.5|
|Central Tallinn to the Airport||4 km||€ 7|
|Central Tallinn to Open Air Museum||7 km||€ 8|
|Central Tallinn to Paldiski||48 km||€ 27|
In most Estonian towns, taxis are available at the bus or railway stations and other central locations, such as beside the Town Hall. The hiring charge is usually around €2. Longer city trips are unlikely to amount to more than €5-€7.
The rates charged will, to some extent, depend on the size and age of the car. In Tallinn, as in London, quite a lot of money can be saved by phoning a taxi company in advance. Most operators speak basic English, but you may find it easier to ask a local person to phone in Estonian or Russian.