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 between them. However some journeys need taxis and as they are usually cheap, why not indulge in one from time to time? In January 2009 Tallinn taxis reduced their prices by 10% to try to encourage more use of them.
For many years Tallinn taxis had a deservedly poor reputation. Too many foreigners were cheated and even Estonians sometimes had to argue to pay the correct fare. The situation is now much better: local journalists pose as gullible foreigners to catch out drivers who still try to cheat.
In Tallinn, all taxis for hire on the street now have their prices marked clearly displayed on the rear passenger-side window in English and will provide, if asked, a receipt for any journey taken, based on the meter reading.
Typical Taxis Fares (Approximate and vary from company to company)
|Tallinn Centre to Port||2 km||4.5 EUR|
|Tallinn Centre to Airport||4 km||7 EUR|
|Tallinn Centre to Open Air Museum||7 km||8 EUR|
|Tallinn Centre to Paldiski||48 km||27 EUR|
In other towns, taxis are always available at the bus or railway stations and often at another obviously central point, such as beside the Town Hall. The starting fare is usually under 2 EUR. Longer city trips are unlikely to amount to more than 5-7 EUR.
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 also 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.