Travelling by train between cities
Estonia's rail network today allows you to enjoy train travel between the capital, Tallinn, and such cities as Tartu or Viljandi in true First Class comfort: WiFi, the latest newspapers, spacious double seats with high back support and windows with adjustable sun shades. An affordably priced selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks is also available.
You can travel by train between Tallinn and Narva on the Russian border, too. The line that takes you there also passes through the cities of Rakvere and Jõhvi. Keep your eyes open along the way – the stations you stop at and whiz past are architectural sights in their own right, while the countryside offers splendid views.
Train rides from Tallinn normally take 2 hours to Rakvere, 2.5 to Viljandi, 3 to Jõhvi or Tartu and 3.5 to Narva. Routes between cities are operated by Edelaraudtee.
Catching trains in and around Tallinn
Tallinn and surrounding Harju County are served by Elektriraudtee trains. They make a great way of getting you to your starting point if you're setting out on a day's hike by foot or by bike. The destinations the trains take you to will let you explore bogs, coastal cliffs, lakes, rivers, manors and ancient fortresses. Trains will take you in two directions within the county: towards either Aegviidu or Paldiski, with all journeys starting from the central railway station, known as 'Balti jaam'.
Trains to Russia
Once you've explored Estonia and discovered everything it has to offer, why not hop on a train and travel a little further afield – to St. Petersburg or Moscow in Russia? If you've never spent a night on a train, the journey from Tallinn to Moscow will prove an unforgettable experience!
Timetables and tickets
Timetables can be found at railway stations and on the operators' websites. Tickets can be bought at stations or in cash on the train, with the price being the same for both. Conductors selling tickets pass through the carriage after the train picks up passengers at every stop. Edelaraudtee tickets can also be purchased online.
Trains are a very convenient and comfortable way of travelling – you never have to worry about getting stuck in traffic or finding somewhere to park. Moreover, you can take your bike on the train with you, as well as bigger bags. And if you want to, you can even have a picnic!