Buses from Europe and Russia
Eurolines operates regular lines running several times a day from Riga (Latvia), Vilnius (Lithuania) and St. Petersburg (Russia);
Less frequent lines are running less than once a week and include Germany (Berlin, Stuttgart, Köln, Frankfurt, Munich), Poland (Warsaw, Krakow, Bialystock), Italy (Rome), Austria (Vienna), Great Britain (London), the Netherlands (Amsterdam).
Most of the buses running on regular routes between Tallinn and Riga, Vilnius or St. Petersburg are modern and include drinks, snacks, internet access and toilets.
Tallinn bus station
Tallinn Bus Station is open all night but ticket sales and reservations operate only between 6.30am to 9pm. There is a bar, cafeteria and hot dog kiosk in the station.
It was built during the Soviet times and major renovations have been held back as Tallinn plans to develop a central transportation hub near the airport. This gives you a unique chance to see and feel a bit of Soviet reality.
Transportation to/from the international bus station
Tallinn International Bus Station is 5 minutes drive or 15 minutes walk away from the city centre, 10min drive from Tallinn Airport and 15 minutes drive to the Port of Tallinn.
Tram: closest stop to Tallinn international Bus Station is “Autobussijaam” and trams 2 and 4 will get you there. Bus station is about 300m away from the tram stop. See the tram schedules here: http://soiduplaan.tallinn.ee/?a=p.routes&transport_id=tram&t=xhtml&l=en
Buses 17 and 17a stop inside the bus station premises (bay 1, bus stop called “Autobussijaam”) every 15 minutes during the day and twice an hour in the evenings. Buses go from 5.30 am to 11.30pm and drive through the city centre (stops “Estonia” and “Vabaduse väljak” are closest to the Old Town) to Mustamäe. Ones marked with yellow background in the schedule indicate vehicles with lowered floor for easier access. http://soiduplaan.tallinn.ee/?a=p.frameset&schedule_id=1575&t=xhtml&l=en
Taking a taxi
- Taxi rank is located right in front of the main entrance of the bus station.
- Choose a clearly marked taxi or “takso”.
- According to Estonian law taxis are required to publish their full price list on the passenger’s side of the window and all customers are allowed to choose whichever taxi they prefer, regardless of their position in the line.