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Bikepacking in Estonia

Estonia is a biker's paradise! It's flat and scenic, with plenty of campsites and sustainable accommodation options. Start planning a bike trip here.

Thanks to its compact size, peaceful scenery, and extensive network of roads and trails, Estonia is a treat for bikers. 

Bike rentals are available around Estonia if you don't want to take your own on holiday. If you do plan to travel with your own wheels, then read on to the end of this article where we cover how to transport your bike in Estonia. Rental stations are almost everywhere in the country, including on the major islands.

Multi-day bikepacking trips in Estonia are a breeze, as there are campsites along most of the routes, or you can plan your trip around the country's many sustainable places to stay. Pick your route (we've outlined some of the best below) and head out on the open road.


You can get around Estonia's compact capital by bike. Biking may not be the preferred form of transport in Tallinn (yet), but improvements are being made every year to the city's network of bike paths. If you don't have your own bike, you can easily rent one or grab an electric bike using the Bolt app. (FYI: cycling Tallinn's Old Town is for ride-or-die bikers. The cobblestones make for a bumpy ride, so use your wheels to explore Kalamaja, Kadriorg, or other neighborhoods that are off the beaten —but on a smoother — path.)

A couple of long-distance bike rides make for a delightful day in Tallinn:

Group of bikers in Tallinn along Pirita Promenade

Source: Ken Mürk


Tartu has installed an official bike rental system called Tartu Smart Bike with about 750 bicycles available at 69 rental stations. You can buy a daily, weekly, or annual ticket, and the electric bikes are connected to the entire public transit system.

South Estonia is an ideal region for bike tours. This area offers a wonderfully comprehensive overview of the Estonian landscape, and you may very well have the roads nearly all to yourself.

  • The Selgise cycle path runs for about 25 kilometers and goes through the forest on a well-developed route. It is clearly signposted, and you'll find a cabin and fire pit along the way.
  • The Tüki cycling trail follows the course of the Ilmatsalu River across meadows and fields, past fish ponds and through forest clearings. It also has various campfire spots, and you can go for a swim at the quarry pond. It's only 7 kilometers long and close to the city, so it's perfect for bikers who are looking for a quick ride.


Summer biking in Tartu with Smart Bikes

Source: Renee Altrov

More beautiful bike tours on the mainland

Anyone who knows Estonia knows that cycling is possible almost everywhere, as there are relatively low volumes of traffic, even on major country roads. Plus, off-road trails offer adventurous mountain bikers more challenging terrain.  


A great longer tour is the Ikla–Võiste–Pärnu cycling route. It takes about two days to do the entire route, but you can cover it in smaller parts. The route goes along the old highway from Riga to Pärnu. You'll pass numerous campsites and campfire spots, charming little fishing villages, and old churches. From Häädemeeste to Pärnu, the route goes along the Via Baltica, which does have quite a bit more traffic. If that doesn't bother you, the route is definitely worthwhile.

Need to rent a bike?

There are bicycle rentals in every region of Estonia.

Offroad trails

There are two noteworthy cross-country trails in Estonia – the Oandu-Ikla trail, which covers 375 km North to South, and the 628-km-long Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve trail, which runs East to West. Both routes can be done with off-road bikes. These trails will lead you through primeval nature, tiny villages, and Estonia's infamous wetlands. There are plenty of campsites and cabins along the way.

Biking along the coastline

One of Europe's most exciting bike routes, the EuroVelo 10, runs along Estonia's extensive coastline. The 981-km route starts in the south, passes Pärnu, the larger islands, Tallinn and then through Lahemaa National Park, finally ending at the Russian border.

Bikepacking on Estonia's islands

Estonia's islands are not densely inhabited, and only about ten have permanent residents. The islands are known for their windswept, sandy beaches, stony outcrops, and historical sites that go back centuries. Estonian islands are the perfect bikepacking destination for those seeking peace and seclusion. You can cover dozens of kilometers of beach trails without coming across a single soul, making for a welcome respite from hectic city life.


If you want to go to Saaremaa, you must go through Muhu. In the very east of the small island is the ferry port of Kuivastu, which connects Muhu with the mainland. The island can be conquered by bike in about two days. A complete island tour covers about 80 kilometers. On the way, you'll see picturesque fishing villages, windmills, country houses and wild nature — including moose and roe deer.


The capital of Estonia's largest island is Kuressaare, home to a medieval castle complex, spas, and delicious restaurants. The island has so many spa hotels that it's been nicknamed "SPA-remaa." Saaremaa has a wonderful Baltic Sea island flair — long beaches, sand dunes and squat, gnarled coniferous trees.

  • Kihelkonna-Leisi: The complete tour from Kihelkonna to Leisi  covers over 65 kilometers and can be easily managed in two days, including stops at various sightseeing spots. Highlights include the Mihkli Farm Museum and Tagamõisa Peninsula.
Biking during the golden hour on Muhu Island in Estonia

Source: Rivo Veber


Hiiumaa is Estonia's unofficial cycling island. With hardly any larger towns and lots of wilderness, you can relax and breathe in the fresh air. The entire island is accessible by bike and there are loads of great routes with rest stops and sightseeing spots:

  • Bike tour on the Tahkuna Peninsula: This route is a decent day trip. Easy paths alternate with quiet country roads. Sightseeing highlights along the route include the Military Museum and Tahkuna Lighthouse.
  • Heltermaa-Suuremõisa-Hellamaa-Kärdla: Take a whole day for this ride. The Suuremõisa manor house, with its inviting park, deserves at least an hour's attention. Other stops, such as the port of Suursadam, will give you some insight into the history of Hiiumaa.
  • Luidja-Kõrgessaare-Kärdla: At 29 kilometers, the tour from Luidja to Kärdla is quite a bit shorter. It's still good to take your time because Luidja Beach, the route's starting point, is lovely. Orchid lovers will want to linger at the Kõrgessaare orchids' study bed, especially around Midsummer when many of the orchids are in bloom.
  • Kaina-Kassari: In the southern part of Hiiumaa, there is a 30-km-long route between Käina and Kassari. Climb the observation tower at Orjaku to watch for birds and check out the island's fascinating biodiversity. Plus, the harbor in town has a cafe to stop for a drink and a bite to eat.
  • Sõru-Emmaste-Kõpu: Last but not least, is the longest of the suggested rides — 60 kilometers but worth every centimeter. Churches, including the lovely wooden Mänspäe Chapel, and lighthouses are the highlights of this route. In Ristna, stop at one of Estonia's quirkiest museums — the Museum of Sea Garbage. Not only can you see what has washed ashore, you can also purchase bits and bobs made from the flotsam.
Biking to Ristna Lighthouse on Hiiumaa Island in Estonia

Source: Karl Markus Antson


Kihnu is known for three things: colorful skirts, fish, and two-wheeled transportation. While the old Soviet motorcycles may now be few and far between, bicycles have become the new favorite way to get around the island. The Kihnu Travel Wheel is a route designed by the islanders to cover all the must-see spots on the island in a circular route. Some of the highlights include the museum and lighthouse. The island may be small, but take your time — an overnight stay will give you a glimpse of the island's UNESCO-listed culture.


Around 350 people live on Vormsi, spread out in 14 different villages. Take two days to complete the 55-kilometer tour around the island. The tour starts at the pretty island port of Sviby, where you can also rent bicycles. If you need a break from your wheels, try out the sails at the boat rental or stop at the café with a sea view. The route leads through the island's villages, offers a visit to the farm museum, and, of course, the lighthouse is also on the plan.

Where to sleep when bikepacking in Estonia

Pack your tent and spend the night along the trail, or spend a night in nature without giving up the comforts of home at an eco-friendly option.

Transporting your bike

By train: On each train, there's a compartment marked for bicycles. You can check domestic train routes, ticket information, and schedules on the Elron website. Each departure on the website includes a bike symbol in either green, grey, or red indicating the availability of bike places on the train.

Public transport in Tallinn: You cannot bring your bike on Tallinn public transport if it isn't foldable or packed in a cardboard box. If you try to board with a bike, drivers will likely tell you that bikes are dirty and buses, trams, and trolleys are only for people.

Intercity buses: Generally, long-haul buses must take up to two bicycles if they have space in their luggage compartment. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time to make sure there is space for your bike. Lux Express also offers a free bicycle ticket; up to five bicycles can be booked for each trip.

To the islands: Ferryboats operate between mainland Estonia and nearby islands. The most popular routes are to and from Saaremaa and Hiiumaa and in-between the two. Buy your ticket ahead of time online. The best ticket is the combination bike plus passenger option, you don't need to queue with the cars. The crew will direct you to a parking spot for your bike. 

Cargo service: If you have more time and plan to travel to smaller places in Estonia, you can use Cargobus to transport your bike. Cargobus transports all kinds of items in long-haul buses. Packages are usually sent on the same day and can be collected from the local office (typically located inside the bus stations).

City Bike courier service: Want to rent a bike in Tallinn and ride it to another city without returning to Tallinn? With an offer from City Bike, you can do just that. Ride a bike to Kuressaare, Pärnu, Haapsalu, Narva, Tartu, and even Riga or Vilnius. Leave the bike in a secure place like a hotel or hostel, and a courier will pick it up from there.

Transporting your bike in Estonia by train

Source: Rasmus Jurkatam

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