How to get to Estonia

Source: Mart Vares, Visit Estonia

How to get to Estonia

Estonia is located between Scandinavia, central Europe and Russia, therefore there are multiple to travel over to Estonia across land, water and air.

By car

When driving in Estonia the following documents should be carried:

  • Full, valid driving licence
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Proof of ID (passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)

Your call with need to be equipped with beam deflectors, fire extinguisher and a warning triangle. All vehicles are required to have lights on during day and night.

Estonia has right-hand traffic and the speed limit in the countryside is 90 km/h and 50 km/h in urban areas unless specified otherwise. In the summer season, some highways allow for a maximum of 110 km/h speed. Passengers are required to wear seat belts and lights must be switched on at all times. Estonia has zero-tolerance for driving under the influence.

Estonia recognises driving licenses from countries around the world, please check for specific requirements here:

Foreign vehicles must have third party liability insurance in Estonia. Vehicles registered in an EEA country can only be insured in that specific country of registration. Vehicles registered in the following countries must be covered by a Green Card as a proof of insurance: Albania, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Iran, Macedonia, Morocco, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia. 

As an alternative to the Green Card, you can purchase cross-border insurance. Those vehicles not registered in EEA or in the countries listed above, must all be covered with valid cross-border insurance upon the arrival to Estonia.

By bus

There are a number of international coaches passing through Estonia from central Europe, Russia and the Baltics. These are some of the main commercial operators:

Further international about international bus schedules are available at  T-Pilet. The bus trip from St. Petersburg to Tallinn is between 5 and 8 hours. The trip between Tallinn and Riga is anywhere between 4 to 6 hours. 

By train

While the larger cross-baltic rail line is still very much a work in progress, you can conveniently take a train from Latvia and Russia.


By plane

In addition to Tallinn airport, you can also catch domestic flights to Kuressaare (capital of Saaremaa island), Tartu and Kärdla (town on the island of Hiiumaa).

You can fly from Helsinki to Tallinn in 20 minutes, and from Helsinki to Tartu in a little less than an hour.

The flights from Oslo and Stockholm to Tallinn are all under 2 hours in length. More information about flight schedules is available on Tallinn Airport website.

Tallinn airport is located a 20-minute tram ride away from Tallinn city centre. Both tram number 4 and bus number 2 run between the airport and the city centre.


By ferry

The ferry ride from Helsinki will take up to 4 hours. The trip from Stockholm is a 12-hour overnight ferry ride. The following ferry operators service the lines. Tallinn port is located a 15-minute walk from the city centre.

More information about ferry lines and tickets is available via the links below:

By your own boat

Estonia is dotted with harbours and small marinas, often located by towns and little villages.

A guide of small marinas is available here.

With a cruise ship

Tallinn especially is a popular cruise destination. All the main lines crossing the Baltic Sea stop in Tallinn. In addition to Tallinn, Estonia’s largest island Saaremaa is another popular cruise destination in Estonia. The port of Saaremaa is located a 45-minute car ride from Kuressaare, the biggest town on the island.

For more information, please browse the list of all cruise operators currently sailing to Estonia.

Many cruise visitors reach the shores of Estonia onboard Dreamlines.

Last updated : 16.03.2020