The Many Ways to Travel into Estonia

Source: Tallinn Airport

The Many Ways to Travel into Estonia

Getting to Estonia has never been easier due to the country's extensive transportation network. Sitting at the crossroads between East Europe, the Baltic States, and Scandinavia, you have the option to come into to Estonia by plane, train, automobile, and even by boat! Once you arrive, travelling within the country is simple and straightforward and due to Estonia's small size, you won't be spending hours in transport, so you have more time to enjoy your trip.


Good to Know

Estonia is part of the European Union and a member of the Schengen Agreement. That means you won't have any border controls if you're travelling into Estonia by vehicle or train from neighbouring EU countries, like Sweden, Finland, and Latvia. The same applies if you fly in from any country in the Schengen area.


Planes

Travelling to Estonia by plane gives you loads of options. Tallinn International Airport (Lennart Meri Tallinna Lennujaam) has direct daily flights to and from all major Scandinavian and Baltic cities (Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Riga and Vilnius). Likewise, you can easily find direct flights from major European hub cities like London, Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Tallinn International is particularly accommodating to travellers. As a more compact airport, you can reach any gate within 5 minutes after passing through security. This is one of the reasons that Tallinn International has been named the cosiest airport in Europe. To make things even easier, once you land, the terminal building is only a 20-minute bus or tram ride from the centre of Tallinn or about 10 minutes by taxi.


Fly into Tallinn from any European hub

Photo by Tallinn Airport


Trains

If you want to travel at a calm and leisurely pace, then try taking a train. You can arrive in Estonia by rail from either Latvia or Russia. The trip from Saint Petersburg to Tallinn takes about seven hours and may or may not have a change-over in Narva on Estonia's eastern border. If you're coming from Lativa, you may have to switch trains in Valga.

Once you're in Estonia, Elron trains will take you to all of Estonia's larger towns and cities with daily connections from Tallinn to Tartu, Narva, Rakvere, Viljandi and Valga. For cyclists, you can bring your bicycle on board if you reserve a space for it in advance.

Looking to the future, the Rail Baltic project is underway which will connect Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania via a single rail system, so taking the train will be even easier.


Travelling by rail has never been more comfortable

Photo by: Stigo


Automobiles

If you're coming to Estonia by car, then travelling is easy. You can travel along the Via Baltica (E67) which runs north-south from Poland to Estonia. The road passes through cities like Kaunas, Riga, and Pärnu, before ending in Tallinn.

For anyone travelling to Estonia by bus, you are spoiled for choice with numerous bus companies providing services to Estonia. Ecolines offer transport from EU countries as far Poland, Germany, and Czechia, all though you'll most likely have to change buses in Riga. It also has services from Saint Petersburg. LuxEpress travels through the Baltic States and FlixBus has connections from much of Europe. Most long haul buses have wifi and may have films, so you can really relax on your journey.

- The bus trip from St. Petersburg to Tallinn is between 5 and 8 hours.
- The trip from Tallinn and Riga is between 4 and 6 hours.

Tallinn Bus Station

Travelling by bus in Estonia will take you almost anywhere in the country

Photo by Renee Altrov


...and Boats

Estonia has the distinction of being easy to reach not only by bus, train, and plane but also by boat. Since Estonia sits on the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland, you can arrive by boat from neighbouring Sweden and Finland.

From Finland

With about 20 daily ferries, the most common ferry route travels from Helsinki and take about two hours to drop you off in Tallinn. You can book with either Eckeröline or Viking Line.

From Sweden

Between Sweden and Estonia, there are two major ferry lines. Tallink Silja runs between Stockholm and Tallinn takes about 16 hours. DFDS Seaways operates between Kapellskär and Paldiski which takes between 8 to 10 hours.


If you're feeling adventurous then you can also take your own boat into Estonia. The coastline is dotted with small marinas in nearly every town and village. If you're interested in sailing to Estonia, there's a marina guide so you know where to dock.

Note: Travelling by boat is possible all year round, but the specifics vary according to the season. For example, hydrofoils between Tallinn and Helsinki don't normally operate in the winter months.


Travelling within Estonia

No matter how you arrive in Estonia, once you're here getting around is simple. The country's train network will connect you to larger towns and cities and the extensive bus lines can take you almost anywhere else, including national parks and forests. Of course, if you prefer to get around by the power of your own two feet, you can make use of Estonia's many bike paths for a long or short cycling trip.

Whether you come by land, sea, or air, we say to you:

Tere tulemast Eestisse! – Welcome to Estonia!

Last updated : 19.10.2021

In category: Tallinn, South Estonia, West Estonia, Islands, North Estonia