Ferryboats operate between mainland Estonia and nearby islands. The most popular routes are to and from the largest islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa and in-between the two. Buy your ticket at the sales booth at the entry to the port. The best ticket is the combination bike plus passenger option. Next, ride over to the employee checking-in cars, show your ticket and ride onto the ferry; you don't need to queue with the cars. The crew will direct you to a parking spot for your bike. Bags can remain on your bike during the journey.
If you have a bit more time and are planning to travel to smaller places in Estonia, you can use Cargobus services to transport your bike. Cargobus transports all kinds of items in long haul buses. Packages are usually sent within the same day and can be collected from the local office (typically nearby main bus stations). Packing your bike in a box is not necessary: all you need to do is turn the handlebar sideways and sometimes wrap the bike in plastic if asked. The average cost of sending a bike between Estonian cities is 20 to 25€. For an additional 20 to 30€, you can have your bike picked up from your accommodation and delivered to your next destination via courier service (available in larger cities like Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Haapsalu and Narva).
Want to rent a bike in Tallinn and ride it one-way to another city without worrying about returning it? You can do just that with an offer from City Bike. 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.
It costs per bike:
● 25€ to Pärnu, Haapsalu, Tartu, Kuressaare, Narva
● 35€ to Riga (Latvia)
● 40€ to Vilnius, Klaipeda (Lithuania)
Planning to roll out with a group of friends? Trailers can be rented for transporting 15 or 24 bicycles from City Bike as well.
New way of organizing your transport
New Estonian startup Shipitwise offers hands-free travel options. You can order their service from your doorstep and receive your things at your hotel in Tallinn. This is a pricier transport option but gives you more freedom with less hassle.