Travel to Estonia by planeSource: Sven Zacek

Travel to Estonia

Guide for traveling to Estonia by plane, cruise ship, bus, ferry, car or with your own boat.

Estonia is located in northern Europe, bordered on the south by Latvia, on the east by Russia,  and Finland to the north over the Baltic Sea. It is possible to get to Estonia by land, water, and air. Regular ferries run between Tallinn, Helsinki, and Stockholm, and landing at Tallinn Airport place you right in the middle of the city. Estonia is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Area.

By plane

The flights from Oslo and Stockholm to Tallinn are all under two hours. You can fly from Helsinki to Tallinn in 20 minutes, and from Helsinki to Tartu in a little less than an hour. More information about flight schedules is available on the Tallinn Airport website.

Tallinn Airport is very conveniently located — just 4 kilometers from the city center. You can easily travel to and from the airport by bus or taxi. Buses 2 and 15 travel to the city center from the airport. The buses leave from the airport's lowest level (stop Lennujaam), down the escalator from the arrivals hall.

From Tallinn Airport, you can also catch domestic flights to Kuressaare (the capital of Saaremaa Island), Tartu, and Kärdla (a town on the island of Hiiumaa).

Tallinn Airport Plane Landing

Source: Tallinn Airport

With a cruise ship

Tallinn is a popular cruise destination, especially during the summer. All 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.

cruise terminal ships

Source: visit estonia

By bus

Several international coach companies travel to Estonia from central Europe and the Baltics. These are some of the main commercial operators:

Further information about international bus schedules is available at T-Pilet.

Tallinn Bus Station

Source: Renee Altrov

By ferry

Tallinn port is located a 15-minute walk from the city center. The ferry ride from Helsinki will take around 2-2.5 hours (except for one ferry, which takes four hours). The trip from Stockholm to Tallinn is a 12-hour overnight ferry ride.

The following ferry operators service the lines:

More information about ferry lines and tickets is available below:

Port of Tallinn

Source: Vaas / Transpordiamet

By car

When driving in Estonia, the following documents should be carried with you:

  • Full and valid driving license
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Proof of ID (passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)

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

Estonia has right-hand traffic. The speed limit in the countryside is 90 km/h and 50 km/h in urban areas unless specified otherwise. During the summer, 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 recognizes 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 proof of insurance: Albania, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Iran, Macedonia, Morocco, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. 

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

electric car charging

Source: Renee Altrov

By your own boat

Estonia is dotted with harbors and small marinas, often located in towns and little villages. The shortest route from the northern coast across the Gulf of Finland to Finland is just 25 nautical miles. 

A guide to small marinas
Registered ports in Estonia


Source: Mart Vares

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