WHAT TO SEE
Practical tips for families with kids
Tallinn is small and compact; everything is within a leisurely stroll. It takes only up to 15 minutes to reach central Tallinn by taxi from the airport and 5 minutes on foot from the harbour. You can easily explore the city centre on foot, but bear in mind that the cobble stone streets of Old Town aren't suited for high-heels.
Buses, trams and trolley buses
The public transport system works well to reach the suburbs of the city. When travelling with a buggy on the public transport, look for departure times marked with blue underline in the time schedule. This marks the low floor vehicles which are easy to access with a buggy as well as with a wheelchair. Public transport operates between 6:00 and 11:00 (some lines operate until 24:00).
Single journey tickets can be bought from the driver directly. If you plan more than three journeys on the public transport read about the e-ticket system from here. Under school-age children travel free. Parent with a toddler under three years old also travels free. Ticket prices are explained here.
There are several taxi stops in the city; you’ll also find taxis in front of larger hotels and shopping centres. Babies and toddlers up to three years old can travel in a taxi on adults lap. When travelling with older children, bare in mind that they must be seated in car seats and can not travel on adults lap.
Not all taxis have car seats for children with them. When ordering your taxi, make sure to mention that you need car seat for your child. Recommended taxi companies are Tulika Takso (+372 612 0000) and Tallink Takso (+372 640 8921). Both companies also provide maxi taxies (mini buses) for up to 12 people.
Cycling in Tallinn is also an option (PS! right hand traffic), especially in Kadriorg and Pirita areas or along the popular Culture Kilometre path (Kultuurikilomeeter) in Kalamaja. There are several cycling paths away from the hectic traffic. A wide range of bicycles along with helmets, locks, tandems and child seats are available for rent at CityBike (Uus 33) situated in the Old Town. CityBike offers also smaller repair works for bikes.
For renting buggies or car seats contact a shop called Lastetarbed (Tulika 15/17, +372 625 8779).
Nursing discreetly in public is widely accepted as majority of the local women choose to breast feed their babies. Larger shopping centres, ports, airport etc. have separate changing rooms available. When in the city centre and struggling to find a quiet heaven for the little one's feeding, head to Tallinna Kaubamaja as it has specially designed Mother's Bay along with clean and comfortable changing and nursing facilities.
Most of the larger shopping centres offer changing rooms for the babies and toddlers.
Pharmacies are usually open from 10:00-19:00, centrally located Tõnismäe Apteek (Tõnismägi 5, +372 644 2282) however is open 24h.
The city’s children’s emergency hospital Tallinna Lastehaigla, open 24h every day is situated in Mustamäe area (Tervise 28, +372 697 7194).
In case of accident or sudden illness, call for an ambulance free-of-charge from any phone: 112.
Child care and play rooms
Many hotels offer child care, contact your hotel for more information.
All large shopping centres have play areas for children. Right in the city centre in Kaubamaja (adjacent to Viru Centre) is Lotte’s Playroom designed for 2 to 8 year old children.
The playroom is full of games, a slide and other toys. Friendly staff is happy to look after the children and find them activities while parents shop in the centre. They have even though about the frustrated little ones who hate to try on new clothes. Specially designed fitting rooms will make this task much easier and more fun than ever before.