Can I use English in Tallinn?
English is the most widely known foreign language in Tallinn, although older people are more likely to speak German. In most establishments in the tourist industry it is possible to use English, Finnish, Russian and German.
Which currency can be used in Tallinn/Estonia?
National currency: 1 Euro = 100 cents
Most larger hotels, stores and restaurants accept Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard and American Express. However, it is advisable to carry some cash with you.
Traveller’s checks can be exchanged in most banks but are less likely to be accepted in shops. Eurocheque is the most widely accepted traveller’s check, but American Express and Thomas Cook are also accepted.
How much do taxis cost?
Taxi companies in Tallinn do not apply a uniform tariff, therefore your fare will depend upon the taxi company you choose and the distance travelled. A taxi ride from the harbour to the centre of town costs about 6 EUR and from the airport, about 7 EUR. A more detailed overview of information about Tallinn taxis can be found here.
Where can I purchase public transport tickets?
Like other cities, Tallinn uses plastic smartcard and e-ticket system as of January 1, 2013.
Smartcard is a plastic card which allows you to top up credit or buy different ticket types on it (read more about the smartcard from below).
You can still buy single journey regular paper tickets costing 1.60 Euros from the driver when entering public transportation. Please try to have precise change for the driver if you want to buy a ticket. Read more
Can I enter Estonia on an ID card?
Since Estonia is a member of the European Union, citizens of EU member states can enter Estonia without a visa, or even a passport, as long as they have a valid ID card. For further information about visas visit the Estonian Foreign Ministry home page.
Where can I find tourist information about Estonia?
Estonian Tourist Board home page www.visitestonia.com
When are shops and shopping centres open in Tallinn?
The major shopping centres are generally open from 10 am until 9 pm daily. Smaller shops are open on weekdays 10 am – 7 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm and are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Can I book accommodation, tours, trips and events within Estonia at the Tallinn Tourist Information Centre?
The Tallinn Tourist Information Centre does not take bookings for accommodation, tours, trips or events within Estonia. We suggest you contact a travel agent or the relevant tourist service operator.
Is there a city card available in Tallinn?
The city’s all-in-one card is the Tallinn Card. This is a discount card intended to help visitors interested in sightseeing and culture enjoy a comfortable and memorable stay in Tallinn. The Tallinn Card offers:
Further information: www.tallinncard.ee
How late does the public transport run?
Public transport in Tallinn runs from 6 am until midnight.
Is Tallinn safe?
Tallinn is about as safe as any other European city. Even so, the following simple precautions should be kept in mind:
If you should experience some misfortune, contact the police by telephone on 112 (this number is free from all telephones).
Are tips given in restaurants in Tallinn?
Tips are not obligatory, but if the service and food are excellent then it is normal to leave the waiter/waitress a tip of between 5% and 10% of the bill.
What is the typical weather in Tallinn?
The climate in Tallinn is characterised by a rather cold winter, a cool spring with rain, a relatively warm summer and a long, damp autumn. The warmest month is July, when the average temperature is +16oC, and the coldest month is February, with an average temperature of –9oC. For further information: www.weather.ee
Can you buy Duty-Free in Tallinn?
Travellers arriving from outside the European Union can buy goods from tax-free shops and have them exempted from value added tax. Exemption from VAT shall be applied when the total sales price of the goods purchased from a tax-free shop (including the VAT) exceeds 38,35 EUR. A tax-free shop provides the buyer with a respective document to prove the purchase. This document must be presented to customs officials for confirmation when leaving the European Union. The buyer must take the goods out of the European Union before the end of the third month following the month of purchase. Travellers are not allowed to unwrap the packaged goods before leaving the European Union. Travellers are obliged to present the unwrapped goods for customs inspection if requested.
For further information please contact the local customs office or a customs officer on duty. Customs Helpdesk: +372 8800 814
Will I need to pay for parking in Tallinn?
Parking on streets in the city centre, Old Town and Pirita requires payment. Parking vouchers can be bought from street-side vending machines or from newsstands. In some areas, vouchers are sold by parking guards. Read more
Can I use mobile parking?
Mobile parking possibility is only for Estonian phone numbers.
How do I get to the airport from the city centre?
Bus no. 2 leaves from the airport to the city centre and port every 30 minutes, and operates from 7 AM until midnight. Single journey tickets can be bought from the driver and cost 1,60€. The airport bus stops on the level 0 down the escalator. The downtown bus stop is located on Laikmaa Street, between the Tallink Hotel and the large Viru Centre, attached to the Sokos Hotel Viru. Bus schedule
Where can I purchase stamps?
Stamps can be bought from newspaper kiosks or from post offices.
Where can I exchange money? Do I have to pay a service fee?
Money can be exchanged at currency exchanges (Monex, Eurex, Tavid) and banks (Swedbank, SEB, Sampo, Nordea). Service fees are charged both by currency exchanges and banks. The services fees at banks are smaller.
Are there lost and found offices in Tallinn?
There are no lost and found offices in Tallinn. In case of the loss or theft of documents or other valuable items, contact the police – it may be that an honest finder has brought your things to the police station. If your documents are stolen, you must make a statement to the police in any case to get new ones. If you forget something in a taxi or on public transport, you should phone the dispatcher at the corresponding transport company.