Estonia — Transportation
Estonia Taxis and Car Rental
In the capital of Tallinn, numerous taxi companies offer their services, which can all be reached by phone for much cheaper than hailing one on the streets. Beware of scams that charge ridiculously high rates that hang out in front of popular tourist spots and nightclubs. Avoid cabs that do not have a logo as they may not be official. You should also be careful about overly luxurious taxis, which may also try to overcharge. It is always smart to have a few contacts on hand and Tallink (+372-640-89-21 or +372-19-21), Tulika (+372-612-00-00), Sobra Takso (+372-621-50-80), and Raadio Takso (+372-601-11-11) are some of the most reputable. If you are in a hurry, look for a yellow card on the taxi’s window to check the fares before you get in.
Car rental is a good option if you are used to busy streets full of impatient drivers. There are many rental companies throughout Estonia including Sixt (+372-605-81-48), Autorent Tallinn (+372-503-02-22) and local providers like Abex Car Rental (+372-5590-3311), and Advantage Auto Rent (+372-520-30-03), with most represented at the airport. Prices are cheap by Western European standards, but many people prefer to use the well devleoped public transportation system, as roads in the big cities are prone to traffic and the driving can be chaotic and confusing.
Estonia Water Taxis
There are no internal boat services in Estonia, but ferry lines do connect the capital to other European hubs like Stockholm, Helsinki, Mariehamn, and Rostock. Most trips are only available in the summer months and there are minor international routes to Ventspils, Latvia, and Paldiski-Kapellskar and Saaremaa, Sweden.
Estonia Trains and Buses
The rail network is very reliable in Estonia, though services do not cover the entire country. The train is fast and comfortable, but buses are still preferred by most travelers when exploring the cities or transferring between towns. The bus is the best way to see Tallinn’s Pirita suburb and other destinations. The capital also has a tram that circles the old town and extends to the nearby suburbs like Kalamaja, Kesklinn, and Kadriorg, which is the most convenient way to access tourist attractions. The four main lines converge at a central stop in Hobujaama, outside Tallinn’s Viru Keskus shopping center.