Tallinn - Wikitravel. Tallinn. Guard tower in the city wall. Tallinn , the capital of Estonia, lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, only 7. Helsinki. At the historical and medieval heart of the city is the hill of Toompea, covered in cobbled streets and filled with medieval houses and alleyways. The lower town spreads out from the foot of the hill, still protected by the remnants of a city wall.
Around the city wall is a series of well- maintained green parks, great for strolling. In 1. 21. 9, the city was conquered by Valdemar II of Denmark, but it was soon sold to the Hanseatic League in 1. The city, known as Reval at the time, prospered as a trading town in the 1. Tallinn's historic center was built at this time. By World War I and the ensuing brief Estonian independence (starting 1. Tallinn's population had reached 1. In World War II, the city was quite extensively bombed by the Soviets, although luckily the medieval town remains.
The Soviet Union undertook a program of massive Slavic migration, and just over 3. Tallinn's current inhabitants are of Russian ethnicity (compared to an average of 2. On Aug 2. 0, 1. 99.
Estonia declared independence and Tallinn became its capital once again. However, among the tall glassy buildings and corporate headquarters, Tallinn retains an inner charm seldom found anywhere else. Estonians consider themselves to be living in a Northern European/Scandinavian or an eastern European country depending on who you ask, with very close ties to Finland (ethnic, linguistic, and cultural), and visiting Tallinn you will find a mix of at least three architectures in this very visual city - - old Europe (the city walls with rustic buildings and charming living areas with well- preserved and colourful wooden houses of bourgeois taste of 1. Soviet brutalist (concrete apartment blocks), and modern Europe (including Mc. Donald's next to the city walls!).
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Email: tallinn@traveller. The permanent office of the alternative tourist information center that is run by local youth and provides you with best insider tips about Tallinn. They can also assist with booking bus and ferry tickets, different day trips, tours and other activities. Open every day from 1. AM to 6. PM. Bicycle tourism information at City Bike office, Vene 3. Tallinn Old Town, Phone: +3.
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Email: mail@citybike. The all year round opened office is conveniently locating on the corner of Old Town, nearby bicycle lines. Run by bicycle enthusiasts you can get all kind of bicycle touring information about Tallinn and Estonia, over 1.
Original Tallinn bicycles tours and maps. Open every day from 1. AM to 5. PM, May- Sept from 1. AM to 7 PM. By catamaran or ferry. Discounts are available to Eurail pass holders.
Viking Line. Tallink uses Terminal D at the south- eastern side of the bay and Ecker. From there, bus #2 operates to both the city center (A. Laikmaa stop), inter- city bus station (Autobussijaam stop) and the airport (Lennujaam stop). Alternatively, you can take a leisurely 1.
Mere pst and then down to Viru Square. View a map of route 2. Over 3. 0 cruise lines call on the port of Tallinn during the tourist season. Within the port area, there are several passenger terminals; free public Wi. Fi areas are in both A and D terminals.
Bus, trolley and tram tickets can be purchased at newsstands in the terminal for 0,9. EUR or from the driver for 1,6 EUR.
A and D terminals) and airport via city centre. You can also hop on a red hop- on/hop- off bus stopping in the harbour, only the price is a lot higher. There is also a tram (tram lines 1 and 2) stop in the proximity of the harbour area. Make sure the taxi driver holds an operator’s card – a white plastic card with the driver’s photo and name, attached to the middle of the dashboard. The driver is not allowed to charge more than indicated on the meter.
The driver must be paid in Euros. Ask the taxi driver for a receipt from the meter’s printer. If the meter or printer is out of order, the driver should not be in service, and you have the right to refuse from paying the fare.
The flight timetable is available online . A decent and reasonably priced cafe (open 8–2. Cafes beyond the security are more expensive, as usual. Free Wi- Fi is available throughout the terminal building. There is a designated room for smokers - a glass .
Be careful because both inbound and outbound line #2 buses use the same bus stop at the airport. To get to the city center, catch the bus traveling towards .
The bus stop in the city center (A. Laikmaa) is located between Hotel Tallink and the Viru Center shopping mall/ intra- city bus terminal. The bus does not stop in the intra- city Bus Terminal itself.
You can buy tickets at the R- Kiosks all around the city, in the bus terminal, or on the bus. View a map of route 2 . One fixed fee. Fast and safe.
By train. Use the Baltic Station railway terminal right next to the Old Town to catch a train. The station can be accessed from town center and vice versa by tram number 2 - use the . Trains run to and from Tartu, Viljandi, St. Petersburg, Moscow and more. The platform and trains are modern and the fares are reasonable. Free wifi is available on Elron trains.
Get off at . Buses also run between Tallinn and St. Petersburg, Russia (. Free wi- fi is usually available on board. Olav's spire. The Old City is best navigated on foot. A network of buses, trams and trolleybuses covers the rest of the city. There is an abundance of relatively cheap taxis.
Before you jump in a random taxi car make sure you check the price on the window of the car. In Tallinn there are more than 2. Baby prams can be carried in most of the buses, trolleys and trams except for a few which have steps. For getting out of Tallinn, Peatus. Single tickets can be bought from R- Kiosks or by mobile phones for .
In addition the following ticket options are available: 1. Discounts are given to students and Tallinn residents. The Tallinn Card . About 1. 5 carriages have a lowered middle- section, which makes trams wheelchair- accessible. Departure times of those carriages are marked with a yellow background in the schedules. Usually these vehicles serve routes 1 and 4. There are seven lines, 1 and 3- 7 and 9.
The fleet is relatively new, though there are some old . It provides good commentary on the history of the city and its various attractions. The tickets are available inside the terminal just near the exit gate or at the bus stop itself.
Please note there are around 2- 3 operators - City Tour, City Sight. Seeing Tour and they have similar buses and prices but the tickets are not interchangeable.
Ticket rates for one day are 1. RED line and 1. 6 euros for ALL lines (consisting of RED, BLUE and GREEN lines), while it is 2. Buying for ALL lines is preferable as RED line route is a very small and can be covered by walking by young people. Also check the timings of these buses at the various stops.
These buses operates mostly from 1. There is no standardised base price or price per km. Needless to say the locals never take those taxis, their sole modus operandi is to prey on ignorant tourists.
Same goes for any taxi that looks shabby or does not carry the logo of one of the reputable companies. Also be wary of taxis that look overly luxurious: large Mercedes, TV- screens inside, usually only a very small and vague logo on the door. Taxis hanging out in front of nightclubs often have the highest prices. Tallink is also one of the more expensive taxi companies.
S. Unlike many other economy taxis, the cars are clean and the drivers competent. Marabu. Covers 8. Tallinn, Tartu, P. Works on Android and i.
OS devices. Choose your taxi by location/distance, price list, car model, card payment and user reviews. If you have problems after the ride, report Taxify and they will deal with driver. Like other large cities, Tallinn has its fair share of traffic jams and therefore is not for the faint- hearted. The road rules and driving style can be confusing to tourists. The one and two way roads change frequently and some signposts are not descriptive.
That being said, traffic jams in Tallinn clear very quickly and if you are from a large city, they will seem like speed- humps rather than traffic jams. The locations of ticket machines, and other methods for paying for parking, aren't always obvious. The ticket machines are not posted clearly. Here are a few helpful tips to avoid being fined. Each rental car should come with a clock mock up on the dashboard that should be clearly visible from the outside of the car. Every car in Tallinn gets 1. The clock mock up is used to indicate the beginning of of the parking.
For example if you park at 5: 3. You can park for free until 5: 4. To ask for a parking ticket, say . It will help to use a combination of sign language and a phrasebook if your Estonian is limited or non- existent. You may want to simply buy the . Scratch the correct date and length of time you'll be parking.
When you get your parking ticket, it will look more like a lottery ticket. The ticket is split into sections and they are written in both Estonian and English. Scratch off the date of usage.
Then scratch off the time you wish the ticket to start. Make sure it is clearly visible next to the clock on the dashboard. Mobile phone payment is very popular, but you will need a local mobile contract to use it. Prices and additional information regarding parking in Tallinn is available online. One thing to look out for is signs in a form or another with the word Eramaa - this is Estonian for .
The Eurovelo international route goes from West to East, giving you good change to ride comfortable through the city. Many bicycle roads are located in green parts of the city and are meant more for recreation, although suitable for commuting.