Travel to Estonia and other useful information
Estonia is situated in the north-eastern part of the Baltic Region. It borders on Finland, Russia and Latvia. Tallinn, the capital of the country, is located in the north.
Passport and Visa
The required travel document for entry is a national ID card or passport. Travel document requirements.
Nationals of the member states of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) and any third-country national who is a holder of a residence permit of a Schengen state do not need a visa to enter Estonia.
EU and EEA member states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Switzerland.
Schengen States are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
The holders of passports of the following countries do not need a visa to enter a Schengen region (incl Estonia) for stays of no more than 90 days in a 6 month period: Albania*, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Israel, Japan, Macao Special Administrative Region, Macedonia*, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro*, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Serbia*, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, St Kitts-Nevis, Taiwan**, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela.
*Only for the biometrical passports holders
**Passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number
The Conference attendees who need any kind of official confirmation in order to get a visa or to simplify all the formalities in diplomatic institutions or travel agencies should contact the organizers at
. Letters will be sent out upon request after registration of the participant and payment for accommodation.
For more specific information, please contact the nearest Estonian consulate or embassy, or check the website of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Travel to Estonia
The biggest international airport in Estonia is located in Tallinn where you can fly from most cities in Europe. The national airline of Estonia is Estonian Air.
There are direct flights to Tallinn from the following cities:
Amsterdam – operated by Estonian Air
Bremen – operated by Ryanair
Brussels – operated by Estonian Air
Copenhagen – operated by Estonian Air
Dublin – operated by Ryanair
Duesseldorf (Weeze) – operated by Ryanair
Frankfurt – operated by Lufthansa
Gothenburg – operated by City Airline
Helsinki – operated by Finnair
Kiev – operated by Estonian Air
Liverpool – operated by EasyJet
London – operated by Estonian Air, EasyJet and Ryanair
Milan – operated by Ryanair
Moscow – operated by Estonian Air
Munich – operated by Lufthansa
Oslo – operated by Estonian Air and Norwegian Airlines ans Ryanair
Prague – operated by Czech Airlines
Riga – operated by AirBaltic
Saint Petersburg – operated by Estonian Air
Stockholm – operated by Estonian Air and Ryanair
Trondheim – operated by Estonian Air
Warsaw – operated by LOT Polish Airlines
Vilnius – operated by AirBaltic
Information about airlines, schedules and customs is also available on the home page of Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport www.tallinn-airport.ee/eng.
Public transport from the airport
Bus no. 2 leaves from the airport to the city centre every 30 minutes, and operates from 7 a.m. until midnight. The airport bus stop is in front of the Floor 0. The downtown bus stop A.Laikmaa is in Laikmaa Street, between the Tallink Hotel and the large Viru Centre, attached to the Sokos Hotel Viru. Swissotel Tallinn is approximately a 6-minute-walk from the bus stop. The schedule for Bus 2 can be found at http://soiduplaan.tallinn.ee. Tickets can be bought either in advance at a kiosk at EUR 1 or from the driver at EUR 1.6.
Bus no. 90K (Tallinn Airport - City Centre) provides easy access for travellers from the airport to the city centre. Bus no. 2 leaves from the airport to the city centre every 20 minutes, and operates from 7:20 a.m. until 6:40 p.m. Tickets can be bought on the bus at EUR 2.
Taking a taxi: A taxi stand is just outside the departure hall. The fare from the airport to the city centre is approximately EUR 8-10.
NB! Always take a clearly marked taxi. According to Estonian law taxis are required to publish their full price list on the passenger’s side of the window and all customers are allowed to choose any taxi they prefer, regardless of their position in the line.
Travelling to Estonia by sea is very popular with tourists – no wonder, as Tallinn is the closest capital to Helsinki and Stockholm and travelling by boat enables you to combine the fun of cruising with efficient transport. Though, autumn is quite a stormy season! The main ferry operators are Tallink, Viking Line and Eckerö Line.
- Helsinki port in Finland is 80km from Tallinn and it takes less than 2 hours on a ferry.
- Stockholm ports in Sweden are 380km from Tallinn and boat travels once a day in both directions (you spend the night at sea).
To catch a ferry you will need a passport or ID-cards (for European citizens).
Public transportation from the harbour
The Old Town and city centre are only a 10-minute-walk from the port.
Bus No 3 (labelled Veerenni-Randla) picks you up closest to the port at the bus stop Linnahall. It travels through the city centre and stops by the Viru Centre at Hobujaama bus stop. It is about 600-m-walk from terminals A, B and C and slightly more from terminal D. The schedule for Bus No 3 can be found at http://soiduplaan.tallinn.ee. Tickets can be bought either in advance at a kiosk at EUR 1 or from the driver at EUR 1.6.
Taking a taxi: Taxi ranks are right in front of the terminals B and D.
- from Europe and Russia.
Eurolines operates regular lines several times a day from Riga (Latvia), Vilnius (Lithuania) and St. Petersburg (Russia). Less frequent lines run once a week and include Germany (Berlin, Stuttgart, Köln, Frankfurt, Munich), Poland (Warsaw, Krakow, Bialystock), Italy (Rome), Austria (Vienna), Great Britain (London) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam). It takes 5 min by car or 15 min on foot to get from Tallinn International Coach Station to the city centre.
Taking a taxi: Taxi ranks are right in front of the bus station.
Other useful information
Most large hotels, stores and restaurants accept Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, Diner’s Club and American Express.Banks are plentiful and easy to find in Tallinn. Most are open from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays, while some offices are also open on Saturday mornings. All banks offer currency exchange services. Exchange offices can also be found in large hotels, the airport, harbour, railroad station and major shopping centres.
Buses, trolleys and trams operate regularly from 6 a.m. to midnight. Tickets can be purchased at kiosks at EUR 1 or from the driver at EUR 1.6.
The climate in Tallinn is characterized by a fairly cold winter, a cool spring with little precipitation, a moderately warm summer and a long and rainy autumn.
Weather forecast on the Internet: www.emhi.ee.
Estonia is in the Eastern European Time Zone: GMT + 2:00.
In order to call to Tallinn from abroad, dial your international access code and 372 for Estonia and then the telephone number. The GSM mobile phone system is available; please check the compatibility with your operator.
Public Internet access points have been set up all over Estonia. They are located in local libraries and post offices. There are over 100 free wireless Internet zones around the country, many of them in rather unexpected places - beaches, Old Town squares, stadiums, and concert halls.
Useful phone numbers
National emergency number 112
Tourist Information Centre +372 645 7777