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Estonia Travel Requirements

Travellers Essentials

By Air
The Airport of Tallinn is the major airport in Estonia. Estonian Air, Scandinavian Airline System, Lufthansa Airlines and Finnair. ELK Airways, Air Baltic, Air Lithuania, Aeroflot and LOT Polish Airlines also have flights to Tallinn. Updated timetables, and information on cargos and other services can be found on the Internet, at: http://www.estnet.ee/tallinn-airport.
Tallin Airport is located 4km from the city centre. There is an official airport taxi service that charges fixed prices. You can also find airline coaches, (line number 2 and 98), from airport to the city centre, bus station and harbour.

By Rail
Estonian Railways maintain a network of train services covering most of Estonia. Despite recent cutbacks in service, it is still possible to travel between the larger towns by train. Estonia is very well connected to the rail system of the former Soviet Union. From the west, the Baltic Express provides a direct link from Warsaw through the Baltics to Tallinn, though you have to change trains at the Lithuanian border due to the fact the track widths are different in Europe from those inside the former Soviet republics.

By Bus or Car
Distances between Tallinn and various main cities are: Helsinki-85km, Stockholm-375 km, Oslo-790km, Copenhagen-830km, Berlin-1040km, London-1770km, Paris-1840km, Athens-2360km, Brussels-1590km, St.Peterburg-330km, Moscow-860km.
Bus connections are excellent from major European cities. Eurolines offers comfortable long-haul buses for those whose wish to enter Estonia using the Via Baltica highway. Petrol stations are plentiful along this route through the Baltics.
All roads are marked in accordance with international standards. Driving is on the right side of the road and passing on the left.

By Sea
This is perhaps the most popular way to get to Estonia. There are excellent ferry connections between Stockholm and Tallinn (14 hours) or Helsinki and Tallinn (4 hours). In the summer months there are also small hydrofoils that make the Helsinki-Tallinn run in about 90 minutes.

The national currency of Estonia is called the Kroon and was introduced in 1992. Kroon is abbreviated as EEK and is pegged to the German Deustch Mark. The smaller unit is called the Sent, 1EEK=100 sents. Foreign currencies can be easily exchanged in banks and exchange offices. There are exchange offices in several hotels, in the harbour of Tallinn, at the airport, the railway station and many other places.

Credit Cards
Credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, Diner's Club, American Express, etc. as well as travellers checks are accepted in most of the major hotels, restaurants and shops, but ask first. Most banks will give cash advances on credit cards with a valid passport. Check with the credit card company for further details before travelling.

The electricity supply in Estonia is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European - style 2-pin plugs are in use.

In restaurants, hotels and taxis, the service charge is included in the bill, but a small tip is always appreciated.


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