Getting there & away
At least eight direct buses travel daily between Tallinn and Kuressaare (170Kr to 195Kr, 4½ hours, 220km). There are two buses daily to/from Tartu (200Kr to 220Kr, six to seven hours) and three buses daily to/from Pärnu (140Kr, 3¼ hours).
There are five buses daily between Virtsu and Saaremaa, and another five buses daily each way between Kuivastu (Muhu) and Kuressaare; a 1½-hour trip timed to connect with ferry arrivals and departures. Likewise, at Virtsu you can board a bus bound for Tallinn or elsewhere.
SLK Ferries(Saaremaa Laevakompanii; 452 4444; www.laevakompanii.ee) operates a daily ferry between Virtsu ferry terminal on the mainland and Kuivastu ferry terminal on Muhu. The ferries make the 30-minute crossing between seven and 12 times daily (adult/concession/vehicle 20/10/55Kr). You can reserve a place for your car by calling SLK Ferries.
Year-round ferries run from Sõru on Hiiumaa to Triigi on the north coast of Saaremaa at varying frequencies.
A new summer-only line recently started running between Roomassaare in Saaremaa and Ruhnu.
Saaremaa is very popular with visiting yachties. The best harbour facilities are at the new Kuressaare City Harbour (453 3540, 503 1953; www.kuressaare.ee/yachtharbour), within a stone's throw of three spa hotels. Visit www.tt.ee/renza/sadamad for details of other harbours on Saaremaa.