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Getting around

Bus & tram


Buses are a good option, as they’re more frequent, and faster than trains, and cover many destinations not serviced by the limited rail network.

Buses to within about 40km of Tallinn leave from the local bus station beside the train station. Information and timetables can be had via Harju Liinid (644 1801; 24hr). For detailed bus information and advance tickets for all other country destinations, contact the central bus station Autobussijaam (680 0900; www.bussireisid.ee; Lastekodu tänav 46, Tallinn; 6.30am-9pm).

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Car & motorcycle

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is necessary, as are your vehicle’s registration papers and compulsory accident insurance, which can be bought at border crossings.

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Regional train schedules are listed at www.edel.ee.

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Estonia is small and mostly flat, with relatively good roads and light traffic, perfect for this green mode of travel. However, Estonia is way behind other European countries in terms of bicycle use as a mode of transport and motorists can be frightfully inconsiderate of cyclists who dare get in their way. Estonia has some 4000km of well-signed bike trails crisscrossing its territory and is working hard to develop ecotourism. There are Tallinn cycling road maps at www.tallinn.ee, listed under public transport timetables, and on sale at bookstores.

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