Getting there & away
Buses can sometimes be the cheapest, though least comfortable, way of reaching the Baltics. Eurolines (680 0909; www.eurolines.ee; Bus Station, Lastekodu tänav 46, Tallinn) connects Tallinn with cities in Germany and Poland, and from there to cities throughout Europe. Direct services connect Tallinn to Rîga (200EEK to 230EEK, five to 5½ hours, 10 daily) and Vilnius (430EEK, 10½ hours, two daily).
About 25 ferries, hydrofoils and catamarans cross between Helsinki and Tallinn daily. Ferries make the crossing in 2½ to 3½ hours, hydrofoils in just over an hour. All companies provide concessions. Prices are cheaper from mid-August through to May.
Tallink (640 9808; www.tallink.ee) runs three ferries (from 280EEK) and seven catamarans (from 390EEK) daily. Lindaline (699 9333; www.lindaliini.ee) makes eight hydrofoil trips each way daily (single/return 450/660EEK), leaving from the Linnahall harbour. Eckerö Line (631 8606; www.eckeroline.ee) has a daily car-carrying catamaran from Terminal B, taking 3½ hours (single/return 345/380EEK). Nordic Jet Line (613 7000; www.njl.ee) has several car-carrying catamarans departing Terminal C, making the trip in around 1½ hours, seven times daily (from 420EEK). Silja Line (611 6661; www.silja.ee) has ferries and catamarans leaving from Terminal A (singles from 520EEK) and has day-trip packages to Helsinki. Viking Line (666 3966; www.vikingline.ee) has large car ferries twice a day from Terminal A (from 735EEK).
Tallink (640 9808; www.tallink.ee) runs nightly ferries from Tallinn’s Terminal D to Stockholm (from 360EEK up to 5740EEK for a luxury suite, 15 hours), and daily ferries from Paldiski, 52km west of Tallinn, to Kappelskär near Stockholm (from 375EEK, 12 hours). Book tickets well in advance in Tallinn or Stockholm’s Frihamnen (Free Harbour;08-667 0001).
The national carrier Estonian Air (code OV; 640 1101; www.estonian-air.ee; Vabaduse väljak 10, Tallinn) links Tallinn with some 20 cities in Europe and Russia, and at reasonable prices. Air Baltic (code BT; 640 7750; www.airbaltic.com) and Finnair (code AY; 611 0905; www.finnair.com) also fly into the Tallinn airport (www.tallinn-airport.ee). EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) flies between Tallinn and both London and Berlin.
Copterline (www.copterline.ee) runs pricey helicopter flights between Helsinki and Tallinn’s Copterline Terminal, at the Linnahall harbour, almost hourly from 7am to 7pm weekdays (one way 1395EEK to 3100EEK, 18 minutes).