Air

There is very little in the way of domestic flights in Estonia. Direct flights run from Tallinn to Kuressaare and Tallinn to Kärdla, operated by Saartelennuliinid (www.saartelennuliinid.ee) twice daily on weekdays and once on Saturdays and Sundays. Other flights from Tallinn to the rest of the country require a connection outside of Estonia.

In winter, when sea travel is impossible, Luftverkehr Friesland-Harle (LFH, www.lendame.ee) operates flights between Pärnu and Kuressaare to the island of Ruhnu on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Bicycle

  • Touring cyclists will find Estonia mercifully flat.
  • Bike hire is offered in all the major cities.

Boat

  • There are ferries between mainland Estonia and its many islands, Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, Kihnu, Ruhnu and Vormsi being the most frequented by visitors.
  • Praamid (www.praamid.ee) and Kihnu Veeteed (www.veeteed.com) are the major operators – check websites for exact routes and prices.

Bus

  • The national bus network is extensive, linking all the major cities to each other and the smaller towns to their regional hubs.
  • All services are summarised on the extremely handy T pilet (www.tpilet.ee) site.
  • Don't presume that drivers will speak English.
  • Concessions are available for children and seniors.

Car & Motorcycle

  • Estonian roads are generally very good and driving is easy.
  • In rural areas, particularly on the islands, some roads are unsealed and without lines indicating lanes, but they’re usually kept in good condition.
  • Winter poses particular problems for those not used to driving in ice and snow.
  • Car hire is offered in all the major cities.

Train

Train services have been steadily improving in recent years. Domestic routes are run by Elron (www.elron.ee) but it's also possible to travel between Tallinn and Narva on the Russian-bound services run by GoRail (www.gorail.ee).

The major domestic routes:

  • Tallinn–Rakvere (five daily), with four continuing to Narva
  • Tallinn–Tartu (11 daily)
  • Tallinn–Viljandi (five daily)
  • Tartu–Sangaste–Valga (four daily)