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About Estonia (EE)


Although many people outside of Europe would have a hard time pointing to Estonia (EE) on a map, the country is one of the understated gems of the Baltic region, with an extensive coastline and varied topography among inland areas. Bordered by Latvia to the south and Russia to the west, Estonia enjoys a strategic position on the Baltic Sea, leading to moderate winters and mild, but short summers. The historic capital city of Tallinn is one of Europe’s most well preserved medieval relics and one of Estonia’s most popular destinations for domestic and international tourism.

  Getting around

Estonia’s expansive network of roads is notable for its comprehensive coverage of even the most remote areas in the country. There is quite literally nowhere in Estonia that’s not accessible by car. On the other hand, trains and buses are likewise ubiquitous, but exceedingly slow. Thus, it makes very good sense for a visitor to rent a car. Fortunately, cheap car rentals are plentiful in Estonia, and petrol is reasonable — by European standards. And like many mixed-use destinations, road conditions can be variable in rural areas, but generally speaking, there’s nothing particularly challenging about driving in Estonia.

  Choosing your car

Car rentals in Estonia are supplied by Sixt, Avis, National, Europcar, and Thrifty. From biggest to smallest, choose from 7-12 seater minivans, SUVs, estate wagons, fullsize 4-door sedans, economy and compact cars, and minicars.

  Tips and advice

1

Estonians are the harshest critics of their own driving habits, which, quite frankly, aren’t that bad. But the thing to watch out for is the prevalence of older vehicles on the roads, which are generally operated by drivers who don’t have a lot to lose in any sort of potential collision. Drivers of newer vehicles are far more cautious and protective of their cars, and hence, far less likely to engage in reckless behavior.

2

Street parking in Estonia requires the use of chocks (blocks of wood placed under the tires — a doorstop for wheels, if you will). If your car hire doesn’t have a pair of chocks in the trunk, you can pick them up at any fuel station.

3

Many two-lane highways in Estonia have a hard or gravel shoulder, which you are required to use when someone wants to overtake from behind. Generally speaking, the approaching vehicle will flash their lights, indicating their desire to pass. The proper technique is to gradually reduce speed while gently veering on to the shoulder. Return to your lane once the car has passed.

4

Traffic cops in Estonia can — and frequently do — issue on-the-spot citations for immediate payment. Meaning, here’s the ticket: pay now, not later. It’s recommended that travelers carry some cash, just in case.

5

One of myriad reasons you can get pulled over in Estonia is driving with a dirty or obscured license plate.

6

There are a few toll roads in Tallinn, but otherwise, all roads in Estonia are free to drive.

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

50 kph  | 31.1 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

90 kph  | 55.9 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

110 kph  | 68.4 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

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Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

EUR
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

112
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Estonia Driving Ideas Guide


Facing the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland, Estonia’s diverse terrain spans rocky beaches, ancient forest and many lakes and include more than 1,500 islands. The countryside is dotted with medieval castles, churches and hilltop fortresses.

Roads in Estonia are good and traffic jam free, so renting a car is a useful choice. Winter and summer trips will take on a very different shape, so plan your visit according to the season — both are beautiful.

Village life varies a lot from region to region and especially on the islands, but Estonia has great food everywhere.

Cruise from Tallinn to Parnu and Ikla along scenic Route 4

Tallinn, the medieval capital of Estonia is a compact, buzzing city, surrounded by fortified walls and shaped by nearly a millennium of outside influence. Tallinn is an inexpensive destination with lively cafés, pubs and clubs offering all the action you need.

The heart of Tallinn is the Old Town with Raekoja plats, the historic marketplace, as its centrepiece. There are several places worth a visit such as the forested island of Aegna, the Lauluvaljak amphitheatre and the 15th century monastery Padise Abbey.

Driving the 175km from Tallinn to Parnu, the famous seaside resort region bordering the Gulf of Riga is an easy trip.  Parnu is an ancient town where a medieval festival and arts and crafts fair are held every summer.  Known as Estonia's ‘Summer Capital’ Parnu is all about beach life, dozens of festivals, night clubs, big party crowds, concerts and funfairs. The city is also famous for its spas and beautiful parks. Look for one of the quieter courtyard cafes to beat the crowds, while stretching your euro.  A short drive from Parnu you will find the fun Vidzeme seaside spots.

56km south from Parnu is the town of Ikla on the Estonian—Latvian Border. Here walks in the forest, kayak trips on rivers and the sea, riding, fishing, hunting trips, adventurous bog or canoe trips to Soomaa National Park and elsewhere in the county, offer great escapes. In winter, you can partake in skiing, snowshoe and kick sledge trips, or a sledge safari and enjoy a sauna steam.

Drive the famous trade route from Talinn to Johvi, Tartu and Valga

Tallinn to Tartu via Johvi is an excellent 1 or 2-day trip.  The 2 hour drive takes you to the cultural heart of the eastern region with its lovely churches, multicultural atmosphere and festivals. The city’s oldest building and the biggest single-nave church in Estonia, the St Michael’s, stands out in town. It also provides easy access to the popular tourist sites in Ida-Viru County and along the shores of Lake Peipus.

From Johvi to Tartu is a pleasant 132km drive with great scenery. Tartu is the second largest and oldest city in Estonia, dating back to 1030.  As a university town, it has a fun atmosphere with numerous activities in summer and winter. The best time to visit is in spring and autumn with different student events happening over the city.

From here you can extend your trip to Valga. Valga-Valka is the southernmost town in Estonia straddling the border with Latvia.  The town has a rich history and a versatile cultural scene. Capture the moment, standing with one leg in Estonia and the other in Latvia!

En route to Valga is the small town of Otepaa, known as the ‘Winter Capital’ of Estonia, attracting skiers and winter sports fans from all over the world.  Otepaa is also a pleasant spot to relax in the spring and summer months when the surrounding countryside, home to the beautiful Lake Puhajarv, offers the perfect setting for walks in the area’s gentle lowland hills.

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