Cheap Flights to Tallinn
- Area City : 159.2km² (61.5 sq mi)
- Area Codes : +372 64
- Currency : Euro
- Population City : 445,054 (2017)
- Official Language : Estonian
- Time Zone : EET (UTC+2) Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
- Airport : Tallinn Airport (TLL)
Estonia’s main airport, TLL is located southeast of the city adjacent to Ülemiste Lake and only 4km from the city centre with a travel time of just 10 minutes. To reach the city from TLL passengers can travel by bus, taxi or rental car. Bus number 2 departs from the front of the terminal every 20 minutes Monday to Sunday. If taking a taxi make a reservation via Taxitender, an online booking facility affording reliable and affordable priced taxi transfers. Car rental desks are located on the ground floor and include Avis, Sixt, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National, Thrifty and others.
Travellers can fly from Cape Town, South Africa to TLL with one or more stops with the following airlines:
- British Airways (via London) 16h 25m+
- KLM, Finnair (via Amsterdam, Helsinki) 17h 0m+
- LOT (via Amsterdam) 17h 0m+
- Air Namibia, Lufthansa (via Windhoek, Frankfurt) 17h 10m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 17h 15m+
- Air Baltic (via Amsterdam) 17h 20m+
- Ethiopian, SAS (via Addis Ababa, Stockholm) 18h 20m+
- South African (via Johannesburg) 18h 25m+
- Air France (via Paris) 18h 45m+
- Kulula (via Johannesburg) 19h 5m+
- Aeroflot (via Moscow) 19h 50m+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 20h 40m+
Additional airlines touching down at TLL include:
- Scandinavian Airlines
Reasons to Visit Tallinn, Estonia:
- Capital to Estonia and the country’s largest city, Tallinn is also the political, cultural, educational and financial heart of the country, located in north-western Estonia on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. Founded in 1248 Tallinn was, from the 13th century to 1918, known as Reval. Its charming Old Town and historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow roads lined by tall beautiful olden buildings and also one of Europe’s most preserved medieval cities with its first fortress being built around 1050.
- It’s an ideal holiday destination for singles, couples, families and groups of friends with up-to-date comforts, fascinating museums, marvelous historical structures that include forts, castles, churches and monuments. Visitors can saunter through the city center and the Old Town taking in sights at their own pace; relax and picnic in scenic lush parks; take the children to the zoo; cycle to forests and beaches or experience life as it was during the 18th century at the Estonian Open Air Museum, a life-size fishing village.
- The city offers a variety of comfortable backpacker establishments and plenty of hotels, budget and luxurious that are located in the city as well as the Old Town. For a delicious Estonian meal Rataskaevu 16, located in one of the Old Town’s most pleasant streets serves up roast elk, fried herring fillets with a great choice for vegetarians and where patrons can dine outside on the patio in summer taking in everyday life of the Old Town. Vegan Restoran V is always busy with food so good meat lovers regularly frequent it. With a small menu, every item is of the highest quality and booking essential. For an affordable and excellent meal Von Krahli Aed offers a variety of meals including vegan. Owned by the Von Krahl Theatre it’s ideal for dining before attending the theatre. Enjoy a medieval dining experience at Olde Hansa with musical performances and service by staff wearing period costumes. Night owls have over 25 bars and pubs and six nightclubs to choose from. Loads of fun is taking a Tallinn 4-Hour Epic Bar Crawl or Old Town Pub Crawl.
When to Visit Tallinn, Estonia:
The best time to visit Tallinn is during spring and summer between May and September. Average highs during May are around 15°C that climb each month reaching 21°C in July and again dropping to 15°C in September. Visitors wanting to experience snow who don’t mind really cold weather should travel during the winter months of December, January and February.
Places to Visit Tallinn, Estonia:
- Superb views of the Old Town can be appreciated from the Patkuli Viewing Platform.
- The spectacular Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built between 1894 and 1900 in typical Russian Revival style.
- St Mary’s Cathedral first established during the 13th century is beautifully designed in Gothic and Baroque styles and Tallinn’s oldest church.
- St Olaf’s Church opened in 1519 but was founded during the 12th century and once was, with its 124m spire, the tallest building in Europe. It’s the city’s largest medieval structure with its name derived from Norwegian King Olav II Haraldsson.
- The medieval Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is well known for its clock.
- St Nicholas Church, another beautiful medieval structure was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, patron of fishermen and sailors.
- Kadriorg Palace built by Tsar Peter the Great for Catherine I of Russia opened in 1725 with construction having started in 1718.
- The remnants of Pirita Convent once a monastery for nuns and monks goes back to 1407.
- The beautifully designed Tallinn Botanic Garden situated on the bank of the Pirita River is the largest with an area of 123ha and just 10km from the city.
- The Danish King’s Garden located on Toomepea Hill is where it’s believed the Danish flat supposedly fell from the sky in 1219 and where the Danish won victory from the Estonians.
- Ideal for a day trip is visiting Lahemaa National Park, just 70km from the capital city comprising 725km² of unspoilt natural forests, a seaside, bogs and swamps.
- Not to be missed, located in the Fat Margaret Tower, is the Estonian Maritime Museum, one of the most exciting museums with a collection of 84,000 plus items.
- Take a tour through the underground tunnels at the Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels and glean some fascinating Estonian history.
- The Patarei Sea Fortress Prison was constructed during the tsar era and also used as a Soviet prison from 1919 to 2004 with harrowing tales to be gleaned.
- A top attraction is Tallinn Legends for both education and entertainment. It’s a theatrical and interactive museum that recreates historical legends related to the folklore of medieval Tallinn using the latest in special effects.
Getting Around to Tallinn, Estonia:
A compact city, Tallinn central and the Old Town affords pleasurable sightseeing by walking. For travel to destinations further afield available modes include trams, trolleys and buses. The city’s public transport network operates from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. with specific lines until midnight. Tickets must be validated to avoid a fine and it’s not required to show your ticket to the driver as the system operates on a random-inspection basis. Tallinn’s public transport system affords numerous types of tickets:
The Tallinn Card entitles holders to unlimited free public transport for the validity period of the card including free admission to attractions and museums, a free sightseeing tour of choice and other discounts.
A Paper Ticket:
These Paper Tickets are applicable for a single journey only and can be purchased from the driver provided you have the exact amount of cash.
These are plastic green cards affording use of the electronic ticket system and can be purchased at R-Kiosks, the post office or the Tallinn City Government customer service desk and then loaded with sufficient credit. Smartcards are available for 1 hour, 1, 3, 5 or 30-day periods. Additional credit can be added to these cards via phone, the internet or anywhere the cards are sold.
A QR Ticket:
These electronic travel tickets have a rectangular barcode (QR code) used to validate the ticket for public transport vehicles. They can be used for a maximum number of ten trips which must be selected when purchasing. They are available online from tallinn.pilet.ee after which once paid, the ticket is to an email address or via the mobile app.
Taxi ranks can be found outside large hotels and key intersections or booked by telephone or numerous mobile apps. Fares differ between companies and are displayed on yellow stickers on the vehicles right rear window. Always ensure the meter is on. Most operators only accept euros but a small number will take payment via a bank card. Smoking is not allowed by the driver or passengers.
Cycling is a great way to see the city and suburbs with well planned, high quality bicycle routes linking different areas. Sixt rent a bike affords a great service that’s easy to use with numerous locations around the city and the first half hour free. Simply download the Nextbike app to your Windows, Android or iPhone.
Bikes can also be rented for longer periods along with additional equipment to suit your specific needs. There are Smart BIKEEP parking lots located at Freedom Square, at the Tourist Information Centre where bikes are locked and unlocked with mobile phone and all parking areas having video surveillance.