Updated October 30, 2015

Getting to Kuressaare

Kuressaare is 200 kms from Tallinn. The organisers will arrange chartered coaches from Tallinn to Kuressaare and back for VISPP'2008 participants (details will be available later).

Otherwise, Kuressaare is easily reached from Tallinn by route coaches. There are departures roughly every 2 hours, the ride takes 3 h 45 min-4 h 30 min depending on the departure, incl. a 35-min ferry ride (the ferry transfer is included in the ticket price). For timetable information, see (, search for coaches from "Tallinn" to "Kuressaare" or vice versa.

Tallinn bus station is located at Lastekodu 46. It is reached from the airport by bus No. 2, the travel time is 8 min (timetable). You are travelling from "Lennujaam" to "Autobussijaam".

It is also possible to reach Kuressaare from by plane from Tallinn, Helsinki Vantaa and Stockholm Arlanda.

The Tallinn-Kuressaare service is operated by Avies and runs twice a day all weekdays except for Sat (no departures) and Sun (one departure), the travel time is 40-45 min. Book online with Avies ( For information, you may also consult the webpages of Tallinn Airport ( or Kuressaare Airport (

The Helsinki-Kuressaare and Stockholm-Kuressaare service are operated by Finnair and Skyways. Both run twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays and the travel time is 55 min. Book online with Finnair ( or Skyways (

updated on April 1, 2009 15:36 EET

Interactive Maps of Tallinn and Estonia

A good interactive map providing also public transportation information is offered by the Tallinn city.

Some alternatives are Delfi (Regio) and Google.


Estonia (just as Finland, Latvia, and Lithuania, ...) uses East-European Time, EET, which is one hour ahead of Central European Time, CET, in other words GMT+2 in winter and GMT+3 in summer.


The electricity supply is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.

Money and banks

From 2011, Estonia is using the Euro (EUR), the single European currency.

ATMs abound in Tallinn although they are not always well visible. Beware that an Estonian ATM first gives you your money and only then returns the card. Worse, you have to ask the machine to give your card back.

Luckily for you, these machines speak English. Almost all businesses (but not newsstands, bus drivers, taxi drivers) accept bank cards (even for the smallest payments) and the local people carry very little cash.

Postal services

Postage on letters and postcards (up to 50 g) within Estonia is 0.55 EUR, to Europe and the former USSR countries 1.20 EUR, to the rest of the world 1.30 EUR.

Post offices are open during the normal shopping hours. Stamps are also sold in newsstands. More information from Eesti Post.


Area codes are not in use in Estonia and there is no initial zero.

For international calls to Estonia: dial the prefix for intl. calls (00 in most countries), then the country code 372, and then the subscriber's number.

For international calls from Estonia: dial the prefix 00 for intl. calls, then your country code, etc. Calls within Estonia: just dial the full 7- or 8-digit subscriber's number.

The emergency number (fire brigade, ambulance, police) is 112.

There are 3 mobile providers: EMT, Tele 2 and Elisa. The GSM frequency is 900/1800 MHz.

The are no public payphones in the country.


Tallinn has become famous for its abundance of free, public Wi-Fi, which is available in nearly every café, restaurant, hotel and hostel, as well in open spaces such as city squares and parks. A map of free Wi-Fi hotspots hosted by the City of Tallinn.
Check out of public WiFi hotspots in the country.

Internet access through WiFI or some other form is also offered by all hotels. In reasonable hotels, this service is complimentary.

Getting around in Tallinn

The public city transportation system of Tallinn, consisting of bus, tram and trolleybus traffic, is quite efficient. The services are many and they run frequently. Most stops have timetables (affixed to the stop signpost) and many also have a map of the transport system on display (in the waiting booth). From the bus driver you can buy a paper ticket for a single journey, which costs 1.60 EUR. From the various sales points (R-Kiosk newsstands, Selver and Maxima supermarkets, post offices) you can buy a smartcard (Ühiskaart) for 2 EUR on which you can load prepayment or specific tickets, at a sales point or online at The simplest is to prepay some amount. If you travelling with Ühiskaart, you have to validate the card on entry to the vehicle and the cost of a single journey (1.10 EUR) is subtracted from the prepayment. If you make a number of journeys during a single day, the total deduction from your prepayment is capped to 3 EUR.

A interactive public transportation map is available here. The timetables are here.


Avoid rogue taxi operators, see this warning by the Tallinn airport.

Taxi rates vary a lot. All taxis must have the rates displayed on a yellow sticker on the side rear door window. Reasonable rates are: 2.00-3.50 EUR initial fare, 0.50-0.80 per km fare. Always request a printed request, all taxis must have taximeters and printers.

Some reliable companies are: Tulika Takso (+372 612 000), Tallink Takso (+372 640 8921), Takso 24 (+372 640 8927+372 640 8927), Reval Takso (+372 601 4600+372 601 4600), Q-takso (+372 644 1525).

You can also use the Tafixy app to order a taxi with your mobile phone (you can see the taxis near you and choose the one you like best).

For further explanations, see here.

Always request a printed receipt. All taxi cars are required to have printers.

Tourist information

Check out the webpages of the Tallinn Tourist Board and the Estonian Tourist Board.

An excellent rough guide with honest reviews is Tallinn in Your Pocket. For in-depth information on Estonia, check Estonica.

The Tallinn Tourist Information Center is located at Niguliste 2/Kullasepa 4 in the middle of the Old Town. Opening hours in winter time (Sept-Apr): Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat, Sun 9-15.

Last changed October 30, 2015 21:40 EET by local organizers, vispp2008(at)