Updated March 3, 2013
Getting to Tallinn
There exist direct flights to Tallinn (summer 2014) from Amsterdam-Schiphol, Barcelona-El Prat, Berlin Tegel, Bremen, Brussels, Copenhagen-Kastrup, Dublin, Frankfurt-Main, Girona/Barcelona-Costa Brava, Helsinki-Vantaa, Istambul-Atatürk, Kiev-Borispol, Lisbon-Portela, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Oslo-Gardermoen and Oslo-Rygge, Pajala, Paris CDG, Riga, Stockholm Arlanda, St. Petersburg-Pulkovo, Torsby, Trondheim-Værnes, Vilnius and Warsaw-Frederic Chopin. For information on the connections, see the web homepages of Tallinn Airport.
Tallinn is mostly served by traditional airlines whose flights are sold by any reasonable travel agent (Estonian Air, Lufthansa, Finnair, CSA, LOT, Air Baltic).
Tickets to the flights of easyJet from London Gatwick, norwegian.com from Oslo Gardermoen, Ryanair from Bremen, Dublin, Girona, London Stansted, Manchester, Milan Malpensa and Oslo Rygge are only sold online by the airlines.
If you need to change planes, you should probably do this at Amsterdam (KLM/Estonian), Frankfurt/Munich (Lufthansa), Copenhagen/Stockholm/Oslo (SAS/Estonian) or Riga (Air Baltic). If you are travelling from Asia, it is likely that your best itinerary is with Finnair with a change at Helsinki. Finnair is very much oriented at the Asian market and offers quick connections from Europe from China, Japan, South Korea in particular.
Late arrivals at, early departures from Tallinn are not to be worried about (or to try to optimize away). These times are the norm for Northern European airports. Luckily for you, in Tallinn, the airport is max 15 mins by taxi from any point in the city center. The airport is small, so collecting luggage goes also fast.
There are daily train connections from Tallinn to Moscow and Saint Petersburg operated by GoRail. The railway station is not far from the Old Town and harbour. From the railway station to the city take tram no. 1 or 2 or just walk 10 minutes through the Old Town.
Getting from the airport to town
The city is 4 kms from the airport and you reach it by taxi or scheduled bus.
Bus line no. 2 runs throughout the day (from early hours until quite late in the evening). You are travelling from "Lennujaam" (Airport) in the direction of "Reisisadam" (Passenger Port). The most centrally located stop in the city center is "A. Laikmaa" in front of Hotel Tallink, the travel time there is 13 min. The timetable can be found here.
The former bus line no. 90K was closed 1 March 2013.
(More about public transport and taxis in Tallinn below.)
Interactive Maps of Tallinn and Estonia
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.
Postage on letters and postcards (up to 50 g) within Estonia is 0.45 EUR, to Europe and the former USSR countries 1.00 EUR, to the rest of the world 1.10 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) is 112. For police only, dial 110.
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 is packed with public WiFi hotspots (some 375 in all Tallinn, whereof some 200 are in the center). In particular, you can connect yourself in any decent cafeteria or pub (look out, e.g., for Reval Cafes). Check out this index of public WiFi hotspots in the country.
Tallinn city also offers free wifi - the list of hotspot addresses is unfortunately in Estonian, remark suvine means summer (15 May-30 Sept). To connect you need to order a username and password with your mobile phone by texting "linnawifi" to +372 5252202. The password is valid for 24 hours and you will be charged only for the SMS. Problems to Elion HelpDesk 165. Elion free wifi-spots on facebook (in Estonian).
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 www.pilet.ee. 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.
The taxi situation in Tallinn is not the best possible. It is always preferable to order a taxi by phone. In the city you should avoid taking a taxi from the street. You could consider a phone order even at the airport; certainly you should not take a random taxi from outside the official taxi rank at the airport. Some of the recommendable taxi companies are Reval Takso (phone 621 2111), Marabu (phone 650 0006). The reasonable rates are 2.30..2.50 EUR initial fare + ~0.45 EUR per km charge, but many companies / private adventurers charge much more (Taxi comparison table, in Estonian). Check the tariffs on the window of the taxi vehicle (there must be a yellow A4 size tariffs sticker).
Always request a printed receipt. All taxi cars are required to have printers.
For tourist information on Estonia in the Web, check the web pages of the Estonian Tourist Board. For tourist information specifically on Tallinn, check the web pages of the Tallinn Tourist Board. InYourPocket.Com's unofficial Estonia and Tallinn pages make an even more useful reading.
For in-depth background info on Estonia, we recommend the Estonian Institute's www.estonica.org.
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.
January 20, 2014 14:58 EET
local organizers, ewscs11(at)cs.ioc.ee
EWSCS'11 page: http://cs.ioc.ee/ewscs/2011/