Travel Information

Getting to Tallinn

There exist direct flights to Tallinn from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin Tegel and Schönefeld, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kiev, London Gatwick and Stansted, Manchester, Milan Orio al Serio, Moscow, Oslo, Paris CDG, Prague, Riga, Simferopol, Stockholm Arlanda, Vilnius, and Warsaw. For information on the connections, see the web homepages of Tallinn Airport (www.tallinn-airport.ee).

Tallinn is mostly served by traditional airlines whose flights are sold by any reasonable travel agent (Estonian Air, Aero Airlines, Air Baltic, CSA, Finnair, flynordic, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air, SAS). This said, the flights of Estonian Air (www.estonian-air.ee) are often considerably cheaper if bought online from the airline.

Tickets to the flights of easyJet (www.easyjet.com) from London Stansted are only sold online by this airline.

The city is 2 kms from the airport and you reach it either by taxi or bus No. 2. You are travelling from "Lennujaam". The most centrally located stop in the city center is "A. Laikmaa" in front of Hotel Tallink, the travel time there is 13 min, but the bus goes twice an hour, see the timetable.

From Helsinki, there is also the city center to city center helicopter service of CopterLine (www.copterline.com).

For ferry connections from/to Stockholm and Helsinki, see the web pages of Tallink (www.tallink.ee), Silja Line (www.silja.ee), Viking Line (www.vikingline.ee) and Eckerö Line (www.eckeroline.ee). Fast boats are also operated by Nordic Jet Line (www.njl.ee) and Linda Line (www.lindaline.ee).

From Vilnius and Riga the coach service of Eurolines (www.eurolines.ee) is the practical travel option.

Getting to Kuressaare

Interactive map of Tallinn (1)

Interactive map of Tallinn (2)

Interactive map of Kuressaare

(These require Macromedia Flash Player 7.)

From Tallinn to Kuressaare by chartered coach

Kuressaare is 230 kms from Tallinn. We have arranged chartered coaches from Tallinn to Kuressaare and back for MPC and AMAST as follows:

The National Opera ("Estonia") is located very centrally in Tallinn. It is next to the Old Town (Suur-Karja and Väike-Karja Streets) and at walking distance from most of the central hotels. The meeting point is the parking lot opposite the entrance to the opera building across Estonia Boulevard. See this map.

The meeting point at Tallinn Airport is by the exit from the arrivals hall. Tallinn airport is small, so there is no danger of not finding the bus.

Please check your registration email too see whether you booked a seat on one of our coaches. If you did, you have it. If you didn't, but would like to join, please send us an email at mpc06(at)cs.ioc.ee. If you did not provide us with your travel details (arrival date, time, departure date, time), please inform us of these as well. In the case of a delayed flight, we can only help you, if we know of your plans.

From Tallinn to Kuressaare by scheduled coach

Otherwise, Kuressaare is easily reached from Tallinn by scheduled 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 www.bussireisid.ee, switch to English, search for coaches from "Tallinn" to "Kuressaare" or vice versa, always check that your chosen bus goes on the weekday of your choice! You cannot buy a ticket online unless you are a customer of an Estonian internet bank, but you can book a ticket. A booked ticket must be paid for and collected at the Bus Station not later than 30 min before the departure of the coach, otherwise the booking is cancelled. A one-way ticket costs around 200 EEK (incl. the ferry ride, the coach goes on the ferry).

Tallinn Bus Station is located at Lastekodu 46, see this map, and it is NOT to be confused with the city transit hub beneath Viru Center. The Bus Station is next to Tartu Road, which undergoing a major reconstruction this summer. Book extra time to reach the Bus Station and be prepared against not everything looking exactly the same as on the map.

From Tallinn Airport you reach the Bus Station by bus No. 2, travelling from "Lennujaam" (Airport) to "Autobussijaam" (Bus Station). The stop at the Airport is by the exit from the arrivals hall. The Bus Station stop is relocated because of the road works and is at Kunderi Street instead of its normal location at Tartu Road. Bus No. 2 goes once or twice an hour, see the timetable. The travel time is 7 min.

From Tallinn City Center, you reach the Bus Station by bus No. 52 or bus No. 2, travelling from "A. Laikmaa" (between Viru Center (www.virukeskus.com) and Hotel Tallink (bwhotel.tallink.com) to "Autobussijaam". Bus No. 52 goes every 5-6 minutes. The travel time is 10 min. See the timetable.

You can also get to the Bus Station by taxi of course. Concerning taxis in Tallinn, please read the advice below.

The bus station of Kuressaare is located at Pihtla tee 2. See this map. This is at walking distance from the conference hotel, the Meri, which is at Pargi 16. You can also take a taxi.

To Kuressaare by plane

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

The Tallinn-Kuressaare service is operated by Avies (www.avies.ee) and runs twice a day all weekdays except for Sat (no departures) and Sun (one departure), the travel time is 40-45 min. For information, you may also consult the webpages of Tallinn Airport (www.tallinn-airport.ee) or Kuressaare Airport (www.eeke.ee). On the Avies website, you can only book and pay for a ticket as a customer of an Estonian internet bank, so if you want to book with them, ask us to help you. A one-way ticket costs around 400 EEK.

The Helsinki-Kuressaare and Stockholm-Kuressaare services are operated by Finnair and Skyways. Both run twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays and the travel time is 55 min. These services can be useful for MPC participants. Book online with Finnair (www.finnair.com) or Skyways (www.skyways.se).

Flight timetable for Kuressaare airport (URE).

Kuressaare Airport is very close to the town of Kuressaare and the conference hotel, see this map (the airport is about 1 km from the SE corner of the map). It is served by bus No. 2, but it only goes once an hour (Son Saturdays and Sundays one every two hours). The easiest may be to take a taxi. Some numbers: Arensburgi Takso, phone 454 5333, Kuressaare Takso, phone 453 0000, Saare Takso, phone 453 3333.

Time

Estonia (just as Finland, Latvia, and Lithuania, ...) uses Eastern 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.

Electricity

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

Money and banks

The currency in Estonia is the Estonian crown (EEK). The EEK is pegged to the EUR at the rate of 1 EUR = 15.64664 EEK.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Tallinn, Kuressaare and other cities. You may be required to present your passport or driver's licence as proof of identity when paying with a card. Bank offices and currency exchange points are numerous and have very reasonable opening hours. Cash advances are also possible from ATMs. The most widely accepted traveller's cheques are Am Ex and Thomas Cook.

Postal services

Postage on letters (up to 20 g) [postcards] within Estonia is 4.40 [3.60] EEK, to the Baltic and Nordic countries 6.00 [5.00] EEK by air mail and 5.50 [4.50] EEK by surface mail, to the rest of Europe and the former USSR 6.50 [6.00] (only air mail is possible), to the rest of the world 8.00 [7.50] EEK (only air mail is possible). Air mail post has to be marked with blue "Prioritaire / Par avion" stickers.

Post offices are open during the normal shopping hours. Stamps are also sold in newsstands. More information from Eesti Post (www.post.ee).

Phones

As of 1 Feb. 2004 area codes are not used anymore in Estonia. Previously there was an initial 0 included in area codes that had to be dropped when calling to Estonia from abroad. For example, a number expressed in the old format such as (07) 654 321 has now become 765 4321.

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.

The fixed network is owned by Elion and used by several operators. The GSM networks are owned and operated by EMT, Elisa (RLE) and Tele2.

Payphones abound in Tallinn but they accept Elion phonecards only (there are no coin-operated payphones). The three different cards cost 30, 50 and 100 EEK and can be bought from newsstands and supermarkets.

Internet

In Tallinn, Internet cafes with terminals include: Cafe Demini (Demini shopping center, Viru 1/Vene 2, 20 EEK/30 mins, 4 terminals), Kohvik@Grill (Aia 3, in WW Passaazh shopping center, entrance from Vana-Viru, 15 EEK/30 mins, 4 terminals). Other places: Arvutisaal (Vana-Posti 2, 2nd floor, 30 EEK/1 hr, 6 terminals), Tallinn Central Library (Estonia pst 8, free of charge), National Library (Tõnismägi 2, 7th floor, 10 EEK/15 mins).

In Kuressaare, Internet access points with terminals include: Central Library (Tallinna 6, free of charge, 10 terminals), Ida-Niidu Kindergarten (Õie 2, free of charge, 12 terminals, open Mon-Fri 15-20, Sat 10-18).

For those carrying a laptop, there are more than 250 public areas of Wireless Internet access in Tallinn and around 20 in Kuressaare. About half of these are free, to use the others, one has to pay (Elisa (Uninet), 10 EEK/24 hrs, the ticket is valid throughout all Elisa WiFi areas). This is normally done with a mobile phone (the cost is charged to the calls bill).

The free WiFi areas in central Tallinn include:

In Kuressaare, free WiFi hotspots include:

A clickable map with all public WiFi areas is available at www.wifi.ee.

Internet terminals/Internet access in some form are offered also by most hotels.

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). Tickets are available from the drivers and from newsstands of certain chains (e.g., R-Kiosk). A ticket is validated with a ticket punch located in the vehicle. Buses, trams and trolleybuses all operate under one ticket system. A ticket is valid for a single journey and costs 15 EEK when bought from the driver and 10 EEK when bought from a stand; a pre-purchased set of 10 tickets costs 80 EEK. A special express bus ticket or a completion ticket in addition to an ordinary ticket is required in an express bus.

Interactive Tallinn public transportation map.

Timetables (all bus/tram/trolley lines and stops).

The taxi situation in Tallinn is not good and the city government has been notoriously useless as far as establishing any sort of order in the taxi business is concerned. Taxi drivers tend to rip off foreign guests to a lesser or greater extent. At the airport, we suggest avoiding Linnatakso and use Tulika Takso (white Opel cars). In the town do not take a taxi from the street. Order a taxi by phone or let your hotel reception do it for you.

Some of the recommendable taxi companies are: Tulika Takso (www.tulikatakso.ee), phone 1200 or 612 0000, E-takso/Takso 1700 (www.takso.ee), phone 1700 or 605 9700, and Peretakso (www.peretakso.ee), phone 16111 or 646 0006. The rate is typically 7 EEK per km plus a fixed charge of 25-35 EEK.

It is in general advisable to order a taxi by phone and avoid taking a random taxi directly from the street.

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

Tourist information

For tourist information on Estonia in the Web, check the web pages of the Estonian Tourist Board (www.visitestonia.com). For tourist information specifically on Tallinn, check the web pages of the Tallinn Tourist Board (www.tourism.tallinn.ee). InYourPocket.Com's unofficial Estonia and Tallinn pages (inyourpocket.com/estonia/, inyourpocket.com/estonia/tallinn/) make an even more useful reading. For information on Kuressaare, check the web pages of the Town of Kuressaare (www.kuressaare.ee).

For an 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. July opening hours: Mon-Fri 9-20, Sat and Sun 10-18.

The Kuressaare Tourist Information Center is at Tallinna 2. It is open Mon-Fri 9-17.


Last changed June 30, 2006 21:51 EET by local organizers, mpc06(at)cs.ioc.ee

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