Tallinn Airport is the biggest airport in Estonia, catering to both international and domestic travellers flying to and from this area. It is also called Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. Many established airlines make scheduled flights to Tallinn, including easyJet, Finnair, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and many more.
The airport is situated about 4 kilometres from the heart of Tallinn. There are only a few ways to get to the city centre, including hiring a taxi or boarding the airport bus. Travellers are highly advised to book a taxi before arrival if opting for the former. Otherwise, hop on Bus #2 that stops in front of the airport, to the entrance of Old Town.
Within Tallinn, there are many ways to get around. Take the public transport, comprising regular bus, trolley and tram services that operate between 6am and 12am. Board the city buses that take you to virtually anywhere in the city. The comprehensive tram network canvasses the entire city centre. Trolleybuses operate on seven lines, towards either the south or west direction, bringing passengers to their desired destinations. Alternatively, visitors can call for a taxi from reputable taxi companies like Tallink, Tulika, Taksopark and more. Foreigners should beware of tourist scams, and avoid taking dodgy taxis with missing logos of any of the established cab companies. Renting a car or bicycle is also an option, and so is exploring on foot.
What to See & Do
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, ranks among the top digital cities in the world; however, it is also filled with various cultural places to explore. Begin in Tallinn Old Town, and marvel at the well-preserved medieval buildings in the area. The town was built way back, in the 15th to 17th centuries. Go on a tour with knowledgeable guides who can fill you in with the interesting history behind these ancient structures. Otherwise, simply explore the place on foot, at your own pace.
Make your way to the Balti Jaama Turg, an exciting Russian market that offers goods of all kinds. The bustling market has about 50 stalls selling anything from locally made jam to sides of beef, used clothes to spare parts, cheap old coins to beautiful antiques. The Balti Jaama Turg is the choice market for locals, but beware of pickpockets while shopping in the area.
Visit Saint Olav’s Church, a stunning 12th-century structure sitting at the end of Pikk Street. The beautiful landmark is said to be “unlucky”, having been struck by lightning more than eight times, and burnt down three times in the past. It was also formerly the world’s tallest building, and its 124-metre spire is visible from all parts of Tallinn city. Climb up the narrow stairway to the top, for spectacular panoramas of the city.
To find out more about Tallinn’s history, explore the Kiek in de Kok, an enthralling museum within the formidable artillery tower. The name actually means “peep into the kitchen” in Low German, arising from the ability of tower occupants to look into the houses nearby. The Kiek in de Kok is also the starting point for visitors venturing into the labyrinth of hidden tunnels, referred to as the Bastion tunnels, which run underneath the old bastions of Toompea Hill.
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