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Driving and Public Transport

Estonia - Driving and Public Transport

Entry regulations for cars in Estonia are the same as those imposed in most other European countries. If you intend to drive to Estonia from other parts of Europe, you must be in possession of the following:

- A valid passport
- A national driver's license
- An international driving permit
- Vehicle registration documents
- Green Card insurance cover
- Written permission from the vehicle's owner (if the vehicle is borrowed)
- A national identity sticker affixed to the rear of the vehicle
- A first aid kit
- Two red warning triangles in case of breakdown
- Replacement bulbs for all lights

Anyone who intends to drive in Estonia should also be aware of the following rules and regulations:

- In built-up areas 50km/h max.
- On main roads or highways 90km/h max; some 100km/h max.
- Valid Green Card insurance is required
- Drive with lights on 24 hours a day
- In Tallinn, Pärnu, Tartu, Kuressaare, and Vilijandi drivers must pay for parking in central parts of the town, following the traffic signs
- Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited.

In case of accident, call the police rescue number, 110, or the general emergency number, 112.

In Estonia, public transport is well integrated in urban areas. In Tallinn there are trams, trolleybuses, buses, route taxis, and taxis. In other towns there are plenty of buses and taxis. Public transport usually begins service around 5 and 6am. They generally continue serving until midnight.

The Tallinn Card allows for unlimited free transport on Tallinn's buses, trolleybuses, and trams. Most public transport needed for traveling to Tallinn Card destinations depart from Vabaduse Väljak and Viru Väljak.

To contact the Central Bus Station in Tallinn:

Lastekodu 46, 10144 Tallinn
Tel: +372 680 0900

Bus station telephone numbers, contact information for bus companies operating in Estonia, and information about timetables are available through the Express Hotline on 1182 and 1188.

Estonian Railways provide a network of train services. The services cover the whole of Estonia. Although most of the trains have diesel engines, there are also electrified trains covering the suburban area around Tallinn. There is a difference between first and second class on domestic trains to Tartu and Valga.

To contact the Railway Station in Tallinn:

Toompuiestee 37, 10133 Tallinn
Tel: +372 615 6851
Electric trains phone: +372 673 7400

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