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Estonia - what to expect

Estonia is a beautiful country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It borders the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Finland, Latvia, and western Russia. Estonia offers an exciting coastline that gives that extra charm to this Baltic country. It also boasts wonderful medieval remains, such as Tallinn’s medieval old town that was built by German crusaders in the Middle Ages and considered as one of the well-preserved medieval towns in Europe.

City walls of Tallinn
City walls of Tallinn
Old City Town of Tallinn
Old City Town of Tallinn

Fast Facts

  • Official Name: Republic of Estonia
  • Capital: Tallinn
  • Population: 1.35M in 2021
  • Currency: Euro €
  • Official Language: Estonian
  • Visa Requirements: It is a part of Schengen and anyone can visit it with a valid Schengen visa.
  • Best Time to Visit: late Spring(April-May) to early Autumn(September-October) is considered as the best time to visit Estonia

Top Experiences

  • Take a walking tour to the old town of Tallinn
  • See the city from Viewpoints.
  • Travel by Ferry to Finland
  • Visit the KGB cell museum
  • Participate in Estonian song and dance celebration which held once in 5 years. It’s called ”Laulupidu”
View from the Castle, Tallinn, Estonia
View from the Castle


Estonia is, for the most part, a safe country to visit. Its crime rates are relatively low and with traveling common sense one can negotiate with every possible trick.

  • Pickpocketing, theft, and petty crime do occur, particularly in areas where tourists and foreigners congregate. The three highest crime areas in Tallinn are the city center, Lasnamäe, and Kopli. In the summer, pickpockets are very common, often working in teams in crowded areas, particularly in Old Town. Pickpockets use various diversionary tactics to distract victims; one method involves bumping the victim to draw their attention to one individual, while another takes their wallet.
  • The police monitor the most high-risk areas with surveillance units, but incidents do occur. Theft from vehicles and vandalism of vehicles can occur almost anywhere but occur mostly in poorly illuminated areas, unsecured parking locations, and near the port.
  • Road conditions are generally good, and approach Western European standards; however, the winter (October-April) provides a unique set of challenges

Recent Report is beneficial before a visiting to Estonia.

Budgeting Plan

Transportation – The overall transportation system is safe and effective. Trains, trams, and buses are popular. in March 2017, Estonia made it legal to test self-driven vehicles on all national and local roads in the country.

  • Taxi, there is no standard or regulated meter rate in Estonia. However, all taxis are bound to display their charges for passengers to see, provide a receipt if requested, and use a meter. You can also use an app like Bolt to find taxis in the vicinity.
  • Bus, the bus network is wide, punctual, and reliable in Tallinn. Public transport operates from 5 am to midnight and tickets can be bought on the vehicle or from a prepaid Green card with 2Euro and can top it up with your stay.
  • Train, like all travel in Estonia, traveling by train is affordable, simple, and quick.  Brand new Swiss-built trains with free Wi-Fi make your travel a pleasant one.
  • You can use the budget bus companies like Lux Express that can take you across the country for a cheap price.
  • By keeping a flexible schedule, one can use the ridesharing service BlaBlaCar.

Accommodation – A hostel dormitory bed starts around €10.

I stayed in The Imaginary Hostel By staying there I can recommend it.

Other sites to plan and choose your accommodation might be, Air BnB, Agoda, or Hostelworld. However, when you’re looking for a hostel, do your research, read reviews to get a feel for the place. and book somewhere that suits you

Food and local Dishes – In Estonia, we found it hard to eat plentiful local food. But we readily find Veg option and Indian foods there. So, apart from Indian foods, I tried the few traditional Estonian dishes which were.

  • Spicy Sprats Snack. Sprats are a delicious small oily fish, similar to sardines
  • Estonian Potato Salad –  Eesti Kartulisalat. A sort of salad with ingredients of chopped potatoes, carrots, boiled egg, and cucumbers.
  • KamaFoam is a dessert that has been passed down through the centuries and it came from traditional Russian cuisine.
  • Semla is a traditional sweet roll that hails from the Nordic regions
  • Baked Apples – Küpsetatud Õunad.This simple baked apple dessert has been prepared in households across Estonia for generations.

Suggested daily budget –  Estonia is a good choice for Budgeting travelers. For Backpackers, a suggested budget must be below 50€. It includes a bed in a dorm(10~20€), a portion of basic food(10~20€), and public transport within the city Pass with a couple of site seeing.


  • Buy a Tallinn Card for a hassle-free visit for only 28€.
  • If you want to visit the nearby Baltic countries, then you can use Lux Express. If you are a coffee lover, then you will love this ride.
  • Another option to experience the Riga-Tallinn sightseeing bus and visit the attractions on both sides of the border. During my visit, once I tried to avail this chance but couldn’t find a slot. So book it before time. Many companies sell the same tour.
Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform, Tallinn, Estonia
Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform, Tallinn


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