Prices in Tallinn – 2022. How to go cheap

Prices in Tallinn : how much money you need in 2022 – Travel Budget

30€ is the minimum budget for a day in Tallinn . This is enough for a good budget hostel, two trips on public transport and food (the amount equal to two dinners in inexpensive cafes). In summer, because of rising housing prices, the minimum budget is 35 €.

The budget is not including flight and insurance costs. Before Kovid and the February events a round-trip ticket from Moscow could be found for 10-12 thousand rubles. Slightly cheaper during sales (subscribe to the Telegram channel @samokatus not to miss them).

You can pick up insurance on the services of Cherehapa or Compari.ru, prices start at 1 € per day.

Open borders map:

What are the coronavirus restrictions in Tallinn in 2022?

As of mid-March 2022, Russian tourists are allowed to enter Estonia, but with reservations. You need a valid Schengen visa, a certificate of complete vaccination (“Sputnik V” is suitable) and justification for leaving the Russian Federation if you are traveling by land. Children under 12 years old do not need tests and certificates.

As of March 15, the Estonian government announced the abolition of coronavirus restrictions.

Visa / Money

To enter Estonia, you need a Schengen visa . Schengen visas are short-term (type “C”) and long-term (type “D”). A short-stay visa entitles you to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within six months from the date of entry into the EU (90/180 rule). It can be issued for no more than five years.

Estonia itself in March 2022 stopped issuing tourist Schengen visas for citizens of Russia, but if you have any Schengen multivisa, you can enter the country.

Obviously, it is better to go to Estonia with euros. Rubles can be exchanged, but it is difficult and the exchange rate is unprofitable.

How much does it cost to get from Tallinn airport to the city?

Tallinn Airport is located 4 km from the city center, so if you have a great desire, you can walk. You can reach by transport in the following ways:

  • Bus No. 2. Ticket from the driver costs 2 €.
  • Streetcar number 4. Ticket sold at the driver and costs 2 €.
  • A cab to the city center costs about 7 €.
  • Individual transfers (from 24 €) can be booked at KiwiTaxi or Intui.Travel.

How do I get around the city?

How much does public transport cost?

Public transport in Tallinn is represented by buses, trolleybuses and streetcars.

  • A single ticket bought from the driver costs 2€.
  • Through the Pilet.ee app, you can buy a QR ticket for one trip for 1 €.
  • If you get an Ühiskaart card (deposit 2 €), a one-hour ticket costs 1.1 €. A ticket for 24 hours is 3 € and a ticket for 72 hours is 5 €.
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You can also use Google Maps to plan your routes.

How much does a cab cost?

Cab fares depend on the company: the price varies from 2,5 to 3 € per ride, and from 0,5 to 0,8 € per kilometer. It’s cheaper to order a cab over the phone than to pick it up at an airport, bus station or port. Uber is about half cheaper.

How much does gas and parking cost?

A liter of gasoline 92 in Tallinn costs on average 1.95 €. The first 15 minutes of parking in the city toll zone of Tallinn are free. In the Old Town (Vanalinn) an hour of parking costs 6 € and is charged around the clock. Parking in the Südalinn area is also chargeable around the clock but costs 4.8 €. In the other city centers it costs 1,5 € and you can park on the street at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays.

How much does it cost to live in Tallinn?

Hotels: In the off-season, prices for double rooms in cheap guesthouses and hotels start at 25-35 € (e.g. Center Hotel, Mere Avenue or City Hotel Tallinn by Unique Hotels). Rooms at three-star hotels start at €40-€45, including downtown options with good ratings (e.g. Go Hotel Shnelli, Taanilinna Hotel or Hotel St. Barbara). From 50 € to 55 € you can find a room in a four star hotel (e.g. Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel or St.Olav Hotel).

Prices go up by 25-50% during the summer. For 35-45 € without an early booking you can find only options in guesthouses farther from the center (for example, Oti Guesthouse , Kelluka Guesthouse or Kaunis Guesthouse).

Hostels: You can find hostels for € 10-12 during the summer and € 7-9 at other times (e.g. Mere Avenue or Katus Hostel). Old Town Alur Hostel or Old Town Munkenhof have the best price, reviews and location.

AirBnb: An apartment near the Old Town can be rented for 25-30 €. In the Old Town you can rent a room for 20-25 €, if you book in advance you can get a room near the center for 15-20 €.

If you don’t have an AirBnb account, you can get €35 for your first booking by registering through this link.

So a good budget accommodation in Tallinn will cost you 10-15€ per night per person.

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How much for a connection?

Telia has a better price for mobile internet: 1 GB for 10 €.

A way to save money is to order a DrimSim card for travelers back in Russia. What do we like about Drimsim:

  • Cheap Internet. ~10 € per 1 gb in many countries (except for the rarely visited by tourists third world countries, a detailed list of prices)
  • The SIM card will already work on the plane: you can immediately order a cab or write to the hostess.
  • Charging is based on megabytes, i.e. for 100 mb you pay ~1 €. If you want to go to a country with cheap internet for more than 3-4 days, it is worth buying a local sim, if less, then it is worth looking at the travel sim.

The card will cost 10€ to ship and you will get a free 7€ credit if you buy it via this link. The minimum top-up amount on the Dreamsim is 25€. You have to take that into account.

In Estonia 1 GB of Internet from Drimsim costs 10€.

How much does a meal in a restaurant cost?

  • Lunch at a cheap café: 8-12 €. For example Boheem Kohvik.
  • Fast food :
    • Kebab 4,9 €, for example Square Kebab.
    • Pancakes 6 €, for example Kompressor.
    • Whole pizza 4,9 €. For example Pizza Grande.
    • a cup of cappuccino 3,5 €. For example Epic Coffee. A selection of coffee shops.
    • A glass of beer 3,9 – 5,5 €. For example Hell Hunt. A selection of bars.

    How much does food cost in the supermarket?

    Prices in Tallinn for products in the supermarket are 66% higher than in Moscow. At the same time, some dairy products, vegetables and fruit will cost slightly cheaper.

    How much does entertainment cost?

    There are several free tours in Tallinn. If you are willing to pay for a tour, interesting options can be found on Tripster and Sputnik8.

    Citutour has three Hop-on Hop-off bus routes, a 24-hour ticket costs 25€, a 48-hour ticket costs 28€, and a 72-hour ticket costs 29€. Their competitor CitySightseeing also has three routes, with a 24-hour ticket for 25€ and a 72-hour ticket for 28€.

    A visit to the TV Tower observation deck costs 10 €. Climb up the Town Hall tower for 3 €, the Dome tower for 5 €. A ride on the SkyWheel costs 10 €.

    If you buy a TallinnCard you can save money. In its cost includes travel on public transport, admission to museums and attractions (about 40), and discounts in restaurants. The basic card for 24 hours costs 34 €, the option with a guided tour – 48 €. 48 and 72 hour options are also available.

    How much do souvenirs cost?

    In the Old Town there is a huge selection of souvenir stores and stores, in general, the further from the central square, the lower the prices. On average, prices are as follows:

    • Basic souvenirs: postcard 0.5 €, magnets 2 €, mugs 4 €.
    • For specialities: Kalev chocolate from 2,5 €, Vana Tallinn from 4 €.

    Tallinn museums

    On average, an entrance ticket to a museum in Tallinn costs 4-6 € (including the main art and historical museums). One of the most expensive museums is the Estonian Open Air Museum (ticket 10 €).

    How much more expensive is Tallinn compared to Moscow?

    Prices for holidays in Tallinn are higher than in Moscow. Food in cafes and restaurants is about 70% more expensive, supermarket food 66% more, and the prices of cabs and public transportation more than double. Read more at numbeo.com.

    When to visit Tallinn?

    In terms of weather, May is the best time to visit, because it’s already warm, but there still isn’t much rain. July and August, while the warmest months are July and August, are also the rainiest. But this period sees the city’s major events, such as the Medieval Days and the Days of the Sea, as well as the Õllesummer Music and Beer Festival.

    In the fall there is a marathon and film festival. Tallinn is also worth a visit at Christmas because of the fairs and concerts. All in all, Tallinn is worth a visit for two days.

    Total. So how much will I spend?

    • 7-15 € for accommodation, at least 10 € in the summer.
    • 4-5 € for transportation.
    • 18-22 € for food.

    Useful links

    • Prices in Tallinn on Numbeo
    • Tallinn is ranked 75th out of 137 on the Backpacker Index (the higher the ranking, the cheaper)
    • Wikitravel about Tallinn (English, Russian)
    • Tallinn travel guides: 34travel, Spotted by locals : 1 EUR = 62.4 RUB
    • Telegram-channel @samokatus – the main Telegram-channel with all the deals and sales of airlines, hot tours, promo-codes, discounts and everything else.
    • The best bank cards for travelers:
      • Tinkoff All Airlines is the best bank card for travelers (average cashback on all spending ~4%). Only until December 31, you can get 4,000 rubles of cashback for any airfare. Apply for the card How to get 10 euros from GoEuro (now Omio)” . They can be spent on any purchase: flights, trains, buses, etc.
      • Drimsim is a sim card for travel. Get 7 euros as a gift for mobile Internet on travel. – In Telegram, Vyber, FB Messenger and Slack you can set up a bot to search for anomalously cheap prices. Convenient setup through the mobile version of the browser and push directly to Telegram. You can choose “anywhere” or something specific and set the size of the discount (for example, 40% of the average price). In short, fire bot – better than email subscriptions by a factor of 100.
      • List of 50 useful applications for travelers

      Airfare Moscow – Tallinn:

      In our project, we describe “Travel Budgets. We already have more than 200 cities ready. If you want to help us in this difficult task, you can fill out a small form with questions for the city you know well.

      And if we helped you save money or find something interesting, we’d love for you to support our project:

      4 ways to go to Estonia – by car, bus, plane

      In this article I will tell who and under what conditions has the right to leave the Russian Federation and enter Estonia in the light of the old Schengen rules, coronavirus restrictions and recent events in Ukraine. I will also cover transport possibilities in the direction of Estonia at the moment.

      Russian citizens definitely need any multiple Schengen visa to cross the border. Estonia has suspended issuance of tourist visas due to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Other types of visas are issued.

      How to get a visa to Estonia read a separate article, you can also consider obtaining a Schengen visa to other countries. Russian citizens can not count on refugee status, because there are no military operations in the country, do not indulge your illusions.

      Starting from August 18, 2022 Estonia ceases to let in Russians with Estonian visas, and continues to let in Russians with visas from other countries. This is due to the fact that Estonia has no right to violate the law of the European Union, but has the right to decide in private.

      Rules of entry to Estonia

      The Estonian government has eliminated all pandemic requirements for third-country nationals arriving in Estonia. Since June 16, vaccination certificates and COVID-19 test certificates are no longer required to enter Estonia. Estonia was one of the last countries in the EU to abolish covid restrictions: by mid-June, more than 30 European countries got rid of such entry bans.

      But since August 18th, Russian citizens with Estonian Schengen visa will not be allowed in.

      It is obligatory for everyone who does not have Estonian citizenship or residence permit. It is possible to buy insurance online at the site cherehapa.ru.

      Rules for leaving the Russian Federation

      Since July 15, 2022 all restrictions on exit from the Russian Federation by land have been removed.

      After the imposition of sanctions, you cannot pay for your accommodation via Booking.com and Airbnb with Russian Visa and Mastercard, MIR or Union Pay cards are not accepted. To search for accommodation in Russia and abroad, use the websites Ostrovok.ru or Yandex.travel. The range, of course, is not the same, but without problems you can pay for the reservation.

      To Estonia by bus

      You can get to Tallinn by bus several times a day. In addition, there are bus routes from Pskov to Tallinn and back, of course they run less frequently.

      To go to Estonia by bus, first you need to arrive in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, the full aggregator of all bus routes does not exist in nature. The best way is to check the schedule of bus routes on Tutu.ru, where you can pay for tickets with Russian cards.

      Going to Estonia by car

      There are a total of 3 border crossings between Estonia and Russia:

      How you could save up to 20% on a train : The rail fares of Russian Railways, our monopoly, are very different in Russia and abroad. When you buy a ticket from Moscow to Tallinn, you pay the entire trip at the foreign fare. If you take a ticket from Moscow to Ivangorod and then take the same train from Ivangorod to Tallinn, you can save up to 20% of the cost. It was even possible to go further. From Moscow to Ivangorod to take a compartment or coach, this is the night section, and from Ivangorod to Tallinn to take a seat. At the border, the train will be about 8-9 in the morning. At 6:25 you will be disturbed by passengers from St. Petersburg.

      If you know the secret tips on how to go to Estonia cheap and angry, do not be lazy to share your methods in the comments.

      Read also: where is the best place to stay in Tallinn for a tourist to explore the city with links to specific hotels and apartments and photos. Learn algorithm for finding cheap parking near the center. In the Estonian capital you can stay in a house with a 14th-century wall and a fireplace, or rent an apartment in the building where Dovlatov lived and it will not cost fantastically expensive.

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