Guidelines for Travelling Through Estonia
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Guidelines for Travelling Through Estonia

The purpose of this article is to give some clear guidelines for people who are planning or considering to visit Estonia. This is not a recommendation on places to visit, but on things to keep in mind when you are checking in from abroad. Just a list of things to keep in mind, which might be helpful when you feel to stay on more than one place in Estonia.

- Climate in Estonia

It can be very hot in summer and very cold and snowy in winter. Depending on your plans you might see which season suits you best. If you are into winter sports or into sun, is up to you.

- Getting to Estonia

Depending from where to start, you can book some economy flights to several airports in Estonia. You have the main in Talinn, Pärnu, Tartu and also one on the island of Saareema. If you live in a country near it, you can also go by car or by ferry.

- Moving around in Estonia

Public transport is poor there when you go outside the cities. Best is to go by (rental) car. Keep in mind that road signs are not always clear there. Keep enough fuel in you tank. You might drive lost and not find a gas station in miles. Also better stay on main roads, since you might end up on rocky roads. In winter you might get snowed in. Also be aware of wildlife crossing the street.

- Lodging in Estonia

There are lots of hotels and guest houses in the cities at variable price categories. Keep in mind that when you are staying at the country side in the East part of the country you might look for you hotel in a desolated place and will not find much accommodation around.

- Papers and documents

For EU members just and ID card is sufficient. For all others inform with your local authorities.

- Currency

Since 2011, the Estonian currency is the Euro.

- Health

In the cities you have well equipped hospitals, but on the country side, you will not find many facilities. Also be aware of bugs that bite. No special vaccinations are needed to enter the country for people from Europe. If you have special health issues, make sure you have your medication with you and check with your doctor first.

- Prices

In cities you will see a huge price difference between the touristy places that are quite expensive and the local places, where prices are quite low. On the country side prices are not that high according to European standards, bur are rising due to the Euro.

- Languages

So far, many Estonians do have knowledge of English, next to Estonian. Also Russian is spoken there and the Setu language.

- Food

Rye, pork and unions are the most common national food in Estonia. This country might not really be top of the bill for vegetarians.

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