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About Estonia

Sway to the mysterious rhythm of the Baltic Sea and lose yourself in old cities and beautiful forests in Estonia, a country of castles, culture and charisma. Estonia is home to over 1.3 million people, and according to legend, the burial place of Odin. Attractions include Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn, Hermann Castle in Narva and Saaremaa Island.

Prepare yourself for a captivating foray into Northern Europe with cheap flights to Estonia. Tallinn Airport (TLL), which is a 15-minute drive or 10-minute train ride from the capital city, is the hub airport of Estonia. Tallinn Airport serves several airlines, including British Airways, Lufthansa and Finnair. Popular international flights to Tallinn depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 14 hours and 20 minutes.

Why visit Estonia

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Traditional Cuisine

A journey through the restaurants of Estonia is an unusual, often bizarre, but completely unforgettable experience. Try Grandma’s Place or Golden Piglet Inn for a taste of traditional Estonian cuisine.

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Interesting Attractions

Estonia is a place where myths and legends whirl and swirl through beautiful sites and mysterious attractions. The Kaali crater field on Saaremaa and Rummu Underwater Prison are particularly intriguing.

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Quaint Cities

Pärnu is a colourful patchwork of 19th century timber villas; cosmopolitan energy dances off cobbled medieval alleyways in Tallinn; and Tartu is a charming tapestry of neoclassical buildings and streets.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Language Estonian
Hub Airport Tallinn Airport (TLL)
Airline Nordica
Time Zone GMT+2
Travel Adaptor Type C & F

Best time to visit Estonia

The climate of Estonia is mild and temperate, with warm summers, snowy winters and moderate rainfall throughout the year. The best time to visit Estonia is between May and September (spring and summer). These months offer pleasant weather and beautiful landscapes that are ripe for hiking, horseback riding, berry picking, kayaking and exploring the cities. Festivals such as Õllesummer, Juu Jääb and Medieval Days also happen during these months. For excellent cross-country skiing in Otepää and unforgettable Christmas markets and traditions, the best time to visit is during winter (December to March). For cheap flights to Estonia, the best time to visit is February.

Weather & Climate in Estonia (Tallinn)

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -7°C -9°C -4°C 0°C 5°C 9°C 12°C 12°C 7°C 2°C -2°C -5°C
High °C -1°C -2°C 3°C 11°C 17°C 20°C 24°C 22°C 17°C 10°C 4°C 1°C
Rainfall (mm) 40 25 30 13 20 35 54 44 40 37 55 33

What Estonia lacks in glitz and glamour it makes up for in culture and curiosities. The country moves to its own rhythm, singing of mighty oaks and legendary heroes, while fairytale forests and the Baltic Sea whisper of mythical elves and moon goddesses.

Deserted coastlines, magical forests, wild islands and sprawling national parks create a spellbinding tapestry of natural landscapes that beckon with promises of soul-stirring forays into nature. Go bog hiking in in Soomaa National Park, search for waterfalls and berries in Lahemaa National Park or search for meteorite craters and foxes in fairytale forests.

Pärnu is the quintessential summer holiday town with its 19th century timber villas, neoclassical spa buildings, sandy beaches and vibey nightlife. For those who prefer the allure of winter, Otepää is a popular holiday destination for skiing and snowboarding.

Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most captivating cities in Europe with its beguiling medieval streets, beautiful Baroque palaces and vibrant cultural scene. Tartu also offers an exciting cultural scene and magnificent architecture.

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South African passport holders require a Schengen Visa to enter Estonia. Applications can be done through the Estonia Consulate. You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months and two pages for stamps.

Estonia Consulate in Cape Town.

Address: 16 Hofmeyer Street, Welgemoed, Bellville, 7530

Phone: (+27) 021 913 3850

Estonia Consulate in Alberton.

Address: 56 Toon van der Heever Street, Randhart, 1457

Phone: (+27) 082 550 6363

Estonia is considered a safe country. However, petty theft and scams do happen, so you should still use common sense and remain vigilant throughout your stay. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is recommended.

Avoid carrying large sums of cash and valuables, as pick-pocketing and muggings do happen. Old Town in Tallinn is a hotspot for thieves. Avoid wandering through poorly lit areas and parks at night (particularly Kopli and Lasnamäe). Make use of licensed taxis at night and ensure the driver uses a meter. You should familiarise yourself with the local laws and customs before arriving in Estonia.

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are arriving from an infected area. If you plan to spend time outdoors (i.e. hiking) a vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis is recommended. Take precautions to avoid bug bites. Immunisation against hepatitis A & B and rabies is recommended. Other routine vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella, polio and influenza.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Tallinn
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R115.16
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R43.19
Cappuccino (regular) R23.05 R23.02 R33.63
Taxi 1km (normal tarriff) R10.00 R10.00 R7.20
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R39.50 R40.00 R54.70
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