Fly To Tallinn, Estonia
Situated on the northern coast of Estonia, Tallinn is ideally positioned on the shore of the Gulf of Finland – surrounded by Helsinki, Stockholm and St Petersburg.
Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with many historical landmarks dating back throughout the ages. It has also been listed as one of the world’s top ten digital cities, and in 2011 was designated the European Capital of Culture alongside Finland’s Turku.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to enter Estonia. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and ensure that your passport is valid with at least 2 blank pages for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy to Estonia is based in Finland, about three and a half hours away from Tallinn. The address is: Rahapajankatu 1 A 5, 00160, Helsinki, Finland. Phone: +358 9 68603100. Website: southafricanembassy.fi.
See and do
Tallinn is said to be one of the oldest capitals in Europe, boasting archaeological sites dating back thousands of years. Not surprisingly, historical landmarks and attractions are right up there on the list of top things to see – the old towns of (All-linn) Lower Town and Toompea (Upper Town) are where many of these can be found. In Upper Town, highlights include the Castrum Danorum and the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. In Lower Town, landmarks include the town square known as Raekoja Plats, towers and walls and St Olaf Church tower.
Other historical sights to look out for around the city are the Estonian Open Air Museum and St Catherine’s Passage, which showcase the city’s rich heritage and former structures. The Botanical Gardens and Tallinn Zoo are perfect for a walk through, or you can even hire a boat on the Pirita River or visit the beach in Pirita. Art fundi’s can browse art museums and galleries, while Kadriorg Palace tours are a must.
Keep some of your Euros aside for shopping, because there are some rather amazing little shops to be found. Katarina Gild in St Catherine’s Passage has many tiny stores, while Koopa Galerii is where you can pick up local artwork. Kaubamaja is a good department store that offers a wide range of items – it is fairly simple in comparison to the speciality shops however. Talking of which, knitted clothing at Naiiv makes a nice take home gift for friends and family – local craft from Zlobin Souvenirs or Les Petites is a good bet too. There are also large shopping centres such as Rocca al Mare Mall to check out.
Getting to and from shops, galleries, landmarks and your hotel will not be too much of a hassle. Public transport is for the most part organised, affordable and safe. There is a massive bus system (over 60 lines), a tram line (four lines) and trolleybus (seven lines), all of which connect you to various parts of the city.
Tallinn Airport (Estonia) – TLL
Food and beverage: Welcome Café, Sky High Sushi, Take Off One & Two, Café Zeppelin and Aviation Pub Legend.
Currency Exchange: Change-It is where you can do your currency exchange – there is a desk in the transit zone that is open daily from 05h15 to 00h30.
Lost Luggage: You will need to report lost baggage with your specific airline – Airport Lost & Found is situated in the baggage service area.
Airport Hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel Tallinn, Hotel Ulemiste, Hotell & Restoran Üksik Rüütel and Baltic Hotel Vana Wiru.
Car Hire: Avis, Sixt, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National.
Airport Hub: Tallinn Airport (code TLL) is a hub for Airest, Avies, Estonian Air and Panaviatic.