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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 04, 2016
9-night trip to the Baltics in October: how many days in Estonia and Latvia?  (2 Answers)

I have booked a cheap return flight from Italy to Riga in October.
I would like to split my 8 days / 9 nights between Estonia (maybe Finland) and Latvia, but I'm not sure if I'd better stay 5 nights in Tallinn and 4 in Riga or the other way around.
I'm interested in visiting cities, towns, churches, castles, museums... I will be moving around by train/bus, so I will only go to places that are easy to reach without a car.
In Estonia, I want to visit Tallinn, Tartu, maybe Narva and Helsinki (all day-trips from Tallinn, Helsinki being a bit more unlikely). Should I add/remove anything?
In Latvia, I plan on visiting Riga, then take one or two day-trips to Cesis and Sigulda. What else?
Any advice on how to split my days in the Baltics and what to visit is welcome.
Thank you,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 08, 2016
Train travel Tallin to Warsaw  (3 Answers)

We wish to travel by train from Tallin to Warsaw and am having difficulty finding a straight forward route. Help appreciated-thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 19, 2014
SIM with data in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

I'll be visiting Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania shorlty. Does anyone know a single mobile company that provide internet access in these 3 countries? I'd prefer to buy a pack with a few GB.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2014
Opinion on 11 day itinerary 11-21July  (2 Answers)

Dear VTers. I'd like your opinion on this itinerary of Estonia, with a side trip to Riga. The trip will take place from July 11 to July 21:
11Jul -very early flight arrival Tallin - 2 night stay (Hotel Kreutzwald)
13Jul -Travel via Haapasalu to Saarema with 2 nights on the island (Västriku Holiday Home)
15 - Travel to Riga - 2 night stay (Hotel Europa Royale)
17Jul - Travel to Sigulda - 1 night (Livonjia Hotel) . Fun parks...Aerodium
18Jul - Sigulda via Tartu to Ontika - 2 night stay (Ontika Boutique Hotel) to visit Narva area and also see the Bike Festival
20Jul - Travel to Lahemaa NP - 1 night (not yet booked)
21Jul - return to Tallinn - - 1 night before early flight home on July 22.

Do you consider a fair itinerary or would you rather change it? Any must dos?
Any other accomodation suggestions. We will be a family of 3 or 4 (son 13 will travel; daughter 21, has not yet decided)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2014
hotel in Tallinn - Estonia!  (1 Answer)

Any opinion about , "Aia 5old apartment" and Parker Boutique Apartament in Tallinn?
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 21, 2014
How to go from Tallinn to Rundale castle ???  (2 Answers)

Is it possible with bus connections ? Is there an excursion available from Tallinn ????
How long does it take to visit.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 06, 2013
Tallinn arenas  (5 Answers)

Hello :)

I will be working during basketball tournament in Saku Suurhall, Address: Paldiski Maantee 104B, and TTU Sport Centre, Address: Ehitajate tee 4

Where would you recommend me to stay? Should I stay near one of two venues or I should stay in Old Town for example and then travel to both venues? And is it easy to reach one venue from another? If you can recommend me any specific hotel, even better :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 24, 2013
Family of four  (1 Answer)

I would love to surprise my Estonian friend with a paid holiday, however I do not know what to get her.
In the family they are two parents and two kids (five and 2 1/2 years old). I would like for them to get away for one week during the summer holidays.

What is a typical holiday for one family from Estonia? I would like to give a giftcard otherwise she will refuse accepting my gift.

I would be grateful to get some tips regarding children holidays activities in or outside Estonia.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 23, 2013
Things to see in Estonia and Latvia at this season?  (18 Answers)

Hello all, I´m planning a 10-day trip to Riga, Pärnu and Tallinn in March, hoping it is a good season to go there? Also, I´d like to know what else is there to visit in Latvia and Estonia? For example, is it nice going to the countryside or towns apart from the capitals in winter? Or would it be better to include Helsinki on this trip to see more?

Please let me know! Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 25, 2012
Public transport  (1 Answer)

I intend to travel by train or bus from Tallinn to Kingisepp, Russia in 2013 and then to cycle back to Tallinn. Can I take my bike on a bus or train when travelling to Kingisepp (or even as far as Narva on a bus)?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 03, 2012
Place to eat near Parnu or in Parnu  (2 Answers)

Where is normal to eat in Parnu? Tasty. I don't need a smart restaurant. It would be great if in this buffet or cafe will be corner for children.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 01, 2012
Parnu to Tallin  (10 Answers)

Can anyone please help? Our trip is all booked withe exception of the journey from Parnu to Tallin. We are travelling from Riga to Parnu on Lux Express but they won't let us travel from Parnu to Tallin as its not an international trip. We'd prefer the train but a bus would be ok. Ideally, we'd like to prebook.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 05, 2012
Any possible Day Trips from Tallinn?  (9 Answers)

I'll be in Tallinn for 4 days. I've heard you only really need 2-3 days to see the city, so does anyone have a suggestion for a day trip to another city/area in Estonia? I would like to be able to leave early in the morning and get back to Tallinn that night, and I won't have a car so it would most likely need to be via bus (or train).


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 26, 2012
Using english - plus question about may 1st  (5 Answers)

Hello there

I am planning a trip to Narva in late april, and since I have never been to Estonia before I have a couple of questions;

- We are going to Narva - we are Danish, but can we manage with our English (and a bit of german) or...?

- We are looking into going home via Tallinn on may the first - but I have become aware that that is a public holiday. It is in Denmark too, but everything runs as "everyday" on this day - how is that in Estonia? Is is possible to get anywhere or do anything, let alone travel home, on this day, or would it be wise to find another date?

- We have been reading on the web about Narva, but are there anything we need to know, good or bad, let me know here :-)

Thanks in advance,
Jebir :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 09, 2012
Towns in Estonia  (4 Answers)

We will go by car to Tallinn at first week of June, and I thought we might go to Tartto and maybe Pärnu. Any other beuatyful towns? We have only driven through Via Baltica, and never stopped on the way. Now we could use a week or something.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 27, 2011
one day visiting tallin  (4 Answers)

Hi, i'll be in russia in august, and have in mind take one day trip to the city of tallin....i'd like to ask if it's necessary having a visa to get into the country of estony, and if it's feasible to do one day trip and go to st. petersburg on the same day.....

luiz claudio

rio de janeiro

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 22, 2011
Kuremäe nunnery, Narva castle (Ida-Virumaa county)


Does anybody know is Kuremae nunnery (Pühtitsa) open for tourists during holidays 23-24 Juny?
How about Narva castle?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 04, 2011
Estonian transport  (3 Answers)

Hi everyone
I am flying into tallinn for one week in august and would like to travel around Estonia. Do you think it is necessary to hire a car, I would prefer to use public bus service but are unsure about the type of service that is available and also the costs. Does anyone know how much it's costs for bus from Tallinn to Tartu and from Tartu to Parnu.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2011
public transportation in Estonia and Latvia  (6 Answers)

I'm interested in traveling to Estonia and Latvia in the fall, late September or early October. I think about visiting Tallinn and Tartu in Estonia. In Latvia, I'd like to visit cities nearby Gauja Valley, such as Cesis and Sigulda, and the capital, Riga. It seems that there is a good public transportation system connecting the above cities. Are the buses and trains connecting the above cities all year around? I also wonder if it is feasible to visit all the above places in 10 to 12 days traveling by the buses and trains.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 14, 2011
Parnu nightlife in July?  (5 Answers)


Myself and a few friends have booked some flights to Tallinn in July.

Most of us have already been to Tallinn and we are keen not to be bumping into too many Stag parties!

So we were thinking of going somewhere else.

Could anyone tell me what the nightlife in Parnu is like? Will it likely be busy enough for us to have a partying weekend there? If so, what are the good places?

Or is there somewhere else in Estonia that would be better?

Thanks in advance for your help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 11, 2011
Driving in Estonia  (3 Answers)

We are planning a driving trip through Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia in late August/early September. Are the roads well sign-posted? What are the road conditions in general? Can one get through the country speaking English and some German? How developed are touristic facilities?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 20, 2011
best place to leave luggage for a day in Tallin  (4 Answers)

We will arrive in Talllinn by ferry in the morning and hope to walk around for the day, then leave to go to St. Petersburg in the evening. We don't want to carry our luggage around. Is there a place we can leave our luggage for the day? the ferry depot?, the bus station, the train station? A hotel?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 20, 2011
best way to travel from Tallinn to St.Petersburg  (3 Answers)


what si the best way to travel form Tallinn to St. Petersburg? We wish to go overnight by bus or train.

We will arrive by ferry from Stockholm.


Do you know prices as well?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 06, 2010
Pricing of winter wear in Tallinn, Estonia  (4 Answers)

Please advice

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 24, 2010
Train from Tallinn to St Petersburg  (8 Answers)

Hi there, I will be travelling from Tallinn to St Petersburg next June by train and I am currently trying to sort out my Russian Visa (I am Australian). In order to do so, the travel agent I have booked through to get my letter of invitation requires a date, time, platform number etc. of the train that I choose to travel on.

I am wondering if there is a website that I can obtain this information and book it online (In English) and print of an E-Ticket?

I have checked out a few Russian train Websites and they won't let me book or view any times, even for travel in the next few weeks! and trainstorussia.comdidn't work for me as well as an Estonian one.

Is there a site that I can book months in advance?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 26, 2010
4 days in Estonia  (4 Answers)

Hello (tere) Vt members in Estonia

My friend and I are flying into Tallinn on Thursday the 21st October 2010, we will be arriving at about 20.45. Our first question is how do we reach the city centre from the airport (at this time)?

Presumeably it will be too late to do anything except maybe get ourselves a beer near to our hostel, once we know we are staying maybe could you suggest a good bar/restaurant nearby.

We will have two-three days in Tallinn and Estonia and have started to research the websites for things we want to do, but it would be nice to arrange a VT meeting as I have done in Gdansk for this weekend. I think we have links to a walking tour.

Suggestions of local bars/restaurants will be gratefully appreciated.

We would like to also do a train ride to a typically Estonian town, maybe for it's architecture or history or for seeing the countryside as well.

I think I may have to take the Tallink ferry to Helsinki as I need to catch a flight at a sensible time to reach England. The Easyjet flight arrives Stansted airport at about midnight.

I will be travelling to Poland this weekend, meeting some VT members as well as seeing the three cities of Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia and then Poznan and Aachen in Germany, as I will be taking the train back to England.

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 17, 2010
Russia / Baltics / Scandinavia - Little help with my itinerary pls!  (2 Answers)

Hello There!

I’m gonna travel to Russia, Baltics and Scandinavia next January, and once I’ve never been to any of those places, I’d like to ask you some little help with my itinerary if possible!

First of all, I know the 1st thing you guys will think is “man, you’re crazy” coz I’m travelling to those places in the middle of the winter, and worst, doing that being a Brazilian, but those are places I’ve always wanted to visit, and I just have my summer vacations (Jan – Feb) to travel, that’s why... I’ve lived in Canada for a year, I can compare both winters I guess so that’s fine (I still have my winter clothes) ;)

It’s kinda hard to meet people here who visited Russia or Baltic countries, as well as Scandinavia, so I’m not really sure about how long staying in each place.

My 1st idea is:

Moscow – 4 days
St. Petersburg – 4 days
Helsinki – 4 days
Tallinn – 4 days
Riga – 4 days
Stockholm – 4 days
(flight back to Moscow)

My questions:

- 4 days for cities as Tallinn or Riga would probably be “too much”, don’t you think?
- I haven’t included Norway. Is Oslo a “must see”? Should I make my time in the other cities shorter or simply cut some of them off and replace for Oslo?
- I didn’t include any other cities in the itinerary just because I don’t know any. Is there a nice place you suggest for me to stop, like, a nice city in my way or close to Moscow, Stockholm, in Finland, etc??

Another thing:

I was thinking about a possibility or reducing some cities to include a trip to Lapland to see (or try to) the Northern Lights.
I’ve read about Kiruna (Sweden – where the Ice Hotel is) and Tromsø (Norway). The point is: I would not have more than 3 days, and I’ve read the NL happens sometimes once in a while. Would you go for that trip, or it’s better to me to “keep warm” in the “south”?

Thank you guys a lot, I really appreciate your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 08, 2010
Sillamae and Narva  (1 Answer)

Hello, on the way from Tallinn to Tartu, we would like to visit the Russian border area near Narva. This will be on a Saturday in July, and we plan to overnight in Narva on Saturday night. I am wondering if the Sillamae bus station has anything like storage lockers, and also if I should be concerned about buying tickets from Narva to Tartu on a summer Sunday at the last minute. Can you buy next-day bus tickets at Narva station?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 07, 2010
Trains from Tallinn to St. Petersburg  (5 Answers)

Are there trains from Tallinn to St. Petersburg (Russia)?

If the answer is yes:
1. How can i get the timetable of the train?
2. How can I buy tickets?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 01, 2009
Tallin & Helsinki  (4 Answers)

Hi there,

My boyfriend and I are planning to spend 6 or 7 days at the end of Feb/early March in Tallin and Helsinki. We're not sure how to split up the days though. We plan to fly into one city and out of the other and to get a ferry between them, but which one we visit first isn't that big an issue for us. So if we had 6 nights would you recommend 3 nights in each city? It really is just a city break though so I'm sure people will recommend that we stay longer and see other places (and I'm sure there are great things to see outside the cities) but we'll be staying central to the cities and their main attractions. I know the weather will be very cold at this time of year, is it likely that there will still be snow? We're Irish and Dublin gets pretty cold too so even if its around freezing or below we'll survive!

Any tips or info is much appreciated!


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