Most people who go on a holiday in Estonia spend their trip in the capital city of Tallinn. Visitors spend their time walking along the cobbled streets of the medieval Old Town, going to see what remains of the city wall and visiting the ex-KGB headquarters. You may get the chance to attend a music or film festival as Tallinn is known for both. Another great destination in Estonia is Parnu which is famous for its spas, sandy beaches and parks. The city of Tartu is worth visiting to see the contrasting modern and 18th century architecture.
You can get flights to Estonia with budget airlines easyJet, Ryanair and Estonian Air and it is possible to travel to Tallinn from most UK airports. Direct flights will get you into Tallinn in around three hours. You can also get flights to Tartu with Estonian Air and Finnair but you will need to stopover as there are no direct flights there.
Getting from both Tallinn Ülemiste airport and Tartu Ulenurme airport is relatively easy. You can either catch a local bus or taxi with both city centres being under seven kilometres from their respective airports.
In Estonia, most people tend to walk, cycle or get the bus. You can also use the efficient and fast train service which runs from Tallinn to Tartu. However, if you are planning on travelling to several destinations, it's also worth considering picking up a car hire for the whole of your trip. Driving from Tallinn to Tartu during your holiday in Estonia is worth it just to see the surrounding scenery on the two to three hour journey.
There are so many hotels opening up that you won't have any trouble in finding cheap hotels in Estonia, but don't leave anything to chance, book ahead if you're staying in popular places such as Tallinn and Tartu.
If you are on a budget stick to local places for food and drink. It is quite commonplace for tourists to be charged over inflated prices. Local pubs will serve beer for €2-3 and cafes will offer traditional Estonian food as well as the restaurants, but cafes will charge you considerably less for the same dishes.
If you are looking for cheap gifts in Tallinn, you should head to the Old Town and wander down the side streets. You will find many stalls selling a variety of traditional items. Don't be afraid to haggle to get a bargain price, it is totally expected and they will be surprised if you accept the first price that is suggested.
Updated 5th March 2014
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