When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Tallinn?
During the months of May to September, the weather is warm and the city hosts many festivals, so airfares are likely to be higher during this peak period. The temperature drops dramatically in autumn and winter, but December, when Tallinn’s medieval centre is covered in snow and the city hosts its annual Christmas markets, is also a nice time to visit. Estonia marks its centenary in 2018, so there are events throughout the year in Tallinn.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Tallinn?
It’s best to book your return flights to Tallinn around three months in advance to take advantage of the best deals on airfares. There are many airlines that fly from the UK to Tallinn, so let Netflights.com help you compare prices and routes as well as find deals on cheap last-minute flights.
Flying to Tallinn Airport TLL
Tallinn Airport (TLL) is only four kilometres from the city centre. It’s the largest airport in Estonia and connects the capital city with a wide range of European and international destinations. The airport handles around two million passengers each year and is the hub for the nationally owned Nordica Airlines.
British Airways operates direct flights to Tallinn from London Heathrow Airport. You can also find Tallin flights from many other UK airports such as Newcastle Airport, Leeds Bradford Airport, Bristol Airport and Glasgow International Airport. Aeroflot, Air Baltic, Air France, Finnair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Scandinavian Airlines all operate indirect Tallinn flights from the UK, usually with connections in major cities such as Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki or Amsterdam.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
TLL has one terminal with ground, first and second floors. Arrivals and departures are both on the first floor, along with baggage reclaim, check-in desks and border controls. You’ll also find services such as currency exchange on the first floor. Tallinn Airport has restaurants, shops and a library where you can borrow books and leave ones you’ve already read behind. There are also baby-changing facilities and two play areas for children. There is also a rotating art exhibition throughout the terminal and near Gate 5 you can find a special “Visit Estonia” exhibit. Near Gate 6 there is also a pop-up airport gym equipped with treadmills and other exercise equipment.
Getting to the City from Tallinn Airport TLL
Tallinn Airport is well served by public transport, whether by bus, tram or taxi. Bus and tram stops are found on level zero. The public tram route number four takes you from the airport to the city in around 15-20 minutes. Bus numbers 2 and 65 connect the airport and the city centre and you can buy tickets either from the driver on board or at the self-service kiosk. Taxis are available from the taxi rank outside the arrivals hall; these are cars run by the official taxi partners of the airport and it’s best to agree on the fare with the driver before setting off. Car rental companies are located on the ground floor in the arrivals area.
Why Visit Tallinn?
Estonia’s capital is positioned on the Baltic Sea and with its walled Old Town, cosy cafés and fascinating mix of European influences, it’s an alluring destination for British tourists. The pretty cobbled streets of the Old Town, a UNESCO site, contain traditional churches and a set of mysterious underground passages along the town’s bastions, which you can visit as part of a guided tour. The vast Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour museum is dedicated to Estonia’s rich maritime heritage and features fascinating exhibits including a 1930s submarine and the Suur Toll, one of the only surviving steam-powered icebreakers in the Baltic, which is moored alongside the museum.
Tallinn is home to a vibrant contemporary art scene and at its heart is the Telleskivi creative district, where you can browse the hip design and fashion stores, sip craft beer and rummage for vintage finds at the Saturday flea market. The futuristic Kumu museum contains seven floors of Estonian art, plus regular exhibitions, concerts and talks – or for a more traditional experience, you can head to Kadriorg Palace, a baroque gallery featuring a collection of 16th to 20th German, Dutch, Italian and Russian art.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Estonia and your passport only needs to be valid for the length of your stay. The local currency in Tallinn is the euro and you might find it useful to have some cash when you arrive if you plan to use public transport or take a taxi to from the airport. If you visit in winter, be aware that temperatures can be very cold and snow is likely, so make sure you bring suitable footwear and clothing.