When is the best time to fly to Tallinn?
There are two peak seasons in Tallinn: summer (June to August) and the months of December and January. Visitors who book flights to Tallinn and reserve their accommodation during these periods should expect to pay an increased rate due to it being peak season.
The summer months are popular with tourists who take flights to Tallinn to enjoy the warm weather. During this season daytime temperatures are on average 19-21°C and night-time temperatures are around 10-13°C. Keep in mind this is also the wettest time of year so it’s best to bring an umbrella.
December and January are also popular times to visit, particularly with Russian tourists. Book flights to Tallinn as the winter sets in for a magical festive holiday, although make sure you pack some warm clothing as temperatures are generally below freezing.
The weeks following New Year, when the Estonian winter bites, is the low season in Tallinn. During the coldest month, February, the average low temperature is -7 degrees Celsius. This is a great time to visit if you would like to find a cheap flight to Tallinn and lower accommodation rates.
Situated on Estonia’s northern coast across the Gulf of Finland, Tallinn has always been a strategic hub for the country. After gaining its independence from Russia in 1991 the city quickly became a popular destination for visitors from Helsinki and Stockholm. In recent years, many tourists (many of them on their stag and hen weekends) have booked flights to Tallinn, giving it rave reviews for its beauty and affordability.
Renowned as one of the best preserved cities in the world, Tallinn’s medieval Old Town acquired a much-deserved Unesco status in 1997. The ancient stone arches delicately outline its cobbled streets, red-tile roofed houses and gothic churches. Wander through the Dominican Monastery, once a base for Scandinavian monks, and home to Estonia’s largest collection of stone medieval carvings.
Walk a mile east of Old Town to Kadriorg Palace and Garden where cyclists, walkers and sun worshippers all congregate amid the horse chestnut and aromatic lilac trees. After a full day of exploring the city head to a sauna on the 26th floor of the Hotel Olumpia; soak your tired limbs in the plunge pool and look out at the magical city that has won you over.
Summers in Tallinn are fairly warm and temperatures of 30 degrees C are not unknown. Winters are cold and the spring and autumn months are mild, if a bit rainy. July's average temperature is 17 degrees C while February's is a chilly -4 degrees C.
Getting around Tallinn
Tallinn’s bus, tram, trolley and train lines run from 6am to 11pm between the city centre and the outer city limits. Save yourself some money and buy your ticket from a newsstand before boarding. Fares are more expensive when you buy tickets from the driver.
Getting from the Airport to the City
The main airport for flights to Tallinn is Lennujaam International Airport (TLL), which is located 2.5 miles (4 km) from the city. Visitors have several options to get to the city’s centre from the airport, including bus, taxi and car rental.
Tallinn insider information
- Lace is a speciality of Estonia and you’ll find a lot for sale in Tallinn. Other local items to look out for include carved wood, leather, ceramics, wool jewellery and a huge amount of Communist “memorabilia” – including Stalin Russian dolls. Big open air markets are the best place to find a bargain.
- In the Old Town, take a walk past the wonderful Hessburger fast food restaurant. Nothing like the Golden Arches, this burger bar resembles a gigantic 1950s chrome caravan, with old-fashioned red bubble writing. It’s situated near the walls and makes a rather incongruous sight.
- There are viewing platforms on the top of Toompea Hill, which offer a great view of the town's red-roofed houses.
- If you’re planning on visiting more than one museum, purchase a Tallinn card, which gives free entry to 40 museums, as well as free transport, free sightseeing tours, free spa visits, entrance to a nightclub and discounts in many restaurants and shops. You can buy a six, 24, 48 or 72 hour card from the tourist office.