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Driving Guide for Estonia

Driving in Estonia is similar to other countries in the European Union. The urban roads and major highways are in very good condition, but some of the secondary roads are not as good. It is important that you adhere to the posted speed limits and road signs. Some of the drivers are very aggressive and you need to be alert. If you drive defensively and respect the other motorists, you will have a successful journey in Estonia.

Driver’s License

Type of License

Requirements

EU license

Are all valid in Estonia

Non EU license

Some are valid in Estonia

It is recommended to have an international driving permit (IDP)

All motorists

Must be at least 18 years old

Must have a valid driver’s license

You can obtain an IDP from your local automotive club for a small fee. Click here if you are from the United kingdom and you want more information about getting an IDP. If you are from another country outside the EU, click here to learn more about IDPs.   

 Speed Limits

Type of Road

Speed Limit (km/h)

Residential area

30

Urban area

50

Rural area

90

Major highways

100 – 110

The speed limits are always posted in kilometers per hour (km/h). Estonia has recently implemented speed cameras into its fight against fast driving. It is very inconvenient to get a traffic violation in another country so you should not speed. If you are ever unsure of the posted speed limit, you can use the table above as a general guide.

Rules of the Road

Category

Description

Flow of traffic

Drive on the RIGHT side of the road

Only pass other cars on the left hand side

Yield to cars on your right at an intersection

The driver

Must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02%

Is not permitted to use a handheld mobile phone

Must use headlights at all times

Passengers

Must wear seatbelts at all times

Children must be in the proper child safety seat

The rules about drinking and driving are very strict. You can have barely any alcohol in your blood if you want to operate a motor vehicle. The Estonian authorities are very serious about this law. They set up random check points and issue breathalyzers to every driver. You will be punished to the full extent of the law if you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
It is not the best idea to drive on rural roads during the night. There are a lot of wild animals such as moose and deer that can cause severe injuries or even death. Furthermore, some roads are in poor condition and their imperfections become increasingly difficult to avoid in the dark.

Parking in Estonia

Day

Hours

Price

Monday - Friday

7:00 – 19:00

16 – 36 EEK/hour

Saturday

8:00 – 15:00

Sunday

All day

FREE

(10.00 EEK = 0.65 EUR, 0.55 GBP, 0.90 USD)
The table above shows the usual parking times and prices for Tallinn. The trends will be similar in other big cities. If you want to park in Old Town Tallinn, the parking fees are considerably higher. If you park your car illegally or if you stay past your allotted parking time you will receive a parking ticket or have a clamp put on your wheel. Parking tickets are expensive and must be paid as soon as possible to avoid increased charges.
*Information on this page is accurate as of May 29, 2011