Motorways in Estonia

The length of the Estonian public road network is 58,412 km. Of which with a hard surface – 10,427 km.

Toll roads

There is no road toll in Estonia.

Parking in Estonia

Parking in the center of large cities is chargeable. Payment for parking is made with a special parking card (parking meter), which can be bought in shops, kiosks and from the parking staff.

There are parking meters in some places. The permitted parking time is indicated on the ticket issued by the machine.

In Tallinn, you can pay for parking with scratchable parking tickets, which are sold at prices of 0.26, 0.51, 1.15 and 2.30 euros. The parking start time must be marked (scratched off) on the ticket in the following fields: year, month, day, hours, minutes. The marked parking ticket must be affixed behind the vehicle’s windscreen.

Unless otherwise stated, parking is chargeable on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parking is free on Sundays and public holidays. Parking costs € 1-2 per hour.

Incorrectly parked vehicles can be evacuated and violations are punished with a fine of up to 70 euros.

Parking in Tallinn

Parking in the city center is chargeable. Where indicated on the signs, the first 15 minutes of parking are free. The parking time must be recorded with the parking meter.parking meter

It is recommended to either use a parking meter with two hands or to write the time on paper.

A parking meter with an initial parking time must be installed under the windshield of the vehicle so that it can be easily read from the outside.

When setting the parking start time on a two-hand parking meter, one must be guided by the principles of a mechanical clock, that is, when reading the time, the position of both hands is taken into account.

Tallinn parking map

Public, unguarded paid car parks in Tallinn are divided into several zones and the following tariffs have been in effect since January 1, 2016:

parking spotOne minute of parkingPaid parking time

VANALINN
(old town)
€ 0.10 (€ 6 / hour)
from Monday to Sunday around the clock

SOUTH ALINN
(city center)
€ 0.08 (€ 4.80 / hour)
from Monday to Sunday around the clock
KESKLINN€ 0.025 (€ 1.50 / hour)
Weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and
Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Free on Sundays and public holidays.
PIRITA€ 0.01 (€ 0.60 / hour)
from May 15 to September 15,
from Monday to Sunday
from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Motorcycles can be parked in Tallinn’s paid parking zone for free.

Parking in the old town is prohibited (the rule came into force on December 15, 2013):

  • in the summer period from April 1st to November 14th  on Saturdays from midnight to 6 a.m. in Zone I and on Sundays from midnight to 6 a.m. in Zone II;
  • In the winter period from November 15th to March 31st  on even days from 00.00 a.m. to 6.00 a.m. in Zone I and on odd days from 00.00 a.m. to 6.00 a.m. in Zone II.

If the parking fee is not paid or the paid parking time is exceeded, the parking attendant will decide on a “parking time overrun fee”. The amount of the late payment is € 31. If the parking fee is paid at a lower rate, the late payment will be € 15.

Example:

To get a car with the license plate number  o123oo178  in the  parking zone Kesklinn  to Tallinn  park  , you need to send an SMS with the following content:  o123oo178 Kesklinn.

To complete the parking of a car with the registration number  o123oo178  regardless of the  parking zone  , you must send an SMS with the following content:  STOP o123oo178.

Further details can be found on the  Kartplata  website 

Estonia road map

Estonia road map

Main traffic rules of Estonia

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in Estonia

Standard speed limits in Estonia (unless otherwise stated on signs). Cars and Motorcycles:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on the way – 110 km / h

Cars with trailers:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on the way – 90 km / h

The maximum speed in the residential area is 20 km / h.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries.

alcohol

The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.2 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level is between 0.2 ‰ and 0.49 ‰, the fine is 400 € and the withdrawal for up to 6 months.

If the blood alcohol level is between 0.5 ‰ and 1.49 ‰, the fine is € 1,200 and the withdrawal is up to 12 months.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

The low beam is required around the clock all year round.

In daylight, the daytime running lights can be switched on instead of the low beam. Daytime running lights can be switched on without switching on the side lights and license plate lights.

The fog lights can be used when driving in conjunction with the lights in poor visibility due to fog or rain.

The fine is up to € 200.

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

It is forbidden to transport children under three years of age in one place without a seat belt. A child may only be transported in the front seat if it is properly secured with a seat belt or restraint.

If the child is not tall enough to be properly seated with a seat belt, a restraint appropriate for the child’s age and weight must be used when transporting the child in a vehicle equipped with seat belts.

The rear-facing equipment must not be used to transport children in seated positions equipped with ready-to-use front airbags.

If the installation of the central restraint device is not possible when transporting children in the back seat of a passenger car due to the installed restraint systems for two children, at least the pelvic part of the adult seat belt should be used to secure a child who is three years of age on the reached middle seat.

It is forbidden to transport children under the age of 12 in the back seat of mopeds and motorcycles.

The fine is up to € 400.

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory for the driver, front passenger and rear seat passengers   .

When  riding motorcycles and mopeds, drivers and passengers  must wear a buttoned motorcycle helmet.

The fine is € 200.

Make a phone call

It is forbidden to use a phone while the vehicle is in motion without an auxiliary device that allows it to be used without hands and to hold the phone in hands while the vehicle is in motion.

The fine is € 16.

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.

tint

The windshield must be at least 75% transparent, with the exception of DOT marked glass or cars manufactured before 1985, where glass must be at least 70% transparent.

The transparency of the side windows must be at least 70% regardless of the model year of the vehicle.

Punish

Police officers can impose fines at the site of the offense.

Fines for some traffic violations in Estonia:

violationFine (EUR)
Exit at an intersection or pedestrian crossing with a prohibited traffic light€ 200
Violation of the rules for traveling at level crossings€ 400
Creation of barriers to the use of preventive right of way€ 400
Violation of the overtaking rules€ 400
Driving on the opposite lane€ 400
Driving a vehicle with indistinguishable license plates40 €
Passage on a traffic light sign€ 200
Do not drive past a pedestrian at an unregulated intersection€ 200
Ignoring the signal to stop the vehicle€ 800

In the event of a repeated violation, the fines for some violations can be many times higher. Speeding fines in Estonia:

About speedFine (EUR)
up to 20 km / h€ 120
from 21 km / h to 40 km / h€ 400
from 41 km / h to 60 km / h€ 800
over 60 km / h€ 1,200

A court or body conducting out-of-court proceedings may request the deprivation of the right to drive for a period of 1 to 12 months as an additional penalty.

Useful information

petrol

Unleaded petrol (95 and 98) and diesel are available in Estonia. Gas filling stations (LPG) are available.

Crossing borders

The procedure for crossing the border of the Republic of Estonia is as follows:

  • After passing the barrier at the entrance to the checkpoint, go to the required corridor (red or green) depending on the availability of the items to be declared.
  • After approaching the checkpoint, turn off the engine and wait for the customs officer to inspect the car.
  • After the inspection, everyone with passports comes to the passport control window and receives a stamp in the passport stating that they have crossed the border. In addition to their passport, the driver must also present the “registration certificate” for the car and the “green card” insurance.

Map of international checkpoints across the state border of the Republic of Estonia.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112
  • Police – 110
  • Ambulance – 112
  • Technical breakdown assistance – 118

Compulsory equipment

Equipment  You  Must Have in Your Car:

  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit  – for legal entities only
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Two wheel chocks

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

The use of  winter tires  in Estonia is compulsory from December 1st to March 1st for vehicles with a total weight of up to 3.5 tons. These conditions can be changed depending on weather conditions. The minimum profile depth should be 3 mm.

spikes

Studded tires are permitted from October 15th to March 31st. Depending on the weather conditions (snow, ice), this period can be extended from October 1st to April 30th. Studded tires must be fitted to all wheels.

Anti-slip chains

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

It is not necessary to have a reflective vest in the car, but it is forbidden to get out of the car without having it outside of the settlements in the dark.

It is recommended that you have a set of spare bulbs, a V-belt, and spare spark plugs with you in your vehicle.

Using Radar detectorforbidden. A fine of € 400 and the confiscation of the device itself.