Guide to Driving In Estonia - Drive Safe in Estonia

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Estonia and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

50 kph

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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

90 kph

rural
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motorway speed limit

110 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 20mg

drink and drive limit
More info  
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You drive in Estonia on the Right side  
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The currency in Estonia is EUR €
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To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 18 years of age
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Current fuel price in Estonia 1.37 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Estonia

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Estonia?

Driving in Estonia
Pocket guide to driving in Estonia
Profile:
Estonia
Tallinn
EUR €
Driving in Estonia
SPEED: (kph)
50
90
110
Speed limit in Estonia
Holiday:
Rush hour in Estonia
Cameras:
YES
YES
Speed cameras in Estonia
FUEL:
1.24
1.27
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Estonia
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Estonia
MIN AGE:
18
21
Min driving age in Estonia
DRINK:
20mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Estonia
EMERGENCY:
112
Emergency phone number in Estonia
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Estonia
PHONES:
Yes
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Estonia
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Estonia
One of mainland Europe's most northerly countries, if you're planning on driving in Estonia it would be wise to brush up on your winter driving techniques and preparations. Bordering Russia and separated from Helsinki in Finland by less than 100km of Baltic Sea, if you're visiting Estonia, be prepared for bitterly cold temperatures and the challenges that brings to driving and renting a car in Estonia. Famous of many of its 'ice roads' the normal driving rule book goes out of the window and if you're inexperienced or not confident to drive in the icy conditions it might be best not to take on the journey.

driving in estonia ice road

That said, with the right preparation and knowledge, driving in Estonia needn't be something to be afraid of. Unlike the UK, the infrastructure and roads in Estonia are designed to cope with more than a few inches of snow. All rentals cars in Estonia will be fitted with appropriately labelled winter tyres when required by law.

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 112

Police Ambulance: 112

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Estonia by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking in Tallinn is restricted and chargeable depending on what part of the city you are in. Generally, all controlled parking areas have a 15 minute free period, thereafter charges apply as follows;

City Centre (KESKLINN)
1.5 EUR per hour (150 EUR monthly parking permit)
Mon-Fri 7am-7pm / Sat 8am - 5pm
Sundays and public holidays - no charge

City Centre Downtown (SUDALINN)
4.8 EUR per hour (250 EUR monthly parking permit)
Charges apply 24 hours a day, seven days per week with no exception

Old Town (VANALINN)
6 EUR per hour (300 EUR monthly parking permit)
Charges apply 24 hours a day, seven days per week with no exception

Outside of Tallinn, parking fees are displayed where applicable, however are infrequent and responsible street parking is permitted.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 112

Police Ambulance: 112

You should use the general 112 emergency number for all emergencies in Estonia.
 
  • 112 - Police
  • 112 - Fire
  • 112 – Ambulance
  • 112 – General Emergency Services

What to do in an emergency

You should use the 112 emergency telephone number in Estonia to contact the emergency services. Should you be involved in an accident in a rental car and the police attend the accident, ensure you receive a copy of the police report as you will need to present this to the car rental agent.

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

The following phrases might come in useful when driving in Estonia, although many people speak English in Estonia.
 
English
Estonian
my car has broken down
minu auto on lagunenud
I am lost
ma olen eksinud
where is the nearest petrol station
kus on lähim bensiinijaam
can you call the police
saate politseile helistada
Can you give me directions please
Kas sa annad mulle juhised

Estonia Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Estonia by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 1.33 1.37
May, 2019 1.36 1.40
Apr, 2019 1.34 1.38
Mar, 2019 1.30 1.29
Feb, 2019 1.28 1.25
Jan, 2019 1.27 1.24
Phil Partridge
Posted by Phil Partridge
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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