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Things to do in Tallinn

From its medieval old town to its fascinating museums, the Estonian capital is an open-air history book.

Our most recommended things to do in Tallinn

From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

1. From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, lies across the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki: an easy day trip by ferry for those keen to experience its medieval charms. Secure your place on the ferry with a convenient crossing time. Cruise across the Gulf, and enjoy up to 10 hours to explore independently. Delve into Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and enjoy the museums, shops, and restaurants. Tickets include entry on board and seating. You can spend your time on board visiting one of the restaurants, shopping at the Traveller Superstore, or enjoying the scenery of the archipelago passing by. It is about a 20-minute walk from the Tallinn D-terminal to the old town, or you can take a taxi from the terminal building. You can also visit different museums like the KUMU art museum or the baroque architecture of the Kadriorg Palace. Depending on the chosen departures you will have up to 10 hours to explore Tallinn.  Upgrade your experience and and book into the Comfort Class or Business Lounge. Comfort Class: • Travel comfortably while enjoying the sea view. The upgrade price includes snacks (with ingredients to make sandwiches), coffee, tea, refreshments, daily newspapers, and free WiFi Business Lounge: • Travel in style and add some luxury to your journey. The upgrade includes food and drinks at the Business Lounge buffet. Newspapers, magazines, and free WiFi available

From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

2. From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

Don't miss the opportunity to explore beautiful Helsinki, one of the most liveable cities in Europe. Helsinki lies across the Gulf of Finland from Tallinn: an easy day trip by ferry to stroll around Helsinki’s historical city center and to try local food in cozy nice cafes and restaurants. Secure your place on the ferry with a convenient crossing time. Cruise across the Gulf, and enjoy seven hours to explore Helsinki independently. Tickets include entry on board and seating. You can spend your time on board visiting one of the restaurants, shopping at the Traveller Superstore, or enjoying the scenery of the archipelago passing by. It is about a 10-minute tram ride from the West Harbor Terminal to the city center of Helsinki. Depending on the chosen departure times you will have up to 10 hours to explore the city. Choose to upgrade to comfort class or the business lounge at booking. With comfort class, travel comfortably and enjoy the sea view. The upgrade price includes snacks, coffee, tea, other refreshments, daily newspapers, and free Wi-Fi. Travel in style and luxury in the business lounge, including food and drinks from the exclusive buffet, newspapers, magazines, and free Wi-Fi.

From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

3. From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Lahemaa National Park on this exciting, full-day tour. Drive for an hour from Tallinn to Lahemaa, stopping to admire Jägala Waterfall. Learn about Estonian rural life and native flora and fauna and discover more about the forests and their importance in Estonian culture and traditions whilst hiking the forest's Beaver Trail with your guide. Explore the seaside at Altia Village and discover pre-Soviet architecture in this quaint fishing village. Walk along the sandy beaches and if it's warm have a swim in the water. Head to a tavern for some tasty Estonian farm food. End your tour enjoying a walk with your guide in the Viru bog while listening to tales from Estonian folklore related to these fascinating wetlands.

Welcome to Tallinn: Private Walking Tour with a Local

4. Welcome to Tallinn: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Tallinn from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour

5. Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour

This "Welcome to Tallinn Bike Tour" is a welcome indeed. Explore the picturesque city the easy way with a guided bicycle tour that is suitable for individuals, groups or the entire family, who want to see more than just the Old Town. The tours are designed for travelers who like to have fun while they explore and gain a true insight into the Estonia of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Tours take place every day and in all seasons, starting from the City Bike office in the Old Town. Groups are kept small to allow for a more personalized experience, with easy routes to allow for inexperienced or young cyclists. Children’s bikes, seats and trailers are all available on request. You will keep mainly to the cycle paths and quiet roads as you tour the city. You will also see some of its modern buildings, the World War II Memorial and the Olympic Center. During the summer, cruise along the promenade and hop-off onto the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Finland. The tour also runs in winter when your bike will be equipped with special spikes, and you can learn how to cycle in the snow.

Tallinn: Estonian Food, Drinks and History Tour

6. Tallinn: Estonian Food, Drinks and History Tour

Get acquainted with the cuisine of Hanseatic merchants, Estonian peasants, Soviet workers, and find out what Estonians eat today. On this 3-hour guided tour, try 3 dishes with dessert, and taste 3 local drinks. In addition, you’ll taste the famous Estonian green chocolate, berry chips, and much more. The cafés and restaurants chosen for this tour are famous for their special interiors and histories, and are, in a sense, museums themselves. Avoiding the more touristy places, you’ll only hit up places off the beaten path where locals like to go for a truly authentic Estonian experience. This tour is the perfect activity for bad weather, as Tallinn’s cozy restaurants will keep you warm and relaxed.

Tallinn: Guided City Walking Tour with Small Group

7. Tallinn: Guided City Walking Tour with Small Group

Explore Tallinn in a new way and avoid the beaten track with the 15:15 daily walking tour. Walk our central trail and see all the main city sights. Discover the city with a local guide in a unique and intimate way. Meet your local guide under the Town Hall clock on the Town Hall Square. Look for the yellow sign with "15:15 in Tallinn" logo. Spend a few hours spotting major sites and learning history and fun facts from your guide. See the St Mary's Cathedral, and the Freedom Square. Experience a small group vibe that allows you to ask questions and get great recommendations for further exploration.

Jägala Waterfall and Harju County Tour from Tallinn

8. Jägala Waterfall and Harju County Tour from Tallinn

Explore the fascinating Harju County and see the spectacular Jägala Waterfall on this tour from Tallinn. See mystical, Bronze Age graves at a museum in Rebala and learn surprising facts about how the graves were discovered. Next, visit an ancient Estonian sanctuary and the oldest medieval Christian chapel at Saha, learning about the site's pre-Christian origins as a sacrificial site. Admire the natural beauty of the Jägala waterfall, the biggest natural waterfall in Estonia and spectacular in any season. See another interesting historical site, an old Viking stronghold, at the Jägala power station and also learn about how trout are affecting the station's energy production. End your tour enjoying a tasty lunch or dinner with amazing views of the bay at Ruhe seafood restaurant.

Tallinn: Ticket for the Skywheel of Tallinn

9. Tallinn: Ticket for the Skywheel of Tallinn

Make unforgettable memories on you trip to Tallinn with this ticket for the Skywheel of Tallinn. Get a bird's-eye-view of the city with this attraction in the city center. See sights like the Tallinn TV Tower and the red and white Chimney of the Kristiine Boilerhouse.  Hop aboard a weatherproof gondola and ride above the city. Stay comfortable in the summer with refreshing air-conditioning. Admire magnificent views of the city, the sea, Lake Ülemiste and the airport. Feel the thrill without the worry with a ride on a well-maintained attraction. Each gondola has room for up to six people, either standing or sitting. Bring the whole family with gondolas that have wheelchair and stroller access.

Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

10. Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

The Estonian maritime city of Tallinn is truly one of the gems of Northern Europe. The old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. There is also a new town center, called Vabaduse Valjak or Freedom Square, at the edge of the old town. Nearby is the giant matchbox of Hotel Viru, a former tourist flagship and notorious den of Cold War intrigue. During this era, every room was tapped and monitored by the KGB! The city has been influenced by Germany, Italy, Russia, and Scandinavia. Tallinn’s calendar is packed with festivals celebrating music, film, art, theater, culture, and food. Sea-faring festivals, the Opera Festival, and the Tallinn Marathon also feature prominently on the calendar. Explore this alluring city and take advantage of all there is to see and do during your stay. Take the bus tour to the old town and admire the 14th and 15th-century architecture and narrow, twisting streets. You can also try out the local cuisine at any of a number of restaurants here. Tour Stops: Stop 1 - Mere Pst 5 Stop 2 - Kadriorg Park/Swan Lake Stop 3 - Song Festival Grounds Stop 4 - City Harbor, D-Terminal (Tallink) Stop 5 - Swissotel/Radisson BLU Stop 6 - Old Town/Toompea Castle Stop 7 - City Harbour, ABC Terminals Stop 8 - City Harbour, Cruise Ship Terminal

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,858 reviews

Jorge was a very friendly guide. Briefed us a lot about Estonian history, culture, etc. Had lunch at a restaurant where the locals usually ate, and everyone in our small tour group had a brief cultural exchange. Very scenic routes, listened to Estonian folk music along the way. Overall a very atmospheric adventure. At the end of the day, Jorge even dropped me off in front of my hotel, which is something I thought only people in my country (Malaysia) did. An unforgettable trip.

Fantastic experience if you want to make a day from Tallinn to Helsinki or vice versa. The ship is very comfortable and full of activities, shops, refreshment areas. Each section has its own style, with tables, chairs, armchairs or sofas. The two hours of the journey fly by, and the price is extremely accessible thanks to GetYourGuide. Very courteous crew. If you need to move from one capital to another, this is the vehicle for you.

We booked return journey 10:30am - 10:30pm. The weather was awful and we wanted to rebook the tickets for the way back to 7:30pm. There was no problem with that. This change cost us 5e in total. I was pleasantly surprised.

Quiet, punctual and comfortable journey, the only flaw is the fact of indicating only the starting point from Tallinn and not also the return point from Helsinki, via map

Great modern ferry. It was a great experience. In fact, the first ferry had only been in operation for a month. Just leaving at 7:30 and seeing the sunrise, beautiful!