The Estonian traffic situation is not very intense. Large and small Estonian towns alike are generally characterised by a calm progression of vehicles and a plenitude of pedestrians; only the inhabitants of the capital city encounter rush-hour traffic congestion and a shortage of parking places.

In case you do not have any business to conduct in different ends of Tallinn, you don’t need a car: the heart of the city is perfectly walkable. Trams, trolleys, buses and electric trains take you to the furthest corners of the city, although in the morning and evening the first three may force you into too close contact with your fellow passengers. In towns people use buses and minicabs which stick to their timetable quite closely. Buying a single ticket will not ruin anyone’s budget, but frequent travellers are advised to get a monthly public transport pass. The weak point in Estonian urban transport is the lack of night service, but this is compensated by reasonably priced taxis.

Tartu is the favourite of many cycling fans and pedestrians. The centre is quite compact and almost everything can be reached on foot with only half an hour.

As a pedestrian you should know that in autumn and in winter you must wear a reflex reflector which makes it possible for drivers to see you in the dark from a longer distance.

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