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 Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

1. 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 Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

2. 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

Welcome to Tallinn: Private Walking Tour with a Local

3. 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.

From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

4. 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.

Tallinn TV Tower: Fast-Lane Ticket

5. Tallinn TV Tower: Fast-Lane Ticket

The Tallinn Television Tower, 314 meters in height, is the tallest building in Estonia as well as in all of northern Europe. The building is a renowned touristic, cultural and leisure center. Your journey starts with visit to Cinema Hall, giving a fascinating overview of the both the tower's history and that of Estonian independence itself. Then, head up to the viewing platform and brasserie-restaurant at the 170-meter level. On top you can enjoy an interactive exhibition detailing the greatest achievements of Estonians throughout the ages. A special panorama program magnifies the view and gives a short overview of Tallinn's most interesting sights and areas. Record and broadcast video greetings in the tower’s television studio and memorialize the visit with special souvenirs.

Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Day Tour with Ferry Crossing

6. Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Day Tour with Ferry Crossing

Cross the Gulf of Finland by ferry and join a guided city tour of Tallinn on a day tour from Helsinki. Step back to medieval times in Old Town, and see past Russian influences in the architecture of Aleksander Nevski Cathedral and Kadriog Park. After an easy 2-hour ferry crossing from Finland to Estonia, you will be met at the port by your guide. Your guided city tour will take in all the major sites of Tallinn, followed by some free time to explore at your own pace. The most popular destination in Tallinn is Old Town, an area which has maintained its medieval character and charm to this day. Stroll the cobblestone streets, walk through ivy-covered Viru Gate and explore the gothic Town Hall. On Toompea Hill discover the perfectly pink Toompea Castle, built in the 13th century, now home to Estonia's parliament. Directly across from the castle is Aleksander Nevski Cathedral. This striking Russian Orthodox-style cathedral with onion bulb domes will certainly capture your attention. For a dose of nature, the beautiful gardens at Kadriog Park beckon visitors to Tallinn. With geometric flower beds, Japanese garden and a lovely swan pond, there is plenty to delight the senses for all ages. At the end of the day you will return to the port for your ferry trip back to Helsinki where your tour ends but memories will remain.

Jägala Waterfall and Harju County 5-Hour Tour from Tallinn

7. Jägala Waterfall and Harju County 5-Hour 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

8. 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

9. 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

From Stockholm: 3-Day Return Cruise to Tallinn & Breakfast

10. From Stockholm: 3-Day Return Cruise to Tallinn & Breakfast

Travel from Stockholm to Tallinn and back by ship and enjoy during your mini-cruise not only the two cities but also a relaxing time onboard.  Day 1: Depart from Stockholm in the late afternoon, check into your comfortable sea-view cabin, and make the most of your time onboard.  Day 2: Take advantage of the breakfast buffet, which is included in the price while enjoying the breathtaking sea view. After arriving in Tallinn at you have enough time throughout the afternoon to explore the medieval city. You can leave your luggage in the cabin. In the early evening, you depart back to Stockholm. Day 3: After a relaxed breakfast and a beautiful sail through the archipelago you arrive back in Stockholm in the morning. Dine at the Grand Buffet or one of the à la carte restaurants. Browse through the shops offering global and local brands, listen to the singer-songwriter in the Pub, watch the evening show in the Starlight Palace or sing karaoke. Relax in the sauna and afterward, drink a fancy cocktail at the bar. 

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,640 reviews

We got the 7:30am ferry over to Helsinki. It was an early start but definitely worth it to make the most of the day in Finland. Online check in was really easy (I just downloaded the ferry app). Finding terminal D was easy enough too and check in on the self kiosk was so simple. I wasn’t sure how smoothly it was going to run but it was perfect. Ferry itself had loads to do on board and it was a smooth journey. On the other side there was a tram line right at the terminal. We got the 19:30 ferry back which honestly in the winter was the best time. I think 22:30 would have been very cold and late. The ferry left from the same place it dropped you off, so was easy to find your way back. We already had our tickets from the first check in. Really recommend this to see more of the world, Helsinki had a lot to offer and the ferry couldn’t have been easier to get on and off.

The ferry was super easy to find and very comfortable. I couldn’t work checking in on the app but we arrived and used the self check in kiosk which printed out tickets in second - just have to hand the email from the actual ferry company not get you’re guide. You can charge you phone while you wait and then straight onto the ferry. Super easy and well worth a trip!

The tour was fantastic as you got to see the whole old town in 3hrs. My tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of Tallinn and Estonia . The guide was more than happy to answer my questions and very helpful. I’d highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to do a walking tour in the old town.

Jorge was a wonderful guide. He knew so much and shared it in a very interesting way. He mad the day very special. He was able to read the group and adjust the day accordingly. Thank you very much!!

Very good trip. You should arrived a little bit earlier as the boat might leave Helsinki few minutes before.