By train

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Travelling by train is cheap and fun.

You will also get a chance to enjoy beautiful scenery, glimpse of the more remote, wild and untouched landscapes and historic buildings.

There is only two international train lines coming to Estonia from Russia (timetable in RUS):

  • Moscow (Leningradski Vakzal/Station). It travels on daily basis and the journey lasts about 15 hours: enough to enjoy the view, have dinner in the restaurant and a good night’s sleep.
  • St-Petersburg.  It travels on daily basis and the journey lasts about 6,5 hours.

Trains from the Latvian capital Riga set out for Valga in southern Estonia three times a day (5.28 am, 10.32 am and 5.33 pm). The trip takes three hours and costs around 5 euros.

Should you be interested in a truly luxurious experience and travel like the Russian royalty used to, you could rent the “Imperial Wagon”. It includes a private lounge area, three sleeping compartments (one with a double bed); private around-the-clock room service and dinners served in style. Cost is in the region of 3000€ (Tallinn-Moscow-Tallinn).

Good to know:

  • Please be sure to check your visa and requirements when travelling between Russia and EU countries.
  • When travelling from Tallinn to Moscow, you need to apply for a visa at least 14 days before the trip.