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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.

It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Estonia highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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As most of Estonia’s territory is covered by forests, this country is abundant when it comes to scenic natural beauty. Not just that, the capital of Estonia which is Tallinn itself is enough reason to visit the country as it is one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Being conquered by the Swedes, Germans, and even Russians, Estonia still has some of its conqueror’s influence up to this day.

Top Destinations in Estonia

Castles or palaces, cathedrals, and parks are some of what Estonia can offer to tourists. As it is one of the least visited countries in Europe, tourist destinations in Estonia will give you a fresh, vibrant, and relaxing atmosphere. Exploring the country is just like wandering in a fairy-tale-like set-up.

Tallinn’s Old Town

Whether you visit Estonia for a long vacation or not, a tour around Tallinn’s Old Town cannot be missed. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, Tallinn’s Old Town offers architectural structures that are well-preserved. The streets in Tallin’s Old town are made up of cobblestones. While wandering around Tallinn’s Old Town, you will see Raeapteek. It is one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies and exhibits antique medical tools. Gothic arches can be seen in Tallinn Town Hall.

You can wander and explore Tallinn’s Old Town for free. But entering specific historic buildings may cost you some money. It is best to visit Tallinn’s Old Town during winter as most of its medieval architecture is decorated with Christmas lights. In the summer season, huge crowds visit the place. That is why you should visit during the winter season to fully enjoy the medieval city.

Driving Directions

  • From Tallinn Airport or also known as Lennart Melin Tallinn Airport, it would take you an estimated 10-minute drive to get to Tallinn’s Old Town via Tallinn–Tartu–VĂ”ru–Luhamaa/Route 2.
  • Head west on Lennujaama tee.
  • Turn right onto Tallinn–Tartu–VĂ”ru–Luhamaa/Route 2
  • Continue onto RĂ€vala puiestee.
  • Slight right toward A. Laikmaa
  • Turn left onto Estonia puiestee
  • Turn right onto G. Otsa
  • Continue onto Suur-Karja
  • Suur-Karja turns left and becomes MĂŒĂŒrivahe TĂ€nav
  • Continue onto RĂŒĂŒtli
  • Turn right onto Niguliste

You do need an International Driving Permit, also known as International Driver’s License, to drive in Estonia. An International Driving Permit is a legal translation document of your local driver’s license to 12-UN recognized languages. You can secure your International Driving Permit in Estonia on our website by filling out the IDP application form.

Qualifications for an International Driving Permit in Estonia are also found on the website. As an IDP is required when driving in Estonia, it is best to secure it before traveling and exploring the beauty of Estonia. The International Drivers Association offers international shipping to any region. Your International Driving Permit in Estonia can be secured by you no matter where you are.

Estonian National Museum

It is important to know and understand Estonia’s history if you want to further explore the country. And no better place for it than visiting the Estonian National Museum. The museum showcases the history of Estonia, specifically the life and early traditions of the ancient Estonians.

The museum is 355 meters long and 71 meters wide that lies on an old runway of the airfield that also follows the runway’s shape. Artifacts of the earliest prehistoric people of Estonia can also be witnessed inside the museum. Aside from that Estonia’s traditional national costumes for all regions in the country are also displayed.

The museum is open on Wednesdays until Sundays and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The entrance fee ranges from €10 to €14 (roughly $12 - 17) depending on the age category you belong to. There is also a family package entrance fee of €28 (roughly $28). It is best to visit the museum from March until May (spring season).

Driving Directions

  • From Tallinn’s Old Town, it would take you a little over a 2-hour drive to get to Estonia’s National Museum via Tallinn–Tartu–VĂ”ru–Luhamaa/Route 2
  • Take RĂŒĂŒtli to PĂ€rnu mnt/Route 8
  • Follow Tallinn–Tartu–VĂ”ru–Luhamaa/Route 2 to KĂ€revere-KĂ€rkna/Route 41 in KĂ€revere
  • Continue on KĂ€revere-KĂ€rkna/Route 41 to Vahi
  • Turn left onto JĂ”hvi–Tartu–Valga/E264
  • Take Vahi to your destination in Tartu

The website of IDA also consists of their contact number for securing an International Driving License in Estonia. You don't need to get a local Estonian driving license. However, you have to be at least 18 years old to be an International Driving License holder to apply. Aside from that, you also need your local national driving license.

Applying for an International Driver’s Permit in Estonia online is possible thanks to the IDA. With that fact, you can apply for an IDP as easily as it is. You can find a sample of an International Driver’s Permit in Estonia online. An update about your International Driver’s License in Estonia will be sent to you after you submitted your application. With this, you don't have to get an Estonian driving licence nor any driving test to drive in the country as a tourist.

Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

If you want to know more about the maritime history of Estonia, you should visit the Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. It is a museum that exhibits around 200 maritime artifacts and vessels. By visiting the museum, you will get the chance to see a submarine in the 1930s era, the remains of the oldest ship in Estonia, and a 100-year old steam-powered icebreaker.

The entrance fee is €14 (roughly $17) for adults and €7 (roughly $9) for kids. They also have a family package rate of €28 (roughly $34). From October to April, the museum is open every day except Mondays from 10 Am to 6 PM. And from May to September, it is open every day from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Driving Directions

  • It would take a little over a 2-hour drive to get to the Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour from the Estonian National Museum via the Tallinn–Tartu–VĂ”ru–Luhamaa/Route 2 route.
  • Take KĂ”rvekĂŒla-Tartu/Route 95 to JĂ”hvi–Tartu–Valga/E264
  • Follow JĂ”hvi–Tartu–Valga/E264 to Tartu-JĂ”geva-Aravete/Route 39 in Vahi
  • Take KĂ€revere-KĂ€rkna/Route 41 to Tallinn–Tartu–VĂ”ru–Luhamaa/Route 2 in KĂ€revere
  • Follow Tallinn–Tartu–VĂ”ru–Luhamaa/Route 2 to JĂ”e in Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn
  • Take Ahtri and Kalaranna to your destination in PĂ”hja-Tallinna linnaosa

You don't have to take a practical driving test to get an IDP. You don't also need a local Estonian driving licence neither. Just fill out the online form for application of an International Driver’s Permit in Estonia on the IDA's website. You can apply for an International Driver’s Permit in Estonia wherever region you are. As you can apply online through the IDA, you only need a laptop or a mobile phone and the required documents to apply for an IDP.

You can complete your online application for an International Driver’s Permit in Estonia through our website in less than a minute. Your application will be reviewed and processed in two hours by the IDA team. If ever it is approved, you will receive a digital copy of your IDP via email. As for the physical copy of your International Driver’s Permit in Estonia, it will be shipped to your address. No need to take a practical driving test!

Matsalu National Park

If you are a bird lover, then you should visit the Matsalu National Park in Estonia. This park was initially called the Matsalu Nature reserve until 2004. It is also one of Europe’s richest areas for migratory bird species. You can also hike in the park as there are three hiking trails with different lengths available for you.

The best time to visit the park is during the bird’s migration period and it is sometime during the spring or fall season. Over two million birds fly across the Matsalu National Park every year. The park is open every day all year long from 9 AM to 5 PM except in October until April as they are closed on weekends. The entrance fee to the park is free of charge.

Driving Directions

  • From Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, an estimated 1 hour and 45-minute drive would be enough for you to reach the Matsalu National Park via Ă„Ă€smĂ€e–Haapsalu–RohukĂŒla/Route 9 and Risti–Virtsu–Kuivastu–Kuressaare/Route 10.
  • Take Kalaranna and Mere puiestee to Viru vĂ€ljak/Route 8 in Kesklinna linnaosa
  • Follow Tallinn–PĂ€rnu–Ikla/Route 4, Ă„Ă€smĂ€e–Haapsalu–RohukĂŒla/Route 9 and Risti–Virtsu–Kuivastu–Kuressaare/Route 10 to Tuudi-Saastna/Route 191 in Tuudi
  • Turn right onto Tuudi-Saastna/Route 191
  • Turn right onto Meelva-Matsalu/Route 192
  • Then turn right again.
  • Continue straight, then turn left to reach your destination.

Double-check the details of your application for an International Driver’s Permit in Estonia especially the zip code of your address. Delays can occur to the shipment of your IDP if the address that you entered is not precise. You will receive an update once your International Driver’s Permit in Estonia is shipped by the IDA team.

The shipment of your IDP will take 7-15 days if you live in the United States and up to 30 days for international shipping. One thing is sure though, no matter in what district you are, your International Driver’s Permit in Estonia will be shipped to you immediately. As soon as your International Driver’s License in Estonia is shipped, an update will be given to you.

Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

The Aleksander Nevski Katedraali is a historic cathedral in Estonia. It is one of Tallinn’s popular tourist attractions due to its distinctive religious architectural design. It has five onion-like domes and it houses 11 bells including the largest bell in Tallinn. The primary attraction of the cathedral is the altar which is decorated with golden embellishments and mosaic elements.

The cathedral is open from 8:30 AM to 6 PM from Sundays to Fridays. On Saturdays, it opens at 8:30 AM and closes later than the other days which is at 7 PM. The admission charge inside the cathedral is free. It is best to visit during the spring or fall seasons as the atmosphere is vibrant and refreshing.

Driving Directions

  • From Matsalu National Park, it would take you 1 hour and 45 minutes of driving to get to the Aleksander Nevski Katedraali via Risti–Virtsu–Kuivastu–Kuressaare/Route 10 and Ă„Ă€smĂ€e–Haapsalu–RohukĂŒla/Route 9.
  • Follow Meelva-Matsalu/Route 192 and Tuudi-Saastna/Route 191 to Risti–Virtsu–Kuivastu–Kuressaare/Route 10 in Tuudi
  • Continue on Risti–Virtsu–Kuivastu–Kuressaare/Route 10. Take Ă„Ă€smĂ€e–Haapsalu–RohukĂŒla/Route 9 to TĂ”nismĂ€gi in Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn
  • Slight left onto TĂ”nismĂ€gi
  • Continue onto Toompea
  • Continue onto Toom-Kooli
  • Your destination will be on the right

You do not need to go to an office to apply for an Estonian driving licence nor an International Driver’s License in Estonia as it can be done online. An International Driver’s Permit in Estonia application form is also provided on the website of the IDA. Do not hesitate to call the IDA team if you have any questions about an International driver’s Permit in Estonia. Their contact number is also provided on their website.

In applying for an International Driver’s License in Estonia, the requirements should be uploaded along with your application form. As easy as that, you can now secure an International Driver’s License at the IDA’s website.

Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

Standing since the 1930s, the Kuressaare Episcopal Castle is a medieval stone castle and is one of the most well-preserved castles in Estonia. You can wander around the castle’s convent building, steep staircases, central courtyard, and the Baroque carving on the bishop’s living quarters. It also houses an on-site museum that exhibits the life of the people living in the castle centuries ago.

The castle has an entrance fee of €8 (roughly $10) for adults and €6 (roughly $7) for kids. You can join and participate in traditional activities like pottery making, archery, and firing Estonia's oldest working cannon. It is best to visit the castle during the spring or fall season.

Driving Directions

  • From Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, it would take you an estimated 4-hour drive to reach the Kuressaare Episcopal Castle via Risti–Virtsu–Kuivastu–Kuressaare/Route 10
  • Note that you need to ride a ferry to get to your destination.
  • Follow Toompea to Kaarli puiestee/Route 8
  • Follow Tallinn–PĂ€rnu–Ikla/Route 4, Ă„Ă€smĂ€e–Haapsalu–RohukĂŒla/Route 9 and Risti–Virtsu–Kuivastu–Kuressaare/Route 10 to Saaremaa - Virtsu/Virtsu - Kuivastu
  • Take the Saaremaa - Virtsu/Virtsu - Kuivastu ferry
  • Continue straight onto Risti–Virtsu–Kuivastu–Kuressaare/Route 10
  • Continue on Risti–Virtsu–Kuivastu–Kuressaare/Route 10 to your destination
  • Your destination will be on the left.

When applying for an International Driver’s License in Estonia, zip code, contact number, and other important details should be filled-in in the application form. Aside from that, you should enter the correct district in your International Driver’s Permit in Estonia application to avoid any delays in the shipment of your IDP.

If you have any questions regarding an International Driver's License in Estonia, the contact number of the IDA can also be accessed on our website. Just scroll down to the end of the page to see our contact information.

SÔrve Lighthouse

The SÔrve Lighthouse is located on an island called Saaremaa in Estonia. It is one of the most stunning lighthouses on the island. It is a cylindrical concrete tower that was built to replace the temporary wooden structure lighthouses, a signal point between the years 1945 and 1960.

It is usually open during the summer season from Mondays to Sundays from 10 Am to 7 PM. A ticket would cost you €5 (roughly $6). You can go climb the 52-meter lighthouse and enjoy the scenic view at the top of the lighthouse.

Driving Directions

  • From Kuressaare Episcopal Castle, it would take you a 47-minute drive to arrive at SĂ”rve Lighthouse via Kuressaare-SÀÀre/Route 77
  • Continue to Lossi
  • Take Kuressaare-SÀÀre/Route 77 to SÀÀre/Route 175 in SÀÀre
  • Continue straight onto SÀÀre/Route 175
  • Your destination will be on the left.

If you ever wonder what an International Driver’s Permit/License in Estonia looks like, a sample can be found on the internet. When applying for an International Driver’s License in Estonia, your contact number will be very important if ever there is a need for an IDA staff to contact you. And the most important is to prepare the requirements before applying for an International Driver’s Permit in Estonia.

It is very important to know that you can secure an International Driver’s License in Estonia on our website. By exploring the website, you can find a sample of an International Driver’s License in Estonia. An important reminder is to check your country’s zip code when applying for an International Driver’s License in Estonia to avoid delays on the IDPs shipment.

For more inquiries about an International Driver’s Permit/License in Estonia, you can contact IDA’s office number that can be found on their website.

Most Important Driving Rules

If you want to go through different tourist destinations in Estonia by driving a car, it is important to be familiar with the country’s road rules and regulations to avoid getting in trouble while enjoying your trip. If you do not have your own car, you can rent one online.

Basic Driving Rules

You should take note that in Estonia, you are to drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left. If you come from a country that has the same way of driving as Estonia, then you won’t have a problem, but if not, do not forget about what side of the road you should drive on.

Always bring your IDP with you

Do not forget to bring your IDP with you as Estonian road authorities require non-European Union driver licenses to secure an International Driver’s Permit in Estonia in wherever district they are driving. Road inspections can happen anytime and it is best to always be prepared.

Don’t forget to carry required documents

Along with your International Driver’s Permit in Estonia, you have to also always bring your local driver’s license, your passport, and car-related documents. The mentioned documents are what Estonian road authorities will look for during checkpoints so it is important to always bring them with you.

Drunk driving and the use of illegal drugs is prohibited

It is illegal to drive under the influence. Estonian authorities impose a maximum Blood Alcohol Limit (BAC) level of 0.02% or 20mg alcohol per 100ml blood. When you are caught drink driving, you have to pay €400 (roughly $480) and your driving license will be suspended. The worst thing that can happen when drunk driving is a road accident.

Obey the speed limit of the road

You have to always follow the speed limit of the road you are driving in. They are there to maintain order on the road and guide you on your trip. Even if you are in a hurry, it is not an excuse to violate the speed limit of the road.

Always wear your seatbelt

Do not forget to buckle up your seatbelt whenever you are about to drive in your car. Seat Belts can be a very important factor when accidents happen on the road. It can lessen the impact and the injuries that you will have whenever you are involved in an accident.

Follow road signs

Road signs are put on the road to guide you on your trip. To avoid getting lost while you are driving in Estonia, be mindful and take note of the road signs that you see on the roads in Estonia.

Using handheld phones while driving is not allowed

Do not use your mobile phone while you are still driving. The attention that you will give to your mobile phone should be only to the road ahead of you. Being distracted from driving can cause collisions with other cars on the road and possibly a road accident.

Do not drive with an expired license

Driving in Estonia with an expired local driver’s license or an expired International Driver’s Permit in Estonia is illegal. Those two mentioned documents must still be valid for you to use while driving in the country. If one of your local driver’s license or your IDP is expired, you can’t drive in Estonia. You can contact the IDAs number about your International Driver’s License in Estonia renewal.

How to renew an expired IDP?

As you do need an International Driver’s Permit in Estonia, it is important to make sure that it is still valid when you are going to use it. You can renew your International Driver’s Permit in Estonia online at the International Driver’s Association’s official website. They offer IDPs with validity from one to three years with a price starting from $49. Once you submit your application, an update about your International Driver’s Permit/License in Estonia application will be sent to you in 2 hours.

The physical copy of your International Driver’s Permit in Estonia will be shipped to your address. It would take 7-15 days for it to arrive if you are living in the US and 30 days internationally. Do not forget to check the details you entered in your application for an International Driver’s Permit/License in Estonia especially the zip code of your address to avoid delays in the shipment.

It is important to plan carefully before you embark on your journey to a foreign country. You have to think about hotel accommodations and your transportation from one place to another in the country you are visiting. When you have decided to be driving a car as a way of transportation in Estonia, you have to make sure that you already secure an IDP.

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