Moscow Estonia - useful information for travelers

About the trip itself Moscow Tallinn by carI already wrote last time. And now with one post all the information that can be useful to all those who are going to go to Estonia from Moscow by car. At least here is what I was looking for in my time.

Where to stay in Tallinn

In any case, picked up apartments in the capital, you never know what. Since we stayed with relatives, they were not useful to us this time. However, sharing with you - City Heart Apartments and Estinn apartment. Reviews are good, well located, in general, we can recommend and book.

INFA for the trip Moscow-Estonia

  • Estonian Embassy website: There is a list of all the necessary documents.
  • Visas to Estonia cost 35 euros per person. You can get a visa to Estonia by yourself at the embassy, ​​having previously made an appointment (you can then pass without a turn).
  • Invitations canceled for the Russian Federation. You must specify the contacts of the host or hotel reservation.
  • I need medical insurance (600 rubles per person), here is my TOP 10 insurance for Schengen.
  • Green card for the car (2450 rubles). All the nuances of green cards described in a post.
  • From Moscow it is better to go through Kunichina Gora, on the Estonian side this is Koidula (Koidula). All this is near the town of Pechora. There is a toll road long 100m and cost 150r.
  • From Moscow to Estonia can be reached the fasteston the New Riga M9, ​​on the route Moscow-Pustoshka-Ostrov-Palkino-Izborsk-Pechora-Kunichina Gora. The distance to the border of about 780km. From the border of Koidula-Pylva-Tartu-Tallinn, 280km. We totally arrived in 14 hours.
  • In the Tver region, the roads are bad, it is better to drive until the light.
  • The time difference is 1 hour.
  • Navitel conducts well in Russia, IGO 8 in Estonia. Although there’s something to please. But I didn’t like the Navitel maps for Estonia.
  • It is impossible to transport meat and dairy products across the border. Restriction on alcohol and cigarettes.
  • You need to refuel before the border, full tank. Refueling is directly before the border.
  • On the way, you can eat at the TNK gas station (from Mokva at 500-525 km), they say, the food is good. Hotdogs can be found starting from 550 km (Pustoshka) and almost every 60 km.
  • A new system has been introduced on the border between Estonia and Russia.its rules should be reviewed on the stand for 800-1000m from the border point. Must be with you a mobile phone from which you can make calls. Call from your mobile at the number indicated on the stand, the camera records the number of your car. The fact that you are registered indicates the received SMS, but anything can happen! Then you should wait when they call you and say that you can drive up to the border.
  • The currency of Estonia since 2011 is the euro.
  • Changing money is better in Swedenbank, normal rate. In the oldest city (Tallinn), the exchange rate is bad.
  • Speed ​​limits: maximum 90 km / h on the highway (rarely 110), 50 km / h in populated areas. It is better not to exceed, say the fines are large.

On the map, you can see the route from Moscow to Tallinn in more detail.

P.S. About self-obtaining a Schengen French visa, I wrote here How to get a Schengen visa.

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