Moscow Tallinn by car - 4 days for everything

I wanted to go somewhere on the New Yearholidays 2010, so much so that the budget. Therefore, we decided, together with my wife, to go to Estonia with relatives, or rather to Tallinn from Moscow by car. Since even a reserved seat on the train went somewhere 2 times more expensive than gasoline. Yes, and the car is somehow more romantic. And we had only 4 days for everything about everything.

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Estonian visas

Visas to Estonia were fairly easy to get, notturning to travel agencies. We visited the website of the Estonian embassy, ​​read what documents are needed, everything is written in detail, filled out the questionnaire in electronic form (they only accept these now), and then it was necessary to file documents and collect them. Everything is pretty fast, without any special queues, you just need to sign up by phone. As a result, only 35 euros per person. By the way, who will go to relatives or friends, now there is no need to make an invitation, just indicate the contacts of the person you are visiting.

A honey insurance is not bought next to the embassy, ​​but in advance for 1200 rubles (my post about all the nuances of insurance). It is important to choose it so that it turns out to be working, and not to buy the first one somewhere along the way.

Green card cost 2450 rubles (my post about all the nuances of the green card). The most convenient way to order online and bring home.

Information for those who are going to go from Moscow to Estonia - there both about visas, and about roads, and about all sorts of other moments. And about self-obtaining a Schengen French visa, I wrote here How to get a Schengen visa.

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.

Moscow Tallinn by car, start

Having read the forums, and frightened by the queues inNarva, they decided to go through Kunichina Gora (on the Estonian side of Koidula), is located near the town of Pechora, and for some reason does not appear on maps on the Internet.

It was our first so far.autotravel. We were a little worried about whether the road would be cleared of snow, how the car would drive itself, how they drive abroad, as a line at the border on New Year's holidays. Worried in vain.

We left at 8 am for the new Riga route: Moscow-Pustoshka-Island-Palkino-Izborsk-Pechora. They did not take maps with them, but there was a navigator with Navitel for Russia, and IGO 8 for Estonia. The map details are good, they did not fail, and in Tallinn I plotted the route to the address without any problems.

A good road ends with Moscowby area. Tver region is solid potholes, and it is better to pass it through the light. The roads are cleared so-so, the fact that the car rolled out, so you go. We were pleased with the names of some settlements, one of the remembered "Davydov End".

At the border there were 16 hours; they were the first to gofast enough. If you had filled out the declaration in advance, it would have turned out even faster. The border guards did not particularly check us, although we didn’t have any things with us. Keep in mind that meat and dairy products cannot be imported. There is a booth in front of Kunich Mountain, there you have to pay 150 rubles. For travel on the toll road, 100 meters long. Perhaps that is why there are fewer queues at this border crossing, as the majority of the queues are crafted by Estonians who come to Russia for vodka and gasoline, and ride back and forth all day. This is mainly folkkvageny with large tanks. Also in this booth you can buy a green card, for the same price as in Moscow, I specifically learned (no more than they write on the forums). Perhaps this applies only to Kunichina Gora. One more thing, it is necessary to fill a full tank before the border, as gasoline in Estonia costs 16.5 kroons per liter (about 1 euro).

Estonia

Next began Estonia. It was decided not to exceed, and frankly, I did not want to. Everyone is going quietly, according to the rules, they do not prune, literally a couple of times I was overtaken. Speed ​​limits: maximum 90 km / h on the highway, 50 km / h in populated areas. On the road there are cameras that show your speed in real time. Roads like, cleared, with good asphalt, not even on highways. Reflective posts are on the sides of the road, in the dark it is very convenient to drive.

Moscow Tallinn by car

Moscow Tallinn by car

Another difference is that the villages on the waywell-groomed, there is no such devastation. We arrived in Tallinn at 22 o'clock (at 21 local). Total road took 14 hours along with the border. The mileage is 770 km in Russia, 280 km in Estonia.

For the next two days we walked around Tallinn. The first thing that caught my eye was a large number of shopping centers, more than per capita in Moscow. And in our Butovo there is still no sensible center. By the way, the equipment there seems more expensive to us, the clothes and food are about the same.

Needless to have visited the old city. Very reminiscent of Europe, with its cobbled narrow streets and old buildings. But the euro to the crown, there is a predatory. Therefore, it is best to change money in Swedenbank, there are a lot of them in the city. The currency of Estonia is kroons, at least for now, and the exchange rate in the bank is 1 euro = 15.6 kroons.

Tallinn - Old Town

Tallinn - Old Town

Tallinn - Old Town

Tallinn - Old Town

We visited the observation platforms of the old city. Unfortunately, it was snowing, so only the nearest snow-covered roofs were visible. In the summer, it looks more impressive, a combination of red roofs and green trees around.

Tallinn - Old Town

Tallinn - Old Town

Tallinn - Old Town

Tallinn - Old Town

We went to American Pizza, quite affordable and tasty, and there is also a choice of vegetarian pizzas, which was important for us.

Before our arrival there were snowfalls and the whole city was littered with snow. It is cleaned, of course, but somehow not willingly. Apparently so much snow nonsense, winter is the same! Many cars are littered with snow on the roof.

Tallinn. Under the snow.

Tallinn. Under the snow.

We visited Kadriorg, an analogue of Peterhof, quite such pretty buildings. The private sector, almost in the center of the city, also resembles Europe, lovely cottages and small streets.

Streets of Tallinn

Streets of Tallinn

Tallinn. Houses Barbie and Ken.

Tallinn. Houses Barbie and Ken.

Walked along the promenade, which is oppositesinging field (there is music playing, and in the summer the people perform). There are a lot of gulls and ducks on the embankment, but unfortunately we didn’t take a loaf with us in order to feed these well-fed creatures.

Baltic Sea. Ducks.

Tallinn. Baltic Sea. Ducks.

We visited the port, looked at the ships painted like Ikea. Unfortunately, we could not get on the ferry Tallinn - Helsinki, there were few days.

Tallinn. Not far from the port.

Tallinn. Not far from the port.

We went to Keila-Joa to the waterfall. The newlyweds come there in the summer, and the groom must carry the bride in his arms across the river with a fast current. In winter, of course, everything is slightly sub-frozen, but also beautiful. There is a space between a frozen waterfall and a stone wall, and you can go there. After we stopped at the mountain of Hamlet, there is a lookout at the sea.

Waterfall. Keila-Joa.

Waterfall. Keila-Joa.

There are a lot of Russians in Estonia. As we were told about 30%. Only once did the store have to speak English. Basically, only the younger generation speaks Estonian, and does not know Russian. Russian discrimination takes place, and it’s harder to get a job, and in life it’s more difficult. But this has nothing to do with tourists. Relatives said that a few years ago there were almost no beatings of Russians, and the press was silent about it.

Back did not want to leave. In Estonia, we liked it in general, it is something intermediate between Western Europe and Russia. There were even thoughts of moving there to live, for it is easier than moving, for example, to France or to England, but at the same time it becomes possible to travel around a Schengen and live in a more or less civilized country. True enough and cons ...

Way back

The road took the same time, droveon the same route. My wife and I were discussing the whole way what in Estonia is like in Europe and what is not. However, they completely agreed that the roads and settlements in Russia make a truly depressing impression after Estonia (Moscow Region is not counted), and the trip Moscow Tallinn by car was worth it :)

After a year driving independently in Europe by car (Czech Republic, Germany, France), I nevertheless remained at my own opinion - Estonia is a funny country, no worse than its Schengen neighbors.

P.S. If you see cars with Estonian plates at a border near the toll road barrier, you should be aware that they are waiting for you. In order after you have paid for the passage, you have time to slip through while the barrier is raised.

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