Car & Van Hire in Tallinn

Enterprise car hire locations in Tallinn

Tallinn Airport is just 4 km from the city centre. Once you've picked up your car from the airport's Enterprise Rent-a-Car desk, you'll be in the city in no time!

What to do and see in Tallinn

The capital of Estonia has a long, fascinating history. Thanks to its strategic position on the Baltic Sea, it was considered a gem by several empires. Tallinn changed hands many times in its history. Today, in more peaceful times, it has become one of the Baltic region's top tourist attractions. Its old buildings, beautiful landscapes and charming old town have made Tallinn a popular destination for visitors.

To get a feel for Tallinn, go for a stroll around the old town. Put on your most comfortable walking shoes, as it's very easy to lose your way in this twisting maze of cobblestone streets. You won't mind getting lost, though - everywhere you turn, you'll see something beautiful, like an old house, a charming church or an enticing café. The entire old town is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it's more than just a huge museum. Visit Town Hall Square, the beating heart of the city, where lively events take place all year round. This is where you'll find the Christmas market in winter and medieval-themed celebrations in summer.

Estonia was a key part of the Russian Empire, which left its mark on the city. Take a look at Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, a striking red and white Russian-style building high on Toompea Hill. The people of Estonia once planned to tear this cathedral down, seeing it as a symbol of oppression. However, they decided to keep it, reclaiming it for the nation of Estonia. Inside, you'll find beautifully decorative woodwork and mosaics.

Near the cathedral, you can see one of the oldest buildings in Tallinn, the 13th-century St Olaf's Church. This has an incredible spire, reaching an impressive height of 123 m. You can climb to the top for great views of the city - but be careful. The church has been struck by lightning many times over the centuries!

Another example of the Russian legacy in Estonia can be seen in Tallinn's KGB museum. This is a fascinating place for anyone interested in modern history. The museum is set in the old KGB headquarters, which was in use until the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union. Check out the range of surveillance equipment, uniforms and Soviet artefacts for a fascinating glimpse into the days of the Cold War.

Use car hire in Tallinn to explore the area outside the city. Start with a trip to the Estonian Open Air Museum, where you'll find close to 100 reconstructed historical buildings. Walk through Estonia's history, admiring the old mills, farms, churches and houses. Trained artisans give demonstrations of traditional crafts and recipes, bringing this museum to life.

A car or van hire in Tallinn also allows you to visit Kadriorg Park, just outside the city. Close to the Baltic Sea, this 18th-century park is stunning, with manicured flower beds, fountains, elegant sculptures and more. The baroque palace at its heart is now home to a small art museum.

Driving in Tallinn

Tallinn's old town is mostly a car-free zone. Some of its streets can, in theory, be accessed by vehicles. In practice, it's more convenient to park on the outskirts and visit the old town on foot. The narrow cobbled streets were not made for modern cars, and parking within the old town is both hard to find and expensive.

Parking in the Kesklinn area is free on Sundays and in the evenings. In the Pirita area, it is free except for the summer months. You'll find more free parking on the edge of the city. In other, more central parts, you will need to pay for parking. Nowadays, most Estonians prefer to use a mobile app to pay. As a result, parking meters are sometimes thin on the ground.

While driving in Tallinn, you will find yourself sharing the road with trams. It is an offence to overtake a tram that has stopped to let passengers on or off. Don't do this - you'll face a fine. You can also be fined for driving with your headlights off. Wherever you go in Estonia, you are legally obliged to keep your headlights on, both by day and night. Finally, make sure your car is clean - a dirty licence plate can result in a fine!

Tallinn is very far north, and in summer, the sun never fully sets. In winter, nights are incredibly long. Both of these weather conditions can affect your body clock, leaving you more susceptible than usual to fatigue. Ensure you take breaks if necessary.

It is possible to take a car ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki, on the other side of the Gulf of Finland. Be sure to discuss any international driving plans with your Enterprise Rent-a-Car agent before setting out.

Car and van hire in Estonia with Enterprise

Enterprise Estonia offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Tallinn

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Tallinn

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Tallinn, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.