In order to make your visit to Estonia during the Presidency of the Council of the European Union as easy and efficient as possible, we present important information about events, transport, accommodation, and other practical matters.
The full calendar of the political and cultural events is available in our events section.
Latest political calendar for download (PDF, 158.88 KB).
Calendar of the DSM midterm review events for download (PDF, 73 KB).
Subscribe to press releases
If you would like to receive press releases about the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify in your email if you wish to receive press releases both for political meetings and cultural events.
Media Guide for download (PDF, 703 KB).
In connection with the Estonian Presidency, Nordica airlines has a 10% discount for international journalists.
For further information, please visit Nordica website.
Tallinn has an extensive public transport system that includes buses, trams and trolleybuses. As of 1 September 2017, tram 4 runs between the Tallinn Airport and the Tallinn city centre, as per the regular schedule, daily.
Public transport is free for registered residents of Tallinn. Visitors can purchase tickets from the driver (in the form of a paper ticket) and newsagents (in the form of a green card - in this case, you will need to specify how many days you wish the ticket to last for). Central Tallinn, especially the Old Town, is easily navigated on foot. More information on timetables, prices and routes is available on the websites of the City of Tallinn, Tallinn Airport and the Port of Tallinn.
There are several private taxi services available in Tallinn. The fares from the airport to the centre should not exceed €10. More information is available on the website of the City of Tallinn and a list of the official partners of the airport is available on the website of Tallinn Airport.
Due to the peak of the tourist season coinciding with the start of the Estonian Presidency, we recommend booking your accommodation well in advance. More information on accommodation is available on the Visit Tallinn website.
Accommodation inquiries can also be made on the website of Estravel.
Eastern European Time (GMT +2) in the winter; daylight saving time is applied in the summer (GMT +3)
Country dialling code
Dial 00372 or +372
Type: F (with two round pins)
In Estonia, vehicles must drive on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas and 90 km/h in non-urban areas unless specified otherwise. Information about traffic changes during the Presidency is available on the website of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.
The official currency of Estonia is the euro. Money can be exchanged at banks and currency exchange offices. Cash machines accept most credit and debit cards and all major credit cards are widely accepted in Estonia.
Dial 112, the EU-wide emergency number for police, the fire brigade or ambulance.
The official language of Estonia is Estonian, but English and Russian are widely spoken, as well as German and Finnish to a lesser extent. Estonian belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family and is related to Finnish and Hungarian.
Lingvist, an Estonian startup, has created an app for Estonia's centenary to help people learn 100 essential Estonian phrases. You can use this app to get up to speed with the language of the most digitally advanced society during your visit to Estonia.
Public holidays during the Estonian Presidency
Opening hours: shops
Shop closing times range from 19.00 to 23.00, with most shopping centres closing at 21.00.
Pharmacies are usually open from 10.00 to 19.00 outside of shopping centres, with pharmacies in shopping centres usually closing when the shopping centre itself closes, which is commonly 21.00.
In Tallinn, two pharmacies operate through the night:
- Südameapteek at Tõnismägi 5, ph: +372 644 2282
- Südameapteek at Vikerlase 19, ph: +372 638 4338.
Opening hours: banks
Most banks are open from 09.00 to 18.00 on weekdays.
Smoking in public is allowed only in designated areas.
In Tallinn, hotspots are available in public parks and squares and nearly all cafés and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi.
Located in the temperate climate zone, the weather in Estonia is very changeable depending on the season. The average summer temperatures vary between 16 °C and 20 °C, but can reach up to 30 °C, and July is the warmest month. Summer in Estonia tends to be very light, with 19 hours of daylight known locally as the ‘white nights’. Spring and autumn see frequent light rain. In winter, the rain turns to snow and the temperature drops below zero. The weather forecast for Estonia is available at Estonian Weather Services homepage.
NB! It is compulsory to wear reflectors during the darker months of the year. Reflectors, usually taking the form of a wristband or a hanging reflective strip that can be tied to a coat pocket zip, can be purchased in newsagents and supermarkets and should be worn on a person's right-hand side. For further information, please refer to the Visit Estonia and Visit Tallinn websites.