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Car Hire Estonia

Having gained its independence from Soviet rule in 1991, Estonia has become a top European tourist destination.  So experience this Baltic state and explore with booking rent a car Estonia for your trip. There is so much to experience in Estonia that you will want an uncomplicated way to get around. The roads are well made and maintained, so you can use your Estonia car hire to see everything from glorious beaches and coastline to beautiful unspoilt countryside to its many forests. There is a mix of both medieval and the contemporary in Estonia. Whatever your reason to visit Estonia is, Estonia  rent a car is a handy way to get around this beautiful country.

There are places of interest for the traveler to see in Estonia. Car hire Estonia lets you take in the history and its culture that the country has to offer. From the capital Tallinn to the seaside resort of Pärnu, Estonia is an exciting  country for the traveller to explore. Rental car Estonia is popular and convenient method, you will need to book well in advance to get the dates and the type of car you desire.

A desire to explore the country you are visiting is really important so rent a car Estonia lets you take it easy along the roads of the country and also get from place to place in comfort and style. There are many options for car hire Estonia that you will want to decide early and get the most from your trip. It is easy to make a booking and the cars are modern and well-maintained, so don’t worry about your Estonia rental car experience – it will be just like driving your own car!

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The Country

For over 300 years Estonia has been linked to Russia, but since its independence in 1991 the country has grown and became a hip and modern country to visit Estonia has beautiful Baltic coastlines and  stunning placces for the traveller to explore and experience. – such as

  • Lahemaa National Park
  • Bishop’s Castle in Saaremaa,
  • Kuressaare Castle

There are other cities and sights, as we will see later in this guide.

The country is home to approximately 1.3 million people, the official language spoken in Estonian, Russian is also spoken.  Estonia is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia, and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia, it covers a total land area of 42,388 km2 (16,366 sq mi).

The summer in Estonia are June, July and August, while the winter months are December, January and February. The weather in the country is temperate, with four distinct seasons.

The nations sporting obsession is wrestling, along with winter sports such as skiing and they are also keen playing and watching basketball.

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Driving Tips

As with any new experience, you will need to know what you are letting yourself in for. Check all the rules of the road before you leave for Estonia to ensure you stay safe, do not draw attention to your hire car and making sure that nothing is left in the vehicle when it is un-occupied.. Here are some of the more important ones –

  • The driver is responsible to make sure all occupants of the car wear seat belts at all times
  • There is zero tolerance policy on drink driving in Estonia. It is illegal for any amount of alcohol found to be in the blood.
  • You must carry an international drivers licence with you at all times while on the road in
  • Children under 12 and not yet tall enough to use an adult seat belt must use a child restraint or child seat suitable for their size and weight. If a rear facing child restraint is used in the front seat, the airbag must be deactivated.
  • They drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on left. Vehicles coming from the right have priority at junctions
  • Traffic from the right normally has right of way – check for signs advising against this.
  • It is illegal to overtake a tram that is letting passengers disembark.
  • Cars approaching a roundabout must give way to traffic already on the roundabout.
  • Any stationary trams may be overtaken only on the right at moderate speed only, or on the left where there is no room on the right.
  • Don’t park on tram lines. Car theft and break-ins are not uncommon. Do not leave any valuables in the vehicle and use a secure car park if possible. A pay and display system is also used although illegally parked cars will be clamped and heavy fines can be imposed.
  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.
  • It is compulsory to carry a fire extinguisher, 2 warning triangles, a first aid kit, and 2 wheel chocks for parking in Estonia.
  • Try and keep some cash on you at all times as Estonian police can impose but not collect on the spot fines. If you agree to the amount of the fine, it must be paid within 14 days. Speeding is a serious offence and even the smallest indiscretion can result in a fine.
  • All vehicles must have their headlights on at all times. You should not use the horn in urban areas unless involved in a dangerous situation.
  • If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental supplier and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill.
  • If you breakdown you must put on your reflective jacket and place the reflective triangle behind the vehicle to warn other drivers. You must notify the rental car company and suppliers for advice and assistance.
  • Between December 1st and March 1st, winter tyres must be fitted although these dates can vary from October to April depending on the weather if warranted.
  • The major cities can be very busy at rush hour so leave plenty of time for your journey
  • On an open road, the speed limit is 90/110 kph / 56/68 mph.
  • The speed limit in built up areas is 50 kph / 31 mph.

Make sure you know what to do when driving in Estonia be safe and stay on the right side of the law.

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Airports in Estonia

Estonia has transport links to the rest of the world through trade and other activities. Here are some of the busiest airports in Estonia –

  • Tallinn Airport (Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport)
  • Kuressaare Airport
  • Tartu-Ülenurme Airport
  • Pärnu Airport

The best way to get the most from your car hire Estonia is to book from the airport so you know you have the transport you need. Do this in advance to get the best prices available.

When driving on the roads of the Estonia you want to be safe. You should research the rules of the road, as said before, but also have the following numbers  programmed in your phone on case of emergency. For the police its ,110/112 and for the  ambulance and fire brigade is 112.

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