The budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair both offer low-cost direct flights to Tallinn from the UK. EasyJet offers services from London Gatwick, while Ryanair has flights from London Stansted and Manchester. A number of airlines serve Tallinn indirectly, with Finnair offering flights via Helsinki, Lufthansa connecting to the Estonian capital via Frankfurt and airBaltic through Riga.
From Tallinn's airport, city bus services 2 and 65 offer convenient connections to the central attractions. Journey durations vary according to traffic, but the distance is only four kilometres so 15-20 minutes is a reasonable estimate. Tickets cost approximately 2 Euros and can be purchased from the bus driver. Registered taxi services from the arrivals terminal should charge between five to ten Euros for the journey to the old town.
The city's beautifully-preserved medieval old town has made it a popular destination for city breaks and romantic getaways. The 15th-century Town Hall and the Raekoja Plats square retain an atmospheric moodiness, even if many of the narrow streets now throng with tourists. The square is the destination for markets, concerts and festival events. Its evocative Christmas market is a highlight of the year.
The imposing Alexsandr Nevski Orthodox cathedral is a domed landmark, helping you negotiate your way around the warren of cobbled streets and quaint squares beneath the 13th-century Toompea castle. St Catherine's Passage is a particular highlight, the narrow medieval lane housing traditional craft studios for ceramics, glass and leather goods, alongside artists' workshops.
There is a preponderance of lively bars, fashionable cafes, cellar restaurants and boutiques to attract the tourist euro, but when peace descends in late afternoon, Tallinn retains a certain timeless mystique.
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