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Tolls, tips and driving advice

Touring tips

Drinking and driving: Strictly forbidden. Nil percentage of alcohol is allowed in a driver’s blood, a fine and/or imprisonment is/are imposed for non-compliance. 

Driving license: Minimum age at which an Irish license holder may drive a temporarily imported car and/or motorcycle is 18. 

Fines: The police can impose fines on the spot. The police control speeds closely and will give fines for even the smallest speeding offences. Illegally parked cars will be clamped. Heavy fines can be imposed for unlawful parking. 

Fuel: Unleaded petrol (95 and 98 octane), diesel and LPG available. No leaded petrol. Petrol in a can is permitted, subject to payment of excise duty at the frontier. Credit cards are accepted at most filling stations; check with your card issuer for use in Estonia before travel. 

Lights: Use of dipped headlights during the day is compulsory. 

Motorcycles: Use of dipped headlights during the day is compulsory. The wearing of crash helmets is compulsory for driver and passenger. 

Motor insurance: Third-party compulsory. 

Passengers/children in cars: Children too small to wear seat belts must travel in a child seat adapted to their size. 

Seat belts: Compulsory for front seat occupants to wear seat belts. Rear seat belts must be worn if fitted. 

Speed limits: The standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers is:  50 km/h in built-up areas, 90 km/h outside built-up areas but up to 110 km/h on some roads during the summer months. Motorists who have held a driving license for less than two years must not exceed 90 km/h outside built-up areas. 

Compulsory equipment in Estonia

  • First-aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Two wheel chocks (blocks of wood or plastic to put under a vehicles wheels when parked, to prevent it from moving)
  • Warning triangle – not required for two wheeled vehicles
  • Winter tyres - (with a minimum tread depth of 3 millimeters) between the 1st December and the 1st March, however these dates may vary from October to April according to the weather conditions. 

Other rules/requirements in Estonia

It is recommended that visitors carry an assortment of spares for their vehicle, such as a fan belt, replacement bulbs and spark plugs.

It is recommended to park in guarded car parks. 

In addition to the original vehicle registration document it is recommended that an International Certificate for Motor Vehicles (ICMV) is also carried if visiting any Russian speaking areas outside Estonia. 

The border police may ask visitors for proof of sufficient personal insurance cover on entry. It is prohibited to overtake a tram which has stopped to let passengers on or off. Motorists must pay a toll to enter the city of Tallin.

This information should be read in conjunction with general advice for motoring in Europe.

Toll Prices

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