Transport in Estonia

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Transport in Estonia relies mainly on road and rail networks.

Roads[edit]

Estonian main and E-roads
  • total: 57,565 km (including 16,465 of national roads)
  • paved: 12,926 km (including 99 km of limited-access roads)

National roads[edit]

National roads form the core of Estonian road network. Their total length is 16,465 km (or 29% of all roads), 59% of them are paved.[1] They are divided into 3 classes according to importance:

  • main roads (1,601 km)
  • basic roads (2,391 km)
  • secondary roads (12,425 km)


Main roads
Number E-road Route Length (km) Notes
1
E20 TallinnNarva 212 expressway for 80 km out of Tallinn and 7 km between Kukruse and Johvi.
Continues to Saint Petersburg as Russian M11
2
E263 Tallinn – TartuVõruLuhamaa 286 expressway for 26 km out of Tallinn and 6 km near Mao.
Crosses Estonia in southeast direction from Tallinn to join Highway 7
3
E264 Jõhvi – Tartu – Valga 219 continues from Valga to Riga as Latvian A3
4
E67 Tallinn – PärnuIkla 193 expressway for 14 km out of Tallinn
continues from Ikla to Riga as Latvian A1
5
Pärnu – RakvereSõmeru 184 from Pärnu via Paide to join Highway 1 near Rakvere
6
Valga – Uulu 125 from Pärnu via Kilingi-Nõmme to Valga
7
E77 RigaPskov 22 short section in southeast Estonia via Misso, continues as Russian A212 and Latvian A2
8
E265 Tallinn – Paldiski 47 via Keila, Keila-Paldiski section is part of E 265, which continues on ferry to Kapellskär
9
ÄäsmäeHaapsaluRohuküla 81 ferry connection from Rohuküla to Hiiumaa
10
RistiVirtsuKuivastuKuressaare 144 ferry between Virtsu and Kuivastu (Muhumaa)
11
E265 Tallinn ring road 38
92
Tartu – ViljandiKilingi-Nõmme 123

Electric vehicle network[edit]

Estonia is the first country in the EU and in the world to introduce a nation-wide, publicly serviced charging system for charging the batteries of electric vehicles.[2] The 165 fast charging stations are equipped with connectors of the CHAdeMO standard. They are located throughout the entire country, including the islands, and have a maximum distance of 40–60 km in between. The charging stations can also be navigated via a smartphone app (currently only for Android). The relatively dense network and 30 minute quick charges are built to enable a country-wide electric vehicle network. The system offers a unitary booking service and several different tariffs, some of which appear attractively low priced.[3] The charging station network puts Estonia at the forefront in Europe even though Norway actually has a higher penetration of electric vehicles. Estonia has a rate of 1 electric vehicle per 1000 capita, whereas Norway has 4 EVs per 1000 capita.[2]

Railways[edit]

  • total: 900 km common carrier lines only (1200 km including dedicated industrial lines)
  • broad gauge: 900 km 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in) or 1,524 mm (5 ft) gauge (133 km electrified)

Railway links with adjacent countries[edit]

  • Latvia Latvia – yes – same 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in) gauge
  • Russia Russia – yes – same 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in) gauge

Light rail[edit]

There has been a growing tram network in Tallinn, Estonia since 1888, when traffic was started by horse-powered trams. The first line was electrified on October 28, 1925. The first electric trams were built by Dvigatel, Ltd., in Tallinn before World War II and for some years after that, the last one in 1954. In the 1920s and 1930s gas-powered trams were also used. Since 1955 to 1988 German-built trams were used. In total, there were 20 LOWA T54-B54 trams (in use from February 1955 to March 1977), 11 Gotha T57-B57 (in use from January 1958 to June 1978), 5 Gotha T59E-B59E (in use from June 1960 to February 1980), 14 Gotha T2-62 and B2-62 (in use from 1962 to 1981) and 50 Gotha G4 trams (in use from January 1965 to October 1988) trams. The first Czechoslovakian-built ČKD Tatra T4SU arrived in 1973. The T4SU trams were in use from May 1973 to September 2005 and there were 60 of them. The first KT4SU arrived in Tallinn in 1981 and was first in use on March 10, 1981. In 2007, there are 56 KT4SU, 12 KTNF6 (rebuilt KT4SUs, 10 local, one from Gera and one from Erfurt) and 23 KT4D (12 from Gera, 6 from Cottbus, 1 from Frankfurt (Oder) and 5 from Erfurt) in use. As of 2007, there are four lines: 1 (Kopli-Kadriorg), 2 (Kopli-Ülemiste), 3 (Tondi-Kadriorg) and 4 (Tondi-Ülemiste). There have also been lines 5 (Kopli-Vana-Lõuna, shut down in 2004 because of small usage) and 6 (Kopli-Tondi, temporarily used in time of repairs).

Ports and harbours[edit]

Estonia has 45 ports in the State Port Register. With a few exceptions, all of them are on the Baltic Sea.

Largest ports are Muuga (near Tallinn), Tallinn (comprises several ports), Paldiski, Kunda, Pärnu and Sillamäe.

Merchant marine[edit]

Airports[edit]

Airports – with paved runways[edit]

  • total: 13 (2013)
  • over 3,047 m: 2
  • 2,438 to 3,047 m: 8
  • 1,524 m to 2,437 m : 2
  • 914 to 1,523 m: 1[4]

Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is the largest airport in Estonia.

Pipelines[edit]

  • natural gas 859 km (2007)

Waterways[edit]

  • 320 km perennially navigable

See also[edit]

References[edit]