Tallinn–Narva railway

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Tallinn–Narva railway
GoRail sleeper service to Moscow
OwnerEesti Raudtee
LocaleNorthern Estonia, Estonia
TypeHeavy rail
SystemEesti Raudtee
Operator(s)Elron & GoRail
Line length211 km (131 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gaugeRussian Gauge
ElectrificationPartially Electrified
Route map

The Tallinn–Narva railway (Estonian: Tallinna–Narva raudtee) is a 211 km (131 mi) long railway line in Estonia which runs through Northern Estonia between Estonia's capital city Tallinn and the city of Narva on the border with Russia.

The Russian Gauge railway line is double track between Tallinn and Tapa and single track between Tapa and Narva. It is the oldest railway in Estonia, and was opened in 1870 when a railway line connecting Saint Petersburg with Paldiski via Tallinn was opened.[1] A significant part of the railway load consists of freight trains (such as oil trains) from Russia to the ports of Tallinn and its immediate vicinity (Muuga, Tallinn and Paldiski Harbor).


The railway line was completed in 1870 and was originally a part of the Baltic Railway line, which connected Saint Petersburg and Paldiski via Narva and Tallinn as a part of the railway network of the Russian Empire.


Passenger services operate across the entire stretch of line with regional services operated by Elron to Narva railway station, Narva or Tartu railway station, Tartu[2] and international services to Moscow and Saint Petersburg operated by GoRail.[3]


  1. ^ Helme, Mehis (2003). Estonian railway stations: old photos from Aivo Aia's and Mehis Helme's collection (in Estonian, English, and German). Tänapäev. ISBN 9789985621493.
  2. ^ "Elron Timetable" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  3. ^ "GoRail Timetable". Retrieved 2017-10-28.