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Car hire driving information Estonia

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
The current network of roads in Estonia is quite extensive, however there are few major motorways. In recent years, the government has developed scenic tourist routes that are connected to neighboring countries. The 'Via Baltica' runs south-west from the capital of Tallin through Parnu to Riga, Latvia. The 'Via Estonia' runs south-east from Tallin to the Russian border. The 'Via Hansa' motorway parallels the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland and leads to Narva and St. Petersburg.

To rent a car, you must be at least 19 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Seatbelts are mandatory.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Estonia are:

  • Town and city: 50 km/h 
  • Open Roads: 90 km/h
  • Motorways: 100 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Estonia you drive on the right side of the road. Please also be aware that dipped headlights should be used at all times.

Petrol can be found in bigger cities and along the motorways. Be sure to fill up your tank before driving in the countryside.

There are no motorway tolls in Estonia.

In some spots you can park by buying a disc or ticket from a meter and place it well visible on your dashboard. Please note that illegal parking might lead to a wheel clamp being placed on your car tires. Always read the parking signs.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most car categories can be driven within Western Europe. If you wish to drive abroad (outside Estonia) you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book.

Restricted Countries
When you hire a car in Estonia you can normally drive it to Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and other Western European countries. There are different rules applying so please let us know if you plan on taking your car outside of Estonia. There are additional insurance fees that apply for these rentals. If you want to travel to Eastern Europe or cross any national border(s) with your rental car it is important that you please contact us on our toll free number 1800 943 075.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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