During the day, you must drive with dipped lights (the lights between your sidelights and the main beams). If you are visiting Estonia between the months of December and March, you will need to fit your rental car with winter tires. You must also take care on inter-city highways during the night, as they can be a popular spot for wandering moose.
Estonia has strict rules about car seats. Any child younger than 12 years old or not tall enough to use a seat belt must use a suitable child safety seat. A child under the age of 12 cannot sit in the front seat unless they are using a child seat. When you book your rental car in Estonia, it is a good idea to also rent a child restraint. These will be required once you leave the airport.
In the event that you want to see neighboring European countries, you may want to cross Estonia’s borders. You will need to check with your car hire agency for the specific conditions for your vehicle and crossing borders. You will be able to drive into Latvia, Russia, and Lithuania for an additional fee. Certain countries require a permit for foreign cars crossing into their country.
Estonia has an extensive road network, although there are few major highways. If you take the "Via Baltica", you will travel southwest from the capital of Tallin through Parnu to Riga, Latvia, while the "Via Estonia" will take you southeast from Tallin to the Russian border. Drive along the "Via Hansa" highway that runs parallel to the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland; this highway leads to St. Petersburg and Narva.
25% of our users found rental cars in Estonia for ₪202 or less
Book your rental car in Estonia at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact rental cars in Estonia are around 13% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Estonia
On average a rental car in Estonia costs ₪163 per day.
Compact (Volkswagen Golf or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Estonia.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at NU Car (₪102/day), Sixt (₪127/day) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (₪146/day).
On average a rental car in Estonia costs ₪1,534 per week (₪219 per day).
On average a rental car in Estonia costs ₪6,576 per month (₪219 per day).
Estonia requires drivers to drive on the right-hand side of the road and to overtake on the left. You must wear a seat belt at all times and carry safety equipment in the car, including a warning triangle, fire extinguisher, and first-aid kit. There is a zero-tolerance policy for drinking and driving in this country, and it is also illegal to use a mobile phone while driving. However, hands-free kits are permitted. There is only one toll in the country, which is at the entry point to the city of Tallin.
To rent a car in Estonia, you need to be 21 years old and have held your driver’s license for a year. Any drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. It is mandatory for you to always carry a valid driver's license, registration, and insurance documents while driving.
When you rent a car in Estonia, you will find that the average price of petrol is 1.40 € ($1.58) per liter and 5.17 € ($5.81) per gallon. Most petrol stations in the country are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, while some stations in major cities and on the highways are open for 24h.
Before you drive in Estonia, you need to be aware of the national speed limits. The speed limit for urban and built-up areas is 50 km/h (31 mph), while on highways you can go 90 km/h (56 mph). During the summer, the maximum speed limit can increase to 110 km/h (68 mph) on certain highways. Be aware that the police can issue on-the-spot fines.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.