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Driving in Estonia
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Visitors riding or driving in Estonia must have reached the minimum age required to drive/ride a vehicle of equivalent category even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence. You must be 18 or over to drive a private motor vehicle in Estonia.
All foreign driving licences are recognised.
Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Estonia for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Estonia the following documents should be carried:
- Full, valid driving licence*
- Proof of Insurance (third party or above)
- Proof of ID (passport)
- Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)
While driving in Estonia you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:
- Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
- Fire extinguisher is compulsory aboard all motor vehicles, a first aid kit is required only in a company car
- Warning triangle (Any motor vehicle travelling in Estonia, regardless of country of registration, must carry 2 warning triangles)
- All vehicles must have their lights on day and night
- It is compulsory to carry two wheel chocks (blocks of wood or plastic to put under a vehicle’s wheels when it is parked to prevent it from moving).
- Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles)
Rules of the road & regulations
Rules of the road:
- Overtaking & passing
The regulations conform with the 1968 Road Traffic Convention.
Many roads have a hard shoulder, slower vehicles pull into these to allow faster vehicles to pass.
It is prohibited to overtake a tram which has stopped to let passengers on or off.
The regulations conform with the 1968 Road Traffic Convention.
There are no special regulations concerning the temporary importation of caravans or camper vans. No inventory is required.
It is compulsory to use winter tyres (radial tyres with a minimum depth of tread of 3mm) from 1 December to 1 March. However, these dates may vary from October to April according to weather conditions. Visitors should check local conditions if driving in Estonia between October and April.
The driver and front-seat passenger of cars must wear seat belts. Rear seat belts must also be worn when available.
Travelling with children:
A child younger than 12 and not yet tall enough to use an adult seatbelt must travel in a child restraint or a special seat adapted to their size.
A child younger than 12 cannot travel in the front seat unless he is using a child restraint or a special seat. Rear-facing child restraints must not be used on seats equipped with an operational airbag.
It is forbidden to carry a child younger than 12 as a passenger on a moped or motorcycle.
In built-up areas: 50 km/h
Outside built-up areas:
- On normal roads: 90 km/h
- on dual carriageways: 110 km/h
- On-the-spot fines
The police can issue a fine on-the-spot and demand immediate payment of fines.
- Parking regulations
In towns motorists must take care not to park on tram lines.
Theft of cars and visible valuable articles left in cars is common. It is therefore advisable to use guarded car parks whenever possible.
- Enforcement of parking regulations
Cars that have been illegally parked will be clamped by the police.
- Disabled parking access
There are reserved parking spaces for the disabled which are sign posted. These may also be used by foreign disabled motorists provided they are in possession of the blue badge.
- Traffic lights
The international three-colour system of traffic lights is used in Estonia.
- Legal limit
The legal limit for drivers is 0.02% alcohol in the blood.
Breath tests are frequent in Estonia. Blood tests can also be carried out.
Roads & fuel
Availability of fuel
The 3 main petrol station networks are operated by Lukoil (Russia), Statoil (Norway) and Neste. Some stations are automated and operate 24 hours a day.
A special winter diesel fuel with a very high congealing point is available in winter.
Means of payment
Most service stations accept Visa, Mastercard and Diner's Club.
Useful guides and maps
Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe
Download a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.
What RAC can do for you
RAC offers great-value, flexible RAC European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings. Whilst away, use our Route Planner for all your driving directions.
RAC can cover you against vehicle break down in Europe, with options available to suit your travelling requirements.
RAC European breakdown cover Basic and Comprehensive cover provides you with a wide range of benefits.
Source: All information in this document is sourced from the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) & the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and, to the best of the RAC’s knowledge, is correct at the time of publication (May 2016.)
- Still current at:
- 26th Feb 2017
- Updated at:
- 14th Feb 2017
- Latest update:
- Latest update: Safety & security section (Road travel) - you can drive on a UK driving licence in Estonia, however, your UK licence isn’t valid if it was issued on or after 1 May 2015 and if you were living in Estonia when the licence was issued
Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum.
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism
You must have the original V5 C (Vehicle Registration Document) if you are driving into Estonia. See Road travel
Over 100,000 British tourists visit Estonia every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
Take sensible precautions against petty crime. See Crime
If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.