Trams in Tallinn: Photographs

Tallinn tramway

Tallinn is Estonia's only city with a tram network. The tram is the most convenient mode of transportation in its downtown area. All of the city's new tramcars provide free wifi to passengers. Detailed route maps are available at many stops.

The first tram line debuted in 1886 with a horse tram, and the track length was 7 kilometers (4 miles) in 1902. In 1915, an expansion of the network took place, and steam-powered carriages replaced horse-drawn carriages. Electrification of the tramway began in 1931, and by 1940, the network had grown to 13 kilometers (8 miles). Tallinn's tram lines are now 39 kilometers (24 miles) long in total. Tatra trams (KT4 and KT6 with an enlarged intermediate low floor segment) and CAF Urbos AXL serve the tramway.



I grew up in Lithuania, a country without tramways, so trams are as exotic to me as trolleybuses are to Western Europeans. Still, I enjoy seeing trams on the streets of Tallinn. They are visually appealing and emit far less pollution than autos and buses. Here are some of my tram photographs from Estonia's capital.

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Tatra KT4D (German model, 1987, Czechoslovakia) on Pärnu Mnt Street

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Tatra KT4D on Pärnu Mnt Street

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Tatra KT4D on Põhja Pst Street

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Tatra KT6TM (1986, Czechoslovakia) on Pärnu Mnt Street

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CAF Urbos AXL (2015, Spain) on Pärnu Mnt Street

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CAF Urbos AXL on Pärnu Mnt Street

Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is just 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the city center. Tram No. 4 stops on the city side of the passenger terminal. The journey to the city center takes about 15–17 minutes. If you want to enjoy an all-inclusive sightseeing tour and a tram ride across Tallinn, take the Tallinn Private Tour of Old Town and Kadriorg.


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