Train Travel in Estonia has not gained popularity as the rest of Europe. The only real international connection points are the east (and beyond Moscow), and forget to take the train to Riga or Vilnius.
Estonian rail is a much less popular for travel than it used to be, but is still very suitable for day trips and weekend excursions. There is a fairly limited choice of trains and destinations, although some go to neighboring Latvia and even parts of the Russian Federation.
Train travel is cheap and fun. You also have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful landscapes, viewing the most remote landscapes, wild and unspoiled and historic buildings.
There is only one international train line coming to Estonia: From Russia and Moscow. It travels daily and the trip takes about 15 hours, enough to enjoy the view, dine at the restaurant and sleep well at night.
The train from Tallinn to Moscow departures every day. The station is located near the old town and harbor.
The trains of the Latvian capital Riga to Valga established in southern Estonia three times daily (5:28am, 10:32am and 5:33pm). The trip takes three hours and costs about 5 euros.
If you are interested in an experience of true luxury and travel like royalty Russian used to, you could rent the “Imperial Wagon”. It includes a private room, three sleeping compartments (one with double bed), private all day, room service and dining in style. The cost is in the region of € 3,000 (Tallinn-Moscow-Tallinn.
There are three separate companies cover train system in Estonia:
Gorail– handles international
Edelaraudtee’s trains – are inter-city. It is the national railway of Estonia. It has services between Tallinn and dozens of other cities and towns, including Pärnu, Viljandi, Valga, Narva, and Tartu.
Elektriraudtee – does the local electric trains
Balti Jaam [Train Station]
Located just outside the Old Town of Tallinn, the newly renovated station has a trendy cafe, a fountain and a day spa, but still almost no information published in English.
Fortunately, the system is not too confusing and there are information booths open 7:10 to 11:30, 12:30 to 18:15,
Sat – Sun 8:00 to 11:30, 12:30 to 18:15;
Gorail information- 8:00 to 1:00, 2:30 to 7:00), usually consist of one person in several languages.
Tickets for all trains, including trains in Russia are sold from the windows in the main room (take a number and wait). For domestic routes, you do not even have to bother with this process, because you can always purchased the same tickets right on board the trains. A vending machine with touch screen in the center of the room also sells tickets for domestic routes.