3rd Estonian Summer School in
Computer and Systems Science (ESSCaSS'04)

III Eesti Arvuti- ja Süsteemiteaduse Suvekool (EASTS'04)

Pedase, August 8-12, 2004.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Please check last minute travel information for concise details for getting to Pedase.

Travel from Tallinn to Pedase and back

The bus to Pedase will leave from Tallinn at 10.00 on Sunday, August 8. The bus will start at 10.00 from the Central Bus Station and go to the Institute of Cybernetics (Akademia tee 21) from there. The bus will leave 10.30 from the Institute of Cybernetics for Pedase. If you have accommodation somewhere close to the centre, please send an e-mail to esscass(at)cc.ioc.ee and we can arrange another stop on our way to pick you up

The journey will take about 1.5 h. The return bus from Pedase to Tallinn will leave Pedase at 14.00 on August 12 and will reach Tallinn around 15.00-15.30.

Travel guide for those travelling by car

There will be a map of the neighbourhood of Pedase Hotel here soon. (Please check the agenda when planning your travel.) The travel time from
  • Tallinn to Pedase ~1h (Keila - Vasalemma - Rummu - Padise - Harju Risti - Pedase);

Getting to Tallinn

There are direct flights to Tallinn from Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kiev, London, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Riga, Stockholm, Tampere, Vilnius, Warsaw (flights to Tallinn). From Vilnius and Riga the Eurolines coach service is the practical travel option (Euroline bus timetable). If you have questions regarding travel please send your those by e-mail to esscass04 at cc.ioc.ee.

For ferry connections from/to Stockholm and Helsinki, see the web pages of Tallink/Hansatee (www.tallink.ee), Silja Line (www.silja.ee) and Eckerö Line (www.eckeroline.ee). For international coach connections from/to Vilnius and Riga, see the web page of Eurolines (www.eurolines.ee).

Time

Estonia (just as Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, ...) uses East-European Time, EET, which is one hour ahead of Central-European Time, CET. Currently we also have daylight saving time, so it is GMT + 3.

Electricity

The electricity supply is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.

Money and banks

The currency in Estonia is Estonian crown (EEK). EEK is pegged to EUR at the rate of 1 EUR = 15.64664 EEK.

Major bank cards are widely accepted in Tallinn and other cities (but not necessarily in the countryside). You may be requested to present your passport or driver's licence in proof of identity when paying with a card. Bank offices and currency exchange points are numerous and have very reasonable opening hours. Cash advance is also possible from ATMs. The most widely accepted travellers cheques are Am Ex and Thomas Cook.

Postal services

Postage on letters (up to 20 g) [postcards] within Estonia is 4.40 [3.60] EEK, to the Baltic and Nordic countries 6.00 [5.00] EEK by air mail and 5.50 [4.50] EEK by surface mail, to the rest of Europe and the former USSR 6.50 [6.00] (only air mail is possible), to the rest of the world 8.00 [7.50] EEK (only air mail is possible). Air mail post has to be marked with blue "Prioritaire / Par avion" stickers.

Post offices are open during the normal shopping hours. Stamps are also sold in newsstands.

Phones

International calls to Estonia: dial the prefix for intl. calls (00 in most countries), then the country code 372, then the trunk code excluding the initial 0, and then the subscriber's number. International calls from Estonia: dial the prefix 00 for intl. calls, then your country code etc. Non-local calls and calls from GSMs within Estonia: dial the trunk code excluding the initial 0, then the number.

The emergency number (fire brigade, ambulance) is 112. For police only, dial 110.

Payphones are many, but take ET phonecards only. The three different cards cost 30, 50 and 100 EEK and can be bought from newsstands and supermarkets.

Internet

Wireless Internet (WiFi) areas can be found from Tallinn Airport (transit zone, ISP: Tallinn Airport IT Dept), Raekoja plats (=Town Hall Square, ISPs: Uninet, ET), Cafe Moskva (Vabaduse väljak 10, ISP: Uninet), Coffik (Suur-Karja 18, ISP: Uninet), Cafe Võitlev Sõna (Pärnu maantee 28, ISP: Uninet), Seiklusjutte Maalt ja Merelt (pub at Tartu maantee 44, ISP: Uninet), Coca Cola Plaza (multiplex cinema, ISP: Uninet), many of the town's hotels, Viru (first floors, ISP: ET), Reval Hotel Central (ISP: ET). Closer information at

Getting around in Tallinn

The public city transportation system of Tallinn, consisting of bus, tram and trolleybus traffic, is quite efficient. The lines are many and are operated frequently. Most stops have timetables (affixed to the stop signpost) and many also have a map of the transport system on display (in the waiting booth). Tickets are available from drivers, from special city transportation ticket stands and newsstands, they are validated by punching. Buses, trams and trolleybuses are all in one ticket system, a special ticket or a completion ticket in addition to an ordinary one is needed in an express bus. A ticket is valid for a single journey and costs 15 EEK when bought from the driver and 10 EEK when bought from a stand; a set of 10 tickets costs 70 EEK.

Some of the recommendable taxi companies are: Tulika Takso (www.tulikatakso.ee), phone 1200 or 612 0000, Linnatakso (www.linnatakso.ee), phone 1242 or 644 2442, E-takso/Takso 1700 (www.takso.ee), phone 1700 or 60 59 700, Eurotakso (www.hot.ee/eurotakso), phone 6338888. The fare is typically 5-7 EEK per km.

Tourist information

For tourist information on Estonia in the Web, check the web pages of the Estonian Tourist Board (tourism.ee). For tourist information specifically on Tallinn, check the web pages of the Tallinn Tourist Board (www.tourism.tallinn.ee). Alternatively, InYourPocket.Com's Estonia and Tallinn pages (inyourpocket.com/estonia/en, inyourpocket.com/estonia/tallinn/en) make a useful reading too.

The Tourist Information Office in Tallinn is located at the corner of Niguliste and Kullassepa Streets very close to Raekoja plats (= Town Hall square) in the middle of the Old Town.

Accommodation in Tallinn

For those who need to overnight in Tallinn, we can recommend some hotels/hostels. Please arrange your accommodation directly with a hotel. We will be happy to assist you: should any question arise, do not hesitate to contact us by an email to summerschool@cc.ioc.ee.

Here is a small selection of the numerous hotels and guesthouses in or close to Tallinn's Old Town (except the Academic Hostel). For the complete list (should you want to see it), dive into the accommodation database of the Estonian Tourist Board, db.tourism.ee/.

Hotels

  • Mihkli (www.mihkli.ee)

    Endla 23, phone +372 666 48 00, fax +372 666 48 88, email mihkli(at)anet.ee.

    A decent 5-storey hotel close to the National Library, Kaarli (St Charles') church, 10 mins walk from the Old Town. WC/shower, TV, telephone in every room; internet room, free morning sauna available.

  • Rotermanni Viiking (www.vikinghotel.ee)

    Mere puiestee 6A, phone +372 660 1934, fax +372 613 7901, email bookings(at)vikinghotel.ee.

    A pleasant hotel in the Rotermanni quarter, that is, between the passanger port and the Old Town. WC/shower, TV, telephone in every room.

    NB! Rotermanni Viiking is not be confused with Rotermanni, another hotel next to it.

Hostels & guesthouses

We are happy to assist you in arranging a booking in case you want to save on the cost by sharing a room with a fellow participant, send an email to esscass04@cc.ioc.ee. The earlier, the better.

  • Academic Hostel(www.academichostel.com)

    Akadeemia tee 7, Tallinn 12611, Estonia, phone +372 620 2275, fax +372 620 2276.

    The hostel is on the Tallinn Technical University campus, surrounded by residential area and forest, about 10 km from the city centre.

    Double room for either single or double use: 486 EEK (31 EUR), breakfast available for 40 EEK (2.5 EUR) per person. 5% off with ISIC student card.

  • Oldhouse Apartments & Guesthouse (www.oldhouse.ee)

    Uus 22, phone +372 641 14 64, email info(at)oldhouse.ee.

    A conveniently located B&B in the Old Town close to the Viru Gate. Clean hall showers. Breakfast in a room with a fireplace and a TV set. Only 3 single rooms, 1 double room.

    Single room 450 EEK (29 EUR), double room 650 EEK (42 EUR), Ask for reduction if you have an ISIC/ITIC card. Credit cards not accepted.

 


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