When you get to a new, unknown place, you need all the help you can get to learn where to go and how to move around. Fortunately for us, smartphones were invented to make our lives easier.
I have been using the following apps ever since I arrived to Tallinn and they have been extremely helpful, so I reccommend you take a look at them too. To be clear, this is not a sponsored post and we are not getting paid to promote them, we truly think they are awesome. And free. Oh, and did we mention that three of them were actually developed in Tallinn?
With this app you can get a taxi to pick you up. It shows you the available taxis at that moment and their prices so you can choose the best option. You can additionally track the taxi to know where it is and how long it will take to get to where you are. Uber is also working in Tallinn but there aren’t too many drivers, so sometimes you can’t find any. This is not the case with Taxify because it primarily works with taxi companies already established, so there is a wide network.
2. S-TallinnL (only for iPhone)
Tallinn has a very well organized public transportation system, and this app shows you the timetables and routes of all the buses, trams and trolleys. You can also see all the stops, where they are located and which buses/trams/trolleys service that stop. Of course you can also check this information online at the official webpage soiduplaan.tallinn.ee, but the great thing about this app is that it works offline and it is also much faster to use.
3. Like A Local
This app is targeted for tourists, but let’s face it, you will be kind of a tourist too, especially when you first arrive. The nice thing about it is that it doesn’t just show the typical touristic places, but as the name suggests, you can get great information about the restaurants, cafés and bars that locals like. It also shows some cool lists like alternative sights, free things to do in Tallinn and the best party spots.
This app is particularly targeted for newcomers, and you can find information about basically any service you might need: banks, supermarkets, gyms, drycleaning, beauty salons, doctors… Anyone can give reviews on the service they received, so you can check the list of places that have been reviewed to get an idea of where to go. Quips was launched very recently so it is still lacking information but it is getting better and maybe when you come, you can start helping it grow!
5. Google Maps
This is probably a no-brainer, but it is still worth mentioning. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gotten lost in Tallinn, especially at the beginning. And while I usually prefer a good old paper map, Google Maps is essential if you end up in an unknown neighbourhood and there is no one around who speaks English to explain how to get back home.