Bus

The Estonian Transport Administration co-ordinates the development of county and nationwide public transport and ensures that passengers have up-to-date information on timetables.


The function of the Estonian Transport Administration is to promote the use of public transport.

Urban bus service is managed by local municipalities.

Misdemeanour procedures

Supervision includes ticket inspection on public county routes and on trains.

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Long-distance coach service

Public Transport Act states that a long-distance coach service may only be provided in accordance with a licence.

Regular Services Licence Application

The following documents must be submitted to apply for an authorisation for a regular service:

  • an application;
  • a draft of terms of carriage or declaration;
  • a timetable draft (two copies);
  • a written opinion by each rural municipality government concerned and, in the administrative territory of the cities of Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Kohtla-Järve and Pärnu, by each city government concerned;
  • a document certifying that the state fee has been paid;
  • a schedule for driving and resting time, if the duration of the route for which approval has been requested is more than 4.5 hours.

Principles of consideration have been developed based on the purposes of planning and managing public transport set out in subsection 10 (1) of the Public Transport Act:

  • Ensure that the supply of public transport meets demand, taking into account the social and economic feasibility of the use of resources.
  • Promote the preferential use of public transport vehicles, thereby reducing relevant costs incurred by society.

The following documents must be submitted for the timetable to be approved:

  • an application;
  • a timetable draft (two copies);
  • a written opinion by each rural municipality government concerned and, in the administrative territory of the cities of Tallinn, Tartu, Kohtla-Järve and Pärnu, by each city government concerned;
  • a document certifying that the state fee has been paid;
  • a draft of terms of carriage or declaration;
  • a schedule for driving and resting time, if the duration of the route for which approval has been requested is more than 4.5 hours.

If a transport operator requests the revocation of its regular service authorisation, they must submit an application to the Estonian Transport Administration at least 90 days before the planned cessation of the service.

The transport operator must inform all relevant county governments about the commencement of the provision of services and/or about changes in the timetable at least ten days in advance.

If a transport operator requests the revocation of its regular service authorisation, they must submit an application to the Estonian Road Administration at least 90 days in advance.

Amendment of the terms of carriage of an authorisation for a regular service may be applied for after a period of two years has passed from the time when the authorisation was granted or the terms were amended.

The Estonian Transport Administration communicates the decision to grant or refuse the authorisation for a regular service to the applicant by post or electronically within 30 days after the submission of all necessary documents.

Documents can be brought to the public transportation department of the Estonian Transport Administration, located at Teelise 4, Tallinn – first floor, office no 233.

For more information about applying for an authorisation for a regular service call (+372) 636 1120 or e-mail info@transpordiamet.ee.

Regional bus service

Regional bus services in Estonia are subsidised by the State and managed by local public transport authorities (PTA).

Local public transport authorities

Here can be found the contacts of the local public transport authorities.

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Free travel in public transport

Eligibility for free travel on domestic routes:

  • Children under 7
  • Children whose schooling has been postponed
  • Disabled person up to 16 years of age
  • Person with a severe disability aged 16 and over
  • Person with severe visual impairment
  • Person accompanying a person with a profound or severe visual disability
  • Guide dog or assistant dog accompanying a disabled person

Eligibility for free travel on state funded regional bus lines and long-distance bus lines:

  • Persons with moderate disabilities
  • Severely disabled people
  • Persons with partial work ability
  • Persons with complete incapacity for work
  • Persons with pension for incapacity for work
  • Assistant of a person with severe mobility impairments
  • Assistant of a severely disabled person
  • Persons under the age of 20
  • Persons over the age of 63

Persons up to the age of 20 and from the age of 63 can travel free in following counties: Ida-Virumaa, Jõgevamaa, Järvamaa, Läänemaa, Põlvamaa, Saaremaa, Tartumaa, Valgamaa, Viljandimaa ja Võrumaa, except at the following lines:

  • Nr 153 Haapsalu–Risti–Märjamaa–Rapla–Türi–Paide–Tartu
  • Nr 267 Karksi-Nuia – Kilingi-Nõmme – Pärnu
  • Nr 317 Haapsalu–Võnnu–Märjamaa
  • Nr 321 Haapsalu – Vana-Vigala – Pärnu
  • Nr 372 Viljandi – Abja-Paluoja – Mõisaküla – Kilingi-Nõmme – Pärnu

Subsidies to the long-distance coach service

Changes in the volume of the long-distance coach service

How environmentally friendly are buses of long-distance coach service

Last updated: 08.02.2021