In Tallinn - Tartu train

Trip Start May 18, 2009
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Trip End May 24, 2009


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Flag of Estonia  , Harjumaa,
Monday, May 18, 2009

We took the Tallinn-Tartu train from the Baltic Jaam train station. Tickets for two persons and two bikes were 250 EEK. The trip took 3 hours and 16 minutes and it was provided by the Edelaraudtee railroad company. The train was a bit on the rusty side, but two wagons for cyclists were pretty well equipped - they had a dedicated places for 5 bikes each, which allowed bikes to be lifted in vertical position. This feature alone beats the local trains in Helsinki area, where bikes are transported horizontally and there're usually only a few places for bikes.

The air in the train was hot, there was no air conditioning and windows couldn't be opened. The speed of the train was 60-80 km/h, but it was swinging from side to side as it was going 120km/h. We were already in the second hour of the trip and no one yet asked for our tickets. Half of people in our car were sleeping, including Venla.

The view behind the window changed from apartment houses and factories of Tallinn to small towns and occasional summer cottages with greenhouses. The scenery was pretty flat, so at least the northern parts of Estonia looked like good candidates for cycling.
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