Driving in Estonia
Road rules in Estonia
When you are hiring a car abroad, it’s useful to be prepared for the different driving laws in the country you are travelling to as well as checking the documents you need to carry.
To help make your trip to as smooth as possible, we've put together some of the key road rules in Estonia.
- These rules are to be used as a guide and are subject to change. Please check with your Avis representative if you have any questions.
- Your Avis representative can advise you on toll and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.
Take a look at our Estonia location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information.
Frequently asked questions
What side of the road do they drive on in Estonia?
In Estonia, they drive on the RIGHT-HAND side of the road
What are the driving requirements in Estonia?
The legal driving age is 18. However, you must be at least 19 years old to hire a car.
Can I use my UK driving licence in Estonia?
Are there any rules on on-street parking I need to know in Estonia?
Parking is free on Sunday and national holidays in Tartu.
Are there special road rules I need to know for driving in Estonia?
Winter snow tyres must be fitted from December to March.
What are the laws on overtaking in Estonia?
You may overtake on the left side.
Can you turn right on a red light in Estonia?
If the way is clear and there’s a right arrow signal, you may turn at a red light.
What are the rules on alcohol in Estonia?
The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit is 0.02%.
Are there any unique traffic signs I need to know in Estonia?
Snow chains required
Do the same road rules in place across the whole country?
What if I break down in Estonia?
If it’s safe to do so, put on your reflective jacket and place your warning triangle behind the car before calling for help.
Does Estonia have toll roads?
Toll is mandatory for vehicles waying more than 3.5 tonnes and can be paid via an electronic vignette.
How do I pay road tolls in Estonia?
You can order an electronic vignette online.
Unique Country Driving Laws
- It is compulsory to call the police to the scene of an accident.
- The use of hand-held mobile phones whilst driving is illegal. You may use a hands free device.
- Cars must keep headlights lit throughout the day. This is applicable all year round.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas*: 31 mph (50 km/h)
- Asphalt roads*: 55 mph (90 km/h)
- Rural areas*: (no asphalt): 43 mph (70 km/h)
*Unless indicated by a road sign.
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt.
- Children under 12 or less than 135cm cannot travel without appropriate child restraint for their size (no matter front or rear seats).
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental car
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Warning triangle
- Reflective jacket
Please ask your Avis representative, whether snow tyres are compulsory at the time of your arrival.
- Fire Department
- European Emergency Number