A slow train from Tallinn to Riga
Eestlased Eestis 22 Mar 2010  EWR
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Privatisation of Estonia’s rail transport system has eroded rail traffic

Kaja Kunnas in Tallinn and Riga, Helsingin Sanomat


The trip starts at 6.40 a.m. from the main passenger railway station of Estonia’s capital Tallinn - the Balti jaam or Baltic Station.

Be prepared for a long ride that - according to the timetable - takes eight hours and 25 minutes.

In the same time, one could travel by bus to Riga and back. Most people do.

However, this is not about time, but about principle.

After a lengthy absence, there is now a rail connection, albeit a slow one, between Tallinn and Riga.

Not long ago, the only foreign destination to which it was possible to get from the Baltic Station was Moscow.

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