Nordic Test Forum 2013 Conference Venue
Nordic Test Forum 2013 will take place in 5-star Swissotel Tallinn that is situated right in the heart of Tallinn’s business center and within only a short stroll from the medieval old town a UNESCO World Heritage Site with distinctive cobblestone streets, cosy cafes, lively pubs, and gourmet restaurants.
Swissotel Tallinn, the tallest building in the city, boasts impressive views of the old town and the Baltic Sea, while offering its guests a world of ease, 5-star luxury and Swiss hospitality. The hotel's Spa & Sport center offeris a wide selection of treatments, from hydrotherapy to hot stone massages, providing a perfect retreat after a long conference day.
The location in the very heart of the city brings all possible adventures in Tallinn close together giving you the possibility to find yourself in the middle of the city life or enjoy its peace and quietness. The business area, tourist sights and museums, major attractions and theatres are easily accessible by foot. Tallinn's International Airport is only 10 minutes away by car.
Traveling to and from Tallinn
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia – a European Union country lying on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea between Sweden, Finland, Russia and Latvia.
Tallinn is well accessible by plane, ferry, train, and bus. Below we summarise the most common ways to reach the city. However, for the most up to date travel hints and tourist information, see Wikitravel.
Tallinn Airport (TLL) is situated just 4 km away from Tallinn downtown and the NTF venue. The full list of connections and carriers together with the full timetable is available at the Tallinn Airport’s home page.
The most convenient way to travel from the airport to the downtown is a taxi where the normal fare is approximately 10 EUR. In many taxis you can use major credit cards (VISA, Eurocard/MasterCard) besides paying in cash.
The public bus no. 2 is a budgetary alternative to the taxi. The journey to the downtown takes 15-25 minutes. Single-ride tickets sold by the driver in the bus cost EUR 1,60. There are also better ticket offers, including e.g. a 3-day city-wide ticket for EUR 5,00 valid on all public transportation routes (buss, tram, trolleybus). In the latter case, one needs to buy a special Public Transport Card in advance. More information about ticket types and purchase options is available here.
The Port of Tallinn is connected by sea routes to Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. There are about 20 journeys per day to/from Helsinki and one daily departure to/from Stockholm. The timetable can be found here and here. The Passenger Port is located very close to the old town but probably not on a walking distance to the conference hotel. The best way to reach the conference location from the port is a taxi (5-minute ride). Public bus no. 2 can be also used.
For those who enjoy alternative means of transportation, there is an exclusive helicopter connection between Tallinn and Helsinki. It takes only 18 minutes to travel between the passenger port of Helsinki and Tallinn downtown. Copterline's terminal is situated close to the Passenger Port. Detailed info is available at the Copterline's website.
There are bus connections to Baltic Countries, Poland, Germany, Russia, and other places in Europe. The Tallinn bus terminal is located just 1 km away from the conference venue.
There is a railway connection from Tallinn to St. Petersburg and Moscow. For details click here.
Estonia is a part of Schengen visa area. If you are not sure about visa regulations between your country and Estonia, check the following page. Other useful consular information is available at the website of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The official currency of Estonia is EURO.
Map of Tallinn downtown
Test Forum 2013 will take place in Swissotel, that is situated right in the heart of Tallinn´s business center.
Please note, that the conference dinner on November 26th will be held outside the conference hotel. We will visit a medieval restaurant Troika located on the Town Hall square in the Old Town 1.2 km away from Swissotel. All Test Forum participants are kindly requested to be in the hotel lobby at 19:30 where we will start our walk to the restaurant.