Test Forum 2008 Conference Venue
Test Forum 2008 will take place in Nordic Hotel Forum that is situated right in the heart of Tallinn’s business center, only a short stroll from the medieval old town. The location in the very heart of the city brings all possible adventures in Tallinn close together. The Nordic Hotel Forum is a cozy stopover, which transforms itself according to your moods. Giving way to desires, the hotel offers you the possibility to find yourself in the middle of the city life or enjoy its peace and quiet. The unique mixture of crispness and homely warmth of a Nordic country, in the middle of a fast-paced city, is the best place to gain new experience. The business area, tourist sights and museums, major attractions and theatres are easily accessible by foot.
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, boat, train, and bus.
Tallinn Airport (TLL) is situated just 4 km away from Tallinn downtown and the NTF’08 venue. Tallinn is connected by air with major European airports: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Moscow, Prague, Berlin and many others. The full list of connections together with the full timetable is available here. The list of carriers is available at the Tallinn Airport’s home page.
The most convenient way to travel from the airport to the city center is a taxi where normal fare is approximately 120 EEK (ca. 8 EUR). There is no need to neither ask for a price nor argue with the driver before entering a taxi. Just make sure that the meter is switched on. The pricing in different taxi companies is almost the same - around EEK 10 per km. In many taxis you can use major credit cards (VISA, Eurocard/MasterCard) besides paying in cash
Bus from the airport
The public bus no. 2 will take you through the city center to the Passenger Port. The journey takes 15-25 minutes. Bus fare is 20 EEK (ca. 1,2 EUR). Tickets are sold by the driver in the bus. Airport bus stop is located in front of departure hall. Further information is available at the Tallinn Transport Department website. The public transportation map can be found here.
The Port of Tallinn is connected by sea routes to Stockholm and Helsinki. There are more than 20 journeys per day to/from Helsinki provided by 4 operators and one daily departure to Stockholm. The timetable can be found here and here. The Passenger Port is located in the city center very close to the old town. The best way to reach the conference location from the port is a taxi (see description above).
For those who enjoy alternative means of transportation, there is an exclusive helicopter connection between Tallinn and Helsinki with its 12 daily scheduled flights on weekdays. It takes only 18 minutes to travel between the passenger port of Helsinki and Tallinn city center. Copterline's terminal is situated right by the old town of Tallinn - close to the Passenger Port. You will find the timetable and flight rules at Copterline's website.
There are bus connections to Baltic Countries, Poland, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine. The largest bus operator is Eurolines company. The timetable and pricelist are available here. The Tallinn bus terminal is located just 2 km from the city center.
There is a railway connection from Tallinn to Moscow. For details click here.
As of 21 December 2007, Estonia is a part of the 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.
Map of Tallinn downtown
Test Forum 2008 will take place in Nordic Hotel Forum, that is situated right in the heart of Tallinn´s business center, only a short stroll from medieval old town. The business area, tourist sights and museums, major attractions and theaters are easily accessible by foot.
Please note, the conference dinner on November 25th will be held outside the conference hotel. We will visit a medieval restaurant Olde Hansa located in the Old Town just 600 meters away from Nordic Hotel Forum. All Test Forum participants are kindly requested to be in the hotel lobby at 19:45 where we will start our walk to Olde Hansa restaurant.