Simple Session is held at Saku Arena (Saku Suurhall) – the biggest concert and sports venue in the country. It features 7000 seats and a nice ground for our event. The address of Saku Arena is Paldiski mnt 104b, Tallinn.
Lennart Meri Tallinn International Airport is only 4km from the city centre. Depending on traffic, a taxi drive from the airport to a downtown hotel can take as little as 10 minutes and not more than 10 Euros.
You can also use this pre-booking Airport shuttle service (5 Euros per face to anywhere in Tallinn).
Here is also some general taxi numbers (they also have mini vans)
Tallink Taxi (+372 640 8921)
Tulika Taxi (+372 612 0000)
Taxi 24 (+372 640 8927)
You can also take the bus nr 2 just in front of the Airport exit and get off on the 5th stop (A. Laikmaa stop). Then there's 5-10min walk to our host hotels.
In case you are a participating rider or accredited press person then we have offical bus shuttles between the Park Inn Hotel and Saku contest venue several times a day (look for times at the Park Inn Hotel). If you're a spectator then you can take a city bus nr 22 (from Vabaduse Väljak – Liberty Square) or a trolley bus nr 6 (from Kaubamaja) to the contest venue. The stop to get off is Haabersti. You can also take a cab, from the center it should cost not more than around 8 Euros, depending on traffic. For cheapest cabs, take a look here – taksod.net
Here's our 2012 locations map:
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Tallinn sits on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, just 83 km south of Helsinki. A ferry trip between the cities takes 2 hours or less. The city shares a nearly identical geographical latitude with Stockholm and the Alaskan capital, Juneau.
During Estonia’s White Nights in June the sky here stays bright from 4 am until around 11 pm. This is a green city, proudly boasting 40km2 of parks and forests with a 2km stretch of sand beach bordering its bay.
Tallinn is a popular cruise ship destination, with more than 300 ships making the call here each year. Thanks to its small size and compact layout, Tallinn is extremely easy to get around.
The heart of Tallinn is its Medieval Old Town, a fairytale neighborhood of gabled houses, Gothic spires and cobblestone streets that dates in the 13th – 16th centuries, the days when this was a thriving, Hanseatic trade centre.
But as much as Tallinners pride themselves on their city’s Medieval heritage, it’s the modern side of city life that tends to grab international headlines. Not only is Tallinn ranked among the Europe’s most technology-oriented cities, leading the way in everything from free public Wi-Fi to e-government, it also has a dynamic business community eager to engage in new areas. The city has over 360 public Wi-Fi areas and over 700 public Internet access points, nearly all of which are free.
The legacy of the anti-aesthetic Soviet era is that the pretty old Tallinn is ringed by newer sections of town, in many places dominated by brutal Stalinist architecture. This makes Tallinn an interesting place for street riding - there's plenty of both new and old spots all over the city. A great number of good outdoor skateparks are scattered all over the country, largely in the courtesy of Session Ramps - a company closely connected to Simple Session.
When the weather gets cold, then there's plenty of things going on indoors in the booming nightlife of Tallinn, Europe's latest party capital as titled in the New York Times. And it's all still reasonably priced. There are quite a few nice places where to hang out and party.
Tallinn has good direct air connections to main European capitals. Direct flights from London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Stockholm etc with companies as Easyjet, Ryan Air, Estonian Air, SAS, KLM, Finnair and many more. Add to that numerous ferries from Helsinki and Stockholm for those who appreciate a good boattrip.
Tallinn in photos:
Some street riding photos from Tallinn: