Trip from Tallin, Estonia to Prague and Krakow

My friend and I, two women from the USA, will be traveling this summer to Tallinn, Estonia, then on to Krakow and Prague. What side trips from Tallinn have you found enjoyable?
Which city should we visit first, Krakow or Prague before heading home ? What is the better option- fly or take the train to that city?
This will be our first trip to Eastern Europe. Any other suggestions or "must sees" would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for any suggestions and advice.

Posted by Ilja
2310 posts

Fly open jaw to Tallin, back to US from Prague. The distances justify flying. Logistically one look at the map suggests this order: Tallin, Krakow, Prague. What else to see? Depends how much time you have. But more or less in neighborhood of Krakow and Prague are Budapest and Vienna. If you still got some time left; every American visitor to Prague (well, almost every) visits also Cesky Krumlov- small picturesque fairy tale like town.

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
8844 posts

Flying from Tallinn to Krakow is the only practical transport, since train and bus take about two days. Morning trains departures from Krakow to Prague take 7 - 8 hours and require two connections, so the direct overnight train or a flight are more convenient.

You could easily spend three days each in Krakow and Prague - see "at a glance" sightseeing tips at and I do consider a side trip from Krakow to Auschwitz/Birkenau to also be a "must-see."

Posted by Kristen
620 posts

How many days are you travelling? I love Krakow. Love love it. Good day trips from Krakow would be Czestochowa or Zakopane. But if you are only spending a few days in the city, the day trips are not necessary. Prague is beautiful too but my heart belongs to Krakow.

My family of four hired a private driver for the trip from Krakow to Prague. It took 4 1/2 hours. No one wanted to deal with the overnight trains or the hassle with train transfers. And we didn't want to shell out the money for a flight. With four of us, the price ended up being equal to what we would have paid for train tickets. Just another option. If you want that name of the company, you can private message me.

If this is going to be a long trip, you can take overnight ferries between Tallinn, Stockholm, Helsinki, Turku, and Riga. I doubt you can go directly from Riga to Tallinn. Obviously those are big cities to make into day trips. But if you have a few extra days, you could easily fit in one of those other cities. And the ferries are pretty entertaining. I was expecting something simple with sleeping quarters but it is basically a cruise ship. Big buffets, karaoke, casino. I know that isn't what most people go to Europe for. But if you have to travel overnight somewhere, that's the way to do it!

Posted by James E.
3866 posts

Krakow to Prague you might also look into one of the shuttle services like Bean.