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Paldiski [1] is a town (population: 4,000) on the shore of Baltic Sea, in Harjumaa county, NW Estonia.

Bank and Pakri lighthouse, situated about 5 km from Paldiski centrum to North


During Soviet times and early years of independent Estonia, until up to 1994, the city was a “closed city”, i.e., off-limits to foreigners, non-resident Soviet citizens, even non-resident Estonians themselves, because of its military importance. Today, it’s open to everyone and deserves a visit by those interested in the grey-world of Soviet Union (Paldiski and the Pakri peninsula are covered with abandoned bunkers, piles of unidentifiable junk and various military debris).

The scenes taking place in a location introduced to the audience as “somewhere in the former Soviet Union” in the film Lilya 4-Ever were actually shot in Paldiski.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Paldiski Station

There is a train service to/from Tallinn. The trip takes about 1h 10min and costs 2.8€.

By bus[edit]

Bus schedules can be checked at Bussireisid homepage [2].

By car[edit]

Tallinn is 45 km east.

By boat[edit]

There are regular ferries between Paldiski’s harbour and Kapellskar, Sweden / Hanko, Finland / Lübeck, Germany.

Get around[edit]

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Buy[edit][add listing]

  • There are two grocery stores.
  • The locals shop at a few kiosks, located in a dilapidated lot, which sell various supplies.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The newly renovated train station has a cafe which serves hot food.
  • Hotel Valge Laev has a restaurant/bar.
  • Peetri Toll serves food.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Peetri Toll is a new tavern. [3]
  • There is an alcohol shop.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Valge Laev, with six guest rooms. [4]
  • There is a new bed & breakfast, Paldiski Tuule B&B. [5]

The accommodation in Paldiski official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for [6].


Get out[edit]

  • Laulasmaa, small coastal village, 20km west from Paldiski
  • Nõva, beautiful village with untouched pine forests and clean beach

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