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.
There is a train service to/from Tallinn. The trip takes about 1h 10min and costs 2.8€.
Bus schedules can be checked at Bussireisid homepage .
Tallinn is 45 km east.
- There are two grocery stores.
- The locals shop at a few kiosks, located in a dilapidated lot, which sell various supplies.
- The newly renovated train station has a cafe which serves hot food.
- Hotel Valge Laev has a restaurant/bar.
- Peetri Toll serves food.
- Peetri Toll is a new tavern. 
- There is an alcohol shop.
The accommodation in Paldiski official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for .