Tallinn is Lonely Planet’s best value destination for 2018

Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, has ranked the best value destinations for 2018 – and the Estonian capital, Tallinn, is number one.

The travel guide ranked the top ten destinations to “tempt frugal travellers”. “Estonia’s capital is compact, fashionable and terrific value. Explore one of Eastern Europe’s loveliest old towns on foot for free, stay in good-value dorms, guesthouses or private homes, and take in Baltic Sea views and a superb panorama of the city from the flat roof of the vast Linnahall (one of Tallinn’s best free things to do),“ Lonely Planet said.

“Connected by budget flights from around Europe, the city isn’t a secret – but if you want a taste of Tallinn to yourself then head to Kalamaja, a fast-changing neighbourhood home to Telliskivi Creative City. The food trucks here offer Instagrammable fill-ups that won’t tax your wallet,” the travel guide added.

Best in Travel 2018 – Top 10 Best Value (Lonely Planet)

  1. Tallinn, Estonia
    2. Lanzarote, Canary Islands
    3. Arizona, US
    4. La Paz, Bolivia
    5. Poland
    6. Essaouira, Morocco
    7. United Kingdom
    8. Baja California, Mexico
    9. Jacksonville, Florida, US
    10. Hunan, China

In 2016, Tallinn hosted 2.5 million foreign visitors who stayed at least a day in the city. It remains to be seen whether an endorsement by the Lonely Planet will drive this number up in 2018.

Lonely Planet, founded by British-Australian couple Maureen and Tony Wheeler in 1972, is the largest travel guide publisher in the world.


Cover: Rooftops of Tallinn Old Town (Liina Notta/Visit Estonia).

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About the author: Silver Tambur

Silver Tambur is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World. He has previously studied journalism at the University of Tartu, and Politics & Society at the Birkbeck College, University of London. Silver has been the editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s news service in English, as well as contributing for the Business Sense magazine in the UK, Deutsche Welle and Radio New Zealand. You can also follow him on Twitter. You can write to Silver at silver@estonianworld.com.

  • Diogo Gaspar

    no, Estonia no really Eastern Europe
    Really is Estonia Scandinavian, Baltic and rich

    • It’s part of the Baltic region. Probably it’s considered East Europe because of its Soviet recent past, and also because its longitude matches other Eastern European countries. But it’s not Scandinavia for sure. It’s definitely smart and innovative, but not the richest country in the area (look at avg salary level).

      • Caroline

        Its recent Soviet past is precisely the reason Eesti would rather be considered Northern Europe or even Scandinavian.
        I’ve tried to describe it as one of the Baltic countries, which i think is an accurate description, only for people to think “Balkan” countries, which only leads to more confusion.
        At least if it’s described as Northern Europe people can find it on a map!

  • Diogo Gaspar

    Really is Estonia Scandinavian, Baltic and rich

  • Caroline

    Last time I checked, and that was June 2017 when I was there, Estonia was part of Northern Europe.

    • Sergei

      Last time I checked the map of my home country, the longitude states Eastern Europe, the marketing positioning states Northern Europe. You can choose to go with either geographic facts or political narratives, it is up to you.

  • Check your map.