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<map lat='58.75680543225761' lng='25.740966796875' zoom='7' view='0' float='right' height='320' width='450'/> Estonia is a small country that belongs to European Union and is a Schengen Agreement country.
Estonia is relatively a good country for hitch-hiking. The cars stop easily next to highways and small roads. Cars of the drivers that pick you up are various - trucks, old soviet cars, nice new cars and even tractors. Officially there is no difference if a truck driver or a car driver offers you a ride - everyone (except tractors) is allowed to go 90km/h. Except - in the summer on some roads it is allowed to go up to 110km/h. But unofficially - even truck drivers like speeding. hitch-hiking during night is quite impossible because there aren't many roads for traveling through country nor people there who have enough long ways they have to drive during night
Weather is a lot worse problem than small roads or lack of cars. Winters are cold, snow in midland (harder to walk to good spot), early darkening most time of year, rainy weather sometimes for long periods. "Thanks to" climate warming it is a lot easier to hitch-hike in winter nowadays. But i wouldn't advise trying it on smaller roads.
Many people from rural places goes to work in bigger towns. That means you can get stuck easily because of night on highway next to turnaway from main road. And no gas station near. It is smart to keep some bread, water and chocolate n your bag. Water is almost everywhere drinkable from tap and wells. Even from lakes. The color of lake water might be brown but that is pure turf water.
In Estonia share their rides younger and older, Estonian and Russian origin people, men and women. Even taxi drivers on their way home (for free). You can expect driver to start conversation in Estonian or Russian. English is widely spoken amongst young and middle aged people. Experiences show that Russian-speaking drivers understand well Estonian even if they don't speak it. And Estonian drivers understand Russian same way. Estonians love foreign visitors and are very helpful showing the right direction and giving instructions.
Not much money can be saved trying to hitch-hike instead of using public transport. But there are places that have lousy bus connection so hitch-hiking is great help then. Buses that depart from smaller and bigger towns can be found on . Trains to towns:  Air planes: 
Only Tallinn is big enough you need public transport to get out of the city: .
- Tallinn, * Tartu - inhabitants over 100.000
- Narva, * Kohtla-Järve, * Pärnu - inhabitants over 30.000
- Viljandi, * Sillamäe, * Rakvere, * Maardu, * Valga, * Kuressaare, * Võru, * Jõhvi, * Haapsalu - inhabitants over 10.000
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