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

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


See also: Soviet Union

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 the 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

By train

Paldiski Station

There is a train service to/from Tallinn Balti Jaam. The trip takes about 1h 10min and it costs 2€.

By bus

Bus schedules can be checked at the Tpilet homepage.

From Tallinn, buses depart from Balti Jaam bus station in the west of the city. It costs nearly 3€ but is a more interesting ride than the train.

By car

Paldiski is a 45 km drive from Tallinn.

By boat

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


The train arrives at a station in the middle of nowhere. The bus came from the left of the station which could be where the town lies. Opposite the station is a pile of old building rubble and some sorry looking housing blocks. There is a ferry port and DFDS sail from there.





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