Regular services

Regular services consist of public regular services, domestic long-distance and international long-distance regular services.

Public regular services

Public regular services mean the carriage of passengers under a public service contract signed by the transport operator and a local authority or the state.

A rural, urban or county route means a route where stops are located primarily in the administrative territory of a rural municipality, city or county. To distinguish between rural, urban and county routes, other indicators that characterise the route are also taken into account, e.g. the timetable, the main target group of passengers, the main service area and the technical compliance of the public transport vehicle for servicing the route.

Domestic long-distance regular service

Domestic long-distance regular service in Estonia is managed commercially. Long-distance regular service is the carriage of passengers on the basis of a regular service authorisation on domestic routes, where stops are located on the administrative territory of more than one county.

The Estonian Road Administration grants regular service authorisations for the carriage of passengers by bus and coach on a domestic long-distance route and approves the timetables of domestic commercial long-distance routes.

You can read more about the conditions for applying for a regular service authorisation here.

International long-distance regular service

International long-distance regular service is managed commercially.

International passenger transport is regulated by the European Parliament and Council regulation no. 1073/2009/EC or international agreements. The line network is formed according to the applications, filed by carriers; the applications will be processed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.