Photo: Zaha Hadid Architects

Tallinn Is Getting a Futuristic Train Station to Welcome the New High-Speed Rail Baltica

Tallinn Train Travel News Art + Architecture
by Eben Diskin Nov 22, 2019

Estonia is soon to be super connected to its neighbors (Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland) thanks to a new high-speed rail system: Rail Baltica. Getting from Tallinn to Vilnius will be as swift as can be (three hours and 38 minutes) and cost just 38 euros (about 42 USD).

And to make sure the many passengers that will arrive in Tallinn via train understand how cool a city the Estonian capital is, it’s getting a cutting-edge train station designed by none other than Zaha Hadid Architects.

Zaha Hadid Architects won the international design competition with its modern design of the Ülemiste terminal that features a large pedestrian bridge and smooth navigation between different areas of the transportation hub that will conveniently link Tallinn’s rail, tram, and bus routes, as well as the nearby airport.

It hasn’t yet been announced when the Ülemiste terminal will be finished, but it is planned to be built in phases to minimize disruption to existing train service. The broader Rail Baltica project, however, is expected to be complete by 2026.

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