The development of the Old City Harbour aims to create a multifunctional city district next to the passenger port. We will bring the city life to the harbour.

Old City Harbour of the Future: Estonia’s biggest and most attractive tourism gate and an integral part of the modern cityscape.

The Masterplan 2030 of the Old City Harbor area was completed in 2017. This document is a long-term development plan. The aim is to develop Old City Harbour into a diverse, innovative and a welcoming place that provides an authentic urban experience and safe and high quality public space. Old City Harbour is the heart of the city and a place where locals love to go. For those coming by sea, it is the gateway to Estonia. For those coming by land, it is the gateway to the world. Like it has been for centuries. It is a place designed for the free movement of people and thoughts. Something real that is meant to last for generations.

For implementing the Masterplan 2030, it is necessary to draw up and establish detailed land use plans for the areas, in order to give legal force to the development plan. Until their completion, Port of Tallinn will implement temporary solutions to the public spaces surrounding the A and D terminals creating human-friendly environment for the activities.

Old City Harbour Masterplan 2030+

Real estate development has started with the implementation of the Old City Harbour development plan Masterplan 2030+. The author of Masterplan 2030+ is the world-famous architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects.

Masterplan 2030+ offers a unique opportunity for profitable real estate development in the long term.

Future vision

In 2019, the city of Tallinn initiated detailed plans covering the entire Old City Harbour area. The initiation is followed by the processing of detailed plans. Until detailed plans are established, the Port of Tallinn will try to make the public space around the A and D terminals more human-friendly with temporary solutions and activities.


The new city square in front of the Terminal D was opened

On November 19, 2022, the square in front of the Terminal D, connecting the cruise terminal and North Tallinn via the Admiral Bridge and Kadriorg via Reidi Road, was opened to create additional recreational space while also offering a convenient connection to the city center for ship passengers.

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A new cruise terminal and promenade were opened

On July 15, 2021, a modern multi-functional cruise terminal and an 850-meter-long roof promenade were opened, which connect the seafront with the Culture Kilometer, opening up the previously inaccessible harbour area for people to spend their free time.

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The Admiralty bridge was opened

On August 24, 2021, a pedestrian bridge connecting the shore areas of the Terminals A and D was opened in Old City Harbour.

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The Terminal D parking garage was opened

On February 15, 2021, a parking garage with one below- and four above-ground levels was opened in the immediate vicinity of the Terminal D in Old City Harbour.

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Pikksilma Promenade completed

On June 4, 2021, the seaside Pikksilma Promenade was opened, which is an extension of Reidi Road towards the Old City Harbour quays.

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The Tallinn City Council initiated four detailed plans for the Old City Harbour area

In the last quarter of 2019, the Tallinn City Council initiated four detailed plans for the Old City Harbour area.

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KODA Park in Old City Harbour is ready

KODA Park campus consists of twenty compact, yet roomy, KODA modular houses.

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Reid Road pedestrian promenade completed

The total length of Reid Road, which starts from the intersection of Lootsi and Ahtri streets near the port and flows into Pirita Road at the Russalka memorial, is 1.93 kilometers.

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Launch of the Smart Port system in the Terminal D

In 2018, the Smart Port system was completed for the Terminal D.

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Launch of the Smart Port system in the Terminal A

On October 3, 2017, the Smart Port traffic management system was implemented for passengers with vehicles in the Terminal A of Old City Harbour.


Club Laev was opened at the cruise area

Club Laev has been operating in the same location since 2019, where many lively club events and concerts have taken place.

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Competition for the Old City Harbour development plan announced

On November 21, 2016, the Port of Tallinn announced a design competition for the Old City Harbour development plan, or Masterplan, to bring more urban development to the Old City Harbour alongside the port functions and to turn the area into an easily accessible and attractive urban space.


Balloon Tallinn attraction near the cruise area

On June 20, a new attraction was opened in the Old City Harbour area – Balloon Tallinn; a giant helium balloon anchored to the ground.

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Sadama Turg and Kochi Quarter (Kochi Aidad) opened

On February 23, 2012, Sadama Turg opened by the Admiralty pool, instead of the Terminal C, where goods from large and small manufacturers are offered.

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On May 21, 2010, the Port of Tallinn opened a new marina in the Admiralty Basin, which had 62 berths for yachts up to 60 feet.

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The 2010 Masterplan was developed with ideas for moving existing buildings and implementing a Smart Port.


The final relocation of the cargo port (the railway connection from the North-West Pier was cut off)

Over time, the handling of goods has moved away from the Old City Harbour to commercial ports. Today, Old City Harbour mainly handles Ro-Ro goods (rolling stock).


The Terminal D was completed

On June 8, 1996, the Terminal D of the Old City Harbour was opened for passengers.


Port Authority building

On July 1, 1996, the reconstructed four-story administrative building of the Tallinn Port Authority was put into use.


The Terminal A was completed

The Terminal A was built in 1979, the Terminal B, or the extension of the Swedish terminal, was added in 1992 according to the project of the architect Ülo Peil.

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The Terminal C was completed

The former Tallinn Ship Repair Factory was rebuilt into a terminal for small ships, and renamed the Terminal C.


The Terminal B was completed

On May 22, 1991, the new passenger terminal was completed and put into use at Merekaubasadam. It was the first European building in the port.


Travels on the Stockholm-Tallinn line

On the morning of June 17, 1990, the Nord Estonia passenger ship arrived at the Merekaubasadam quay from Stockholm.

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The first trip on the Tallinn-Helsinki ferry TALLINK

On January 8, 1990, Tallink, a joint venture between the Estonian Shipping Company Ltd and Finnish shipping company Palkkiyhtymä Oy, launched the Finnish-flagged ferry TALLINK, which traveled from Terminal A of Old City Harbour to the Olympic Terminal of South Harbour in Helsinki.

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The Georg Ots begins the Tallinn-Helsinki route

The Georg Ots was built in 1978-1980 in Poland. The ship is 136.4 meters long and can accommodate 1,200 passengers.

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