On Wednesday, the renovated Tallinn Bus station is opened. The first renovations since its construction in 1965 gave the building together with a one million euro investment a whole new interior and exterior.
“I am happy that together with the constructors we managed to keep the deadlines set in the summer and that the renovated bus station is opened for the public in the prime time of the holidays,” said Andres Osula, Tallinn bus station LLC, member of the board.
According to Osula, 3.5 million passengers visit Tallinn bus station per year, which makes it one of the most important public objects. “This week we finished the last interior renovations in the cafeteria area and starting from Wednesday the automatic ticket booths will be operating aswell,” Osula added.
The renovated bus station is much more open to the light, compared to the original building, because earlier the whole wall on Odra street had no windows. There are approximately 100 seats (150 together with the cafeteria seats) in the new bus station building. There are three ticket offices, four automatic ticket booths, information table with two clerks, ATMs, cafeteria, flower shop and a R-kiosk in the waiting hall. Free WiFi is available during the opening hours of the waiting hall, that is from 5 AM to 1 AM.
The building renovated according to the project by Kai Süda and Risto Parve from KARISMA OÜ will be officially opened by Andres Osula, member of the board of Tallinn Bus station and Juhan Parts, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications.
During the opening events, singers Marju Länik and Birgit Varjun will be selling the tickets in the offices and actor Andrus Vaarik will be helping with the automatic ticket booths. Also, on that day only, a shoeshine man, played by Valdo Jahilo will be present in the waiting hall. The information screens at the bus station will be showing short videos from 1965 and about the finished renovation works.]
In collaboration with Jazzkaar, from 15:25-15:55 PM the passengers in the waiting hall have a chance to listen to a band titled Greip. Other concerts will take place on Tuesday and Thursday when Liisi Koikson and UMA will be performing. The bus station’s facade on Lastekodu street is decorated with red band and a rosette for the holidays.
The Tallinn bus station building on the corner of Lastekodu and Odra street was built in 1965 on the site of a former market. The building was constructed to celebrate Soviet Estonia’s 25th anniversary.
The renovation works of Tallinn bus station begun on June 25th this year. The construction cost all together was one million euros and the main contractor was Astlanda Ehituse OÜ. The station was partially opened for the passangers on November 9.