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Area code 372 Common abbreviation EST Last updated 10-4-2013
Road class Syntax explanation Administrative subordination Sub classes Zones System Remarks
European road E[0-9]<2> Europe See Europe Only E20, E67 and E77
National road (Maantee) (T-)[0-9]<1-2> national main (põhimaantee): 1-11, 92 spider-web
basic (tugimaantee): 12-91, 93-95 clustering
Community road (Korvalmaantee) (T-[12][0-9])[12][0-9]<2> national
General description: 1, 2 and 4 are the main roads from Tallinn to Narva (-Saint Petersburg), Tartu-Luhamaa and Pärnu (-Riga) respectively. 3 and 5 are lateral roads Johvi-Tartu-Valga and Rakvere-Paide-Pärnu. 6 is the road between Pärnu and Valga and 7 is a short connection between Latvia and Russia on the route between Riga and Pskov. 8, 9 and 10 are recently upgraded former basic roads.
There is no clear zone system for basic roads, but they appear in clusters, typically of numbers beginning with the same digit.
Community road numbers all have 5 digits. The first two digits depend on the county:
Number County (Maakond)
11 Harju
12 Hiiu
13 Ida-Viru
14 Jõgeva
15 Järva
16 Lääne
17 Lääne-Viru
18 Põlva
19 Pärnu
20 Rapla
21 Saare
22 Tartu
23 Valga
24 Viljandi
25 Võru
When a Community road crosses a county boundary, the number does continue, so not all Community roads within a county have the same two first digits. The county indication does not appear on signs.
Road signs: Indirect references to road numbers appear in a dashed rectangle (as in Iceland and sometimes in Germany).
Road/destination type Background Text Road numbers (not related to road/destination type)
Class Shape Background Text
Main roads Blue White Main roads Rectangle Red White
Other roads White Black Basic roads Rectangle Yellow Black
Local destinations White Dark green Community roads Rectangle White Black
History: Estonia is one of the few countries in the world that have had four different road numbering systems (like Latvia). After Soviet occupation, the system was changed and after independence, a new national system was introduced. The Soviet system was also changed once.
In 1998, three new main roads were introduced: basic roads 19, 16 and 30 were upgraded to 8, 9 and 10 respectively. These roads have possibly had five different numbers.
The years in the table below are estimated:
System > Old national Old Soviet New Soviet New national
Route 1930-1940 1940-1980 1980-1995 1995-1998 1998-present
Tallinn-Narva 2 21 M11 1
Tallinn-Paide 1 unknown A202 2
Tallinn-Pärnu 4 21 M12 4
Tallinn-Risti-Haapsalu 6 unknown A206 16 9
Risti-Virtsu 7 unknown A207 30 10
Sources and links: Estonian road administration, various maps and atlases

    Official sites:
  1. Maanteeamet Estonian Road Administration
  2. Route list law text
  3. Other links:
  4. Tallinn-Tartu-Luhamaa kiirtee rehabiliteerimise etapi B sotsiaal- ja keskkonnamõjude hindamine
  5. Regio maps
    Other pages within this site:
  6. Road sign colours
  7. Europe
  8. Latvia
  9. Route list
Marcel Monterie