Kihnu Island information:

How to make the trip to Kihnu Island?

Kihnu Island can be accessed year-round via the ferry Kihnu Virve, which departs 3–4 times each day from the Port of Munalaid (approx. 40km from Pärnu). Ferry tickets can be reserved at www.veeteed.ee and, as there are different events continuously taking place on the island, it always pays to reserve your tickets in advance. If pre-sale tickets are sold out, it is worth remembering that a limited number of tickets will also be available for purchase from the port on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

The ferry can be boarded by car, motorcycle, and bicycle. As the Kihnu ferry is very small, however, we recommend that you come on foot. The simplest option is to rent a bicycle at the Port of Kihnu, with which you will be able to easily cover the entire island in a single day.

Kihnu bicycle rental (Photo: Maksim Tund / Romantic Coastline)

To Kihnu and back in 1 day

The most convenient way to visit Kihnu for one day is with the morning ferry, which departs the Port of Munalaid at 8.30 a.m. and arrives at the island at around 9.30 a.m. The ferry runs from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, the earliest ferry departs at 11.30 a.m.

The ferry departs the Port of Kihnu every day at 4.15 p.m.

From Pärnu to Kihnu and back again

It is also possible to travel from Pärnu to the Port of Munalaid via bus. In order to arrive in time for the 8.30 ferry, you will need to board bus No. 65 (Pärnu – Audru kool – Munalaiu – Tõstamaa) at the Pärnu Bus Station, which departs at 7.15 a.m. and arrives at the Port of Munalaid at 8.10 a.m.

You can return to Pärnu with bus No. 67 (Värati – Munalaiu – Pärnu), which departs from Munalaid at 5.25 p.m. and arrives at the Pärnu bus station at 6.27 p.m.

During the summer, a ferry travels directly from Pärnu to Kihnu, departing at 12.45 p.m. on Wednesdays from the Port of Pärnu. The ferry from Kihnu to Pärnu departs at 9.45 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Port of Kihnu (Photo: Maksim Tund/ Romantic Coastline)

Accommodation on Kihnu Island

Kihnu Island is full of smaller bed and breakfasts, with larger tourist farms and even a few guest houses mixed in. Even so, it is worth taking into consideration that when traveling with a larger group, the whole group may not fit in one accommodation establishment. It is also recommended that you reserve your accommodation well in advance. The island is not very big and fills up very quickly, especially during events.

Catering on Kihnu Island

It is worth noting that there are no large restaurants or cafés on Kihnu Island. There are a few smaller places to eat on the island, but they may not be open every day. If you are spending the night on the island, then families at most bed and breakfasts will also offer you food.

You can find the best place to eat lunch by doing some research on what places are open while aboard the ferry or after arriving at the port. The island also has two grocery stores, where you can buy light meals and whatever else you may need, although it pays to bring specific necessities and goods along with you from the mainland.

There are no ATMs on Kihnu Island, which means that you should bring along plenty of cash.

Kurase Shop (Photo: Maksim Tund/ Romantic Coastline)

Touring Kihnu Island with a bicycle

The most convenient way to move about on the island is by bicycle. The Port of Kihnu has a large selection of bicycles that can be rented for the entire day. As the highest point on the island is 8 metres above sea level, then riding a bicycle is not too complicated.

With a bicycle, you will be able to cover the entire island in one day, and it is also a fun and sporty way to spend time for the entire family!

The following rent bicycles at the port:

Travel Wheel

A tourist route, the Kihnu Travel Wheel, has been developed to help visitors discover Kihnu, combining all of the island’s attractions into a single tour. The route is nearly 23 km long and can be covered on foot, by bicycle, or in a car. Travel time on a bicycle is 4–12 hours, depending on one’s physical shape and travel goals.

View the route HERE.


Rooslaiu farm shop/cafe in Kihnu

Lemsi küla, Kihnu vald, Rooslaiu

Pihlaka electric scooters in Kihnu

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Sea kayaking trips in the Kihnu Strait

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Sailing to Kihnu Island on yacht ‘Take Off’

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Suarõ Ninä – beach and a former boat landing place

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Kihnu shop

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Exhibition Gallery of Kihnu Community Centre

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Bike hire at Kihnu Harbour

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Pärnamäe Farm camping houses in Kihnu

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Rooslaiu farm shop/cafe in Kihnu

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Tennis court and soccer field of the former community centre on Kihnu

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Monument to the former community centre of Kihnu

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Kihnu Manor lindens

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Kihnu Liiva-aa boulder

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Pärnamõisa bicycle rental in the Port of Kihnu

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The largest bike rental of the island at the Kihnu harbour

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Go fishing with a bona fide Kihnu fisherman!

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Sadama Guesthouse bike hire on Kihnu

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Kihnu handicraft shop ‘Njaputüe pued’

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Kihnu harbour market: local food and crafts

Lemsi küla, Kihnu vald, SADAMAKÕRTSU