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) and once per week during the summer from the Port of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.