Places in Latvia

Travel to Latvia

Flying to Latvia

Latvia's national carrier is airBaltic (www.airbaltic.com), which runs direct flights to the UK, among other destinations. Other airlines flying non-stop to Latvia from the UK include Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) and Wizz (www.wizzair.com). 

Flight times:

From London - 2 hours 40 minutes; New York - 10 hours (including stopover).

Departure tax:

None.

Airport guides

Airport Code: RIX. Location: Riga International Airport is situated 11 km (7 miles) west of central Riga. Money: Banks, bureaux de change and ATMs are located in the terminal building. Read more

Other airports in Latvia

Liepaja International Airport

Airport Code: LPX. Location: Website: N/A. Public transport description: Taxis are available.

Travel by rail

Riga has rail links with Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia, Tallinn in Estonia and Vilnius in Lithuania.

Latvijas Dzelzceļš (Latvian Railways) (tel: 8000 1181, in Latvia only or + 371 6723 1181; www.ldz.lv) is the national rail operator.

Rail passes:

Latvia is not covered by InterRail or Eurail passes (but the latter does give you a discount on some ferry routes to Latvia).

Driving to Latvia

Entry by car is possible from Russia, Estonia, Belarus or Lithuania. The ViaBaltica highway runs through the Baltic countries.

Getting to Latvia by boat

Riga is a major Baltic port and there are good links between there and Stockholm, Sweden. Other ports in Latvia services locations in Germany and Sweden.

By water note:

Those travelling with a Eurail pass are entitled to a substantial discount on the Tallink Silja ferry route between Stockholm and Riga.

Cruise ships:

Riga is on the route of several cruise ships (www.rigapt.lv).

Ferry operators:

Tallink Silja (tel: +371 6709 9700; www.tallinksilja.com) operates a ferry service between Riga and Stockholm. The journey time is approximately 15 hours.

Stena Line vessels (tel: +371 6362 2999; www.stenaline.lv) sails between Ventspils and Nynäshamn (Sweden) and Travemünde (Germany). The operator also runs the service between Liepaja and Travemünde.




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