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 the Hungarian company Wizz Air (www.wizzair.com).
From London - 2 hours 40 minutes; New York - 10 hours (including stopover); Paris - 2 hours 45 minutes; Frankfurt - 2 hours 5 minutes.
Travelling to Latvia by Rail
Latvijas Dzelzceļš (Latvian Railways) (tel: 8000 1181, in Latvia only or + 371 6723 1181; www.ldz.lv) is the national rail operator.
Latvia is not covered by InterRail or Eurail passes (but the latter does give you a discount on some ferry routes to Latvia).
To Riga - 17 hours from Moscow; 15 hours and 30 minutes from St Petersburg; 12 hours from Minsk; 3 to 4 hours from Valga.
Driving to Latvia
Getting to Latvia by boat
Those travelling with a Eurail pass are entitled to a substantial discount on the Tallink Silja ferry route between Stockholm and Riga.
Tallink Silja (tel: +49 40 547 541 222; www.tallinksilja.com) operates a ferry service between Riga and Stockholm. The journey time is approximately 16 hours.
Stena Line vessels (tel: +371 6362 2999, in Latvia only or 08447 70 70 70; www.stenaline.lv) sails between Ventspils and Nynäshamn (Sweden) and Travemünde (Germany). The operator also runs the service between Liepaja and Travemünde.