The ways of getting to Latvia are either via air traffic, ferry traffic, railway traffic, bus traffic or by your own car - you just have to decide upon the most suitable mode and means of transportation.
Traveling by plane, you will arrive in Riga International Airport - the largest and busiest airport in the Baltic States. The airport is situated only 10 km away from the capital of Latvia - Riga.
Riga International Airport has direct flights to/from various European cities (London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Oslo, etc), Middle East (Beirut, Tel Aviv, Dubai), CIS (Moscow, Kiev, Minsk) as well as North America (New York City).
In 2005 budget carrier Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) launched flights between Rīga and London (Stansted), Liverpool, Stockholm (Skavsta), Frankfurt (Hahn), Tampere and Dublin.
Latvia’s flagship carrier is Air Baltic (www.airbaltic.lv; (+371) 6720 7777), with direct flights to about 30 cities in Europe. You’ll find flight schedules and a full list of airlines flying to Latvia on the website of Rīga International Airport www.riga-airport.com
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Riga International Bus Station is situated in the city centre, next to the Central Railway Station and the Central Market, within a walking distance (5-10 min) from the Old Town.
There are several international bus lines connecting Riga with cities both in Western and Eastern Europe. The main international bus companies are Eurolines, Ecolines and Nordeka. Before leaving, do check the bus departure time schedule: www.autoosta.lv, www.ecolines.lv, www.eurolines.lv, www.nordeka.lv
If you plan to travel within the borders of Latvia or the Baltic States, buses will be the most convenient means of transportation because bus lines cover the entire region.
For additional information see:
Riga International Bus Station: Pragas Street 1, Riga, LV-1050, working hours from 5 am to 12pm.
Information service: (+371) 9 000 009 (0,24 Ls/min), 07:00 – 22:00
International booking office: (+371) 67 212 402, 08:00 – 20:30
Ticket reservation: (+371) 9 001 111 (0,35 Ls/min), 07:00 – 22:00
There are 11 harbors at the seacoast of Latvia with intensive ferry traffic. The largest passenger ports are located in Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja, where modern infrastructure renders services to the passengers at the highest quality standards. The ferry terminal lies less than 1 km north of Old Town.
From Riga there are following ferry lines available:
Riga – Stockholm (Sweden) – Riga - www.tallinksilja.com
Passenger ferries are available also from other cities in Latvia:
Ventspils – Karlshamn (Sweden); Ventspils – Nynäshamn (Sweden); Ventspils – Rostock (Germany) - www.scandlines.lt
Ventspils – Saaremaa (Estonia) (operating only in summer season) - www.slkferries.ee
Lübeck -Ventspils - Helsinki - St. Petersburg- www.finnlines.com
Liepaja – Rostock (Germany) and Liepaja – Karshamn (Sweden)
If you are traveling by yacht, we recommend you to visit the site www.latviancoast.lv, where you will find all the necessary information about Latvia’s yacht ports.
Riga Central Railway Station is located in the city centre next to the Central Market and Riga International Bus Station, within a walking distance (5-10 min) from the Old Town. It has recently been fully renovated and houses a shopping mall “Origo” with numerous shops and cafés where to spend time while waiting for your train to arrive. Train communications link Riga with cities in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland.
You can acquire more information about local and international train routes and time schedules by dialing 1188 from local telephones or visiting www.1188.lv or www.ldz.lv.