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Getting to Latvia

By plane


Inexpensive national airline: Air Baltic . There are also other low-cost carriers: Ryanair and EasyJet .

There are bus ) connections to city centre . Red taxis operate from the airport to the city center. The green Baltic Taxi operates from the airport to the city center for a flat fee of 9 LVL if purchasing a voucher from the Baltic Taxi booth inside the airport; the same voucher costs 8 LVL if purchased from flight attendants on board an Air Baltic flight (credit cards accepted). Journey times depend on traffic. Airport operates 24h hours.

If departing in the morning, allow yourself plenty of time to proceed through passport control as it can get crowded.

By train

  • Trains to Riga terminal are available from:
    • Moscow or Saint Petersburg, Russia, daily overnight, stops at Rezekne
    • Minsk, Belarus, semidaily overnight, stops at Daugavpils
    • Vilnius, Lithuania, daily but you have to stay overnight at Daugavpils. The overnight train from Ukraine stopped running in 2008.
  • By car

Major " Via Baltica " road links Warsaw, Poland through Kaunas, Lithuania, crosses Riga, Latvia and goes to Tallinn, Estonia. If you have a driver's licence issued by another country of the European Union, you can use it continuosly. Residents of other countries have to obtain a Latvian licence after 6 months, however it involves only a theoretical exam, which can be taken in English, German, French and Russian.

By bus

  • Eurolines ph (+371) 67214080, fax 67503134, from Europe and CIS, online ticket reservation, booking through Eurolines agencies in Europe and CIS.
  • Ecolines from Europe and CIS, online booking.

By boat

  • Tallink , . A ferry line between Stockholm ( Sweden) and Riga.
  • WM H. Muller Baltic , . Ferry between Karlshamn in Sweden and Ventspils.
  • DFDS Lisco , . Ferry between Lubeck in Germany and Riga twice a week.

Source: Wikitravel.org