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Latvia by Train

It's time to explore the north of Europe with a Eurail Pass! The Latvian railway carrier brings you all over the country, from the coast at the Baltic Sea to historical towns and beautiful nature. 


Train types in Latvia


Trains in Latvia are operated by VIVI. The main hub is the capital Riga. All trains in Latvia are regional and for most of them it's not possible to make reservations. 


Average travel time from Riga to other Latvian cities:

Riga - Liepaja 3h 20m (not daily)
Riga - Daugavpils 
(€ 1.40 in Comfort class wagon)
3h 20m (2h 45m fast service)
Riga - Valga 2h 45m
Riga - Rezekne
(€ 1.40 in Comfort class wagon)
3h 35m (2h 45m fast service)
Riga - Gulbene 3h 20m
Riga - Jelgava 45m (every 30 to 60 minutes)
Riga - Jurmala (beach)
Main stations: Majori and Dubulti
30m (every 30 minutes)

International trains

There are no direct international trains from Latvia to neighbouring countries. However, there are connections (with a change of trains) to Estonia and Lithuania.


Latvia to Estonia: Riga – Valga line

  • The last stop of the Riga - Valga line is on Estonian territory. Here you can change to an Estonian train directly to Tallinn or other destinations in Estonia. 
  • Please check timetables of both, the Latvian Railways and the Estonian Railways, since schedules are not necessarily well connected.


Latvia to Lithuania: Riga – Daugavpils line

  • Currently, there is no international train between these countries. At Daugavpils station in Latvia, you can catch a bus to Turmantas and change to a Lithuanian train that goes to Vilnius or other destinations in Lithuania (note: these buses are not included in your Pass).


Latvia to Lithuania: Riga – Jelgava – Siauliai – Vilnius

  • NEW! Once daily direct passenger train.
  • Connecting two Baltic capitals and countries once again.
  • Mandatory seat reservation (€5).
  • Bought at train stations in Lithuania and by the e-mail found here.


International ferries

Latvia has great connections to Sweden and Germany These ferries are not included in the Pass, but Pass holders can get a discount on their passage. Check the benefits portal for more information on these ferries:


Ferries to Germany:

  • Liepaja (Latvia) - Travemunde (Germany): this route is offered by Stena Line and takes approximately 27 hours.


Ferries to Sweden

  • Riga (Latvia) - Stockholm (Sweden): this route is offered by Tallink Silja and takes around 17 hours.
  • Ventspils (Latvia) - Nynäshamm (Sweden): this route is offered by Stena Line and takes around 7,5 hours.



Reservations in Latvia

You can make reservations on several routes in Latvia, for all other trains there are no reservations possible:


Riga – Jelgava – Siauliai – Vilnius

Mandatory reservation (€5)

Available at local ticket desks in Lithuania and by e-mail found here

Riga – Daugavpils – Indra

Once per day there is a train on this route with a comfort class section (additional fee € 1.40). For this specific train it's highly recommended to make reservations.


This train also stops at the following stations: Ogre, Aizkraukle, Plavinas, Krustpils, and Līvāni

Riga – Rezekne II

Once per day there is a train on this route with a comfort class section (additional fee € 1.40). For this specific train it's highly recommended to make reservations.


This is only valid for part of the route: Riga - Rezekne

This trains also stops at the following stations: Ogre, Aizkraukle, Pļaviņas, Krustpils, and Viļāni.


How to make reservations:

At the train station in Lithuania and by e-mail found here


Please note that you can book your reservations up to one hour before departure of the train. 


Get your Pass for Latvia

Latvia Pass

  • Offers you extensive rail travel in Latvia.

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available.

  • Prices from $ 64


Global Pass

  • Have the freedom to visit Latvia and up to 32 other Eurail countries

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available

  • Prices from $ 233


Tips and tricks for Latvia

Latvian train stations

The central railway station in Riga is the main station in Latvia. All domestic routes leave from this station. There are several services you can make use of:


Luggage Lockers

Luggage storage facilities are offered at Riga Central Station.


Lost and Found

Lost and Found service is provided by “Pasazieru vilciens” Customer Service Centre at Riga Central Station. In case of lost or found items please contact by phone: +371 67232135. 


Service Centre

Railway station, Stacijas laukums 2, Riga.

Phone: +371 67232135

Opening hours daily from 7:00-19:00

Pass Benefits in Latvia

With an Interrail Pass you can make use of some benefits, like:


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