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Public transport

Buses

Latvia has very good and very regular bus connections, making it is one of the most convenient means of transport for anyone who wants to get to know Latvia’s cities, towns and its vast countryside.

Information about buses in Latvia, including timetables, journey times, routes, ticket fares and other information, is available on information boards at the bus station, as well as online in Latvian, Russian, and English, on websites such as Autoosta.lv and 1188.

Buying Bus Tickets

Tickets for domestic and international routes may be bought at the following places:

  • At ticket desks at the bus station during office hours between 6:00am and 10:00pm;
  • Last minute from the bus driver, although you may find that there are no seats available;
  • At the ticket sales terminal or ticket machine at Riga International Bus Station which operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week;
  • On the website Bezrindas.lv or on international routes - Buseurope.eu.

The ticket will display the journey number, time and place of departure and seat number. A paper or SMS ticket should be presented to the driver or inspector, if any, and so it should be kept until the end of the trip!

Journey Times

There are direct bus routes and buses with stopovers on the way. Some of the most popular tourist destinations may be reached in a few hours:

Route Journey time
Riga - Daugavpils 3 to 4 hrs                                    
Riga - Ventspils 3 to 4 hrs
Riga - Liepaja 3 to 6 hrs
Riga - Cesis 1.5 to 2 hrs

Useful

Large luggage and pet transportation will cost extra. The ticket desk employee or the bus driver should be informed of these items beforehand.

Buses do not have toilets, but long routes include a stopover at a bus station with public toilets. New buses on long routes have free wi-fi.

In Riga passengers with reduced mobility are guaranteed specially-equipped buses and even companions who should be booked 36hrs before the journey. Outside Riga, the availability of these services should be enquired about at the bus station or with the bus company.

Last updated: 
29.07.2015