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When travelling around Latvia, all the loveliest locations of our country are easily accessible also by regional transportation systems – trains or buses. Travelling by public transport has its advantages over sitting behind the wheel of one's car. Those are – a chance to leisurely view countryside, forests and rivers, posh villas and old farmsteads float by.
The towns closest to Riga — Jūrmala, Sigulda, Cēsis, Valmiera, Saulkrasti, Jelgava, Tukums, Ogre — are easily accessible by train from the Central Railway Station. Carriages with a bike logo on the door have storage space for bicycles. Ticket prices are friendly: for instance, a half-an-hour trip to Majori in the centre of Jūrmala, a resort town, costs under one Lats. Further details on train schedules and prices are available.
The train can take you also to the beautiful seaside town of Liepāja or to Latvia's second largest city Daugavpils in Latgale. Latvia has an even wider network of bus routes. For instance, buses run to Liepāja for about 20 times a day. The 225 km route costs a passenger only a little over five Lati. For the most part, public buses are recently purchased vehicles of European make, with comfortable seats and air conditioning; larger size luggage can be placed in the luggage compartment.
Tickets can be purchased at bus stations, or from the driver on a bus shortly before departure, as well as online.
Share taxis – minibuses service locations in the vicinity of Riga: Mārupe, Ķekava, Salaspils. This mode of transport is especially convenient for travelling to Jūrmala: unlike train, it has no stops en route and can reach the resort city within 20 minutes.