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Driving to Latvia
Latvia has land borders with Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus. From Sweden and Germany travellers by car can take the ferry, thereby avoiding long road-trips.
Upon entering Latvia from Lithuania and Estonia, there is no border control since, just like Latvia, these Baltic States adhere to the Schengen Agreement. However, upon entering Latvia from Russia and Belarus, you must pass through border control.
Drivers should note that the standard of roads in Latvia varies – streets in cities are asphalted or cobbled, however, unpaved roads are common outside cities and lowering speed when is advisable.
There are no toll roads in Latvia, but drivers do have to pay to enter the resort city of Jurmala.
From April 3 to September 30, the fee for entering the administrative territory of the City of Jurmala is EUR 2. Electric cars may drive into the city free of charge. During the autumn and winter period from October 1 to March 31, all cars can enter the city free of charge.
Maximum driving speed in cities and residential areas – 50 km per hour (unless stated otherwise).
Maximum driving speed outside cities – 90 km per hour (unless stated otherwise).
Dipped headlights must be on 24/7;
For drivers with up to 2 years experience, the maximum permissible alcohol concentration in blood is 0.2 per ml; for drivers with driving experience over 2 years – up to 0.5 per ml.
From December 1 to March 1, cars must have all-season or winter tires; from March 2 to November 30 – all-season or summer tires.
Just like in most other countries, Latvian Highway Police can pull you over for speeding or other violations, conduct raids and spot checks.
Parking cars and trailers
You can park your car at a paid car park, at the side of the road (look for the ticket machine) or the free parking lots often available near sights and attractions. Drivers should check whether the car park has overnight parking.
For trailer or caravan travellers, special campsites and parking lots have been set up where you can spend the night and take a shower.
Should you require technical assistance during your trip, there are several companies providing 24/7 roadside assistance for a fee. You can call either
- LAMB – phone: +371 1888;
- SOS 24/7 – phone: +371 26443560,
- Baltic Auto – phone: +371 28268007.