There are 5 ways to get from Riga to Chișinău by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly  •  8 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Riga (RIX) to Chisinau (KIV) RIX - KIV

$103 - $307

Cheapest option

Train  •  2 days 0 h

  1. Take the train from Riga to Minsk
  2. Take the train from Minsk-Passajirskii to Lukow D
  3. Take the train from Lukow to Kiev Pass Tlk
  4. Take the train from Kiev Pass to Odessa Gl.
  5. Take the train from Odessa Gl. to Chisinau

$39 - $63

3 alternative options

Bus via Minsk Vostochny  •  36 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Riga to Minsk Vostochny
  2. Take the bus from Minsk Vostochny to Kyiv
  3. Take the bus from Kiev Central Bus Station to Chişinău

$43 - $78

Bus Ecolines  •  37 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Rīga to Odessa
  2. Take the bus from Odessa to Bender
  3. Take the bus from Bender to Chişinău

$79 - $124

Drive  •  18 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Riga to Chișinău 954.9 miles

$170 - $250

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The cheapest way to get from Riga to Chișinău is to train which costs $35 - $65 and takes 2 days 0 h.

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The quickest way to get from Riga to Chișinău is to fly which costs $100 - $310 and takes 8 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Riga to Chișinău. However, there are services departing from Riga and arriving at Chişinău via Minsk Vostochny and Kiev Central Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 36 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Riga to Chișinău. However, there are services departing from Riga and arriving at Chisinau via Minsk-Passajirskii, Lukow, Kiev Pass and Odessa Gl.. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 0 h.

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The distance between Riga and Chișinău is 1152 km. The road distance is 1527.9 km.

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The best way to get from Riga to Chișinău without a car is to bus which takes 36 h 37 min and costs $40 - $80.

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It takes approximately 8 h 37 min to get from Riga to Chișinău, including transfers.

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Riga to Chișinău bus services, operated by Minsktrans, depart from Riga station.

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Riga to Chișinău train services, operated by Latvian Railways (PV), depart from Riga station.

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The best way to get from Riga to Chișinău is to fly which takes 8 h 37 min and costs $100 - $310. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $80 and takes 36 h 37 min, you could also train, which costs $35 - $65 and takes 2 days 0 h.

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There is no direct flight from Riga Airport to Chisinau Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Riga to Chișinău bus services, operated by Ukraine buses, arrive at Chişinău station.

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Map of how to get from Riga to Chișinău.
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  • Distance: 719.7 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 37 min

What companies run services between Riga, Latvia and Chișinău, Moldova?

Lufthansa, Aeroflot Russian Airlines and 10 other airlines fly from Riga to Chișinău hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Riga to Chișinău via Minsk Vostochny, Kyiv, and Kiev Central Bus Station in around 36 h 37 min.

Airlines
Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Website
aeroflot.ru
Flights from Riga to Chisinau via Moscow Sheremetyevo
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Riga to Chisinau via Kiev
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Riga to Chisinau via Vienna
Ave. Duration
8 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Riga to Chisinau via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $800
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Riga to Chisinau via Warsaw
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $1,200
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Riga to Chisinau via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Train operators
Latvian Railways (PV)
Belorussian Railways (BŽD)
Polish Railways (PKP)

The rail network in Poland is conveniently organised, with many connections between cities, making it an effective method of travelling around the country. Tickets for regional and express trains are affordable, with children, students, pensioners, people with disability, and large families being entitled to discounts. Polish Railways offer a pre-booking service for travellers living outside of Poland - tickets and reservations can be booked in advance for trips inside Poland (up to 30 days in advance for domestic trains), and to/from other countries in the region (up to 60 days in advance).

Contact Details
Phone
703 200 200
Website
intercity.pl
Train from Lukow to Kiev Pass
Ave. Duration
14 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
Intercity.pl
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class
$19 - $28
1st Class
$26 - $40
Ukrainian Railways (UZ)
Phone
+38 (044) 309-70-05
Email
booking@uz.gov.ua
Website
uz.gov.ua
Train from Kiev Pass to Odessa Gl.
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $11
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
Book at
uz.gov.ua
3rd Class
$4 - $6
2nd Class
$7 - $11
1st Class
$18 - $25
Train from Odessa Gl. to Chisinau
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
Book at
uz.gov.ua
Bus operators
Minsktrans
Phone
(+375 17) 219-86-01
Email
info@minsktrans.by
Website
minsktrans.by
Bus from Riga to Minsk Vostochny
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $26
Schedules at
minsktrans.by
Book at
ticketbus.by
Bus from Minsk Vostochny to Kyiv
Ave. Duration
11 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Schedules at
minsktrans.by
Book at
ticketbus.by
Ukraine buses
Website
ticket.bus.com.ua
Bus from Kiev Central Bus Station to Chişinău
Ave. Duration
12 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Schedules at
ticket.bus.com.ua
Bus from Odessa to Bender
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
ticket.bus.com.ua
Chisinau Bus Station
Phone
+373 22 542-185
Email
autogara@mtc.md
Website
autogara.md
Bus from Bender to Chişinău
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $6
Schedules at
autogara.md

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