There are 6 ways to get from Riga to Tartu by bus, train, car or plane

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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Bus  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Rīga to Tartu 858003 / ...

$11 - $24

Cheapest option

Train  •  5 h

  1. Take the train from Rīga pasažieru to Valga 874 / ...
  2. Take the train from Valga to Tartu Elr33

$10 - $13

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Train, bus  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Rīga pasažieru to Valga 874 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Valga bussijaam to Tartu bussijaam 312 / ...

$10 - $15

Drive  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Riga to Tartu 153.2 miles

$27 - $40

Fly to Tartu  •  9 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Riga (RIX) to Tartu (TAY) RIX - TAY

$57 - $177

Fly to Tallinn, train  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Riga (RIX) to Tallinn (TLL) RIX - TLL
  2. Take the train from Ülemiste to Tartu

$41 - $122

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The cheapest way to get from Riga to Tartu is to train which costs $10 - $14 and takes 5 h.

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The quickest way to get from Riga to Tartu is to drive which takes 3 h 17 min and costs $27 - $40.

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The distance between Riga and Tartu is 223 km. The road distance is 245 km.

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The bus from Rīga to Tartu takes 4 h 12 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rīga and arriving at Tartu. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 12 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Riga to Tartu. However, there are services departing from Rīga pasažieru and arriving at Tartu via Valga. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h.

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What companies run services between Riga, Latvia and Tartu, Estonia?

Ecolines operates a bus from Riga to Tartu twice daily. Tickets cost $11 - $24 and the journey takes 4 h 12 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Riga to Tartu via Valga in around 5 h.

Airlines
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Riga to Tartu via Helsinki
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $290
Flights from Riga to Tartu via Stockholm, Helsinki
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Riga to Tartu via Tallinn, Helsinki
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $180
Flights from Riga to Tartu via Copenhagen, Helsinki
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Riga to Tartu via Oslo, Helsinki
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $280
Flights from Riga to Tartu via Warsaw, Helsinki
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Riga to Tallinn
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $160
Train operators
1188 Latvia
Website
1188.lv
Train from Rīga pasažieru to Valga
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
1188.lv
Elron
Website
elron.ee
Train from Valga to Tartu
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
elron.ee
Train from Ülemiste to Tartu
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
elron.ee
Bus operators
Taisto Liinid OÜ
Website
taisto.ee
Bus from Valga bussijaam to Tartu bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
taisto.ee
Arilix OÜ
Website
vaikebussid.ee
Bus from Valga bussijaam to Tartu bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
vaikebussid.ee
Automen OÜ
Website
automen.ee
Bus from Valga bussijaam to Tartu bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
automen.ee

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