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There are 4 ways to get from Riga to Tartu by bus, train or car

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Bus Ecolines  •  4 h 12 min

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

$11 - $23

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Train  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Riga to Valga 866 / ...
  2. Take the train from Valga to Tartu Elr33

$10 - $13

2 alternative options

Bus 1188 Latvia  •  6 h

  1. Take the bus from Riga to Valka 7600
  2. Take the bus from Valga bussijaam to Tartu bussijaam 369 / ...

$11 - $16

Drive  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Riga to Tartu 153.2 miles

$27 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Riga to Tartu is to train which costs $10 - $14 and takes 4 h 55 min.

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

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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 Riga and arriving at Tartu via Valga. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 55 min.

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The distance between Riga and Tartu is 223 km. The road distance is 245.1 km.

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The best way to get from Riga to Tartu without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 12 min and costs $11 - $23.

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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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Riga to Tartu bus services, operated by Ecolines, depart from Rīga station.

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

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The best way to get from Riga to Tartu is to bus which takes 4 h 12 min and costs $11 - $23. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $10 - $14 and takes 4 h 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Riga to Tartu.
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  • Distance: 139.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 12 min

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

Ecolines operates a bus from Riga to Tartu twice daily. Tickets cost $11 - $23 and the journey takes 4 h 12 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Riga to Tartu via Valga in around 4 h 55 min.

Train operators
Latvian Railways (PV)
Elron
Website
elron.ee
Train from Valga to Tartu
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
elron.ee
Bus operators
1188 Latvia
Website
1188.lv
Bus from Riga to Valka
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
1188.lv
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
Taisto Liinid OÜ
Website
taisto.ee
Bus from Valga bussijaam to Tartu bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
vaikebussid.ee

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Riga to Tartu bus services, operated by Ecolines, arrive at Tartu station.

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Riga to Tartu train services, operated by Elron, arrive at Tartu station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Riga to Tartu is 245 km. It takes approximately 3 h 17 min to drive from Riga to Tartu.

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There are 149+ hotels available in Tartu. Prices start at $39 USD per night.

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