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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  •  4h 12m

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

$11 - $23

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Train  •  4h 54m

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

$10 - $13

2 alternative options

Bus 1188 Latvia  •  6h

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

$11 - $16

Drive  •  3h 17m

  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 4h 54m.

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

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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 4h 12m.

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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 4h 54m.

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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 4h 12m and costs $11 - $23.

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The bus from Rīga to Tartu takes 4h 12m 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 Rīga pasažieru station.

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The best way to get from Riga to Tartu is to bus which takes 4h 12m and costs $11 - $23. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $10 - $14 and takes 4h 54m.

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

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 4h 12m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Riga to Tartu via Valga in around 4h 54m.

Train operators
Latvian Railways (PV)
Phone
+371 67232135
Website
pv.lv
Train from Rīga pasažieru to Valga
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7
Website
pv.lv
Elron
Phone
673 7400
Email
info@elron.ee
Website
elron.ee
Train from Valga to Tartu
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Elron
Bus operators
1188 Latvia
Website
1188.lv
Bus from Riga to Valka
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
1188.lv
Automen OÜ
Phone
12012
Website
automen.ee
Bus from Valga bussijaam to Tartu bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Automen OÜ
Arilix OÜ
Phone
+372 5886 0000
Email
tellimine@bussikeskus.ee
Website
vaikebussid.ee
Bus from Valga bussijaam to Tartu bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Arilix OÜ
Go Bus AS
Phone
631 0011
Email
info@gobus.ee
Website
gobus.ee
Bus from Valga bussijaam to Tartu bussijaam
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Go Bus AS

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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 3h 17m to drive from Riga to Tartu.

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There are 150+ hotels available in Tartu. Prices start at $37 USD per night.

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