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

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Bus  •  4h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Tallinn to Riga 8003 / ...

$14 - $26

3 alternative options

Train  •  6h 46m

  1. Take the train from Tallinn to Valga E35
  2. Take the train from Valga to Rīga pasažieru 875 / ...

$19 - $29

Drive  •  4h 15m

  1. Drive from Tallinn to Riga 311.5 km

$35 - $50

Fly  •  3h 23m

  1. Fly from Tallinn (TLL) to Riga (RIX) TLL - RIX

$42 - $172

Tallinn to Riga by bus

The bus journey time between Tallinn and Riga is around 4h 23m and covers a distance of around 311 km. The fastest bus normally takes 4h 5m. Services are operated by 1188 Latvia, Lux Express, FlixBus and others. Typically 25 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
4h 23m
Fastest bus time:
4h 5m
Buses per week:
25
Cheapest price:
$17
Carbon emissions:
38 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
06:30
Last bus departs at:
15:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Tallinn to Riga bus schedules

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Riga is 113, 8303.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Riga is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Riga is 2 metres.

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Last updated: 14 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Tallinn to Riga is to bus which costs €11 - €21 and takes 4h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Tallinn to Riga is to fly which costs €30 - €150 and takes 3h 23m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Tallinn and arriving at Riga. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Tallinn to Riga. However, there are services departing from Tallinn and arriving at Rīga pasažieru via Valga. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 46m.

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The distance between Tallinn and Riga is 280 km. The road distance is 311.5 km.

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The best way to get from Tallinn to Riga without a car is to bus which takes 4h 30m and costs €11 - €21.

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The bus from Tallinn to Riga takes 4h 30m including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Tallinn to Riga bus services, operated by 1188 Latvia, depart from Tallinn station.

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Tallinn to Riga train services, operated by Elron, depart from Tallinn station.

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The best way to get from Tallinn to Riga is to bus which takes 4h 30m and costs €11 - €21. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €15 - €24 and takes 6h 46m, you could also fly, which costs €30 - €150 and takes 3h 23m.

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Map of how to get from Tallinn to Riga.
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  • Distance: 279.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 30m

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

1188 Latvia operates a bus from Tallinn to Riga 4 times a day. Tickets cost $14 - $24 and the journey takes 4h 30m. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a train from Tallinn to Riga via Valga in around 6h 46m.

Airlines
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Tallinn to Riga
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $220
Train operators
Bus operators
1188 Latvia
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Tallinn, Bus Station to Riga Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $25
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Tallinn Airport to Riga Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Tallinn to Riga bus services, operated by 1188 Latvia, arrive at Riga station.

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Tallinn to Riga train services, operated by Latvian Railways (PV), arrive at Rīga pasažieru station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Tallinn to Riga is 311 km. It takes approximately 4h 15m to drive from Tallinn to Riga.

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Air Baltic offers flights from Tallinn Airport to Riga Airport.

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Book your Tallinn to Riga bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 156+ hotels available in Riga. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Tallinn to Tallinn Airport is to line 4 tram which takes 18 min and costs €1 - €2.

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