There are 6 ways to get from Tartu to Riga 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.

Recommended option

Bus  •  4 h 47 min

  1. 801202

$11 - $24

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  5 h 17 min

  1. 312 / ...
  2. 874 / ...

$11 - $15

4 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Elr33
  2. 874 / ...

$12 - $14

Drive  •  3 h 16 min

  1. 152.5 miles

$27 - $40

Fly from Tartu  •  8 h 5 min

  1. TAY - RIX

$151 - $551

Train to Tallinn, fly  •  4 h 23 min

  1. TLL - RIX

$39 - $123

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

Ecolines operates a bus from Tartu to Riga once daily. Tickets cost $11 - $24 and the journey takes 4 h 47 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Tartu to Riga via Valga in around 4 h 54 min.

Airlines
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Tallinn to Riga
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $160
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Tartu to Riga via Helsinki
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Train operators
Elron
Website
elron.ee
Train from Tartu to Valga
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
elron.ee
Train from Tartu to Ülemiste
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
elron.ee
1188 Latvia
Website
1188.lv
Train from Valga to Rīga pasažieru
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
1188.lv
Bus operators
Taisto Liinid OÜ
Website
taisto.ee
Bus from Tartu bussijaam to Valga bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
taisto.ee
Arilix OÜ
Website
vaikebussid.ee
Bus from Tartu bussijaam to Valga bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
vaikebussid.ee
Automen OÜ
Website
automen.ee
Bus from Tartu bussijaam to Valga bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
automen.ee

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Tartu and Riga is 223 km. The road distance is 244 km.

The cheapest way to get from Tartu to Riga is to train which costs 10€ - 12€ and takes 4 h 54 min.

The quickest way to get from Tartu to Riga is to drive which takes 3 h 16 min and costs 23€ - 35€.

No, there is no direct train from Tartu to Riga. However, there are services departing from Tartu and arriving at Rīga pasažieru via Valga. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 54 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Tartu and arriving at Rīga. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 47 min.

The bus from Tartu to Rīga takes 4 h 47 min including transfers and departs once daily.