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.

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Bus Ecolines  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Tartu to Rīga 801202

$11 - $23

Cheapest option

Bus 1188 Latvia  •  6 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Tartu bussijaam to Valga bussijaam 380 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Valka to Teika Riga 7600

$11 - $17

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Train  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Tartu to Valga Elr33
  2. Take the train from Valga to Rīga pasažieru 867 / ...

$12 - $13

Drive  •  3 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Tartu to Riga 152.5 miles

$27 - $40

Train to Tallinn, fly  •  4 h 27 min

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

$39 - $122

Fly from Tartu  •  8 h 5 min

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

$151 - $551

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The cheapest way to get from Tartu to Riga is to train which costs 10€ - 12€ and takes 5 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Tartu to Riga is to drive which costs 24€ - 35€ and takes 3 h 16 min.

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

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

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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.

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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 5 h 19 min.

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The best way to get from Tartu to Riga without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 47 min and costs 10€ - 20€.

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Map of how to get from Tartu to Riga.
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  • Distance: 139.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 47 min

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

Ecolines operates a bus from Tartu to Riga once daily. Tickets cost $11 - $23 and the journey takes 4 h 47 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Tartu to Riga via Valga in around 5 h 19 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 19 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
elron.ee
Train from Tartu to Ülemiste
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
elron.ee
Latvian Railways (PV)
Phone
+371 67232135
Website
pv.lv
Train from Valga to Rīga pasažieru
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7
Website
pv.lv
Bus operators
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
$5 - $8
Schedules at
vaikebussid.ee
Automen OÜ
Website
automen.ee
Bus from Tartu bussijaam to Valga bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
automen.ee
Taisto Liinid OÜ
Website
taisto.ee
Bus from Tartu bussijaam to Valga bussijaam
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
taisto.ee
1188 Latvia
Website
1188.lv
Bus from Valka to Teika Riga
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
1188.lv

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