There are 5 ways to get from Tartu to Riga by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Tartu to Rīga 801202

$11 - $24

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Train  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Tartu to Valga Elr33
  2. Take the train from Valga to Riga 865 / ...

$12 - $14

Drive  •  3 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Tartu to Riga 152.5 miles

$27 - $40

Train to Tallinn, fly  •  4 h 23 min

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

$39 - $123

Fly from Tartu  •  8 h 5 min

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

$151 - $551

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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 Riga via Valga. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 53 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 best way to get from Tartu to Riga without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 47 min and costs .

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

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

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The best way to get from Tartu to Riga is to bus which takes 4 h 47 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 4 h 53 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 8 h 5 min.

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The quickest flight from Tallinn Airport to Riga Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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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 - $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 53 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
Latvian Railways (PV)
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Tartu to Riga train services, operated by Latvian Railways (PV), arrive at Riga station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Tartu to Riga is 244 km. It takes approximately 3 h 16 min to drive from Tartu to Riga.

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Air Baltic offers flights from Tallinn Airport to Riga Airport.

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There are 1110+ hotels available in Riga. Prices start at $40 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Tartu to Tartu Airport is to line 348 bus which takes 22 min and costs .

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