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

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Bus  •  4h 47m

  1. Take the bus from Tartu to Rīga 801202

$11 - $23

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Train  •  4h 50m

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

$12 - $14

Drive  •  3h 16m

  1. Drive from Tartu to Riga 152.5 miles

$27 - $40

Train to Tallinn, fly  •  4h 21m

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

$39 - $123

Fly from Tartu  •  8h 19m

  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 4h 50m.

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

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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 4h 47m.

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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 4h 50m.

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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 4h 47m and costs 10€ - 20€.

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The bus from Tartu to Rīga takes 4h 47m 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 4h 47m and costs 10€ - 20€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 10€ - 12€ and takes 4h 50m, you could also fly, which costs 130€ - 480€ and takes 8h 19m.

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

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 4h 47m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Tartu to Riga via Valga in around 4h 50m.

Airlines
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Tallinn to Riga
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $160
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Tallinn to Riga via Helsinki
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $340
Flights from Tartu to Riga via Helsinki
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Train operators
Elron
Phone
673 7400
Email
info@elron.ee
Website
elron.ee
Train from Tartu to Valga
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Elron
Train from Tartu to Ülemiste
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
Elron
Latvian Railways (PV)
Phone
+371 67232135
Website
pv.lv
Train from Valga to Rīga pasažieru
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7
Website
pv.lv
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The quickest flight from Tallinn Airport to Riga Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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

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

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

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Finnair and Air Baltic offer flights from Tallinn Airport to Riga Airport.

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There are 1152+ hotels available in Riga. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Tartu to Tartu Airport is to line 348 bus which takes 30m and costs 1€.

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