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There are 3 ways to get from Valga to Riga by train, bus or car

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Train  •  2h 31m

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

$5 - $8

2 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Valkas AO to Rīgas SAO 7600

$7 - $14

Drive  •  2h 17m

  1. Drive from Valga to Riga 159.2 km

$17 - $26

Valga to Riga by train

The train journey time between Valga and Riga is around 2h 38m and covers a distance of around 166 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 31m. Operated by Latvian Railways (PV), the Valga to Riga train service departs from Valga and arrives in Rīga pasažieru. Typically 14 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Valga to Riga train schedules

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International entry into Latvia from Estonia

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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Latvia, as well as residents from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland)

Restricted for: Foreign nationals, with the above exceptions

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Conditions of entry into Latvia from Estonia

  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days prior to boarding
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Estonia
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  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days prior to boarding
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Iceland, Vatican, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Rwanda, United Kingdom, Thailand and New Zealand

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Rules to follow in Latvia

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Latvia from Estonia.

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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
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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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.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 113, 8303.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Estonia from Latvia.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Valga to Riga is to train which costs 4€ - 7€ and takes 2h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Valga to Riga is to drive which costs 14€ - 22€ and takes 2h 17m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Valkas AO and arriving at Rīgas SAO. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Valga and arriving at Rīga pasažieru. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 31m.

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The distance between Valga and Riga is 148 km. The road distance is 159.2 km.

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The best way to get from Valga to Riga without a car is to train which takes 2h 31m and costs 4€ - 7€.

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The train from Valga to Rīga pasažieru takes 2h 31m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Valga to Riga bus services, operated by SIA "VTU Valmiera", depart from Valkas AO station.

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Valga to Riga train services, operated by Latvian Railways (PV), depart from Valga station.

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The best way to get from Valga to Riga is to train which takes 2h 31m and costs 4€ - 7€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 6€ - 12€ and takes 3h 30m.

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  • Distance: 147.9 km
  • Duration: 2h 31m

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

Latvian Railways (PV) operates a train from Valga to Rīga pasažieru twice daily. Tickets cost $5 - $8 and the journey takes 2h 31m. Alternatively, SIA "VTU Valmiera" operates a bus from Valkas AO to Rīgas SAO every 3 hours. Tickets cost $1 - $9 and the journey takes 3h 30m. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Bus operators
SIA "VTU Valmiera"
Phone
64222021
Email
info@vtu-valmiera.lv
Website
vtu-valmiera.lv
Bus from Valkas AO to Rīgas SAO
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $9
Website
SIA "VTU Valmiera"

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Valga to Riga bus services, operated by SIA "VTU Valmiera", arrive at Rīgas SAO station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Valga to Riga is 159 km. It takes approximately 2h 17m to drive from Valga to Riga.

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