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Bus  •  4h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Vilnius to Rīga 1227 / ...

$15 - $23

3 alternative options

Bus via Saločių PKP  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the bus from Vilniaus autobusų stotis to Saločių PKP 1631
  2. Take the bus from Bauskas AO to Rīgas SAO 7480 / ...

Drive  •  3h 32m

  1. Drive from Vilnius to Riga 285 km

$30 - $50

Fly  •  3h 23m

  1. Fly from Vilnius (VNO) to Riga (RIX) VNO - RIX

$68 - $182

Vilnius to Riga by bus

The bus journey time between Vilnius and Riga is around 4h 13m and covers a distance of around 288 km. The fastest bus normally takes 3h 55m. Operated by Ecolines, FlixBus and Lux Express, the Vilnius to Riga bus service departs from Vilnius and arrives in Rīga. Typically 34 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
4h 13m
Fastest bus time:
3h 55m
Bus distance:
288 km
Buses per week:
34
Cheapest price:
$15
Carbon emissions:
35 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
07:15
Last bus departs at:
22:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Vilnius to Riga bus schedules

Lithuania → Latvia
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International entry into Latvia from Lithuania

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Lithuania
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Latvia, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) and United Kingdom

Restricted for: Foreign nationals

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Conditions of entry into Latvia from Lithuania

  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Kosovo, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Ukraine with the exception of Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain
  • COVID-19 test upon arrival
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican with the exception of Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Latvia

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Considerations leaving from Lithuania

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Latvia is currently allowed from Lithuania.

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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
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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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 Lithuania from Latvia.

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Last updated: 26 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Vilnius to Riga is to bus which costs $15 - $23 and takes 4h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Vilnius to Riga is to fly which costs $65 - $190 and takes 3h 23m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Vilnius and arriving at Rīga. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 30m.

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The distance between Vilnius and Riga is 261 km. The road distance is 285 km.

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The best way to get from Vilnius to Riga without a car is to bus which takes 4h 30m and costs $15 - $23.

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The bus from Vilnius to Rīga takes 4h 30m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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

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The best way to get from Vilnius to Riga is to bus which takes 4h 30m and costs $15 - $23. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $65 - $190 and takes 3h 23m.

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The quickest flight from Vilnius Airport to Riga Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Vilnius to Riga.
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  • Distance: 261.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 30m

What companies run services between Vilnius, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia?

Ecolines operates a bus from Vilnius to Rīga 3 times a day. Tickets cost $15 - $22 and the journey takes 4h 30m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Air Baltic flies from Vilnius to Riga twice daily.

Airlines
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Vilnius to Riga
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $130
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Vilnius North to Riga Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Lietuvos transporto saugos administracija
Website
ltsa.lrv.lt
Bus from Vilniaus autobusų stotis to Saločių PKP
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
visimarsrutai.lt
Nordeka
Phone
+371 67464620
Email
nordeka@nordeka.lv
Website
nordeka.lv
Bus from Bauskas AO to Rīgas SAO
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
Nordeka

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Yes, the driving distance between Vilnius to Riga is 285 km. It takes approximately 3h 32m to drive from Vilnius to Riga.

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Air Baltic offers flights from Vilnius Airport to Riga Airport.

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The best way to get from Vilnius to Vilnius Airport is to bus which takes 18 min and costs $28 - $45.

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