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There are 6 ways to get from Zürich to Riga by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly  •  5 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Riga (RIX) ZRH - RIX

$96 - $239

5 alternative options

Train, bus via S Südkreuz Bhf  •  31 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Berlin Südkreuz Ice
  3. Take the bus from Berlin to Rīga

$256 - $431

Train, bus  •  38 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the bus from Freiburg to Rīga 847006

$147 - $229

Train, bus Eurolines IT  •  43 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Padova Ec
  2. Take the bus from Padova Autostazione to Riga

$184 - $261

Train, night train  •  40 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the night train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Minsk-Passajirskii D
  4. Take the train from Minsk-Passajirskii to Vilnius(LT) D
  5. Take the train from Vilnius to Daugavpils
  6. Take the train from Daugavpils to Riga 703 / ...

$242 - $377

Drive  •  20 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Riga 1172.9 miles

$240 - $360

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Riga is to fly which costs SFr 95 - SFr 240 and takes 5 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Riga is to fly which costs SFr 95 - SFr 240 and takes 5 h 12 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Riga. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Riga via Basel SBB, Karlsruhe Hbf, Minsk-Passajirskii, Vilnius and Daugavpils. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 40 h 22 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Riga is 1497 km. The road distance is 1876.7 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Riga without a car is to train and bus which takes 31 h 48 min and costs SFr 250 - SFr 430.

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It takes approximately 5 h 12 min to get from Zürich to Riga, including transfers.

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Zürich to Riga train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Riga Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 30 min.

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Riga is 1 h ahead of Zürich. It is currently 2:52 AM in Zürich and 3:52 AM in Riga.

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

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Riga.
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  • Distance: 935.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 12 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Riga, Latvia?

Air Baltic, Lufthansa and six other airlines fly from Zürich to Riga every 2 hours.

Airlines
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Zurich to Riga
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $340
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Riga via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Zurich to Riga via Warsaw
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $400
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Zurich to Riga via Helsinki
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $410
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Berlin Südkreuz
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
bahn.de
Train from Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Night train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Minsk-Passajirskii
Ave. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$150 - $220
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Padova
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Belorussian Railways (BŽD)
Lithuanian Railways (LG)
Phone
(+370) 700 55111
Email
nuomone@litrail.lt
Website
litrail.lt
Train from Vilnius to Daugavpils
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
traukiniobilietas.lt
2nd Class Ticket
$7 - $10
1st Class Ticket
$9 - $13
Latvian Railways (PV)
Phone
+371 67232135
Website
pv.lv
Train from Daugavpils to Riga
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8
Website
pv.lv
Bus operators
Ecolines
Phone
+371 67214512
Email
info@ecolines.lv
Website
ecolines.net
Bus from Berlin to Rīga
Ave. Duration
21 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Schedules at
ecolines.net
Bus from Freiburg to Rīga
Ave. Duration
35 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
ecolines.net
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Berlin ZOB to Riga
Ave. Duration
21 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $120
Website
eurolines.de

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Riga is 1877 km. It takes approximately 20 h 9 min to drive from Zürich to Riga.

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Swiss, LOT, Finnair and two other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Riga Airport.

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There are 1115+ hotels available in Riga. Prices start at $39 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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