Latvia by Train
It's time to explore the north of Europe with a Eurail Pass! The Latvian railway carrier brings you all over the country, from the coast at the Baltic Sea to historical towns and beautiful nature.
Domestic trains in Latvia
Trains in Latvia are operated by Pasažieru Vilciens. The main hub is the capital Riga. All trains in Latvia are regional and for most trains it's not possible to make reservations.
Average travel time from Riga to other Latvian cities:
|Riga - Liepaja||3h 18mins (only on Fridays and Saturdays)|
|Riga - Daugavpils||3h 20mins|
|Riga - Valga||2h 40mins|
International trains in Latvia
There are no direct international trains from Latvia to neighboring countries. However, there are connections (with a change of trains) to Estonia and Lithuania.
Latvia to Estonia: Riga - Valga line
The last stop of the Riga - Valga line, is on Estonian territory. Here you can change to an Estonian train directly to Tallinn, or other destinations in Estonia.
Latvia to Lithuania: Riga - Daugavpils line
At Daugavpils station you can change to a Lithuanian train that goes directly to Vilnius, or other destinations in Lithuania.
Please note: trains to Russia (eg. St. Petersburg and Moscow) are not included in the Eurail Pass.
Latvia has great connections to Sweden and Germany These ferries are not included in the Pass, but Pass holders can get a discount on their passage. Check the benefits portal for more information on these ferries:
Ferries to Germany:
- Liepaja (Latvia) - Travemunde (Germany): this route is offered by Stena Line and takes approximately 27 hours.
Ferries to Sweden
- Riga (Latvia) - Stockholm (Sweden): this route is offered by Tallink Silja and takes around 17 hours.
- Ventspils (Latvia) - Nynäshamm (Sweden): this route is offered by Stena Line and takes around 7,5 hours.
Reservations in Latvia
For most trains it's not possible to make a reservation. There are 2 exceptions:
|Riga - Daugavpils||
Once per day there is a train on this route with a comfort class section. For this specific train it's highly recommended to make reservations.
This train also stops at the following stations: Ogre, Aizkraukle, Plavinas, Krustpils and Līvāni
|Riga - Zilupe||
Once per day in the weekends and on public holidays there is a train on this route with a comfort class section. For this specific train it's highly recommended to make reservations.
This is only valid for part of the route: Riga - Rezekne
This trains also stops at the following stations: Ogre, Aizkraukle, Pļaviņas, Krustpils and Viļāni.
How to make reservations:
By phone: +371 90000 1222
Please note that you can book your reservation up to one hour before departure of the train.
Train stations in Latvia
The central railway station in Riga is the main station in Latvia. All domestic routes leave from this station. There are several services you can make use of:
Luggage storage facilities are offered at Riga Central Station.
Lost and Found
Lost and Found service is provided by “Pasazieru vilciens” Customer Service Centre at Riga Central Station. In case of lost or found items please contact by phone: +371 67232135. More info can be found here.
Railway station, Stacijas laukums 2, Riga.
Phone: +371 67232135
Opening hours daily from 7:00-19:00
Latvia Rail Passes
We have a range of options for you to see Latvia by train. Just pick the Pass that fits your travel plans!
Eurail Pass options for Latvia
Eurail Latvia Pass
Offers you extensive rail travel in Latvia.
Youth, senior and family discounts available.
Prices from € 51
Eurail Global Pass
Have the freedom to visit Latvia and up to 32 other Eurail countries
Youth, senior and family discounts available
Prices from € 185
Places to visit
Latvia’s capital city is truly a central hub for culture and history. The Old Town is a great place to learn about Riga’s long history and start your stroll towards the Art Nouveau District, where you can let yourself be amazed with the architecture. If you can’t get enough of the views, head to St Peter’s church to experience the city from above. Don’t miss the unique Sun museum, where you can find out more about Latvians and their traditions, or having a sip of Riga Black Balsam, an authentic and strong alcoholic drink made with liquor and vodka.
If you’re craving river panoramas, enchanting forest trails, mysterious caves and medieval castles, look no further than Sigulda. It’s located on the edge of Gauja National Park and offers countless opportunities to escape the crowds and appreciate the stunning views in peace. There are 3 castles in the area, with Turaida probably being the most beautiful one. From there reaching the Gutman’s Cave, the highest one in the Baltics, is also the easiest.
Dark history and prison cells
Liepāja is definitely one of Latvia’s most interesting destinations. The city has turned its dark history into a more interactive concept and places such as the Karosta Prison Museum are not to be missed. Its convenient location at the Baltic sea has resulted in many beautiful white sand beaches to rewind after embracing the city’s historical past. For true adventure seekers, there is the unique opportunity to stay overnight at one of the Karosta's prison cells!
Latvia's hidden gem
Even though it’s the second largest city in Latvia, most people still skip it for Riga, which makes Daugavpils the perfect hidden gem. The remarkable fortress, survived both World War I and II, is one of the city’s most well-known attractions, although the impressive architecture and bustling culture also make it a suitable destination for travellers. Church hill is certainly Daugavpils’ most beautiful place, featuring various picturesque churches.
Latvia's favourite castle
Cesis is a true bliss for all the history fans out there as visitors can explore 800 years of history and tales. Some of its districts are one of the best-preserved ones in the whole country and there are many cobblestone streets, beautifully painted facades, churches and courtyards that can give you a medieval feeling even though it’s the 21st century. The town’s most distinguishable piece is probably the Cesis Castle, which is also one of the most popular attractions to be photographed in Latvia.
For the ultimate serenity
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle, Ligatne is the ultimate destination. Here you can immerse yourself in walking, mountain biking, camping and even horse riding. There are also some nature attractions such as the Devonian rock, Gutmanala caves and the Erglu Cliffs to make you forget about your worries and appreciate the surroundings.