Latvia Travel Guide – Complete step by step guide

Welcom to Latvia Travel Guide. We all know that It takes some thought to plan a trip. Here are some recommendations for planning your fantastic trip to Latvia, including what to do, when to go, and how to get around.

As a native who has spent my entire life in Latvia, I have witnessed a variety of parts of Latvia.

I have road-tripped around Latgale -Aglona,Preili, and Rezekne, explored the rugged interior of mountainous Gaizins hill, the Highest point in Latvia), and visited the widest waterfall Ventas Rumba.

Over the years I’ve learned that making the most out of an Latvia trip requires careful planning

Some places addvisable only be visited in summer, and some are difficult to get to. The weather can scupper plan,additionally, deciding how you are going to get around can determine the type of trip you’re going to have.

Here’s our guide to planning the ultimate Latvia trip also includes the best areas to visit, when to go, how to get around, travel tips, and what to expect in terms of cost

Welcome to Latvia Travel Guide

HOW TO GET THERE

WHERE TO GO

WHEN TO GO

HOW LONG

HOW TO GET AROUND

WHERE TO STAY

ITINERARIES

COSTS

WHAT TO PACK

PRACTICALITIES

Lativa travel guide - central market

Latvia Travel Guide: From airport to center of the city

Congratulations, you have landed in Riga. Firstly to begin with your trip you need to get from the airport to the center of the city, if you have booked your hotel there. After you have left the airport there are 3 different options to get to the center of the city. However, each of them is diffrent in terms of time and budget.

 A regular bus service from the airport to Riga takes around 45 minutes.  Cost you  1.81 EUR

Car rental companies are located either in the arrivals hall, or outside of the airpot. If you have dowload phone apps like – City bee or Bolt. Drive ussualy takes up around 30 min to the central part of the city. Cost around 15-20 EUR.

 Drive A taxi service runs 24 hours a day. Price ussualy depent from 20-50 EUR, it’s depdends from the people traffic and day time, as at the night time taxi gonna cost more.

Latvia Travel Guide: Unveiling Top Destinations

Fantastic! Here, we are making progress. To be safe and not complicate things, you’re Latvia Travel guide should start with spending at least 4  nights in Latvia before you can tell your friends that you have visited Latvia. Spend a minimum of two nights in Riga. One day to travel to Jurmala –  Kemeri. One full day in Sigulda. In summary, those are 4 nights and minimal ideal amount of time to spend here n my opinion. Additionally, I would suggest only booking a hotel in Riga because, in my opinion, there is nothing to do at the nighttime both Sigulda and Jurmala, with the exception for the Jurmala in summer time.

Old Town - Riga

Firstly, a nice way to start your holidays would be at Old Town. My best advice for you would be just let yourself lost in our Old Town. In all of seriousness nothing bad will hapen with you. Old Town is one of our most sacred touristcal objets. It’s a perfect place for people to discover art noveau arhitecture, eat some yummy food as there are plenty of cafe and bars and free walking tours around the old Town.

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Jurmala- Kemeri swamp

Further in our Latvia travel guide, the next destination would be Jurmala is roughly sixteen miles (or twenty-five kilometers) west of Riga. 30 to 45 minutes. Jurmala is one of the most expensive towns in Latvia, and mainly Russian speaking. The primary reasons for  tourists to visit Jurmala is to view the see and then dine at restaurants. As you delve into Jurmala, and walk thought it’s only main street, it’s one of our best beach towns and it’s a perfect place for a day-long trip. I strongly suggest booking a hotel just during the summer months. Don’t consider Jurmala a vacation destination either. Our Baltic Sea is chilly, and the few weeks of true summer we receive are ideal for getting a tan. The best ways to get to Jurmala are by train or car.

Additionally, it’s gonna be almost impossible for you to get to Kemeri Swamp without a car as the train doesn’t go there and im not sure how you can get there by public bus. Nevertheless, Kemeri Swamp it’s a very unique place, especially in summertime. If you have never been in a swamp, trust me this is the place to be and see.

A train ticket there would cost about two euros. Also, bookings in advance are not necessary.

Additionally, if you’re driving there…Be careful as it’s mandatory to pay an entrance fee. 2 euros further.

Gaujas parks - Sigulda

Further, our Latvia Travel guide takes us to Sigulda – 53 kilometers (about 33 miles) is the estimated distance between Riga and Sigulda. About sixty minutes long.Gaujas  parks- Silgulda. It is the nation’s most mountainous terrain. However, Sigulda is surrounded by natural forests and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Not only hiking routes, and picturesque views, but also the clean air makes it seem like a beautiful paradise. For those who love hiking on natural trails and don’t mind climbing hills, it’s the ideal location. To sum up and make it for you easier to plan you’re trip  Fall and Summer are the ideal season for you to visit Sigulda.

Sigulda becomes a breathtaking picture in the fall as the trees change color. The greenery changes from green to fiery red orange, and gold, giving the entire area the appearance of a vibrant painting. Now is the ideal time to go for a walk and there are plenty of things to do so I am just gonna leave a list.

Here are the official websites of Sigulda and there is plenty of information for you to plan your trip.

Nature objects – https://tourism.sigulda.lv/redzet/daba/?lang=en

Active rest – https://tourism.sigulda.lv/darit/aktiva-atputa/?lang=en

It’s the ideal holiday to take with loved ones. It’s up to you whether or not you want to spend the night at one of the many hotels available, but I wouldn’t. The best ways to get to the Sigulda would be via automobile or train because.

A train ticket there will only cost about five euros. Furthermore, a ticket does not need to be reserved in advance.

Ventas Rumba, Kuldiga

Next on the list is Ventas Waterfall. The main reason to come here is to see the widest waterfall in Europe. Ventas Rumba spans approximately 110-120 meters (360-394 feet) in width, and its height is only about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet).

Though there are other activities, the waterfall serves as the primary landmark in our Latvia Travel Guide. Explore the Old Town of Kuldīga’s quaint streets. Discover the charming homes, cobblestone streets, and antique buildings. Make sure not to overlook the unique Ventas Rumba stone bridge. The city core is a small area where you can freely walk around and fully immerse.

To sum things up, it’s a nice place to there with family or friends to Kuldiga, but it’s by far the furthest Location in this guide. The distance between Riga and Kuldīga is approximately 145 kilometers (90 miles) when traveling by road. The journey typically takes around 2 to 2.5 hours by car. However, if you are planning your trip it’s worth it.

 

Uzstaisi 2 kartinas ar Kuldiigu

Latvia Travel Guide: Best Time to come here

Summer Bliss (June to August): 

Initially, Latvia truly comes alive during the summer months. From June to August, the weather is at its warmest, making it the perfect time for outdoor activities. Explore the stunning beaches of Jurmala, take a leisurely stroll through Riga’s Old Town, or enjoy a boat ride on one of Latvia’s many lakes.

Midsummer Magic (Late June):

 Next on the list id late June is particularly special in Latvia because of the Midsummer celebration, known as “Jāņi.” Experience the country’s most significant traditional festival, where locals gather to celebrate the longest day of the year with bonfires, folk songs, and traditional foods. It’s a magical time to witness Latvia’s cultural richness.

Autumn Charm (September to November):

 As summer fades, autumn brings a different kind of beauty to Latvia. However, the changing colors of the leaves transform the landscapes into a canvas of reds, oranges, and yellows. Take a scenic drive to Sigulda or Gauja National Park to witness the fall foliage at its best.

Winter Wonderland (December to February):

 Embrace the winter wonderland that Latvia becomes from December to February. If you’re a fan of winter sports, head to the Latvian countryside for cross-country skiing or visit the Sigulda Bobsleigh Track for an adrenaline rush. Riga’s Christmas markets are also a must-visit, offering a festive atmosphere with mulled wine, local crafts, and holiday cheer. Nevertheless, most of the time winter period in Latvia is quite depressing and if you are a first-time traveller, i wouldn’t recommend that you come here in winter time.

Spring Awakening (March to May):

  • As Latvia emerges from winter, spring brings a sense of renewal. Witness the blooming cherry blossoms in Riga’s parks and gardens. Spring is an excellent time for exploring Latvia’s countryside and national parks, where nature comes to life after the winter slumber, however, be prepared for a colder climate and have with yourself a nice autumn jacket.

Whether you prefer the warmth of summer, the vibrant colors of autumn, the magical winter landscapes, or the blossoming beauty of spring, Latvia has something to offer throughout the year. Consider your interests and the type of experience you seek to find the perfect time for your Latvian adventure. Whatever the season, Latvia welcomes you with open arms and a promise of unforgettable moments.

Latvia Travel Guide: Transportation Tips

In this Latvia Travel guide section, you will learn how to Get About Riga and the Best Transportation Options. To make things easier for your i sum up the most popular transportation types around Riga. However to fully cover public transportation variations, I would need to make a separate blog post, nevertheless, there is a simple comparison of how you should move around Latvia.

The ticket cost’s 1.50 EUR and it’s usable for 90 min for all the public transport (Blue and white) markings.

If you want to read additional about the public transportation system in Riga – here is the link to reading about public transportation in Riga.


Buses:

Firstly the city and its suburbs of Riga are served by a vast network of trolleybuses and public buses. They are a cheap and effective way to go around Riga and see all of its neighborhoods.

Trams:

Secondly, in Riga, trams are another well-liked transportation option. They run several routes, offering comfortable and pleasant travels across the city. 

Services for Ride-Sharing:

Thirdly, in Riga, we have a ride-sharing service such as Bolt which is widely accessible. These services offer a comfortable and easy way to go around the city. You can pay electronically through  mobile apps.

Latvia Travel Guide: Transportation Outside Riga

If you are planning your trip outside of Riga, there aren’t that many options to choose from. However, to sum things up for you, there are 3 types of transport you should be focusing on.  

Intercity Buses

Firstly Latvia has a well-developed intercity bus network connecting Riga to various towns and cities. These buses are a convenient and affordable way to explore destinations outside the capital. Find out more about opening a site for public buses around Latvia

Trains

Secondly, Latvian Railways operates trains connecting Riga to other major cities, such as Daugavpils, Jelgava, and Ventspils. Train travel provides a comfortable option for longer distances. Find out more at Opening a site for a train

Renting a car

Thirdly, renting a car is a popular choice for exploring Latvia outside Riga. It offers flexibility, allowing you to visit remote areas, national parks, and charming countryside villages at your own pace.

Latvia Travel Guide: Choosing Accommodations

Latvia is generally considered to be a budget-friendly destination for tourists. However, the perceived expense can vary based on individual preferences, travel style, and the specific locations visited. Here I have a summary with approximate costs for each style of hotel. Stay updated as there gonna be an in-depth guide about choosing the perfect locations for you

Hotels

  • Firstly, Latvia’s cities, especially Riga, offer a wide selection of hotels ranging from budget to luxury. In Riga’s Old Town and city center, you’ll find upscale hotels with modern amenities and historic charm.
    • Budget Hotels: Starting from €40 to €80 per night.
    • Mid-Range Hotels: €80 to €150 per night.
    • Luxury Hotels: €150 and above per night.
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  • Apartment Rentals in Latvia:

  • Secondly, renting an apartment or holiday home is a popular choice, especially for those who prefer more independence and space. Websites like Airbnb and local rental agencies offer a variety of options, from city apartments to rural cottages.

    • Airbnb and similar platforms offer a wide range of options.
    • Budget Apartments: €40 to €80 per night.
    • Luxury Apartments: €80 and above per night.
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Budget Motels:

  • Thirdly,along major highways and near towns, you may find budget motels catering to travelers on road trips. These establishments often offer simple, no-frills accommodations. In summary, if you are on a budget maybe it’s a good idea. As much as I remember that there was an accident a few years ago, one of the cheapest hostels in Riga burned down. Therefore the problem was with electricity. On the other hand, booking motels or hostels is not that popular as the prices are almost the same for less of the comfort.
    • Motel Rooms: €30 to €70 per night.
    • Prices may vary based on location and amenities.

Latvia Travel Guide: How expensive is Latvia

Let’s continue our journey about Latvia. Latvia is generally considered to be more affordable compared to many Western European countries. However, the cost of living can vary depending on factors such as your lifestyle, location, and spending habits. Here’s a general breakdown of potential expenses for a traveler in Latvia:

Meals:

 

  • Budget Traveler: €5 – €15 per meal at local cafes, street food stalls, or budget-friendly restaurants.
  • Mid-Range Traveler: €15 – €30 per meal at mid-range restaurants offering a mix of local and international cuisine.
  • Luxury Traveler: €30 and above per meal at upscale or fine dining establishments.

Transportation:

 

  • Public Transportation: €1.20 – €2 for a single public transport ticket in cities like Riga.
  • Taxis: €0.60 – €0.80 per kilometer; ride-sharing services like Bolt are common.
  • Car Rental: €30 – €70 per day, depending on the type of car and rental duration.

Attractions and Activities:

 

  • Museums and Attractions: €5 – €15 for entrance fees to museums and cultural attractions.
  • Outdoor Activities: Prices vary; hiking and exploring nature parks may be free or have a nominal fee.

Miscellaneous Expenses:

 

  • SIM Card: €5 – €15 for a prepaid SIM card with data.
  • Groceries: €30 – €50 per week for basic groceries if you choose to cook some meals.
  • Total Daily Budget:
      • Budget Traveler: €50 – €80 per day.
      • Mid-Range Traveler: €80 – €150 per day.
      • Luxury Traveler: €150 and above per day.

Latvia Travel Guide: Things to know

Currency:

  • Latvia uses the Euro (EUR) as its official currency. Make sure to have some cash on hand for small purchases, as not all places may accept cards.

Language:

The official language is Latvian, but English and russian is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and larger cities. It’s helpful to learn a few basic Latvian phrases as a sign of respect.

Language:

The official language is Latvian, but English and russian is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and larger cities. It’s helpful to learn a few basic Latvian phrases as a sign of respect.

Safety:

  • Latvia is generally considered safe for tourists. Exercise common sense, keep an eye on your belongings, and be cautious in crowded areas.

Electricity:

 

  • Latvia uses the European standard Type C and Type F electrical outlets. The standard voltage is 230V, and the frequency is 50Hz.
  • Internet:

 

  • Wifi is widely available in hotels, restaurants, and public spaces. Consider getting a local SIM card for data if you need constant connectivity.

Conclusion


I hope it has ignited the spark of curiosity and answered most frequent questions. As i tried to make this Latvia travel guie simple and engaging.

Armed with my insights you now have the tools to make your Latvian journey better. Whether you’re captivated by the medieval charm of Riga’s Old Town, enticed by the tranquility of Latvia’s pristine nature, or eager to delve into the country’s fascinating history, your planning begins here.

Remember to bookmark this guide, as i’m committed to keeping you updated with the latest information, video guides, and insider tips. Let this guide be your constant companion as you navigate the cobbled streets, scenic countryside, and cultural hotspots of Latvia.

As you embark on your Latvian escapade, may you encounter not just destinations but moments that linger in your heart. From the lively streets of Riga to the serene shores of the Baltic Sea, Latvia invites you to discover its hidden gems and create memories that transcend time.

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