Getting there & around

It is very easy to visit Latvia and Estonia in one trip for a variety of reasons: relatively short travelling distances between and within countries due to their relatively small size, no border formalities between them since they both belong to the European Union and the same time zone, the same currency, and similar climate.

To reach our destination by air traffic, Riga in Latvia is the main gateway. The main airports are located in capitals: Tallinn and Riga. Several ferry ports connect the countries with other interesting destinations, for example Sweden. The ferry ports are located in the cities of Tallinn in Estonia, and Riga, Liepāja and Ventspils in Latvia, local ferries connect the Estonian islands with the mainland. There are good bus services between Riga and Tallinn and smooth ferry services between Tallinn and Helsinki. Tickets are also available to buy online.

Sites at the coastline can be reached by rented car, public transportation or through a pick-up service from the accommodation provider. When travelling by local public transportation it is recommended to check schedules in advance and pre-arrange pick-up transfers from bus or train stations with the hosts in the countryside.
Driving is easy outside cities because of little heavy traffic.  There is a reasonably good network of petrol stations. Good road maps are essential in addition to navigation. In the countryside some roads are gravel, not paved. Driving is slower on these.


Airlaines

airBaltic

The national Latvian airline offering cheap flights to over 50 destinations in Europe and beyond from Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn.
www.airbaltic.com

Nordica

The national Estonian airline in cooperation with LOT Polish Airlines.
www.nordica.ee


Ferries

Tallink Silja Line

The leading provider of high-quality mini-cruise and passenger transport services in the northern Baltic Sea region. Routes: Helsinki – Tallinn, Helsinki – Stockholm, Riga – Stockholm, Tallinn - Stockholm. 
www.tallinksilja.com

Viking Line

A market-leading brand in passenger traffic on the northern Baltic Sea. Routes: Tallinn - Helsinki.
www.vikingline.com

Eckerö Line

Estonian ferry line and a travel agency. Route: Tallinn - Helsinki
www.eckeroline.ee/en 


Local ferries in Estonia

Local ferries operate between the islands and mainland Estonia:
•    Kihnu and other small islands www.veeteed.com 
•    The islands of Muhu, Hiiumaa and Saaremaa www.praamid.ee


Coaches

Lux Express: www.luxexpress.eu
Ecolines: www.ecolines.eu
Euroline: www.eurolines.eu
The bus trip between Tallinn and Riga takes approximately 4.5 hours.


Car rental

Avis, Budget, Sixt, Hertz and other international car rental companies with a wide worldwide network and standardised level of service operate throughout the region. Driving is on the right side. Headlights must be on at all times. 


Local busses and trains

Estonia

Busses: 
www.tpilet.ee  (regional transport and online tickets)
www.peatus.ee  (route search, city transport, regional transport)
Trains: www.elron.ee

Latvia

Busses: www.autoosta.lv. Busses are the most convenient means for reaching local destinations outside Riga sub-urban area.
Trains: www.pv.lv. Train travel is most convenient for travelling to destinations such as Jūrmala, Gauja National Park and Daugavpils. 
Enquiry service, including public transport: www.1188.lv.