Urban transport in Latvia

Getting around Latvian cities

Latvian cities have a comprehensive system of public transport.

A modern tram in Riga
A modern tram in Riga. ©Augustinas Žemaitis.

There are no subways or elevated trains, meaning this transport can be slow. In areas around Riga however suburban trains serves as a rapid transport system, connecting Riga to Jūrmala and Jelgava and having multiple stops in those cities.

In the largest cities (Riga, Daugavpils, Liepāja), the local public transport is anchored on trams which serve main routes. Buses are also available. In the smaller cities, buses are effectively the only form of public transport.

Daugavpils tram
An old tram in Daugavpils. These Latvia-manufactored units still form the bulk of a rather outdated Latvian tram network. ©Augustinas Žemaitis.

Vehicle rental is readily available in Riga, including the airport. Fuel prices are rather large (as per European Union requirements, the total taxes of over 100% for every liter sold), while parking is especially costly in Riga but cheaper in other cities.