The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Tallinn to Riga will cost around £ 20 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 14.
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4 h 17 m
Buses per day
Of the 15 buses that leave Tallinn for Riga every day 15 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct buses cover the 280 km distance in an average of 4 h 17 m but if you time it right, some buses will get you there in just 4 h .
The slowest buses will take 4 h 40 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Distance||173 miles (279 km)|
|Average coach duration||4 h|
|Average coach ticket price||£11 (€13)|
|Coach frequency||1 a day|
|Direct coach||Yes, there is 1 direct coach a day|
|Coach companies||Ecolines, Lux Express, TOKS, Infobus or Eurolines Lithuania|
Coaches from Tallinn to Riga cover the 173 miles (279 km) long journey taking on average 4 h with our travel partners like Ecolines, Lux Express, TOKS, Infobus or Eurolines Lithuania. Normally, there is 1 coach operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £11, you can find the cheapest coach ticket for as low as £9.
The coach journey from Tallinn to Riga runs several times a day. It is normal for buses to leave every 20 minutes or so from a convenient location in central Tallinn. Overall, the journey between the two cities and the crossing from one nation to another takes around 4 hours and 5 minutes.
Usually, the bus from Tallinn to Riga does not require any changes or stopovers. The coach from Tallinn to Riga will normally take just over 4 hours depending on the exact bus stop in Riga. Sometimes, however, the journey can take around 10 minutes or so under 4 hours.
Coaches from Tallinn to Riga run every day of the week, and they depart Tallinn several times every hour.
Usually, the first bus from Tallinn to Riga leaves at around 6:00 a.m., and arrives into Riga at 10:00 a.m. or thereabouts. For later travellers, the last bus from Tallinn to Riga goes at approximately 10:50 p.m. and pulls into Riga at just before 3:00 a.m. the following day.
Departure bus station: most buses which leave Tallinn depart from Vana-Pääsküla, which is a centrally located bus station. It is close to various services including a petrol station and a branch of Subway. It is not centrally located, and a further bus ride on a local service of about 44 minutes is required to reach to the centre of the city.
Arrival bus station: buses into Riga arrive in different parts of the city, and there are several options to select from. Usually, they go on to the Riga International Bus Terminal which is three minutes' walk from the main city centre market. This terminal is modern and safe and is close to facilities like the National Library of Latvia.
The bus from Tallinn to Riga is operated primarily by a firm which is known as Lux Express. This firm runs most of the services on the route, and none of the services require any changes. Some services are run by Ecolines. Services run by Ecolines also do not require a change at any point, meaning that the journey to Riga can be completed directly.
The service from Tallinn to Riga run by Lux Express is prompt and efficient. Journeys on this route tend to take around four hours, and no changes are required. Some buses from Tallinn to Riga operated by this provider, however, can take closer to five hours in total.
There are fewer services run by Ecolines on the route from Tallinn to Riga when compared to Lux Express. Services on this route appear to take longer as standard, with a normal expected journey time of around four hours and 45 minutes.
When travelling from Tallinn to Riga on Lux Express, it is not permitted to take pets on board. However, guide dogs are permitted for those who have impaired vision and need to take a dog for health reasons. And when it comes to luggage, one single item is allowed as hand luggage provided that it does not weigh over 5 kg or go above 45 × 35 × 20 cm in size. Bicycles are allowed as long as there is space. Both business and regular class travel is available with Lux Express.
And when travelling from Tallinn to Riga on a service operated by Ecolines, a piece of hand luggage - again of up to 5 kg and with a size of 45 × 35 × 20 cm - is allowed. Luggage for the hold is also permitted. Taking birds or animals on board is not allowed. There is no information available about class of travel on buses from Tallinn to Riga. Those with mobility issues can bring a wheelchair, although it has to be packed and included as part of the luggage allowance. Bikes are not allowed.
Travel between Tallinn, Estonia and Riga, Latvia by coach is: Partially open.
International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Estonia
Conditions of entry:
When travelling in Latvia, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:
The information above was last checked on 15/10/2021. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your coach from Tallinn to Riga before travelling.
The current restriction level for your return trip by coach from Riga to Tallinn is: Partially open
Reentry to Estonia is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Latvia
What are the entry requirements?
The government of Estonia has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last verified on 15/10/2021. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your Riga to Tallinn coach here.
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