Travel to Latvia
You can choose beetween a number of options if you plan to visit Latvia:
Main airport of Latvia is in Riga, major airports can be found in Ventspils and Liepaja. If you are a visitor from Europe, you'll most likely arrive to Riga, if you come outside of Europe, you'll most likely have to make a connection in a European capital, like London, Munich or Barcelona. Intercontinental direct flights are available from New York, Tel Aviv and Dubai. The airports of Latvia offer a large number of services, like car rental, travel agencies, post office, bank, restaurants, and shops.
Many airlines offer services to Latvia: Air Baltic, Ryanair, EasyJet, Uzbekistan Airways, Aer Lingus, Aero Airlines, Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Czech Airlines, Finnair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines System, Turkis Airlines.
You'll find regular international flights to/ from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kiev, Köln, London, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Minsk, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, St. Petersburg, Rome, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tampere, Tashkent, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Vilnius and Warsaw.
Taxi and shuttle bus connections are available to the Riga city centre.
Latvia has good connections to the surrounding countries. The Via Baltica runs north-south from Tallinn to Warsaw through Riga, Vilnius and Kaunas. The Via Hanseatica runs from Berlin to Riga through Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Siauliai. Corridors also run east-west, linking Riga to Moscow, Ventspils, Liepaja, Vitebsc and Pskow. The A2 northeast from Riga leads to Cesis.
Buses are the cheapest, quickest and most convenient way to travel around and between the Baltic countries. Many coach services offer a connection to Latvia from the nearby European countries, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Estonia and Lithuania. Travelling by bus is very cheap, the bus network is very comprehensive, the bus stations have a good connection to the city centres. Buses go just about everywhere in Latvia, although you should check the timetable for less frequented places.
Traveling between Russia and Latvia by train is far more comfortable than by bus. Latvia is connected to a number of Eurocity lines, the rail network connects all major Latvian towns. Direct lines to Latvia depart from Poland, Germany, Russia, and Lithuania. The EC and IC services offer the same high standards, as in any other countries, including restaurant, sleeping car, the train stations are all equipped with post office, newsstand, shops, snack bars.
The train network is less comprehensive than the bus network, still it's likely you can reach any destination. Services are less frequent to smaller, less visited places.
The main ports are Liepaja, Riga, Ventspils, located along the coastal border of Latvia. The big harbors are dealing mainly with transit freight, playing an important role in Latvian economy.