The Vilnius-Riga train

The Vilnius-Riga train.  Photo courtesy of Timo Wright

Lithuania - Latvia by train

Good news!  From 27 December 2023, an air-conditioned train links Vilnius & Riga every day, with 1st & 2nd class, toilets & free WiFi.  Drinks & snacks can be ordered from your seat from a menu.  A refreshing alternative to a bus!

Train times 2024

 Vilnius ► Riga  

 

 Riga ► Vilnius  

 

daily

 

daily

 Vilnius depart

06:30

 Riga depart:

15:28

 Riga arrive

10:43

 Vilnius arrive:

19:51

The train also calls at Kaišiadori, Šiauliai, Joniškis, Jelgava.  Within Latvia, only international passengers are conveyed.

The distance is 348 km (216 miles).  272 km in Lithuania, 72 km in Latvia, see route map.

Kaunas connection: Leave Kaunas 06:31, change at Kaisiadorys, arrive Riga 10:43.  Depart Riga 15:28, change at Kaisiadorys, arrive Kaunas 20:05.

How much does it cost?

€24 in 2nd class, €34 in 1st class.  Fixed price, includes seat reservation.

Bicycles carried for €10.

Small pets in containers free, larger pets €5.

How to buy tickets

Buy tickets at the Lithuanian Railways website ltglink.lt.

Booking opens 30 days ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your phone.

Interrail & Eurail passes valid, requires seat reservation costing a few euros.

What is the train like?  Virtual tour

The train is operated by a Pesa 730 diesel unit, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesa_730M.  It's air-conditioned with comfortable seating in 1st & 2nd class, drop-down tables, toilets, large luggage racks, free WiFi, wheelchair space and accessible toilet, see virtual tour at traukinyje.lt/pesa730ml

Hot & cold drinks (including latte or cappuccino bean to cup coffee), snacks and sandwiches can ordered from a menu and brought to your seat by the train staff working out of a small catering compartment.  In 1st class, a small bottle of still or sparkling water and a coffee are included.

Vilnius to Riga traiin

The inaugural train from Riga to Vilnius on 27 December 2023.  Courtesy of Julien Lebel.

1st class on the Vilnius to Riga traiin   Menu on the Vilnius to Riga train

1st class.  Courtesy of Discoverbyrail.com.

 

Menu.  Courtesy of Discoverbyrail.com.

Vilnius to Riga traiin   2nd class on the Vilnius to Riga train

Pesa 730 train.  Courtesy of Eli Litvak.

 

2nd class.  Courtesy of Eli Litvak.

Route map

Vilnius to Riga train route map

 

Click for larger map

Reproduced from the European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.  More details.

The alternative:  Vilnius to Riga by bus

Alternatively, there are regular buses from Vilnius to Riga run by various operators, fare €12-€28, journey time 4h15, try Omio.com (formerly GoEuro.com) for Ecolines or www.luxexpress.eu for Lux Express.


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