New Vilnius - Latvia trains in 2018...

Train travel between the Baltic states has become a bit of a shambles in recent years, with buses the most common way to travel between the capitals.  However, you don't have to endure a bus journey.  From 13 January 2018 a Lithuanian train will cross the border at weekends and link Vilnius with Daugavpils in Latvia, from where daily Latvian trains run to Riga.  A refreshing alternative to a bus!

On other pages:  Warsaw - Vilnius   Riga - Tallinn

Vilnius ► Riga

You take a Lithuanian train from Vilnius to Daugavpils in Latvia which runs at weekends only. You then take a daily Latvian train to Riga.  You can do the journey in one day with only a brief few hours in Daugavpils, or you can stop in Daugavpils overnight, it's up to you.

 Vilnius ► Daugavpils  

 Lithuanian train...

Sat & Sun

Sat & Sun

 Vilnius depart

05:52

11:45

 Daugavpils arrive

08:29

14:36

You can check Vilnius-Daugavpils train times at www.traukiniobilietas.lt.

If you want to stop off for a while in Daugavpils, you can read about the town at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daugavpils.  Hotels in Daugavpils are incredibly cheap, for a hotel near the station with great reviews try the San Mari Hotel or the Hotel Leo, housed in a 19th century building 500m from the station.  For an ultra-cheap place, try SL Nams.

 Daugavpils ► Riga

 Latvian train

daily

daily

Sat & Sun

daily

 Daugavpils depart

06:15

07:20

13:00

17:37

 Riga arrive

09:07

10:55

16:35

21:11

You can check Daugavpils-Riga train times at www.pv.lv.

Riga ► Vilnius

You first take a daily train from Riga to Daugavpils.  Then you take a weekends-only Lithuanian train to Vilnius.  You can do the journey in one day, or stop overnight in Daugavpils.

 Riga ► Daugavpils  

 Lithuanian train...

daily

Sat & Sun

daily

daily

 Riga depart

07:40

12:58

16:12

17:38

 Daugavpils arrive

11:10

16:31

19:02

21:03

You can check Riga-Daugavpils train times at www.pv.lv.

If you want to stop off for a while in Daugavpils, you can read about the town at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daugavpils.  Hotels in Daugavpils are incredibly cheap, for a hotel near the station with great reviews try the San Mari Hotel or the Hotel Leo, housed in a 19th century building 500m from the station.  For an ultra-cheap place, try SL Nams.

 Daugavpils ► Vilnius

 Latvian train

Sat & Sun

Sat & Sun

 Daugavpils depart

08:57

15:41

 Vilnius arrive

11:39

18:24

You can check Daugavpils-Vilnius train times at www.traukiniobilietas.lt.

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What are the trains like?

If you have feedback or photos of the Vilnius-Daugavpils-Riga trains, please get in touch.  Here are some generic photos of trains in Lithuania and Latvia which will give you a good idea of what to expect, although they are not necessarily the exact type used on these routes.

Tallinn to Riga by train:  This is the Valga-Riga Latvian train   Tallinn to Riga by train:  Seating on the Valga-Riga train

Latvian train...  This is a classic Soviet-era local train, 2nd class only, with a modernised interior.  There's no catering on either train, so bring your own beer and picnic!  Photos courtesy of Jan Špaček & Rui Magro Correia

1st class seats on Kaunas-Vilnius train   Kaunas-Vilnius douible-decker train

1st class upper deck seats on the Kaunas to Vilnius air-conditioned double-decker train.  It's not known what sort of train works the Vilnius-Daugavpils route.  Photos courtesy of @zugreiseblog

Vilnius to Riga by bus...

There is a regular Eurolines bus service from Vilnius to Riga, with a number of departures daily, fare €8-€28, journey time 4h15, see www.luxexpress.eu.


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