St. Petersburg - Riga: the best ways to overcome the distance
Going to Riga on vacation or on business, many Petersburgers and guests of North Palmyra often wonder: how to get there? There are several ways to overcome the route of St. Petersburg-Riga with a length of only 492 kilometers in a straight line.
The most affordable option is to buy a ticket for the comfortable St. Petersburg-Riga bus. When buying, it should be noted that in the sales office and in the bus from the driver before departure, the ticket will cost more than bought through the Internet.
Buses leave daily. For the convenience of passengers, day and night flights are organized. The travel time is 10-12 hours, but can vary depending on the traffic situation and weather conditions.
Among the carriers along this route are two major transport companies - Lux Express and Ecolines.
Departure of buses from St. Petersburg is carried out from the station on the Obvodny Canal embankment, from bus platforms located opposite the railway stations of the Baltic and Vitebsk railway stations.
Almost all routes pass through the territory of Estonia. The St. Petersburg-Riga bus arrives to the international station of the city, located in 5 minutes of unhurried walk from the Old Riga district.
Another way to get to the capital of Latvia from St. Petersburg is to use the services of the railway. Distance Riga-St Petersburg train "Baltia" No. 037P / 038P overcomes for 11 hours. Sitting in the car in the evening, tourists arrive the next morning at their destination.
Traveling by rail is a convenient and comfortable way to overcome the distance dividing cities. Its main advantage over the bus service is that delays in the journey are rare.
Daily shuttling between cities, the train's staff "Baltia" offers passengers accommodation in cars of various degrees of comfort:
- reserved seat;
The only negative moment of traveling by train is the price of the ticket. Sometimes it is comparable to the cost of the air flight St. Petersburg-Riga, because it is directly dependent on the euro exchange rate to the national currency of the country and the time of year.
The fastest and most expensive way to get to Riga from the Russian northern capital is by airplane. Flights Riga-St. Petersburg and back are carried out by AirBaltic. Usually there are two flights per day in the schedule: morning and evening. The flight time is a little less than an hour and a half.
The Riga airport is located in 8 kilometers to the west of the capital. From the airport building to Riga you can take a local taxi or bus (about 30 minutes).
The journey along the route St. Petersburg-Riga by car has a number of advantages:
- do not need to choose the type of transport and time-appropriate flight;
- there is no need to book seats in advance and calculate the cost of travel;
- there is an opportunity to independently choose a route and necessary stops.
To get from the northern capital to Riga by car can be two routes:
- through MAPP "Shumilkino" (Russia) - MAPP "Luhamaa" (Estonia);
- through MAPP "Ivangorod" (Russia) - MAPP "Narva" (Estonia).
The length of the first route is about 550 km, the estimated time on the road is about 7 hours. The motorway is in good condition, the gas stations are located all along it.
Following the second route, the motorist will spend on the road about 8 hours. The increase in travel time is due to the fact that he will have to surpass the extra 20 km and travel more slowly due to poor road coverage on two sections of the route located on both sides of the border.
However, when planning an independent trip by car, you should remember that possible lines on the border can delay travelers even for several hours.
On a ferryboat
The last way to overcome the distance between St. Petersburg and Riga is suitable for tireless travelers who do not count with time and want to get to the Latvian capital exclusively by sea.
Unfortunately, there is no direct ferry communication between the countries, it will be necessary to follow through Stockholm.
But no matter what option the traveler chooses, he will in any case be able to get acquainted with the beautiful Riga.