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Latvia Travel Guide

Whether you travel to Latvia for its diverse natural beauty or the art nouveau capital Riga, you're sure to get the perfect tune out of the 'Land that Sings'. Here's everything you need to know about your Latvian adventure.

What you'll find in this guide:

Top things to do in Latvia

Practical Information

Facts about Latvia

Getting to Latvia

Getting around Latvia

Top things to do in Latvia

  • Riga's Old Town walking tour

    Riga's Old Town walking tour

    Learn about the most significant cultural and historical highlights of Riga's old town on this walking tour.

  • Riga Central Market tour with food tasting

    Riga Central Market tour with food tasting

    Explore the largest market in the Baltic States, learn about Latvian food and try delicious local specialities.

  • Art and culture walking tour of Riga with a local

    Art and culture walking tour of Riga with a local

    Discover what the everyday life of a local looks like in Riga and learn where the city gets its characteristic ambience from.

What time zone is Latvia in?

GMT +2

What currency do they use in Latvia?

Euro (EUR)

What language do they speak in Latvia?


What power adaptors do you need for Latvia?

Type C and F

What is the average flight time to Latvia?

2hr 40

Some facts about Latvia

One of three Baltic States, Latvia is packed with gorgeous, naturally diverse landscapes. Think vast forests that cover over half of the country, thousands of lakes and rivers, and 309 miles of Baltic coastline just waiting to be explored. Gauja National Park is a particular highlight, whose beautiful scenery offers the perfect haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

The 'Land that Sings' is famed for its choral singing tradition, which is an important expression of national identity in Latvia. The UNESCO-recognised Latvian Song and Dance Festival takes place every 5 years and gathers tens of thousands of singers and dancers in a single choir. The latest edition in July 2023 featured over 40,000 participants and marked the festival's 150th anniversary.

Practical Info

Culture and etiquette


Around two thirds of the Latvian population are Christian, and about a third aren't religious at all.


You'll usually see a service charge on the bill at restaurants – it's common to tip a little extra for good service.


Smoking is banned in most public places including bars, restaurants and public transport.

Jabs, visas and other advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website.

Emergency numbers

For an ambulance call 113, for fire call 112 and for police it's 110.

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  • Latvia experiences

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Getting to Latvia

The easiest way to get to Latvia is to fly. It takes around 2 hours 40 minutes to fly from London to Riga. Riga also has a cruise port if you wanted to visit as part of a cruise.

Getting around Latvia

Hiring a car is a great option if you plan on exploring Latvia. Major roads are generally in good condition, but driving in rural areas can be a bit more difficult.

Trains connect most major towns and cities and are a good option if you don't fancy driving. Just bear in mind that Latvia isn't covered by Eurail or InterRail passes.

If you're staying in Riga, you'll find buses, trams and trolleybuses to get you around. You can buy tickets online or on board.

The Good Trip Index

Latvia ranks 22nd on the Good Trip Index

This score is calculated based on Sustainability, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Press Freedom, Quality of Life, LGBTQI+ Rights and Animal welfare

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