If you’re in for a nice and comfy ride along with the pleasure of sight-seeing the picturesque beauty of Riga, then trains is the mode of transportation suited for you.
Riga’s central station, Centrala Stacija, Stacijas laukums, has separate departure and arrival halls for international and domestic services. Passenger facilities include: ATM, bureau de change, train service information, post office, left luggage, cafes and restaurants.
Unfortunately, some trains are poorly maintained and delays are common, but the routes to the satellite towns and villages around Riga generally have a better service than intercity and international routes.
Long-distance rail services in Riga can be slow and prone to delays. Tickets for mainline services are sold in the main departure hall and tickets for the electric commuter trains are sold in the smaller departure hall. Long-distance journeys can be booked in advance.
Central Train Station: (D-4) Stacijas laukums, tel. 583-2134. Riga has daily train service to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Every other day there is a train to Vilnius (uneven days) and to Gomel in Belarus (even days). Once or twice a week, there is a train to Lviv in Ukraine. Train service unfortunately still has a strong Soviet flavor. For an overnight train, you can book a bed in a compartment. There also is a local electrical commute train service.
Riga Train Station (Centrala Stacija – “Central Station”)
Address: Stacijas Laukums (“Station Square”), Riga
Located on the east perimeter of the “Old Town”, next to the Riga International Bus Station
Tickets can be purchased in the ticket hall on the right side of the main entrance (counters 1 through 6 for international trains, counters 7 though 12 for domestic trains)
phone: 1181 (local call)
phone: 371 6723 1181 (from abroad)
Central Station [Centrālā Stacija]
Tickets for immediate departures have to be bought in the main ticket hall on the right side of the main entrance, counters N°1 to 13. Tickets for international trains are sold at counters N°1 to 6. Do not confuse perons (the platform) and ceļš (the track). They are numbered separately in Latvia and can be quite confusing. Pietur means stops and nepietur means doesn’t stop, so if you see a train schedule with a list of towns and cities in the margin, it is best to check whether the train stops there or not.
Trains in Riga will never fail you if you’re in search for some good ride while enjoying the sights of the city.