Day Trips from Riga
Thinking of Taking a Day Trip?
Latvia’s established rail and bus network allows easy travel between cities.
Train tickets can be purchased online, at the train station, or onboard the train (cash only).
Bus tickets can be purcahsed at the bus station between 6 am and 10 pm or directly from the driver.
Cēsis is approximately 2 hours train or bus from Riga.
There are many different attractions visit in Cesis, such as a 13th century castle, St. John’s Church, Rauna Gate, and Cirulisi Nature Trails.
Jūrmala is approximately 30 minutes by train from Riga.
The main attractions are 33 kms of sandy beach and over 4000 historic houses.
Ķemeri National Park
Ķemeri National Park is approximately 1.5 hours by train or bus from Riga.
The main park office is near Ķemeri, a small spa town. From the park office, there are 2 600m walking trails – one goes into the forest, and one follows boardwalks around a bog (insect repellent is recommended).
Visitors can see various bird species, animals, lakes, and beaches throughout the national park.
Travel by train: take the Riga-Ķemeri or Riga-Tukums train lines to Ķemeri rail station.
Travel by bus: take the number 10 mini-bus (Bulduri-Ķemeri) or the number 6 bus (Sloka-Ķemeri) to the Meža māja bus stop.
Salaspils Concentration Camp
Salapsils Concentration Camp is approximately 20 minutes by train from Riga (bus travel not recommended).
This was a Nazi Concentration Camp where 2000 people lost their lives. A memorial was setup in 1967 that includes an exhibit room, several sculptures, and a large marble block.
Getting There by Train
1) Disembark at Darzini Stop (this stop is in the middle of the forest).
2) Walk to the other side of the Barracks (a cement building),
3) Then walk to the right along the path, approximately 50 yards you will see a sign, keeps the the right.
4) Continue walking for approximately 3 kms until you get to the road
5) Then walk another 400 yards to the memorial.
*The train back to Riga stops on the same side of the track.
Sigulda is approximately 1 hour by train or bus from Riga.
Activities and attractions include: hiking, canoeing, bungy-jumping, bobsledding, 3 castles, a large cave.
The city is the main gateway to Gauja National Park.