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Transport in Latvia



If you live in Latvia less than a year, you can use driver’s license issued in your country under the following conditions:

If you live in Latvia for more than a year, you need to change the driver’s license issued in your country for a driver’s license issued in Latvia, which will be valid for 10 years (for category B) or 5 years (driver’s license of higher categories). To do this, you need to pass the driving test. The procedure can be completed in CSDD by submitting the following documents:

The procedure for replacing a certificate can last from 1 day to 2 months (if additional information is needed from the country that issued your driver’s license, about the fact of issuing a certificate) and cost from 90 – 105 EUR:

If you want to get a driver’s license for the first time, the same rules apply to you as to any new driver.

Information available on the CSDD website

Basic traffic rules

Your car

If you buy a car from a private person, a change of ownership of the car must be registered at the CSDD branch.

After all the necessary documents have been submitted, the corresponding CSDD will issue you a new registration card for the car and a number plate.

When you sell your car, a change of ownership must be registered with CSDD.

Every car in Latvia must pass an annual technical inspection to get permission to participate in road traffic for one year.

If you use the car, which did not pass the technical inspection in the prescribed period, you make yourself liable to a fine of 55-120 EUR.


Transport in Latvia

Public transport

Buses, trolleybuses and trams run regularly from 5:00 to 24:00.

A detailed schedule of public transport can be found on the website –

To use public transport in Riga, it is necessary to purchase e-talons – a travel card that allows you to use public transport. E-talons can be purchased for a certain number of trips.

You can also purchase a ticket from the driver of public transport. It should be remembered that a ticket purchased from a driver costs a little more than a trip with e-talons.


Taxis can be ordered by phone, and you can also take a taxi at the parking lots located at major intersections and in front of large hotels and shopping centers.

Prices are indicated on the passenger side. Be sure to pay attention to the landing cost and the cost of one kilometer before taking a taxi.

The total cost can be monitored on a taximeter. Credit cards are usually accepted, but it is better to use cash. All taxi drivers must give you a check at your request. To call a taxi, you can use the application for smartphones Taxify and Yandex taxi.

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