London to Latvia by bus
This is the recommended route, with one easy same-station change in Bialystok
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London to Riga by bus, basic info
Is it possible to travel by coach from London & Britain to Latvia? Absolutely, and It’s not difficult to go from the UK to Latvia by coach.
The coach journey, as well as the purchase of tickets, isn’t complicated. Just read carefully the information below.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to complete the whole journey from London to Latvia with one service only. The first part of the journey will be performed by Sindbad-Eurobus, the second part will be carried out by Eurolines Latvia. This requires buying two separate tickets from two different carriers.
The Sindbad-Eurobus journey will take place from London (UK) to Bialystok in Poland. After arriving in Bialystok, you need to change to another bus operator - Eurolines Latvia (it can be branded as Biacomex, TOKS or Katura too). There are scheduled bus/coach services that run from Bialystok throughout the year. They run every single day from Bialystok to Riga apart from Christmas and New Year’s day. Sindbad-Eurobus run from the same coach station in Bialystok as the Eurolines Latvia operator, so change to another vehicle isn’t a big problem for passengers. An additional advantage of this connection is Sindbad's cooperation with British National Express, which allows you to reach Bialystok directly from over 160 destinations in Great Britain, after transferring in London. Sindbad supports some places outside of London independently. The next plus is the fact that from Dover to the western Polish border Sindbad hasn't got intermediate stops, making this combination express.
One of the cheapest ways to travel between UK and Latvia is unquestionably the coach. If you are on a tight budget, then taking the coach can offer some fantastic cost savings. While providing excellent fares with some of these coach companies featured offering a very high-quality service - you can expect reclining seats, extra hold luggage, free wifi, sometimes they offer you complimentary tea or coffee, and you also have power sockets at each seat.
Usually, it takes around 40 hours of travel time to get from London to Riga by bus. The coaches go mostly overnight, but the modern design of operators' coaches and comfortable seats guarantee a pleasant stay on board. The travel time is one hour less from Maidstone and two hours less from Dover. There are four coaches per week in each direction between London and Riga. For exact timetable see our dedicated page.
It is recommended to book tickets online in advance at least several days prior to departure. One-way standard ticket from London to Riga costs £100 (there’s a discount for a round trip). Discounts for children, students, and people over 60 are also available. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get the “promo” ticket as low as £90 one-way. Booking early is highly recommended because the coach service between London and Riga is very popular and the coaches are fully booked on some days. Note that timetables and fares are subject to change and EuropeBus can't guarantee the accuracy of this information. The cheapest way to travel to Latvia is definitely the coach. If you are on a tight budget, then taking the coach can offer some fantastic cost savings.
Latvia still notes steady growth in international tourism since independence in 1991. But it's still an undiscovered gem without the crowds, loud traffic, excessive commercialization, in contrast to many other European destinations. Useful guides: Lonely Planet Publications
Useful links to coach timetables & fares
How to buy tickets & some helpful information
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Sindbad-Eurobus is one of the largest Polish companies in the long-distance coach traffic. Sindbad transports a million passengers annually. You can reserve seats in advance on the internet. Sindbad-Eurobus is a coalition of independant bus and coach companies that operate under one brand name. Sindbad-Eurobus coaches are comfortable and upscale. The service from the UK to Poland is supported by a number of carriers: Sindbad, Interbus, Agat, Eurobus and Polonia Transport. Companies which operate the service to Poland have different names but the connection is only one.
You can reserve a seat online, by using a special booking tool provided by Voyager reservation system (click here) or a different booking tool provided by Infobus (click here). Always look for a cheaper price :)
Sindbad-Eurobus & National Express in one booking
National Express has teamed up with Sindbad-Eurobus to bring Europe that little bit closer to you. And you can get there in one easy booking. Just enter the name of the place from which you start the journey, in the box defining the place of departure. London will automatically be treated as a transfer point. Book your international travel through the National Express website.
The Eurolines coach network is an inexpensive way to travel through Europe. Eurolines coaches have different categories, from Standard class to Business class and they go everywhere. You can reserve seats in advance on the internet. Eurolines is a coalition of independant bus and coach companies that operate under one brand name. They serve the majority of European countries. Eurolines coaches are comfortable and upscale. You can reserve a seat online, If your journey begins from Poland, just use special booking tool provided by Voyager reservation system (click here) or a different booking tool provided by Infobus (click here). Always look for a cheaper price :)
Trains & airlines from the UK to Latvia
If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or flight services. If you want to travel from the London to Latvia or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Voyages-sncf website, while good flights between Britain and Latvia are recommend on the Budget Air’s website
Rail services in Europe are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at Voyages-sncf.com
Regular European air link services can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in Europe and worldwide.
To Latvia by coach, see current international timetable & fares
|Departing||Coach times UK to Latvia valid until 31/10/2018
|SINDBAD No 5
||SINDBAD No 5||▼||Service number||▲||203/160/5||203/160/5|
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|15:30||15:30||Dep.||LONDON, UK, Victoria Coach Stn||Arr.||11:00
|16:30||16:30||Dep.||MAIDSTONE, UK, Maidstone Services - Jct 8 M20||Arr.||9:00
||17:00||Dep.||DOVER, Eastern Docks||Arr.||8:30
|TRAIN||TRAIN||▼||CHANNEL CROSSING BY||▲
|Transit via France, Belgium, the Netherlands & Germany. Arrival on the next day in Bialystok Poland
|20:45©||20:45©||Arr.||BIALYSTOK, PL, Biacomex Bus Stn. Boh. Monte Cassino 8
|▼||▼||▼||INTERCHANGE SINDBAD < > EUROLINES||▲||▲||▲|
||▼||Service number||▲||SINDBAD No 5||SINDBAD No 5|
|T,Th, Sa,Su||Fr||▼||Days of operation from/to Bialystok
||23:50||Dep.||BIALYSTOK, PL, Biacomex Bus Stn. Boh. Monte Cassino 8
|Transit via Poland and Lithuania. Arrival on the next day.|
|11:25||11:25||Arr.||RIGA, LV, Central Bus Station, Pragas 1||Dep.||16:20||16:20|
|▼||▼||▼||Period(s) of operation||▲||1||-|
|▼||▼||▼||Days of operation from Latvia||▲||W||T,Fr,Su|
|▼||▼||▼|| Service number
||▲||EUROLINES 614||EUROLINES 614|
M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday, n = Daily except...
1 = Operates 15/12 to 03/01
© = A change of coach is required in Bialystok, Poland
Sindbad-Eurobus and Eurolines combined fares:
During peak times all passengers travelling to Latvia must pay a supplement on top of the normal ticket prices. Age categories: Children: 0-12 years, Youth: 13-25 years, Seniors: 60+ years.
When buying tickets, you can use two booking platforms - Voyager or Infobus to book one leg from the UK to Bialystok, Poland. Unfortunately, you can not buy a combined ticket, and the prices in the tables are for information purposes only and are estimates.
To purchase tickets online you can do it using the journey planner provided (just click the link below). Then fallow the purchase process as shown below. You can purchase ticket with this tool for Sindbad services from the UK to Poland or vice versa and from Poland to Latvia or vice versa.
- Select your country of departure and destination, number of passengers and the type of ticket
- Date of departure and specific destination (choose city or town)
- Course Selection (optional printout schedules)
- Personal data, address, choice of fares and possible discounts
- Acceptance Rules' ticket on-line
- Summary of information entered
- Pay online using a debit or credt card
- Print the ticket
When making a reservation online through the Voyager’s booking tool you can be sure you will get cheapest tickets. Purchased and paid tickets are ready to print directly from a web page. It is also possible to print tickets at a later date, giving a specific GID number, which is generated during the purchase. Book your ticket now
Use the special journey planner form InfoBus, for Sindbad and Eurolines Latvia services. Anyone from any country can buy tickets this way. Do a dry run first to check prices and availability before booking for real.
Open the special journey planner and book from London or other British city to Bialystok, Poland and back looking for the direct coach with 0 changes. The search results will also show cheap savings fares (if they will be available) or standard fares. You pay by debit or credit card and print out your own tickets. Easy! The prices shown are in Euros, EuropeBus recommends registering when it asks you before completing the purchase. Do the same with the Bialystok-Riga ticket.
Sindbad's is in cooperation with British National Express, which allows you to reach Bialystok directly from over 160 destinations in Great Britain, after transferring in London. Sindbad supports some places outside of London independently Book your ticket now
Up to five times per week Sindbad-Eurobus and Eurolines Latvia provide for their passengers services between the UK and Latvia. All carriers' coaches have on-board toilet and washroom facilities, reclining seats and air-conditioning as standard. Sometimes the coach that picks you up from your departure point has only the final destination displayed on the front windscreen. This is because the majority of the operators' routes include multiple stops and it would be impractical to display every stop on the front windscreen. Also, you may have booked a journey which requires a change of coach. In both examples, please ask the driver to confirm that his/her coach is going to the destination stated on your ticket. Ehe European international coach operators put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom. Sindbad-Eurobus coach services to Poland depart from Victoria Coach Station in London which is located close to Victoria Underground and bus stations. Eurolines Latvia coaches arrive at the main bus terminals in Latvia.
The carrier provides service to any person who has purchased a ticket. Number of tickets for the designated route is limited to the number of seats. Having a valid ticket guarantees you use of the service (seat on the coach), however it does not reserve any particular place.
Single and return tickets (with the indicated date and time) are for a specific journey, you cannot miss the departure, because you will lose the ticket.
Best to buy tickets well in advance. Both operators offer many discounts for those who decide to purchase tickets in advance. Constant, although a slight discount is provided for youth, elderly and disabled people. Up to 50% discount is provided for children. Unless you get a good promotional fare (mostly in off peak periods), return fares are much cheaper than two single fares each way.
- Before leaving home for your international coach service, check you have packed all documents and items needed for your journey, especially your ticket, passport (sometimes it is enough to travel with ID card) and if your journey requires a special visa to enter or transit.
- Arrive at the Victoria Coach Station in London at least one hour before the departure time, as check-in proceedings are quite lengthy. Customers need to check-in at the Sindbad-Eurobus check-in desk located adjacent to Gate 1. Check-in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure.
- Your luggage should be marked tags bearing name, address and telephone. Please weigh your luggage at home.
- Never accept other persons luggage for transport! Should you notice any luggage left unattended, never touch it! Report the fact to the station’s service staff immediately. Never leave your luggage unattended!
- When approaching the check-in desk, have your passport and ticket ready. This will streamline the procedure.
- Border control & customs: When going through security check, place all metal items such as keys, watches, belts with large buckles, mobile phones, walkmans, small change etc in the boxes, and place them on the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine together with your hand luggage & suitcases. It is advisable to place your overcoats in the boxes. This will streamline and facilitate security control.
- If needed, remember to take your doctor’s certificates.
Check-In at London Victoria Coach Station
You need to check-in at the Sindbad-Eurobus check-in office located adjacent to Gate 1. Check in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure. You should have your passports and other travel documents ready for inspection at check-in. A boarding card for each customer and luggage labels will be issued and customers will be advised from which gate their coach will leave. Check in time at other UK departure points is 30 minutes before departure. If the office for check-in is already closed, check-in takes place directly on the coach.
Check-In in Latvia
You must check-in no later than 30 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. Check-in closes 15 minutes before departure. If there’s no office for check-in, then check-in takes place directly on the coach. Services returning to London arrive in Victoria Coach Station’s Arrivals terminal, customers making onward coach connections will need to cross the street to the Departures terminal
This route involves a sea crossing which, depending on which service you are on, will either by Eurotunnel or by ferry (check timetables for specific information). On arrival at the ferry port or Eurotunnel terminal customers will be required to disembark from the coach and pass through both UK and destination country Border Control offices and show their Passports. Normally customers are not required to be accompanied by their luggage, however occasionally Border Control officials do require customers to take their own luggage with them.
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Refreshment stops are taken periodically throughout the journey providing the opportunity for refreshment and shipping services used by Sindbad-Eurobus and Eurolines provide a range of shops, restaurants and other facilities.
Carriage of luggage
All passengers must label their luggage which will be loaded into the hold of the coach and will normally remain there until arrival at the destination or interchange point. The coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage but customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling. Each customer has a free luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcase, weighing no more than 30 kilograms and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat.
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