London to Latvia by bus
This is the recommended route, with one easy same-station change in Lomza
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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 impossible to complete the whole journey from London to Latvia with only one coach operator. Therefore, the first part of the journey will be performed by the Sindbad coach carrier, and the second part will be carried out by Flixbus. This requires buying two separate tickets from two different carriers.
The Sindbad journey takes place from London (UK) to Lomza in Poland (Łomża in Polish). After arriving in Lomza, you must change to another coach operator - Flixbus. Scheduled bus/coach services run from Lomza throughout the year. They run every single day from Lomza to Riga, apart from Christmas and New Year's day. Sindbad runs from the same coach station in Lomza as the Flixbus operator, so changing to another vehicle isn't a big problem for passengers. Another advantage of this connection is that Sindbad serves 5 other cities within England, Birmingham (starting point for Sindbad No 5 service), Coventry, Northampton, Luton and Watford. It is currently the fastest operator offering services between London and Lomza in less than 30 hours, making this combination a relatively fast bus connection to Latvia.
One of the cheapest ways to travel between the UK and Latvia is unquestionably the coach. If you are on a tight budget, taking the coach can offer fantastic cost savings. While providing excellent fares, 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 satisfying stay on board. The travel time is one hour less from Maidstone and two hours less from Dover. There are daily services in each direction between London and Riga. For the exact timetable, see our dedicated page.
It is recommended to book tickets online in advance, at least several days prior to departure. A standard one-way ticket (combined fares for Sindbad and Flixbus) from London to Riga costs from £100 (there's a discount for a round trip). However, 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.
Latvia still notes steady growth in international tourism since its independence in 1991. But it's still an undiscovered gem without the crowds, loud traffic, and 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 is one of the largest Polish companies in long-distance coach traffic, transporting a million passengers annually. The carrier is a coalition of independent bus and coach companies operating under one brand. Their fleet is comfortable and upscale. You can reserve a seat online by using a special booking tool provided by the Voyager reservation system (click here) or a different booking tool provided by Infobus (click here). Always look for a cheaper price :)
Flixbus is a coalition of independant bus and coach companies that operate under one brand name. They serve the majority of European countries, reaching hundreds of destinations across Europe from France to Ukraine and from Norway to Portugal. Some also serve routes in the USA. Flixbus coaches are comfortable and upscale. You can reserve a seat online, If your journey begins from the UK, you just go on the Flixbus web page. The Flixbus offices are usually located inside the long distance bus stations, but it can also be a travel agent in the city.
To Latvia by coach, see current international timetable & fares
|Departing||Coach times UK to Latvia valid until 31/12/2023
||SINDBAD 5||▼||Service number||▲||▲||▲|
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|7:00||7:00||Dep.||LONDON, UK, Victoria Coach Stn||Arr.||18:30
|8:00||8:00||Dep.||MAIDSTONE, UK, Maidstone Services - Jct 8 M20||Arr.||17:30
||8:35||Dep.||DOVER, Folkestone Services – Junction 11 with M20, CT21 4BL||Arr.||16:55
|8:35||8:35||Dep.||FOLKESTONE, Folkestone Services – Junction 11 with M20, CT21 4BL||Arr.||16:55||16:55|
|TRAIN||TRAIN||▼||CHANNEL CROSSING BY||▲
|Transit via France, Belgium, the Netherlands & Germany. Arrival on the next day in Lomza Poland
|16:15 ©||16:15 ©||Arr.||LOMZA (ŁOMŻA), PL, Bus Station, Dworcowa Street.
|▼||▼||▼||INTERCHANGE SINDBAD < > FLIXBUS||▲||▲||▲|
||▼||Service number||▲||SINDBAD 5||SINDBAD 5|
|Daily||Daily||▼||Days of operation from/to Lomza
||0:30||Dep.||LOMZA (ŁOMŻA), PL, Bus Station, Dworcowa Street.||Arr.||© 7:30||© 4:35|
|Transit via Poland and Lithuania. Arrival on the next day.|
|5:40||-||Arr.||JELGAVA, LV, Railway stn||Dep.||-||21:10|
|-||8:50||Arr.||BAUSKA, LV, Bus Station||Dep.||0:55||-|
|6:30||-||Arr.||RIGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Stop on P1 parking
|7:15||9:45||Arr.||RIGA, LV, Central Bus Station, Pragas 1||Dep.||0:05||19:40|
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|▼||▼||▼||Days of operation from Latvia||▲||Daily||Daily|
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M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday, n = Daily except...
© = A change of coach is required in Lomza, Poland
Sindbad-Eurobus and Eurolines combined fares:
||from £100||from £180||from £90||from £160||from £50||from £90|
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 from London, Birmingham, Coventry, Northampton, Luton, Watford, Maidstone, Dover or Folkestone, you can use two booking platforms - Voyager or Infobus to book one leg from the UK to Lomza (Łomża), Poland. Then, via the Flixbus website, buy a ticket for the section from Lomza to Riga or Jegava or Bauska. Unfortunately, you cannot 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.
- 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 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 Lomza, 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, Pounds and Zloty, EuropeBus recommends registering when it asks you before completing the purchase.
Flixbus, Megabus and National Express have an expanded network in the UK so you can travelling not only from/to London, but from many other cities and towns in the UK. Book your connecting travel through the National Express and Megabus and Flixbus websites.
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 if you have packed all documents and items needed for your journey, especially your ticket and passport and if your trip requires a special visa to enter or transit.
- If you are travelling with Sindbad, arrive at the Victoria Coach Station in London at least 30 mins before the departure time, as check-in proceedings are quite lengthy. Customers must check in at the Sindbad check-in desk adjacent to Gate 1 (check the information on the station displays). Check-in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure.
- When approaching the check-in desk, have your passport and ticket ready. This will streamline the procedure.
- Your luggage should be marked with tags bearing your name, address and telephone. Please weigh your luggage at home.
- Never accept another person's 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 bags alone.
- 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
Passengers must check at the Sindbad check-in desk adjacent to Gate 1 (check the information on the station displays). 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.
Victoria Coach Station consists of several stop facilities, each serving a specific service, as well as an information centre, shops and services. The station is available to passengers every day around the clock. Victoria Coach Station in London offers coach services to many cities in the UK, including the London area, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Bournemouth, Plymouth, Exeter, York, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and many more. Coach frequency and travel time may vary depending on the route and operator.
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 be by Eurotunnel or by ferry (check timetables for specific information). Upon arrival at the ferry port or Eurotunnel terminal, customers will be required to disembark from the coach, 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 baggage 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 and Flixbus provide a range of shops, restaurants and other facilities.
Carriage of luggage
All Sindbad & Flixbus passengers must label their luggage which will be loaded into the hold of the coach and will generally remain there until arrival at the destination or interchange point. The coach driver will load and unload customers' luggage. Still, customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the travelling coach. Each customer has a free luggage allowance of two medium-sized suitcases weighing no more than 30 kilograms and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat. However, each Flixbus customer has a free luggage allowance of one medium-sized suitcase weighing no more than 20 kilograms each and 1 piece of hand luggage.
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