Dusk and dawn are only a few short hours apart in this intriguing Baltic state, giving visitors extensively long days to explore all the country has to offer. With a rich culture home to stunning architecture, fascinating history as well as UNESCO World Heritage sites, it’s little wonder that the previously undiscovered country is slowly becoming increasingly popular with tourists. The capital city, Riga, also boasts a vibrant nightlife and hosts a multitude of great restaurants serving traditional cuisine. There’s also much to explore beyond the city, in gorgeous rustic villages and long stretches of idyllic and picturesque countryside.
Driving in Latvia
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Important things to note
There are no toll roads in Latvia.
You will need winter tyres when driving in Latvia between December and March.
It’s advisable to park in well-lit and visible areas and do not leave valuables in the vehicle when unattended. Where possible, park in guarded car parks.
Roads tend to be unmarked with very few signposts.
There are no motorways in Latvia
Driving culture in Latvia
What are the roads like in Latvia?
Generally the roads are of good quality throughout the country, although severe weather can make road conditions very hazardous.
How will I find the drivers in Latvia?
Driving standards are fairly low in comparison with most Western European countries. It’s advisable to drive with caution at all times.
What are the best times to drive?
Generally traffic volumes are manageable throughout the day. Take extra precautions when driving between December and March when temperatures drop and roads could be hazardous due to weather conditions.
What are the driving laws?
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in both front and rear seats of the vehicle.
The law stipulates that all drivers must use dipped headlights during the day throughout the day.
You cannot use a mobile handset for calls, texts or internet while driving as this is against the law. It is recommended to use a hands-free kit if you want to speak on your mobile phone whilst driving.
The law states that if you are in an accident that does not conform with the Co-ordinated Accident Statement, then you must not leave the scene or move your vehicle until the appropriate authorities give permission to do so – even if the vehicle is blocking the road.