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    Driving Information in Latvia

    Driving Licence Requirements

    The driving licence requirements in Latvia state that you must and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence. An international driver’s licence is also required.

    Age Restrictions

    To hire a car in Latvia, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge.

    Driving Distances

    • Riga to Liepaja - 219kms (3hours/20mins)

    • Ventspils to Jelgava - 173kms (2hours/20mins)

    • Ogre to Madona - 136kms (2hours)

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    General Latvia driving information, laws rules and regulations:

    • Driving in Latvia is on the right hand side of the road.

    • Seat belts when driving a hire car in Latvia are mandatory.

    • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid driver’s licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

    • Driving with lights on is required 24 hours a day

    • Petrol stationsin Latvia are well-equipped and widespread, most with 24-hour service. You will want to fill up at Statoil, Neste, Shell, or Lukoil for highest quality and value.


    There are no tolls in Latvia, so it's easy to get around Riga and other cities!

    Parking Information

    Some areas of Latvia have established pay-and-display parking, in these areas you will need to purchase a disc or ticket from a metre to display on your dashboard. Illegally parked cars will have a wheel clamp placed on them.

    One-Way Car Hire

    There are fees for domestic one-way car hire, except for rentals between different locations in the city of Riga. International one-ways may be arranged for an additional fee, all international one ways are on request.

    With your car hire it is important that you have looked through some of the above Latvia driving information, rules and regulations to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

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