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Car hire driving information Latvia

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Most people travel to Latvia to visit the medieval capital of Riga. But with a rental car you can also easily explore other parts of Latvia. Jurmala is a beautiful spa resort beside the Baltic Sea that offers many activities both in summer and winter seasons.

To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Seatbelts are mandatory.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Latvia are:

  • Town and city: 50 km/h 
  • Open Roads: 90 km/h
  • Motorways: 100 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Latvia you drive on the right side of the road. Please also be aware that dipped headlights should be used at all times.

Most petrol stations are self service stations that can be used 24 h a day. 

There are no motorway tolls in Latvia.

In some parts of Latvia you can park using a disc or ticket from a meter which you display on your dashboard. Illegal parking may occur in a wheel clamp. Always read the parking signs thoroughly.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most car categories can be driven within Western Europe. If you wish to drive abroad (outside Latvia) you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book.

Restricted Countries
When you hire a car in Latvia you can normally drive it to Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and other Western European countries. There are different rules applying so please let us know if you plan on taking your car outside of Latvia. There are additional insurance fees that apply for these rentals. If you want to travel to Eastern Europe or cross any national border(s) with your rental car it is important that you please contact us on our toll free number 1800 943 075.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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