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Is it safe to drive in Latvia?

Despite having one of the worst road safety records in the EU, driving in Latvia needn't be dangerous and shouldn't deter you from renting a car and enjoying a self-drive holiday. As with driving in any foreign country for the first time, understanding and observing road rules is key to a safe and enjoyable driving experience in Latvia. Outside of major towns and cities road conditions can be poor so it pays to stay vigilant whilst driving and also be aware that some local drivers may not adhere to the highest standards. Provided you stick to speed limits and rules of the road when hiring a car in Latvia there should be little to concern you.

Most popular locations in Latvia to hire a car

Facts about Latvia

  • Latvia gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
  • The largest airport is Riga International Airport with 3.7 million passengers in 2008.
  • The official language of Latvia is Latvian although other regional dialects are spoken.
  • Latvia can be very hot and humid throughout the summer months but extremely cold in winter.
  • The national flower of Latvia is the Oxeye Daisy.

Cheapest car hire in Latvia

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.07 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 210.52 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.07 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 210.52 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 44.94 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 314.61 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 45.05 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 315.37 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 48.59 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 340.19 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 49.66 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 347.68 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 49.66 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 347.68 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 49.66 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 347.68 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 49.66 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 347.68 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 28.36 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 198.52 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.17 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 204.22 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.85 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 208.98 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.00 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 210.02 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.71 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 214.98 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.29 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 219.04 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Ceed Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.75 EUR/day
Kia Ceed Estate

7 Days rental at 222.26 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.82 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 222.74 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.90 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 223.31 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 25.00 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 175.06 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 25.78 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 180.47 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.71 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 193.98 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Fabia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 28.44 EUR/day
Skoda Fabia

7 Days rental at 199.12 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 28.56 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 199.98 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 28.86 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 202.05 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 28.86 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 202.05 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Fabia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.59 EUR/day
Skoda Fabia

7 Days rental at 214.17 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Fabia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.59 EUR/day
Skoda Fabia

7 Days rental at 214.17 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Kodiaq

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 55.27 EUR/day
Skoda Kodiaq

7 Days rental at 386.92 EUR from 20/06/2022

  6 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Skoda Kodiaq

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 61.41 EUR/day
Skoda Kodiaq

7 Days rental at 429.90 EUR from 20/06/2022

  6 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Skoda Kodiaq

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 61.41 EUR/day
Skoda Kodiaq

7 Days rental at 429.90 EUR from 20/06/2022

  6 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Skoda Kodiaq

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 61.41 EUR/day
Skoda Kodiaq

7 Days rental at 429.90 EUR from 20/06/2022

  6 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Land Cruiser

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 91.94 EUR/day
Toyota Land Cruiser

7 Days rental at 643.64 EUR from 20/06/2022

  6 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Land Cruiser

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 91.94 EUR/day
Toyota Land Cruiser

7 Days rental at 643.64 EUR from 20/06/2022

  6 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Audi A6

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 125.57 EUR/day
Audi A6

7 Days rental at 878.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Audi A6

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 125.57 EUR/day
Audi A6

7 Days rental at 878.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Audi A6

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 125.57 EUR/day
Audi A6

7 Days rental at 878.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.84 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 208.93 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.42 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 219.95 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.75 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 222.26 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 33.42 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 233.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota C-HR

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.42 EUR/day
Toyota C-HR

7 Days rental at 233.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Jetta

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 35.39 EUR/day
Volkswagen Jetta

7 Days rental at 247.78 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 35.81 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 250.71 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 35.81 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 250.71 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 35.91 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 251.42 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Toyota Proace

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.41 EUR/day
Toyota Proace

7 Days rental at 541.92 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Proace

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 85.97 EUR/day
Toyota Proace

7 Days rental at 601.79 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Vivaro

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 85.97 EUR/day
Opel Vivaro

7 Days rental at 601.79 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Proace

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 85.99 EUR/day
Toyota Proace

7 Days rental at 601.97 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Proace

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 86.02 EUR/day
Toyota Proace

7 Days rental at 602.15 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Proace

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 86.02 EUR/day
Toyota Proace

7 Days rental at 602.15 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Proace

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 86.02 EUR/day
Toyota Proace

7 Days rental at 602.15 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Proace

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 98.92 EUR/day
Toyota Proace

7 Days rental at 692.48 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Proace

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 98.92 EUR/day
Toyota Proace

7 Days rental at 692.48 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Latvia

  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Latvia
  • Take extra care when driving outside of the major towns and cities as road conditions can be poor
  • There are toll roads in Latvia, you can pay by cash or card but we advise having some change in the car at all times just to be on the safe side
  • Auto5 have an excellent customer rating and offer great value car hire in Latvia
 

Popular car hire destinations in Latvia

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Latvia

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    90kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    90-100kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

      /Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    EUR €

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Car rental agent statistics in Latvia

  • 7.0/10
    Highest rated agent:
    GREEN MOTION
  • 7.0/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    GREEN MOTION
  • 18
    Total number of reviews in
    Latvia
  • 11
    Most Locations in Latvia:
    AUTO 5
  • 30
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 19
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Latvia

ItemPercent
January€ 50
February€ 44
March€ 40
April€ 49
May€ 54
June€ 70
July€ 68
August€ 63
September€ 49
October€ 49
November€ 64
December€ 60
ItemPercent
January€ 37
February€ 34
March€ 32
April€ 38
May€ 42
June€ 54
July€ 54
August€ 53
September€ 40
October€ 39
November€ 50
December€ 46
ItemPercent
January€ 80
February€ 79
March€ 72
April€ 92
May€ 88
June€ 93
July€ 109
August€ 124
September€ 89
October€ 64
November€ 67
December€ 96
ItemPercent
January€ 99
February€ 88
March€ 60
April€ 72
May€ 76
June€ 91
July€ 112
August€ 108
September€ 89
October€ 90
November€ 144
December€ 117
ItemPercent
January€ 84
February€ 83
March€ 83
April€ 79
May€ 100
June€ 99
July€ 106
August€ 123
September€ 84
October€ 81
November€ 83
December€ 85
ItemPercent
January€ 39
February€ 35
March€ 34
April€ 40
May€ 43
June€ 58
July€ 50
August€ 43
September€ 41
October€ 42
November€ 63
December€ 48
ItemPercent
January€ 66
February€ 64
March€ 59
April€ 68
May€ 81
June€ 105
July€ 90
August€ 96
September€ 75
October€ 79
November€ 98
December€ 87
ItemPercent
January€ 87
February€ 70
March€ 57
April€ 73
May€ 73
June€ 94
July€ 139
August€ 122
September€ 75
October€ 73
November€ 114
December€ 104

Select category to see average car hire prices in Latvia

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Latvia

DieselUnleaded
May , 2022

€ 1.89

€ 1.89

Apr , 2022

€ 1.82

€ 1.78

Mar , 2022

€ 1.83

€ 1.82

Feb , 2022

€ 1.50

€ 1.62

Jan , 2022

€ 1.39

€ 1.53

Dec , 2021

€ 1.30

€ 1.46

Nov , 2021

€ 1.39

€ 1.52

Oct , 2021

€ 1.38

€ 1.48

Sep , 2021

€ 1.24

€ 1.34

Aug , 2021

€ 1.23

€ 1.33

Jul , 2021

€ 1.23

€ 1.33

Jun , 2021

€ 1.23

€ 1.33

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
May , 2022 1.89 1.89
Apr , 2022 1.82 1.78
Mar , 2022 1.83 1.82
Feb , 2022 1.50 1.62
Jan , 2022 1.39 1.53
Dec , 2021 1.30 1.46
Nov , 2021 1.39 1.52
Oct , 2021 1.38 1.48
Sep , 2021 1.24 1.34
Aug , 2021 1.23 1.33
Jul , 2021 1.23 1.33
Jun , 2021 1.23 1.33

Car rental price statistics in Latvia

  • € 175.00
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 1954.71
    Highest daily price:
    BMW 5 Series
  • 749
    Total cars available
     
  • 60
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Golf
  • 197
    Location with most cars:
    Riga - Airport
  • € 25.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    THRIFTY - Riga - Airport

FAQs about car hire in Latvia

How much does it cost to hire a car in Latvia?

Car hire in Latvia starts from just €25.00 per day for a (economy) class car from Thrifty. The average price to hire a car in Latvia is just €130.20 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Latvia is a BMW 5 Series car for a (premium) class from Green motion costing €1954.70 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Latvia?

We often have special offers on car hire in Latvia including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Latvia?

Car hire prices in Latvia are kept low thanks to the 12 car hire companies across the country. With over 17 car hire locations and 7,035 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Latvia.

Who is the best car hire company in Latvia?

Based on over reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Latvia Is who score on average /10 across all locations in Latvia.

What is the most popular car hire location in Latvia?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Latvia is Riga - Airport with 12 car hire companies and 197 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Latvia?

Current fuel prices in Latvia are €1.893/ltr for petrol and €1.887/ltr for diesel as of 16 May 2022, it’ll cost on average €76 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €75 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Latvia?

Speed limits in Latvia are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 90 km/h on rural roads and 90-100 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Latvia?

Thrifty is the cheapest car hire company in Latvia offering a (economy) class car such as the Toyota Yaris for as little as €175.00 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Latvia?

The most popular car hire category in Latvia is the Toyota Yaris available from 7 car hire companies in over 16 locations.

Why rent a car in Latvia

Driving across Latvia in a hire car is the easiest and most comfortable way to see this interesting country which has some wonderful countryside, beaches and old cities. If you need a budget solution then our economy car hire range is for you and includes such models as the Renault Modus and Ford Fiesta.

You might be planning to go off the beaten track and explore more remote areas in which case one of our SUVs would be a good choice such as the Toyota Rav4. For larger goups, minvans, 7 and 9 seater rentals are available offering flexibility in capacity and excellent value for money on a per passenger basis.

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€40.0
 
 
Economy 3 5 2 from €40.0 per day
Standard 4 5 4 from €54.9 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €44.2 per day
Car Hire Riga
€27.6
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €27.6 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €29.0 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €28.2 per day
Car Hire Ventspils
€40.0
 
 
Economy 3 5 2 from €40.0 per day
Standard 4 5 4 from €54.9 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €44.2 per day