Location and traveling
Jelgava, a true students' city, is located on the river Lielupe within a hand's reach in the southwest direction from the capital city Riga. As Jelgava is not a big city (66,000 inhabitants and the total area of 60 km2) the crowd and stress is staying away and all services are easy reachable within a walking distance. Jelgava is also called the students' city and the truthfulness of this statement can be proved by the Students' Day activities which are organized here every year on November, when students from all universities of Latvia participate in competitions, sport contests, concerts, parties and other activities.
How to reach?
Jelgava has a very advantageous geographical location. It has railway point of intersection where rail gauge cross in East - West and North-South directions. Alongside city border is stretched modern bypass connecting motorways Jelgava - Riga and Jelgava - Lithuanian border, and further leads to the Western Europe.
From Riga International airport
You can fly to Riga from all major cities in Europe. Jelgava is in distance of about 50 km from Riga International Airport. At arrival you may choose direct transfer to the Riga International Bus Station or Riga Central Train Station by domestic bus or taxi.
From Riga port
Jelgava is in distance of about 50 km from Riga port. At arrival you may choose direct transfer to the Riga International Bus Station or Riga Central Train Station by taxi or may walk. Walking distance is about 30 min passing Riga’s old city centre.
From Riga International Bus Station
Various bus companies in Europe offer transport services to Riga International Bus Station. From there you can choose a direct bus to Jelgava. It will take you about 55 min for 2,30 EUR to reach Jelgava.
From Riga Central Train Station
In the Riga Central Train Station you can choose direct electric train to Jelgava. It will take you 50 min for 2,05 EUR to reach Jelgava. If your luggage exceeds the permitted dimensions or weight (40 x 60 x 20 cm or 20kg) you need to purchase a luggage ticket.
Traveling in Latvia
To get around Latvia you can use your own car or public transport. If you choose to use the public transport then you can use this site to check the schedules: http://www.1188.lv/en/transport
The public transport in Riga will take you all over the city, but to use it you will need to buy e-ticket. You can learn more about e-ticket here: https://www.rigassatiksme.lv/en/tickets-and-e-ticket/types-of-e-tickets/
You can view the routes and schedules of Riga public transport here: http://saraksti.rigassatiksme.lv/index.html#riga/en
Jelgava public transport routes and schedules can be viewed here: http://www.marsruti.lv/jelgava/index.html#bus/en