Cēsis is a fantastic town in Latvia that boasts an impressive history and was part of the Hanseatic League. A grand castle was built here in the early 13th century and it can still be visited today. Cēsis is built close to the Gauja river and many activities, including rafting can be done around this area.
Five daily trains run to and from Riga to Cesis, three of them originating or terminating in Valga, Estonia. Latvian Railways has services to/from Cesis. There are also a few other options to check timetables, prices etc, including the Latvian Passenger Trains website and the excellent 1188.lv website.
Cesis is easy to reach by car from across Latvia.
Regular buses are running from Riga and tickets can be purchased from the Central Bus Station also known as Rīgas Starptautiskā autoosta. Tickets are fairly priced can can be purchased in advance from the desk or from the drivers at the time of departure.
Internet cafes in cities are popular and charge starting from 0.50L per hour. Free internet connections are available in all libraries. Free wifi is available in many cafes, libraries, and the Riga Airport. Most hotels will provide free wireless access spots for laptops.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Emergency numbers include 110 (police), 112 (fire), ambulance (113), but you can connect to all of them by using the general 112 number.
There are both fixed and mobile phone communications available in Latvia. The international telephone code for Latvia is +371 and all phone numbers (except for emergency numbers, some information numbers, hotlines etc.) consist of 8 digits. One should note that all mobile phone numbers start with "2", landline numbers start with "6".
For local communication, it is much cheaper to buy a local prepaid SIM card, which can include data as well as voice and text. These cards and separate renewal vouchers can be easily bought in gas stations, kiosks, or supermarkets. All brands are more or less equal in price and service. Popular brands include LMT, Tele2, and Bite. All prepaid SIM cards come with a manual in English, Russian, and Latvian.
To call from a public phone, you need a phone card (telekarte) which cost as little as €2. International calls are possible from every public phone.
Latvijas Pasts is the national postal service of the country and has relatively fast, affordable and reliable services. They have both mail and express mail service, domestically and internationally. Prices for international mail start at around 0.45L for postcards within Europe, 0.50L outside Europe, stamps for letters are slightly more expensive. It usually takes at least several days up to a week within Europe, but around 10 days to North America for example. Domestic services are faster of course, usually within 2 days. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, though large central post offices might keep slightly longer hours and can be open on Sunday sometimes. Latvian post boxes are colored yellow, and postage stamps can be bought in post offices or news-stands (kiosks). Specialized package services are provided as well by companies like DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS, among others.
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