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Travel Guide Europe Latvia Jurmala

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Introduction

Jomas iela, Jurmala

Jomas iela, Jurmala

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Jurmala is a city, with many nice beaches close to Riga, which is about 25 kilometres away. It has been a favourite place to relax and rest since the end of the Napoleonic war, when Russian soldiers went there to retire and recuperate after the conflict. Later when the Riga to Tukums train line was installed in 1877 it became a popular holiday destination for all and to this day is still visited by many people from the capital and other parts of the country, but less international visitors.

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Sights and Activities

  • Visit the long white sandy beaches
  • Walk down the Majori Jomas street
  • Visit one of the many Spa's

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Weather

Jurmala's weather is influenced by the sea but still has much of the characteristics of a continental climate with relatively cold winters and warm summers.

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Getting There

By Train

Regular trains run from Riga to Jurmala. In the summer months some trains may be rather busy but do not worry as you will find ice cream sellers at the start of the journey from Riga.

By Car

It is very easy to reach Jurmala by car from all of Latvia but there is a 1L entrance fee into Jurmala.

By Bus

You an find many micro buses from Riga to Jumala and buses that pass from Riga to Tukums.

By Boat

There are some companies that sail from Riga to Jurmala.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Balta Puce (White Owl)Pilsonu street 7/9 Majorihotel-
Dzintara LiedagsDzintaru pr. 48guesthouse-
Hotel Alba JurmalaDarzu street 9Hotel-
Hotel Jurmala SpaJomas iela 47/49Hotel-
Resort Hotel DAINAMezsargu St 4/6hotel-
Riga Beach Hostel50 Dzintaru pr.Hostel77
Sunset HotelPilsonu iela 7/9hotel-
PriedesJomas 19APARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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