Valka is a town in northern Latvia, on the border with Estonia. It and the Estonian town of Valga are actually one town, with the border running through it. The border was marked out in 1920 by an international jury headed by British Colonel Tallents. After the expansion of Schengen Agreement to Latvia and Estonia in 2007 all the border crossing-points and fences were removed.

The town lies 160 km from Riga, the capital. With 6,000 people, it is one of the smallest cities in Latvia, but Valga has another 13,000 residents.

Get in

The train from Valga and bus connects Valka to Riga several times a day.

Get around

There are buses serving the town but actually the best way is going by foot or bicycle. At the end of 2007 the new route running through Valka and Valga was opened.


Rigas Street at the Estonian border


There is nothing much to do in Valka at the moment, however, it's a must to visit the Estonian side once you are here. As the local government is consistently trying to develop their town, the new International Studies Centre of University of Latvia will be located in Valka with the aim to attract foreigners. Still a lot of work must be done to make Valka interesting for tourists.




The area code for the town is 47. The local public library has a public internet access (address - 22 Rigas Street)

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