Ferry crossing over the Gauja River

The ferry over the Gauja river is the only crossing of this type in the Baltic States. The ferry is made of 2 boats fastened together, on which there is a plank layer. A steel cable stretched across the river does not allow the ferry to tide downstream, and it moves from one bank to the other by the force of stream. Once there were 3 bridges over the Gauja. After the Second World War, when bridges were destroyed, Ligatne Paper Mill created Ligatne ferry crossing to let workers of the Paper Mill to come to work from Pargauja. 

Fee for the crossing:

  • a car, motorcycle, scooter,  - EUR 3.50 (one way);
  • a car with trailer, buss, tractor,  - EUR 5.00;
  • free crossing for the driver;
  • passengers, other persons, bike - EUR 1.00 (one direction);

Crossing for a group (without boarding on the other side):

  • for groups - EUR 10.00

The ferry crossing is closed, if the stage of Gauja is too high or too low, as well as in case the river is frozen over.


You can get the information regarding the ferry crossing at the Ligatne Tourism Information Centre. Phone: +371 2918 9707; +371 6415 3169. E-mail: info@visitligatne.lv