It is useful to understand that although from 1940 to 1991 Latvia was a constituent republic of the USSR, the official language is Latvian. However, a significant minority (up to 40% nationwide and possibly just over 50% in the capital Riga) is Russian speaking. The majority of ethnic Latvians living in the city, not only those old enough to have attended school during Soviet times, can also speak and understand Russian. However, many prefer to converse in Latvian. English and also German are widely understood at places regularly visited by tourists and foreigners but you may be out of luck when leaving the city centre or visiting places off the beaten track.
Jelgava is in coast of river Lielupe. River Lielupe is connect to Baltic see.
You can rent taxi (if arrive from Riga or Riga airport).
- Taxis can be cheap but you must be careful, as sometimes they try to get more money than they should and they don't care about giving a long tour through the city to arrive where you want. This must be stressed. Taxi drivers will try to rip you off. Some drivers speak a few words in English. The Red Taxis 8001313 are the only taxi company that can be trusted in Riga and that is why they have the contract with the Airport and with the most professional hotels.
- There are no trams, trolley buses or metro in Jegava. There is very good bus line. Line 1 will take you from one end of city to another.
- There is a train service that extends to all parts of the country as well as other big cities like Saint Petersburg. However, the tickets do not include information about the time and place to catch the train, that information must be looked up on the train departures info table.