Flying to Riga
There are direct flights to Riga from more than 85 cities in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. The Latvian national airline, airBaltic (www.airbaltic.com), provides easy and convenient connections with more than forty Interline partners from more than 3,000 cities all over the world. Nineteen airlines (airBaltic, Aeroflot, Belavia, Brussels Airlines, Finnair, LOT, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair, Transaero, Turkish Airlines, UTair, Uzbekistan Airways, WIZZ, and Smartlinx) operate regular flights to Riga.
Riga International Airport (www.riga-airport.com) is one of the most modern airports in Europe, and meets all international standards of safety, efficiency, and comfort. The airport is only ten kilometers southwest of the Riga city center. A taxi ride from the airport to central Riga takes between ten and twenty minutes, depending upon the traffic, and costs approximately 10-13 EUR. Bus no. 22 departs for the Riga city center every 10-20 minutes from opposite the bus terminal building near the Old Town. A bus ride costs 2.00 EUR, but could be subject to changes.
Airport Information: phone (00 371) 2931 1817. For English-speaking information about all transport schedules, call 1188 (when inside Latvia) or (00 371) 6700 1188 (from outside Latvia).
Ferry to Riga
Ferry connections to Riga are available from Stockholm. Tallink (www.tallink.com) operates regular daily ferry connections from Stockholm to Riga. The ferry terminal building is located at Eksporta iela 1 (www.rigapt.lv), directly northwest of the Presidential Palace.
Train to Riga
Train connections to Riga are available from Moscow (daily), St. Petersburg (daily), and Pskov (daily), operated by the Latvian State Railway Company Latvijas Dzelzceļš (www.ldz.lv). The recently renovated Riga Central Railway Station is located at Stacijas Square, directly east of the Old Town border.
Bus connections to Riga
Bus connections to Riga are available from Berlin, Hamburg, Warsaw, Prague, Pskov, Kiev, Grodno, Vilnius, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kaliningrad, Minsk, and many other international cities. Most international bus services are operated by Eurolines (www.eurolines.lv), Ecolines (www.ecolines.lv), and Nordeka (www.nordeka.lv). Riga Bus Terminal (www.autoosta.lv) is located at Prāgas iela 1 east of the Old Town border and west of Riga Central Market.
Taxi in Riga
For taxi rides, the official maximum tariff per kilometer is 0.71 EUR. The initial tariff is 2.13 EUR. Some dubious taxi companies sometimes try to cheat passengers.
Rent a Car in Riga
All major international car rental companies have offices at Riga International Airport, and many of them have offices in the city center as well: AVIS Rent a Car (www.avis.lv), Budget (www.budget.lv), Europcar (www.europcar.lv), Hertz (www.hertz.lv), and Sixt (www.sixt.lv).
Driving to Riga
Major highways connect Riga to Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kaunas, and Vilnius. Northern and southern road links have recently been modernized. The speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas and 90 km/h on rural roads, if not marked otherwise. On some highways the speed limit is 100 km/h. Headlights must be switched on at all times. Winter tires must be used from December 1 to March 30. Seat belts are compulsory. Mobile phones may be used only with a headset/hands-free system while driving. The permitted alcohol limit is 0.5 per thousand. Parking in downtown Riga costs 1.40–2.80 EUR per hour. Guarded parking is recommended at night. To call the police, please dial 02; for towing service, please dial 1888 / 8000 000 (24h service) or contact a representative from your car rental company.
Public Transport in Riga
Riga has an extensive network of trams, buses, trolleybuses, and local trains. Service runs from 5 a.m. to midnight. Tickets cost a flat rate of 1.20 EUR for any journey and may be purchased from the driver, but it’s better to purchase tickets at kiosks before the ride. For more information, please visit: http://etalons.rigassatiksme.lv/en/beginning/
City Bike Rental in Riga and Jurmala
Visitors to the Latvian capital can now rent bicycles from one of twelve Sixt rent a bicycle stands in Riga. To use the service, register online www.sixt.lv/velo, by phone +371 67 67 67 80 or by application. When you wish to take a ride, call the Sixt rent a bicycle hotline at +371 67 67 67 80; you will receive a key code to unlock the bike of your choice. When you are done with the bicycle, simply lock it at any Sixt rent a bicycle stand and call the hotline again. For more information: www.sixt.lv/velo
Yachting to Riga
Riverboats and Canal Boats
Riverboats offer tours on the river Daugava and trips from Riga to Jūrmala, and wooden canal boats offer tours on the charming Riga canal. Some riverboats have restaurants and can be rented for private functions. More information is available from local DMCs.
Accommodations in Riga
A list of recommended hotels can be found at the MEET RIGA convention bureau database.
For additional information, please contact MEET RIGA convention bureau.