Latvia 08/09

Transport in Riga


International airport code: RIX
Major operating flight companies: airBaltic, EasyJet, Ryanair, Czech Airlines/click4sky

There is a direct bus No. 22 between the airport and city center, you should get off at the bus stop “Stockmann centrs”. The ticket costs 0,40 LVL and you can buy it directly on the bus from the conductor, which may also ask you for additional charge for your luggage, 0,80 LVL.

If you take bus 22a, it has different final stop – Esplanade. Prices are the same.

City transportation system

Riga is operated by buses, trams and trolleybuses. The tickets can be used only once, in news stands you may only buy tickets for trams and trolleybuses and then validate them in the vehicle. In buses there are conductors. A new system of electronic tickets/cards is being introduced, it will be used from March 1, 2009.

More information can be found at the Riga Transport (Rigas Satiksme) webpage:

Trains and inter-city buses

They both leave from terminal stations in the centre of the city, not far from each other and the “Stockmann centrs”. Trains are fairly cheap, 1-hour passenger train ride costs slightly above 1 LVL. Long-distance buses are more comfortable, but also more expensive. For example Ventspils – Riga is 4 hours by bus and costs 5,5 LVL.

Timetables and prices can be found at webpage: trains or buses

Car rentals

Renting a car is at reasonable prices compared to other countries. You can have your passenger car from 20 LVL/day. Just look at several companies and make a short search, majority of them speak English well.

Google query here.

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