Practical information

Riga is the capital of Latvia, the centre of finances, transport and transactions in the Baltic States. The 700,000 inhabitants of Riga make it the largest city in the Baltic States.

Riga was founded in 1201 by Albert of Bremen as a port city, and is more than 800-year-old blend of a medieval centre and a modern city. Each century has left its marks on the architecture of the Old Town and City Centre. The Old Town has kept many distinctive characteristics from medieval times, evident in its narrow streets covered with cobblestones. Gothic churches, built by founders of Riga, exquisite Art Nouveau, as well as wooden buildings make Riga a true pearl of architecture.

Since 1997, the old town of Riga is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In 2014 Riga was the European Capital of Culture. Riga can be proud of its rich cultural life - there are concerts, exhibitions and festivals every week that present works of world-known classical and contemporary artists.

To learn more, visit Live Riga.



By air: Riga International Airport is served by many international airlines and by the local company AirBaltic.

The public transport that goes to Riga International Airport and back is Bus No.22 and Express Bus No.322. A regular ticket for one trip can be bought from the bus driver (price 2.00 EUR), but if you buy it beforehand at the small store (e.g. Narvesen) or self-service ticket vending machine, a one-way ticket will only cost you 1.15 EUR. Other tickets that can be used for public transport (excluding orange express buses): 1-hour ticket 2.30 EUR, 24-hour ticket 5.00 EUR and 3-day ticket 10.00 EUR.

Riga City Centre and other destinations from the Airport can also be reached by using  taxi (average fare price 10-13 EUR).

By sea: The Stockholm – Riga line is served by Tallink.

By land: There is a bus service between Riga and many European countries. This route is served by Lux Express, Eurolines, Ecolines, and others.

There is an international passenger train service between Riga and Minsk, Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg. This route is served by LDZ CARGO Ltd.

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