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How to get from Riga Airport to Riga City Center

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Not only is Riga becoming a popular destination for weekend and longer breaks but its airport is also fast becoming a major transport hub for the Baltic region. The airport is situated only about eight kilometres west of the city making most transfers simple and straightforward.

Riga airport

Most visitors to Riga will find it easier by far to jump on the bus service that runs between the airport and the city centre. The number 22 runs every half an hour from the early morning until late at night and costs a mere 0.7 Lats. It runs more frequently during busy periods and the journey takes about half an hour. However, visitors should take note that the bus gets very busy on its way into the city centre as commuters and other locals use the route as well and so it’s often inconvenient for people with large amounts of luggage.

Several large hotels in Riga offer shuttle services to the airport, although they usually levy a charge for this service. The Park Hotel and Raddison SAS, along with several others, offer the service so check when you make a reservation. Although they shouldn’t charge to pick up their paying guests, the rates are often much better than taking a taxi and it certainly takes the stress and worry out of arriving in a foreign city.

Air Baltic also operates a shuttle service to the city centre which runs slightly more frequently than the standard bus service but is also more expensive. At 3 Lats it is hardly extortionate so you can make your choice depending on which is more convenient at the time you want to travel and just how strapped for cash you happen to be.

As with any airport or station, there will be many taxis hovering around the arrival areas waiting to whisk travellers into the whirl of Riga traffic.  This will be by far the most expensive option although it will also be the easiest, especially for those with heavy bags. It is usually a good idea to check with the tourist information desk roughly how much your journey should cost as taxi drivers have been known to rip off the unsuspecting. Always make sure you get a receipt with the taxi driver’s number on it and, if you think you have been abused, make a note of the registration plate too.

Air Baltic drums-up quite a lot of business by selling cheap tickets which require an overnight stay in Riga. Many people then assume they need to stay near the airport and subject themselves to airport hotels before their onward flights. But because of the proximity of the airport to the centre of Riga it is quite possible to stay in a much nicer hotel in the city centre and get back out to the airport early in the morning.

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Venere Travel Blog writer will joce

Will Joce is a recent graduate from the London School of Economics who has a morbid fear of working in an office. As well as travelling and writing he has worked in the UK Parliament and as a press monitor. Refusing to follow advice and get a real job he will soon be beginning a Masters degree at St Petersburg State University

8 responses to “How to get from Riga Airport to Riga City Center”

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  1. Tuija Ollila says via Facebook:
    March 15th, 2011 at 19:01

    It is so close, it´s not expensive to go by taxi either, if you go to the old town. And there are buses rununing also. Most hotels offer own taxi little cheaper if you ask.

  2. Vickie Rowan says via Facebook:
    March 15th, 2011 at 19:07

    how do you get from Naples airport to Sorrento?

  3. TheGourmetCoffeeGuy says:
    March 16th, 2011 at 06:00

    Nice post with practical information. Riga is an interesting destination.

  4. Tuija Ollila says via Facebook:
    March 19th, 2011 at 15:16
    My parents just asked me to find out week ago, so here it is, hope it helps :)

  5. Stag Do's says:
    June 14th, 2011 at 08:18

    Im of to Riga in August and I cannot wait!

  6. Oskars says:
    April 5th, 2013 at 14:23

    I just wanted to say that you have to be careful with the taxis at the Riga airport, because, some of the companies will rip you off.

  7. Mariuz says:
    April 26th, 2013 at 12:02

    I’m usually using transfer services in europe, therefore have found out this one. Got to my destination in Ventspils in two hours. Good service!

  8. Liz says:
    March 12th, 2014 at 10:17

    Transfer services are growing fast, I believe that transfer services will kill airport taxi services one day.

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