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changing pounds to lats

by wonkleback

going to riga next weekend, where is the best place to change english pounds into the local currency? barclays have just quoted me a rate to buy lats at 0.817 to the pound (£122.42 buys 100 lats) is it better to bring cash to riga? what is the current rate over there and cost of commission etc?

Re: changing pounds to lats

by leics

In my experience, when you don't pay commission you get a worse rate anyway; they have to make their profit somehow.

Bringing the appropriate currency is always sensible, imo, although you can use ATMs (tell your bank and be aware of charges) as well as exhange booths/banks.

I suggest you get some lats from the Post Office (no commission) or from your bank (if it won't charge you commission).

Re: changing pounds to lats

by ghosthunter

Yes that is right. First time i went to Latvia i waited until i got there to get Lats & regretted it. Best to get it in the UK.

Re: changing pounds to lats

by leics

I think, for Europe at least, it is always better to get the majority of the currency you will need while you are still here.

Re: changing pounds to lats

by jonellis

In Latvia I always use the ATM and pay only 1% exchange fee. Of course I am from USA. I had 5 LATs sent to me by a friend in Latvia before I went. I have a second ATM card from a different bank with same rate as a backup in case something happens to the card or screwup at one of the Banks. I had no trouble finding ATMs anywhere from Liepaja to Riga to Daugavpils, and all over Lithuania. ATMs are easier to find over there than here in the States. And so far, they don't charge to use them.

Re: changing pounds to lats

by fox_

If you want to exchange currency instead of using ATMs, I'd recommend Parex bank, their rate today is 0.8821, which is OK, I think. Or, as others suggested, use ATM, although I'd not recommend to use VISA or MC for this - VISA itself charges something for the money withdrawal (there's no merchant to charge, so you have to pay for transaction and this is true with every VISA in every ATM, regardless of point in the world - how else could they survive? :). If you carry some debit card (maestro or alike), then ATM is one of the best ways to get the cash.

Re: changing pounds to lats

by LanaFromRiga

I recomend Parex bank too. I always change currency there. Don't change money in a small change points!!!

Travel Tips for Riga

Riga - soviet town

by call_me_rhia

One thing I really liked, in Riga, was the Soviet architecture that could be still seen around town. Some really interesting Soviet buildings are to be seen along the river Daugava, in the outskirts of the old town - past the central market hangars.

My fascination comes from a simple consideration: each of the massive grey-concrete buildings can house as many people as my village in Switzerland (i.e. 1500 people at least). Different types of Soviet architecture: “Stalin-era” monumental architecture and “Khrushchev-era” residential houses. Beautiful in their own peculiar way.

My very favourite is the Palace of Culture and Science, home of the Latvian Academy of Sciences - when you'll see it you'll understand why... it looks exactly like one of the huge seven sisters buildings in Moscow.

Comfortable shoes

by gugi66

A backpack is good to bring along if you buy anything so you dont have to carry it. Comfortable shoes is a must if your planing to visit Old town, the roads are not so comfortable to walk on. Bring an extra battery for your camera your gona need it, there´s alot to take pictures of.


by ealgisi

Everywhere you walk, a lot of green places are composing this beautiful city.
Could maybe sound strange, but even if the city could seem pretty busy, you can still find a peaceful place where to enjoy green, flowers and nice fountains.

Riga is really full of green beautiful parks.

Party in Riga

by rettore about

If you are in Riga to party, they are the people that know where the action will be. They are ready to assist you in English, Italian, French and Spanish and bring you to the best party places in Riga according to the day of the week and special parties going on. Basic night package starts from 15 EUR per person for a group of 3. Limo Tours, VIP tables in best clubs and corporate private parties are also available as well as accommodation booking in hotel and apartments. They also organize daily guided tours of the city and activities to keep you busy....


by Sininen

I booked a flight with Ryanair and paid only 25 euros, which was the airport tax. Many people have prejudices against Ryanair and I think that for many people who live in Helsinki it is a big step to fly from Tampere! Anyway I use them whenever it is possible. The flight was smooth and though it left late due to the weather conditions we were not too late in arriving in Riga. From Finland you can also take a ferry to Tallinn and continue by bus from there and in summers there are cruises to Riga as well.


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