Just 0,40 LVL and you can go from the Centre to another Riga's district.The map with trams routs is in every trams first wagon.
You can buy ticket inside of the first tram's vagon. It will cost 0,50 LVL. Tickets sells tram driver. The best way for tickets buying - is in Narvessen or Rimi shop. You can buy many tickets and use them when necessary. Don't forget to put ticket in speciall yellow box inside each wagon.
List of trams you will see lower.
Longer haul bus tickets are sold at the Eurolines office although I think I saw a few people buying on the bus. It's probably best to reserve ahead in the summer months if you can.
The fare from Riga to Vilnius was 7 lv, 14 lv round trip. No extra charge for luggage.
The buses were reasonably comfortable and the bus made one stop in each direction for a bathroom/snack break. The entire journey was around 4 1/2 hours.
The bus goes through passport control and a guard comes on board. US passports are stamped so they do take them from you.
Just 0,20 LVL and you can go from the Centre to another Riga's district.The map with trams routs is in every trams first wagon.
You can buy ticket inside each tram's vagon. Tickets sells special person, usualy he (or she) is in the middle of the vagon
We went to buy traintickets from Riga to Jurmala (nice old town by beach less than 40km away)and asked to return tickets.When they said that the price was 1,10lati,we tought that they are giving only one ticket and one way,but not!It WAS two return-tickets!Must say,that the train was little oldish,but o.k.Seats were wooden,but in such heat it was o.k.Temperature was around +35c during our stay in July.It took an hour to get to Jurmala,but it was o.k.Alltough in such hot day,everybody were going to Jurmala-beatch,so we were lucky to get to train early enough to sit down.Train leaves every 30minutes.
Buses are VERY cheap,and quite new(at least that ones,that we went now.Two years ago those where quite old).We went to Riga Motormuseum by bus.It cost´s 0,20 lati!People were so helpful-at the end,the whole bus was helping us to find the place!Some in English,most in Latvian and with hands..
There are 4 public transports in Riga: trams, trolleybusses, busses and minibusses. Ticket's price in trams, trolleybusses and busses is 0,20LVL (0,14EUR). Mostly in all this transports is special person: ticket seller to whom you have to give money. Normally this tickets seller seat in the middle of trasport in lace with title "Konduktora vieta".
In some trolleybusses and busses tickets sells drivers, usualy in front of this transport is title "Vaditajs - konduktors". Tickets in minibusses are more expensive, you will spend 0,25 LVL (0,175EUR) or 0,50LVL (0,35EUR) and tickets seller there always driver.
Direct flights to the Riga International Airport are available from: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Cologne, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kiev, London, Manchester, Milan, Minsk, Moscow, Munich, New York, Oslo, Prague, Rome, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tampere, Tashkent, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Vilnius and Warsaw.
The Riga International Airport
The airport is located 13 kilometres from the city
Bus No.22, which leaves from Abrenes Street, has direct services between the airport and the city centre. You will get out straight at the terminal on the 2nd level. To get on the bus at the airport look for bus stop located opposite the terminal behind the car park.
Riga Central Railway Terminal (RCRT) was recently opened after a substantial renovation carried out by a Norwegian company 'Linstow Varner'.
Previously Riga Terminal looked very much like other terminals in the former Soviet Union: huge, cold and grey.
After renovation it has become again one of most up-to-date railway terminals in the Northern Europe. Now, after a major reconstrucion, RCRT has became a modern and cosy place providing the whole spectrum of services for tourists and local travellers. There are small coffee shops, bakeries, newspaper kiosks, currency exchange, food store and a number of other things that make Riga Terminal a nice and attractive place where people want to return over and over again.
Schedule of Latvia's passenger train communication:
Riga Airport is the only airport around the capital of Latvia. It is distanced 13 km away from Downtown and 10 km away from Jurmala.
Every 25 minutes a public express bus No 22a drops off the airport and reaches the heart of Riga. The ride takes approximately 20 minutes and the ticket fare is 0,25 Ls (about 0,37 Euro).
Once every half an hour, starting from 05:50 a.m. to 11:15 p.m., a regular shuttle bus No 22 drops off the airport for Riga. The ride takes approximately 30-35 minutes and the ticket fare is 0,20 Ls (about 0,30 Euro).
Taking a taxi cab to Downtown Riga is 5-7 Lats (about 8-11 Euro).
The television torn is one of the highest in Eastern Europe. The better view of the Television torn is from the ship. You can have 1 hour excursion by ship. There are many ships in the coast of Daugava. Just come and chose what ship and what water trip you want. Prices from 2 till 5 Ls.
Although I'm sure there are some perfectly good reasons why one might take public transportation in Riga, I found that I enjoyed walking around looking at the architecture and parks and found no need to figure out the buses or trams.
Old Riga is very walkable, there are few cars in the city center as entry by car required a pass of some sort.
We used buses to get to Sigulda and Rundale Palace (via Bauska). The central bus station has boards with schedules listing the time of departure and time of arrival. Make sure you are not getting on a slower bus that makes all of the stops if you are in a hurry.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window or on the bus, if you are not sure exactly where you are going, it's not a bad idea to use the ticket window. It's also helpful if you have exact change or smaller bills.
Buses are extremely cheap and seemed to be always on time, the most we paid was 1.2 lv.
When you are catching a return bus, make sure you are standing at a sign looking like the one in the attached picture.
We got in later in the evening a couple of times and didn't feel unsafe in the area around the bus station or walking back to our hotel. As always though, keep your valuables somewhere safe.
Normally we try to use public transportation but we were coming in late so we arranged through our hotel for a taxi (I think it was actually staff of the hotel) for 8 lv. It was nice after a long day of traveling to have a car waiting for you.
The taxi ride to the airport was quick, around 20 minutes.
Taxis can be hailed on the street or prebooked by telephone. Riga Taxi (tel: 800 1313, toll free) and Bona (tel: 800 5050, toll free) are both reputable companies. Whenever possible, visitors should only use the official metered taxis. When taking nonmetered taxis, it is essential to agree the fare in advance. A tip of 10% is generally expected and appreciated.
The quickest way to make your way around the country is by bus rather than train. Furthermore, buses cover a much greater area than trains and sometimes when you use the rail service, you will have to use a bus to complete certain parts of the journey where the train service does not cover. Both forms of transport leave regularly from the central stations in Riga. For rail services go to Stacijas Laukums and for bus connections the station is located at Pragas iela 1.
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