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Basic information

  • Area: 307.17 ² (118.6 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +371
  • Currency: Lats (LVL)
  • Population (EST): 709,145
  • Official language: Latvian
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Riga – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Riga International Airport

The airport is located 13 km from the city centre, linked by means of bus and taxi services.


Route number 22 departs from the bus stop opposite the arrival hall, stopping along the way in the city centre at the Central Railway Station, Central Market, Strelnieku laukums near the Old Town, before terminating in the city centre at Abrenes Iela.

The bus operates every 10-20 minutes between the hours of 05.30 to 22.40. The journey takes about 30 minutes. Tickets are sold on board, so cash in small denominations is necessary.

Route number 22a is an hourly service, which takes about twenty minutes to reach the centre of town, via the main centrally-located hotels. Attractions this route will take you to also include the National Art Museum and the Cathedral.

Minibuses and Buses

The city's minibuses are quick since they only stop when people want to get on or off. They have no set timetable, and since certain routes compete with bus services for passengers, they tend to run their routes as fast as possible. Minibuses are quicker and more comfortable than other forms of public transport, but are correspondingly more expensive. As for regular bus routes, the 39 routes can be found all over the city.


Taxis are cheap in Riga, and since most drivers speak some English they're a good way to get around. Licensed taxis in Riga have yellow number plates.

Trams and Trolleybuses

Tram stops for Riga's eight tram lines can be found everywhere, and tickets are sold by conductors on board, so keep your change handy. There are 23 trolleybus routes in Riga, which work in the same way as the trams: you pay the conductor onboard.