Riga: travel tips
If you are not passing through Riga, it makes sense to purchase a Riga Card. It will give you tangible benefits when exploring the city and will significantly save you money. For example, using public transport will not cost you a cent, and you can also get discounts on excursions and visits to museums (or they will be completely free) and restaurants.
Riga Card for 24 hours costs € 25, for 48 hours – € 30, 72 hours – € 35. You can buy a card at the Riga International Airport bureau (24 hours a day) or at the city’s tourist information centers. You can find detailed information on the official website.
It’s good if you are going to Riga armed to the teeth with all the information you need. But if you suddenly need help, you can always contact one of the already mentioned information centers.
Here you can not only consult on any issue (the staff of the centers speak Russian) or receive information materials such as brochures, maps and other things, but also buy tickets for excursions, book a hotel room or simply use free Wi-Fi. Below you will find a list of such centers with addresses and contacts:
– Riga Tourist Center at Ratslaukums, 6, that on the Town Hall Square is the most multifunctional of all. Here you will not only be provided with consulting services or book a hotel. You can buy envelopes and stamps (there is also a mailbox), e-tickets for public transport, tickets for international Lux Express buses and much more.
Center working hours: from May 1 to September 30 – from 09:00 to 19:00 daily. The rest of the time is from 10:00 to 18:00. Phone: +371 6703 7900.
– Tourist Center at Livu Square (Kaļķu iela, 16). The center is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 (from May 1 to September 30 – from 09:00 to 19:00). Phone: +371 6722 7444. Center website: www.liveriga.com
Tourist tip: to connect to the free Wi-Fi center, select the liveriga.com-guest network and enter the liverigacom password.
– Center at the Riga Bus Station (Prāgas iela, 1). The center is convenient because the Riga railway station is located nearby. Nearby is the Central Market of Riga, from where you can go to the Old Town via a pedestrian tunnel. The Center works daily from 10:00 to 18:00 (from May 1 to September 30 – from 09:00 to 19:00) Phone: +371 6722 0555.
– Riga International Airport Tourist Office (tel. +371 2931 1817 for calls from other countries). The Riga Airport Bureau works around the clock, seven days a week, which, you see, is very convenient. It is easy to find it: you need Arrivals Sector E on the first floor of the airport terminal (look for the sign “Welcome to Riga!”).
Here you can buy RigaCard, prepaid mobile cards, public transport tickets (“E-ticket”), fax, scan or print documents.
You can get around Riga by trolleybuses, trams, buses or trains. Public transport runs from 05:30 to 23:30. The price of a standard ticket (purchased from the driver) is € 2, but it will be more profitable to buy an “E-ticket”. So, a ticket for one trip will cost you € 1.15, and for 20 trips – € 20.70. There are coupons for 24 hours (€ 5), 3 days (€ 10) and 5 days (€ 15).
You can also move around the city by electric trains (commuter trains). The fare within Riga is € 0.70. But if you want to go, for example, to Jurmala, then keep in mind that there is no separate stop “Jurmala”. Usually they go to Bulduri, Dzintari, Lielupe, Majori or Dubulti. It will take about 40 minutes to get there from Riga and will cost approximately € 1.40 (depending on the distance).
You can plan a route for getting around the city or check the transport schedule here: www.rigassatiksme.lv/ru/ (planner), saraksti.rigassatiksme.lv/index.html#bus/22/ba/map/ru (schedule).
Riga has the largest number of Wi-Fi points in Europe, so you will definitely not be “cut off from civilization”. As usual, there are access points in public places (parks, for example), in cafes, shops, shopping centers and even at bus stops. Detailed information about the services can be found on the website.
Basically, Riga is considered a relatively inexpensive city in terms of food. And yet, if you don’t have the time (or desire) to cook, or you simply don’t want to spend money in expensive establishments, you can have a tasty and inexpensive meal at the Lido restaurant chain, which serves homemade Latvian cuisine. A dinner for one with a drink will cost an average of € 7, for two – € 10-15.
There are 8 such establishments in Riga in total. The largest is located not far from the city center, on Krasta Street, 76. In fact, this is a whole entertainment center. You can get here by bus # 12 or by tram (# 3, 7, 12) to the stop “Lido Recreation Center”. The restaurant is open from 11:00 to 24:00.
– Ieriku street, 3 (in the shopping center Domina Shopping);
– Ķengaraga iela 3;
– Tirgoņu iela 6, Centra rajons, Riga;
– Ģertrūdes iela 54, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Riga;
– Dzirnavu iela 74/76, Centra rajons, Riga
– Elizabetes iela 65, Centra rajons, Riga
By tradition, we will tell you about how you can get to know Riga without much or free of charge and what you need to do for this. So…
Did you know that the Day of the Guide is celebrated in Latvia on 21 February? Yes, yes, and in honor of this holiday every year, on the Saturday closest to February 21, free excursions are held. On this day, there is a chance to see not only traditional sights, but also get on a unique author’s excursion.
The excursions start at 11:00 and 13:00, gathering at the Powder Tower at 20 Smilšu Street (Smilšu iela 20).
And if you don’t feel like waiting until February, there are plenty of free attractions. For example, you can look at New Street (Jauniela), where the fabulous gingerbread houses of Old Riga are nestled, and wander along the cobbled sidewalk, looking at the bright facades (the painted house with the number 1221 above the entrance is especially interesting).
You can get here from the Central Station by bus number 22 (in the direction of Lidosta). You will need to get off at the Grecinieku iela stop and walk a little.
You can also look into the Martas Krastas gallery, but first, freeze in front of the painted shutters, looking at the drawings. And then go to the gallery itself, where they sell wonderful souvenirs. Even if you don’t buy anything, you will get a lot of impressions.
The Courtyard of the Convention, immortalized on one of Roerich’s canvases, is another secluded place that breathes history. A cozy corner is located next to the Church of St. Peter, under the canopy of its slender tower.
It is good if your stay abroad goes smoothly and without incident. But if, nevertheless, there is an urgent need, then here are useful contacts by which you can be helped in Riga:
– 112 – toll-free number of operational services (police, fire and emergency services, ambulance). Operators receive calls in Russian.
– 1188 is the official tourist hotline. Here you can find out everything: traffic schedules, opening hours and addresses of shops, tourist information and much more. A minute of conversation costs € 0.58.
– Information phone for foreigners +371 6718 1818 – to receive any necessary information.
– www.1188.lv – Riga reference website.
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