Getting around in Riga: info, costs and advice

Who I am
Lluis Enric Mayans

Author and references

Nicknamed "the Paris of the Baltic" due to its fascinating Art Nouveau architecture, Riga truly has a unique style and a magical atmosphere. Founded in 1201, it is a very small city with a wonderful historic center that is located in about 2 km, in which all the places of interest are enclosed.
So, to better appreciate it, the advice is to move on foot or by bicycle and use the means to reach, for example, the airport or your hotel if it is located in the suburbs. However, those who are unable - for whatever reason - or do not want to walk, can safely rely on cheap, simple and efficient means of public transport.
Renting a car is not recommended, considering the small size of the Latvian capital and the effectiveness of transport. THE taxifinally, use them only for the journey to or from the airport e at nighttime, when there are only a few trolleybus and tram lines around. To save money, remember to use i red taxis, less expensive than blacks (which are of a higher level) and whites, by far the most expensive.


  1. From Riga International Airport to the center
  2. How to get around on foot
  3. Con i mezzi pubblici
  4. Useful Tips
  5. User questions and comments

From Riga International Airport to the center

L'Riga International Airport it is located approx 10 km south-west from the historic center, then to reach the latter it will take you approx 20 minutes. There are several ways to get there: bus, minibus and taxi.

  • Distance from the center: 10 km / Average travel time: 25 minutes
  • By taxi: average cost € 10,00 / Travel time: 20 minutes
  • By bus: average cost € 1,00 / Line: 22 with terminus at the central train station / Average travel time: 30 minutes / Frequency: every 10 minutes at peak hours, 15-20 in the remaining hours
  • In Airport Express: average cost € 4,00 / Minibus service of the Air Baltic airline that reaches Elizabetes Iela / Average travel time: 25/30 minutes / Frequency: every 30 min
  • By minibus: average cost € 0,80 / Line 241 arrives at Esplanade Park / Journey time: 50-60 minutes
  • Private transfer: from € 39,00 for groups of up to 4 people

How to get around on foot

As mentioned, the center of Riga includes all the most characteristic places and is compacted in about 2 km: walking is ideal!
The Castle is not decentralized as usually happens, but it is on the banks of the Daugava river just 200 meters from the "Three Brothers", a famous work not to be missed, and 600 meters from the Powder Tower. In short, the attractions are all a few meters away from each other.
Practically, the old town is almost entirely a pedestrian and cycling area: important streets where you can walk freely are, for example, Torna Iela and most of those that branch off from the Church of San Pietro.

Con i mezzi pubblici

Getting around by public transport is really very simple. The network of connections is vast, extending over all the main streets and attractions: it includes buses, trams and trolley buses that run from 5.00 to 00.00. Then i night buses which have a lower frequency and are usually in service on holidays. THE tickets are valid on all means, cost € 0,85, € 1,15 if purchased on board.
There are also 10 lines of minibuses, which differ from others because they have no set stops, you can get on and off anywhere, can hold 16 passengers and, as seen, allow you to reach the airport. The destinations and routes you can see them on their windshields while the fare changes according to the journey and you pay directly to the driver. It all sounds nice, but minibuses cause a lot of problems for normal traffic: the fact of getting passengers on and off at any point often causes traffic jams and delays!
Of all the means the most used and scenic is the tram, although buses and trolley buses are regularly used by residents and tourists. Finally, in Riga there is also the railway line where a ride costs € 0,70. The use of trains is not widespread, they are especially useful to reach the nearby seaside resort of Jurmala (one way ticket costs € 1,40).

1 - Bus

- bus they are clean, new and are the ones that best cover the various areas, even arriving at the airport. The lines are 52 and circulate, with frequent passages, until midnight; then there is the night line marked with the letter N.

  • Downloadable map: bus-line.pdf
  • by 5: 00 24 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,15
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 2 rides: € 2,30 / 4 rides: € 4,60 / 5 rides: € 5,75 / 10 rides: € 10,90 / 20 rides: € 20,70. Day pass: € 5,00 / 3 days: € 10,00 / 5 days: € 15,00.

2 - Tram

The network includes 11 tram lines that run along the river and in the center. In Riga, the trams are considered "romantic" thanks to their old - fashion style and, of course, very popular with tourists: the routes are particularly scenic, offering a fascinating overview of the Latvian capital.

  • Downloadable map: tram-line.pdf
  • by 5: 00 24 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,15
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 2 rides: € 2,30 / 4 rides: € 4,60 / 5 rides: € 5,75 / 10 rides: € 10,90 / 20 rides: € 20,70. Day pass: € 5,00 / 3 days: € 10,00 / 5 days: € 15,00.

3 - Trolleybus

Le 20 trolleybus lines they run mainly in the old town, only a few go beyond the river. Trolleybus 14 is one of these, and it is also the one that makes the longest route, covering over 10 km from south to north and vice versa.

  • Downloadable map: trolleybus-row.pdf
  • by 5: 00 24 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,15
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 2 rides: € 2,30 / 4 rides: € 4,60 / 5 rides: € 5,75 / 10 rides: € 10,90 / 20 rides: € 20,70. Day pass: € 5,00 / 3 days: € 10,00 / 5 days: € 15,00.

Useful Tips

Riga is a small capital and well covered by public transport, but the suggestion is to move on foot, as you can get from one attraction to another quickly. It can also be pleasant one bike ride, given that the roads allow it and the cycle paths coincide with the pedestrian areas. You must rely on private rental services, or try to rent one of the 100 bicycles made available by BalticBike which, among other things, organizes beautiful guided tours in the city.
L'car rental is useless, as well as the use of taxis, except to move to more distant places or during the night.
In addition to the day passes already mentioned, the Riga Card has been designed for tourists, which is really advantageous. It allows to travel on all public transport unlimited and includes discounts for museums, attractions, restaurants, hotels. It can be done for 24 hours (€ 25,00), 48 hours (€ 30,00) and 72 hours (€ 35,00). I suggest buying it only if you plan to visit many museums, because otherwise it is not convenient.
Finally, I point out the official Rigas Satiksme transport website which has all the useful information on timetables and routes. An app is also available, to always be informed about the passages, even at night: you can download it on the Play Store.

Audio Video Getting around in Riga: info, costs and advice
add a comment of Getting around in Riga: info, costs and advice
Comment sent successfully! We will review it in the next few hours.