Riga

By bus

  Prāgas 1     13 Mar 2019

The first thing you’ll notice upon arrival at the bus terminal or autoosta (open 05:00 - 24:00; from 24:00 - 05:00 there is a €1 admission fee) are the impressive hangars of the Central Market to your right just above the murky waters of the Riga canal. Inside, LuxExpress and Ecolines offices are located to your left as well as an ATM, baggage room (€0.60 - 1.40 for the first hour, €0.30 each additional hour), lockers and toilets for €0.30 (ask for paper). To your right is the waiting room and internet area. A bar/cafeteria, a baby-changing station, a shower and even a small hostel are available upstairs. At the far end of the hall is a bus information centre (open 08:00 - 21:00), currency exchange (open 07:00 - 20:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 17:00) and pharmacy (open 07:00 - 20:00) or aptieka in Latvian. Outside along the canal is an e-talons office (open 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 16:00; closed Sun) as well as a ticket machine where you can buy public transport tickets.
Getting to town: trams N°1, 7 or 9 stop in front of the bus station; ride one stop into the centre (buy a €1.15 from the Narvesen newsstand outside or a €2 ticket from the driver on old trams or from a ticket machine on new trams). To get there on foot, cross the street, turn left and walk through the underpass. Follow the signs ‘Vecrīga-Vaļņu iela’ to Old Riga. The cabs outside are notoriously dodgy, so either order a taxi by phone (see Getting around - Taxis) or use public transport.

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