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Airlines

Airport

Car rental

Electric scooters

Free-floating electric scooter services are becoming increasing popular as they’re quite cheap and easy to use. Bear in mind that helmets are not provided, you may not leave scooters outside of designated riding zones determined by each respective company and age requirements may apply. We recommend, as they do, that you leave scooters near bicycle stands and that you not to block sidewalks. Additional fees may apply if you break the rules provided in the app. Don't forget to end your ride in the app once you've finished. Most companies will remove their scooters from Riga's streets by the end of October, but this will be largely dependent on weather conditions.

Ferries

Long-distance buses

Parking lots

You can park your car safely in one of many guarded parking lots or autostāvvietas. Prices vary depending on the location.

Petrol stations

Public transport

Riga has 8 tram lines, 17 trolleybus routes and 56 bus routes that operate from as early as 05:00 to as late as 01:00, depending on the route. You can buy €1.15 tickets at designated Riga Transport (Rīgas Satiksme) ticket offices, at public transport ticket machines or at Narvesen newsstands, post offices and Rimi supermarkets. You can also buy a ticket from the driver (on old trams) but it will cost you €2. New trams offer ticket machines on board. Passengers have a wide variety of ticket options including tickets for one (€1.15), two (€2.30), four (€4.60), five (€5.75), 10 (€10.90) and 20 (€20.70) rides or tickets good for one (€5), three (€10) or five (€15) days of travel.
The tickets are valid for trams, trolleybuses and city buses. Press the ticket against the electronic ticket readers on the bus or tram as soon as you board the vehicle. The green light will flash and the display will show you how many more rides are left on the card (e.g. Atlikums: 9).
You can also take a mikroautbuss or mikriņš, passenger vans that list their destinations and route numbers on their windscreens. They are a scourge to urban transit as they’ll basically stop anywhere along their routes to pick up or drop off passengers causing delays and traffic jams. Pay the driver the fare, which varies depending on the route.
In the summer a so-called retro tram is also available on weekends and holidays. The open-air tram supposedly looks like the first trams that began zipping up and down Riga's streets over a hundred years ago. Pay the driver €2 (kids under 7 free) to travel from anywhere between the Ausekļa iela stop and Mežaparks (tram route No.11).
Read more about routes and exact departure times in English on the Riga Transport Authority’s website www.rigassatiksme.lv.

Taxis

All licenced cabs have special yellow number plates. Insist on the meter being turned on. For shorter journeys around the centre of town try not to pay more than €6, but to avoid being swindled order a taxi by phone. We recommend the cab companies listed below. Thankfully, local authorities have finally found a way to prohibit dishonest cabs at the airport by creating a special licensing system. As we go to print, the red and white Red Cab taxis queued up outside the terminal are the only officially sanctioned cabs available to the public. However, you can also download the Bolt (bolt.eu) ride sharing app and to order a car for a fraction of the price of a taxi with your mobile phone. The only catch is that you have to wait for your car on the second level departures area as they are not permitted to enter the Arrivals car park.

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