Riga airport is the international airport of Latvian capital serving the area nearby as well. It is the largest airport in the Baltic states with direct flights to more than 100 destinations in over 30 countries. The airport serves as a hub for RAF-Avia, airBaltic, SmartLynx Airlines and as a base for Wizz Air and Ryanair. Located in the Mārupe Municipality west of the city, it has served more than 6 million passengers in 2017.
Public transport: There are few bus lines which operate to the city centre and viceversa. The journey takes about 25 – 30 minutes, depending on the traffic. One ticket costs 1.15€ if bought in advance or 2€ when bought from the driver.
Bus: There are 3 lines to choose from.
- bus no. 22 or express minibus no. 322 operate on a similar route: Hotel ‘Mara’ – Mall ‘Spice’ – Slokas Iela – Uzvaras Bulvaris – National Library – Old Town – Bus Station – Central Railway Station
- mini bus no. 241 follows the following route: Zolitude – Imanta – Anninmulžas Bulvaris – Kurzemes prospekts – Botanical Garden – Klipsala – Museum of Art – Esplanade
Taxi: If you prefer a comfortable ride over a crowded public transport, we recommend you to take a taxi, which are located in front of the terminal building. The journey takes about 20 minutes. Before entering the car, please pay attention to the rates indicated on the vehicle’s right rear door as they differ from taxi to taxi.
Transfer: If you don’t like using the public transport and hesitate to take a taxi, consider booking a private transfer which will wait for you on the airport and take you to your destination. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even pre-order a child safety seat if you’re travelling with a child.
Renting a car at Riga airport: For those who would prefer to reach the city and explore the area on their own, the best option is to rent a car directly at the airport. Offices of several car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt and Enterprise are located in the Arrivals sector E. Compare rental prices in advance and book your car online.
Renting a bus at Riga airport: Larger groups of passengers should consider renting a bus at the airport. However, it is recommended to book it online, so the bus rental companies have enough time to advise you on the meeting point and all other information.
FAQ – bus and transport from Riga Airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: Three bus lines which drive to the city centre operate approximately until midnight. However, if you don’t catch any of them, you can always take a taxi which are at your disposal 24/7, just make sure you check its price in advance.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Yes, there are few hotels nearby where you can spend the night in case to make it to your early flight, the closest one being Sky High hotel only 0.3 km from the airport where one night in average costs 40€. Hotel Mara is 1.7 km from the airport for 48€ per night, and it is followed by Jurmala apartments 2.5 km away for 27€.
Q: I would like to visit Riga in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Yes, the airport is well connected to the city by the several bus lines, and the journey takes around 30 minutes, but, just in case, check your timing twice in order to avoid being late or stuck in the traffic.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, there are 2 ATMs in Arrival hall next to the bar. However, we advise you to bring money with you if possible as the exchange rates can be high.
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Riga. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
A: Yes, there are several transfer companies which offer connections both to national and international destinations. Tolimojo keleivinio transporto kompanija offers services to to Vilnius, Tallinn, Minsk, Warsaw, Lux Express Group operates to Tallinn, Vilnius, St. Petersburg and Warsaw, Ollex drives to Siauliai and Klaipėda, Kautra to Kaunas and Dautrans to Daugavpils and Vitebsk.