Travel to Latvia
Latvia is easily accessible by land, sea or air, and has the largest railway terminal and international airport in the Baltics. 19 different airline companies serve Riga airport, including a number of budget airlines, so it should not be too difficult to find a reasonable price.
Another way of arriving in Latvia is by ferry. International train routs are currently limited to connections with Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia, as well as to various destinations in Ukraine. Riga is very well served by extensive bus connections. Bus routes connect Latvia with Belgium, Holland, France, England, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and many other European countries.
The key tourist attractions are concentrated in Riga, the Latvian capital. In the Old Town of Riga you can enjoy middle age architecture such as the Riga castle, the Dome and the House of Blackheads. Latvia can also offer beautiful national parks and historical heritage remains outside of the capital city.
Riga can offer a wide range of cultural events and entertainment, from worldclass performances of classical music, ballet and art galleries to lively nightlife and leisure activities. Those interested in high arts – opera and ballet will get a real treat from a visit to the Latvian National Opera (LNO). All those, who are attracted by visual arts, should visit museums and the numerous art galleries accommodated in the Old Town and the city centre.
In some ways Riga is a city that never sleeps. At any time, day or night, you can find a place to sit back and enjoy yourself, and the choice and variety of such places is growing rapidly day by day. This diminutive capital knows how to let its hair down and plenty of actionpacked activities and adventure await anyone bold enough to hunt it down. From paintballing, bobsledding and firing AK47s to wakeboarding, windsurfing and waterskiing: it's all catered for.
As a developed country of the European Union, all modern communication services are available in Latvia. Research on Internet development in the world indicates that Latvia has the fourth fastest Internet speed in the world – in Latvia at the end of 2012, broadband lines reached an average peak speed of 37.5 Mbps.
WiFi is available in Latvia and is offered by many hotels, various public places – cafes, business centres, airport and bus terminals – just look for the WiFi sign. Mobile Internet is very convenient for travellers and is available in 98 % of the territory of Latvia. There are both fixed and mobile phone communications available in Latvia.
The international telephone code for Latvia is +371. There is developed network of mobile services in Latvia and consist of three operators that provide mobile communications (LMT, Tele2, Bite). Mobile connections are available in almost the entire territory of Latvia. It is possible to buy prepaid cards (Okarte, Amigo, Zelta zivtiņa) for calls in the GSM network to make calls both in Latvia and
There are Latvia Post branches in all cities and populated areas of Latvia. At the post offices, one can send letters, postcards, packages, parcels, small packages, as well as make different payments, money transfers, etc. Postage to other European Union countries costs 0.65 EUR for postcards and 0.79 EUR for letters; to other countries postage costs 0.72 EUR for postcards 0.85 EUR for
Riga has 9 tram lines, 20 trolleybus routes, 54 bus routes. Public transport operates from as early as 05:00 to as late as 01:00, depending on the route. Also, every Friday and Saturday night transport services are available.
- Public transport tickets for students: 16 EUR per month (trams, trolleybuses, buses)
- Public transport oneway ticket: 1.15 EUR
- Night transport oneway ticket: 1.50 EUR