Stuck on a Latvia layover at the Riga International Airport (RIX)? The airport is roughly 6 miles from downtown Riga, the capital of Latvia, which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Latvia layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the Riga airport during your Latvia layover, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do to keep you occupied. For a map of all the airport services, click here. The airport has a number of bars and restaurants in both the public and passenger area (listed here and here), shopping options, a VIP center and lounges, post office, chapel, and banking services.
Internet facilities and Wi-Fi are available during your Riga layover. The cafe “Coffe Nation” which is located in the airport passenger area offers Internet facilities, and you can connect to the Internet with a prepaid card that can be purchased in all fitted wireless internet rooms, as well as by sending a SMS or by calling paid phone. For more information on connecting online at the airport, click here. The airport also offers one-hour tours for anyone interested in learning more about aviation and the airport. Click here for more information.
If you’re looking to drop off your luggage while you explore, the Riga airport offers Left Luggage on the first level of arrivals sector E. For information on hours of operation and pricing, click here. The airport also offers a Tourist Information office if you need maps or to gather more information about Riga, located at arrivals sector E.
For those arriving at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many options. For a full list of Riga hotels at varying price points, click here and for a list of hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport during a long layover to explore Riga, taxis are available at the airport, and you can book a taxi by visiting the Taxi Service Office located in Arrivals sector E and sector C. Car rental is also available from these rental companies. There is also public transportation available. Bus #22 travels from the airport to the city center in roughly 30 minutes for 70 santims and is located on the second level of the terminal, and there is an Airport Express minibus provided by airBaltic – click here for more information.
LayoverGuide.com’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On Your Riga, Latvia Layover:
Old Riga City (Vecriga)
Here, in Old Riga City, you can take a walking tour of the 800-year-old cobblestone streets and architecture from different periods of the city’s history. Start at Town Hall Square (Ratslaukums) at the end of Kalku Street and from here you can catch the various sites, grab some food, and explore the quaint and unusual Old Riga City.
St. Peters Church
This church is a remarkable part of the Riga skyline. If you’re looking for a great, panoramic view of Riga, take the elevator up to the top of St. Peters Church for a great view.
Riga Opera House
Beautifully restored, the Riga Opera House was made over in 1991 and both the building and the performances inside the Opera House are quite remarkable and worth a visit on a long layover in Riga. To view the concerts and purchase tickets, click here.
Want to relax with a drink while taking in the views of Riga? Check out the Skyline Bar on the 26th floor of the Reval Hotel for drinks, snacks, and a great view of the city.
None of these interest you for your layover in Riga? Click here for more options!
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