The Old Town of Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage site full of Gothic spires and Art Nouveau architecture and is surrounded by a cosmopolitan city full of hip galleries and experimental cuisine. Away from the city are beautiful forests and coastlines of white beaches backed by sand dunes. This important port city is split by the Daugava River and during its history has come under the control of Sweden, Russia and Germany, all of which have influenced its culture and buildings.
An average meal in a restaurant in Riga costs 10% more than in the rest of the country.
Prices in Riga are on average 1.7% higher than in the other cities in Latvia.
Public transport in Riga costs around 0% more than national average.
A night in a hotel in Riga is about 53.5% less expensive on average than in the rest of Latvia.
Riga International Airport is 10 km South-West of the city centre and is linked by bus and minibus shuttles as well as taxis and rental cars. It is always cheaper to pre-book taxis while buses operate until late evening. International buses to Riga arrive at a bus station located within a short walk of the Old Town. Bus routes serve most major European cities. Trains from Russia and Estonia terminate at Riga Central Station, also located in the city centre.
The best way to explore the historic heart of Riga is on foot while transport services are made up of trams, trolleybuses and buses, including many night routes. Bikes can be rented from public cycle stands across the city while rental cars are widely available, although city centre traffic can be slow.
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