How to get from Riga airport to city centre (taxi and bus)
There are different options for how you can get from Riga airport to the city centre. In this article, I will explain (from the local point of view) the most convenient and inexpensive options.
1. Take free (or almost free) taxi.
Yes, I am speaking seriously. If you haven't used the Taxify taxi booking app before, then you are entitled to a free first ride (up to 10 EUR worth). How to get a free ride:
- Download app Taxify
- Go to Promotions section
- Enter the promo coupon code GRIGORIJSKDY . This code will give you up a EUR off the first ride, which makes your trip from the Riga airport to the city centre almost for free (normal price is 7-12 EUR depending on traffic). If you are several people travelling together, don’t forget that each of you can use the code. Note that you have to add your bank card as a payment option in order to get a free ride (you can also pay with cash, but then you won't get a free ride).
2. Use Public transport
Public transport in Riga is affordable and reliable. There is a bus stop in front of the airport entrance, and one ride ticket to the city centre costs 1,15 EUR (if bought in airport kiosk or in the vending machine at the bus stop), or 2 EUR if bought at the driver. You will need to take bus nr 22 to get to the city centre (final stop for most of the tourists is Stockmann shopping centre, located near the international bus station). To plan your rides in Riga, visit the bus company Rigassatiksme homepage, or use google maps (Riga public transport schedule is also loaded there).
3. Use mini-bus service
From Riga airport to the city centre you can get with mini-bus nr 241 or 322. Nr 322 has the similar route as the normal bus nr 22 (final stop for most of the tourists is Stockmann shopping centre, located near the international bus station), whereas the Nr 241 line has end stop at Esplanade and is good if you are staying in Radisson Latvija or Radisson Elizabete hotels).