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Useful information for the traveller

Airport
Riga Airport (Rīgas lidosta, RIX, www.riga-airport.com) is the largest airport in the Baltic States. It is located eight kilometres from the centre of the city.
Transportation from the airport to the city centre:

- by bus
Bus No. 22 runs every 10 to 30 minutes, and the ride into central Riga takes about 30 minutes. Buy a ticket from the driver (LVL 0.70 = EUR 1) or at the "Sveicināti Rīgā" service and information office in Arrivals Sector E of the airport (LVL 0.50 = EUR 0.72).
- by "Airport Express" minibus
The "Airport Express" minibus stops in the short-term parking lot P1. Tickets cost LVL 3 (EUR 5) and can be bought using cash or payment cards. Baggage does not cost extra.
- by taxi
A taxi ride into central Riga takes about 15-20 minutes and costs on average between LVL 8 (EUR 11.50) and LVL 10 (EUR 14.30). Baltic Taxi (tel. +371 2000 8500 for international customers, or +371 6700 8500; call 24 hours a day; www.baltictaxi.lv). Taksi.lv (+371 8000 9922; www.taksi.lv).

Public transport
Single-ride paper tickets for all buses, trolley buses and trams can be bought from the driver for LVL 0.70 (EUR 1). Electronic tickets ("e-talons") for a certain number of rides or a specified amount of time can be bought at newspaper kiosks. Remember to activate your electronic ticket every time you enter a bus, trolley bus or tram. A single ride with an electronic ticket costs LVL 0.50 (EUR 0.72). For more information visit www.rigassatiksme.lv.

Telephone calls to Latvia
The international calling code for Latvia is +371.

Tourist Information Centres
- The largest Tourist Information Centre is located in Melngalvju nams (House of Blackheads, Rātslaukums 6) in Old Riga.
- The most modern Tourist Information Centre is easily found in Līvu laukums (Līvu Square, Kaļķu iela 16) in Old Riga. This centre offers free consultations, informational materials, maps and free Wi-Fi.
- The "Sveicināti Rīgā!" office is located in the Arrivals Hall of Riga Airport. Here one can purchase the "Riga Card", which offers discounts or free entry to various museums, hotels and restaurants as well as unlimited rides on public transport. The office also sells public transport tickets, including electronic tickets, and pre-paid mobile phone cards.
- The Tourist Information Centre at the Riga International Bus Terminal (Rīgas Starptautiskā autoosta) is convenient for travellers by bus, but also for those travelling by train. It is located a 10-minute walk from the Riga Central Train Station (Rīgas Centrālā dzelzceļa stacija, Prāgas iela 1).

Tipping
Suggested tipping at Riga restaurants and cafés is 10% of the total bill.

Official holidays
In addition to the standard European holidays of Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter and May Day, the following are also official holidays in Latvia:
May 4 - Restoration of Independence Day
June 23 and 24 - Jāņi or Līgo svētki (Midsummer)
November 18 - Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia

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