Thanks to regular flights from numerous UK airports, reaching Latvia's capital city is easy. Every day, flights to Riga take off from the UK and land at the nearby Riga International Airport, and with a journey time of just two hours 40 minutes, it's not a long haul by any means.
All flights from UK cities to Riga will touch down at Riga International Airport, which is only around six miles from the city centre. From there, visitors can easily get into town. The 22 bus runs every 15 minutes and takes 20 to 25 minutes, companies like AirBaltic run hotel shuttles, and taxis run into central Riga in 20 minutes – so there are plenty of transfer options.
Passengers will have a few airlines to choose from when travelling to Riga, with budget carriers playing a major role. Options include Ryanair and Wizz Air along with British Airways who fly in conjunction with AirBaltic. UK departure points include London Stansted, Leeds/Bradford, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Doncaster/Sheffield and London Luton.
There are many excellent reasons to think about flying to Riga. Perhaps most importantly, the other options aren't really practical, with train or bus journeys requiring multiple transfers and taking over 24 hours. Planes take just under three hours, making them ideal for Friday night trips after the work week. Additionally, UK passengers have plenty of options available. With departure points stretching from Aberdeen to London Luton, most people will be within easy reach of an airport that flies to Riga. And the route also includes a wide range of low-cost fares, making trips to Riga extremely affordable.
Riga offers a wonderful blend of youthful culture, history and recreation. Local transport is excellent, with cheap buses and suburban trains (especially when travellers buy five-day tickets). And there's a lot to see. Highlights include the Nativity Cathedral, with its dazzling golden domes, the fascinating Open Air Ethnographic Museum and Riga Zoo, which is great for families who need to fill an afternoon. The Motor Museum offers a surprising array of vintage models, while exploring the UNESCO-listed Old Town is a must. There are craft breweries aplenty, exceptional seafood and a bustling student-driven nightlife scene around Miera iela. The Kaņepes Kultūras Centrs is also a great place to head in the evenings, with bustling DJ nights, film screenings and much more.