Riga International Airport
Latvia's international airport is by far the largest of the Baltic States and is often said to be one of the best in the region (including Scandinavia). The new northern wing was opened in 2006, but the urge for expansion isn't over yet. A new terminal is under construction and a business park will also be built near Riga Airport.
IATA airport code: RIX
ICAO airport code: EVRA
There's no rail connection with Riga Airport yet, but plans have been developed to construct one. It's not yet known if it'll be a high-speed light rail connection or a 'normal' train connection.
Car and bus
Riga Airport is situated 10 kilometers west of the Latvian capital and is easily accessible by rental car. From Riga's center you cross one of the bridges that crosses the Western Dvina (Latvian: Daugava). All these roads lead to the A10 (E22) which passes the airport. The exit to the airport (P133) is clearly signposted.
Bus 22 connects the airport with Riga's city center. Minibuses, the Airport Express, also run to and from the Latvian capital. In addition, long-distance buses leave from the airport to neighboring countries, including Estonia, Russia and Poland.
Car rental Riga Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in Arrivals Hall C. Five rental companies are present at Riga Airport: Auto5, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Sixt. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Taxis which all have a meter can be found outside the Arrivals Hall. The starting rate is 1.50 Lats (the Latvian currency which will be replaced by the € in 2012, € 1 = 0.70 Lats). Per kilometer you're charged 0.50 Lats. For a ride to Riga's center you pay approximately 10 Lats.
There are three parking lots near the terminal. P1 and P2 are for short-term parking; P3 is for long-term parking. From the latter shuttle buses run back and forth to the terminal.
There are several hotels nearby Riga Airport, including the Riga Airport Hotel ABC (Tel. +371(0)6 7892 728) and the Sky High Hotel (Tel. +371(0)6 7667 950). Hotels in the center of the Latvian capital include the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija (Tel. +371(0)6 777 2222), Hotel Justus (Tel. +371(0)6 7212 404) and the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel (Tel. +371(0)6 706 1111). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Riga Airport offers a limited number of eating and drinking facilities: a restaurant, two cafés and two (snack) bars. There are also some shops, including a duty-free shop and souvenir shops. The new terminal will probably offer much more possibilities for shopping.
You can find lockers and counters to deposit your baggage in Arrivals Hall E. At this counter you can also buy suitcases and padlocks. For lost-and-found objects you need to turn to the airport security.
Near check-in you'll find an information desk for inquiries about Riga Airport, flight schedules and airport services. The Tourist Office also has a counter in Arrivals Hall E.
In the VIP lounge you cannot only fax and copy; there are also meeting rooms available accommodating 6 to 40 people. More information via telephone number: +371(0)6 7207 132. Extensive business facilities are offered by Riga's business hotels, such as the Radisson Blue chain hotels (see Hotels).
Riga Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones.
You'll find banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. There are also a post office and a pharmacy. The First Aid station can be reached via telephone number +371(0)6 7207 103. Wireless internet is available, but you first need to buy an access code at one of the internet kiosks.