Riga has a well-developed and relatively cheap public transport system that consists of buses, minibuses, trams and trolley buses. Most transit runs from 5:30am to 11:30pm and some routes run a regular night service. Tickets can be bought on the bus, trolley or tram. Final destinations are marked on the front of all transport vehicles. Taxis are readily available, and it is worth noting that licensed cabs will have a yellow number plate. One can risk an unlicensed taxi, but drivers usually turn off the metre and the price needs to be negotiated beforehand. Riga's ferry terminal is located outside the city centre and the central train station will take commuters to destinations such as Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from April to November).
Electrical current is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European style two-pin plugs are in use.
The official currency is the Lat (€). Most hotels and restaurants in Riga accept credit cards, and most major banks cash travellers cheques, but outside of the capital credit cards are not widely accepted and credit card fraud can be a problem at smaller institutions. Foreign currency can be exchanged at any bank, at money change kiosks and at some hotels. Note that a 4% fee will be charged to exchange US dollars that are torn or marked in any way. Most banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. ATMs are available in the larger cities.
The international dialling code for Latvia is +371. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). City/area codes are in use; there are three for Riga: (0)3, (0)28 and (0)29. International Direct Dialling is available from all public and hotel phones. Public phones use phone-cards, which can be bought from numerous shops and kiosks. For local operator assistance dial 116, and for international operator assistance dial 115. The two local GSM mobile phone operators use GSM 900 and GSM 1800 networks. Riga has an increasing number of Internet cafes.
Emergencies: 02 (Police); 03 (Ambulance)
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Riga has a moderate climate, influenced by its close proximity to the sea. Summers tend to be short and cool with cloud cover, and temperatures average around 64°F (18°C) in July. Winters are usually long, dark and cold, with temperatures averaging around 28°F (-2°C) in January. Snowfall is heavy and cover usually lasts from mid-December to mid-March. The city is overcast for roughly 40 percent of the year.
Bus 22 has a direct service between the airport and the city centre; the bus stop is located opposite the terminal behind the car park. Bus 22A is an express service connects the airport to city centre and centrally located hotels, but some hotels provide their own shuttle services. Taxis are also available outside the terminal building, taking approximately 15 minutes to the city centre, and costing about LVL 9. The airBaltic bus is free of charge for airBaltic passengers travelling to and from Riga Airport. The bus service connects the airport with the bus terminals in Valmiera, JÄ"kabpils, Jelgava and Daugavpils.
Car rental companies include well-known names like Avis, Budget, Hertz and National and can be found on the first level of the Arrivals terminal.
Taxis are also available outside the terminal building, taking approximately 15 minutes to the city centre, and costing about LVL 9.
Facilities include banks and currency exchange bureaux, duty-free shopping, restaurants and cafes, left luggage, postal facilities, a pharmacy and a variety of shops. Facilities for those with special needs are good and passengers should notify their airline about their requirements before travel.
Parking is availabe in the short-term car park (P1) or in one of two long-term car parks (P2 and P3) situated within a few minutes' walking distance from the airport terminal. Short-term parking is situated in fromt of the terminal building and costs 1.05 LVL for the first 30 minute. Long-term parking cost 3.81 LVL per day.
Free wifi is available throughout the airport