Latvia is a Member State of European Union and adheres to the Schengen Agreement. Rīga can be easily reached by various means of transport – plane, ferry, train or bus. Latvia has land borders with Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus and Russia.
Riga, the capital city, is the pearl both of Latvia and the whole of the Baltics. Riga is included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage list. In the recent years Riga is becoming increasingly popular as a major European travel and leisure destination.
European Capital of Culture 2014, the city offers dynamic cultural life with regular local and international events at National Opera, concert halls, theatres and exhibition halls, as well as numerous smaller arts, craft and music feasts.
The city is more than 800 years old and its architectural heritage unites plentiful variety of styles, forms and sizes – from XII-XIII century churches and medieval architecture to historical wooden quarters and exquisite Art Nouveau buildings.
Rich fusion cuisine in combination with healthy local culinary traditions makes Riga true regional gastronomy capital. Sport centres, race tracks, parks and abundance of water resources are perfect for active people. Top-quality SPA centres, beauty procedures and traditional baths are guaranteed to be pleasurable experience. Riga is a modern capital; it is perfect for shopping and ideal for business.
City is rich with parks and even woods, which makes it easy to breathe and enjoyable to walk here; national parks and untouched Latvian nature in close proximity of Riga are a perfect destination for all ecological tourism and hiking activists.
Academic experience is an important aim, but visiting Riga is an enriching and pleasant experience per se.
The excursion at Riga historical centre is on the conference day’s agenda.
Public transport and E-tickets.
The main provider of public transport services in Rīga is the municipal transport company SIA Rīgas Satiksme. The company runs buses, trolleybuses and trams on more than 80 routes covering the entire city. Public transport in Rīga is reliable and runs according to schedule, and in case there are no traffic jams, you will arrive on time. The schedules can be found at each public transport stop, likewise on Rīgas Satiksme website at www.rigassatiksme.lv. Public transport in Rīgaruns from 5:00 until 0:00. Special night buses are available at night hours.
Iphone/Android smart phone users can download public transport applications. The applications are run in offline mode and provide transport routes and schedules. The applications allow transport routes to be viewed on the map and can also display your location using GPS support. For Iphone users – “Stops Rīga lite” and “Trafi”. For Android users – Satiksme Rīgā – saraksti” and “Trafi”.
Rīga Stradiņš University is located in Pārdaugava – the part of Rīga that Latvians call “the other side of the River Daugava”. The main building of RSU is located in Rīga at 16 Dzirciema Street. Although RSU is not in the centre of the city, the transport connections to the University are very good. You can get to University by tram, bus, trolleybus or minibus.
To get to the University, take any of the following means of transport:
No. 1 Route: Jugla – Imanta. Get on at any stop on Barona iela. Get off at Dzirciema iela.
No. 4 Route: Centrāltirgus – Imanta. Get on at Grēcinieku iela or 13. janvāra iela. Get off at Dzirciema iela.
No. 5 Route: Mīlgrāvis – Iļģuciems. Get on at Grēcinieku iela, 13. janvāra iela, Nacionālais teātris or Nacionālā opera. Get off at Dārza iela.
No. 9 Route: Stacijas laukums – Iļģuciems. Get on at Grēcinieku iela or 13. janvāra iela. Get off at Botāniskais dārzs.
No. 25 Route: Brīvības iela – Iļģuciems. Get on at Elizabetes iela or Nacionālais teātris. Get off at Botāniskais dārzs.
No. 37 or 41 Route: Esplanāde – Imanta 5. Get on at Nacionālais teātris. Get off at Botāniskais dārzs.
No. 4 Route: Abrenes iela – Piņķi. Get on at 13. janvāra iela. Get off at Botāniskais dārzs.
No. 4z Route: Abrenes iela – Zolitūde. Get on at 13. janvāra iela. Get off at Botāniskais dārzs.
No. 21 Route: Jugla – Imanta. Get on at any stop on Brīvības iela or 13. janvāra iela. Get off at Botāniskais dārzs.
No. 38 Route: Abrenes iela – Dzirciema iela. Get on at 13. janvāra iela. Get off at Botāniskais dārzs.
No. 39 Route: Abrenes iela – Lāčupes kapi. Get on at 13. janvāra iela. Get off at Botāniskais dārzs.
E-ticket for public transport.
Rīgas Satiksme offers a variety of tickets – single trip tickets, 24 hour tickets, 5-day tickets etc.
Paper ticket. Single use ticket, valid for one trip only in the vehicle where it has been bought. You can buy it from the driver in bus, trolleybus, minibus or tram. Price – EUR 2
Smart ticket. It is a ticket for a certain number of trips (1, 5, 10, 20). It cannot be reloaded. Convenient for Rīga visitors. Where to buy? Vending machines, newspaper kiosks, Rīgas Satiksme ticket trade outlets. Price – EUR 1,15/5,75/10,90/20,70.
To find out more about the types of tickets, prices, where to buy them, and advice on using the e-ticket, please visit http://www.rigassatiksme.lv/en/tickets-and-eticket/
Airport – City Centre.
Riga International Airport (RIX) is located 10 km from the city centre. To get from the airport to the city centre, you have three options:
Take a taxi. Price varies between EUR 15 and EUR 20. Most taxis accept credit cards, but if you do not have any cash with you, ask before you embark. Taxi fares are considerably cheaper if you pre-order your taxi.
Baltic Taxi: 8500 Panda Taxi: 67600006 Red Cab: 8383
You can also request a taxi or a private driver from your smartphone by using the Taxify mobile application.
Take Public Buss No. 22, which has direct services from the airport to the city centre. Frequency 10-30 minutes, it will take you around 30 minutes to get to the city centre. A one-day ticket is valid for an unlimited number of journeys within 24 hours from the time of its first registration, it costs EUR 5.
Alternatively, you can also buy a single ride ticket from the bus driver and it costs EUR 2.
Take the Airport express minibus. The price for a ride is EUR 5. Payments are accepted in cash or by a payment card.