When to fly
The best time to book a cheap flight to Riga, weather-wise, is in the spring (March to May), before the humidity sets in, but while temperatures are still pleasant in the teens. This shoulder season is another popular period, as temperatures are still comfortable and rainfall is at a minimum.
The summer months, from June through August, brings a mixed batch of weather. Heat and humidity hit the city without reserve. Temperatures rest in the low 20s most of the season and warm, sunny days are supplemented almost constantly by rainy ones. If you like the warmer weather and don’t mind dodging a few spots of rain then this would be the ideal time to visit. This is also the peak season, so flights to Riga and accommodation may be more expensive.
Autumn in Riga is a dreary time and lead up to winter. From September to November the temperature plummets to around 10 degrees and there is quite a bit of rain. This is possibly the worst time to visit due to the weather conditions, although this may be the best time to get cheap flight and accommodation deal. If you do happen to take advantage of possible travel deals, then the Riga Restaurant Week is a real treat for foodies. During October locals and visitors have the chance to taste the best of the season’s products, prepared by highly experienced chefs at a range of restaurants across the city, at discounted prices.
Cold temperatures move in during the winter, from December to February, but this is also the driest time of year so rain and snow are much less common. While it may not be raining, the temperatures still call for warm clothing and outerwear, so if you book a holiday in Riga during this time, remember to think before you pack. As this is the off season, you may be able to find cheap flights to Riga and better hotel rates. If your trip coincides with New Year’s Eve, be sure to head down to the Embankment to watch performances from Latvian artists and fireworks.
Somewhere among its historic old quarter, sprawling parks, and funky art nouveau architecture, you realise what this beautiful city is all about. As you step off your flight to Riga, attempting to truly comprehend its nature in the first breath is impossible.
In all its modesty, Riga is best experienced little by little, alleyway by alleyway, encountering one piece at a time, and acquiring an understanding as you go. Settled along the Daugava River this quaint little city is filled to the brim with bumpy cobble stone streets, tall steeples, and winding turrets. But don’t let its cute appearance fool you – when the sun sets, this place knows how to do nightlife the right way.
Glamorous restaurants and bars line the streets and welcome locals and travellers to enjoy the atmosphere and take in the environment. Riga is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site and with a breathtaking mixture of elegance, old, and new, it creates a whirling place of adventure that bridges Russian and Latvian influences into one pretty place.
Summer (June to August) in Riga brings heat and humidity without reserve. With temperatures resting in the early-20s most of the season, sunny days are supplemented almost constantly by rainy ones. The best time to book a flight to Riga is in the spring (March to May), before the humidity sets in, but while temperatures are still pleasant in the teens. Cold temperatures move in during the winter (December to February), but this is also the driest time of year so rain and snow are much less common. The fall makes for a dreary segue into winter (September to November), with plummeting temperatures to around 10 degrees and quite a bit of rain.
Getting around Riga
Riga offers many different ways to get around the city. The public transportation system is easy to figure out with plenty of bus lines and trolley routes. They run from early morning to late night. Each mode of transport has its own ticketing system. You can buy a ticket on board or at a newsstand. Catch a taxi outside almost any train station, hotel or airport or hail one on the street. Just make sure the meter is running.
Getting from the airport
Riga International Airport (RIX) is the main airport which services the city. It is 6 miles (10 km) west of the city. There are several buses and minibuses operating from the airport. Taxis and car rental are also available.
Riga insider information
Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum: If you’re booking flights to Riga in pursuit of seeing the rural countryside, then the Latvian Ethnography Open Air Museum is the perfect place to start. Here, dozens of farmhouses, churches, and windmills are scattered along a beautiful rolling green landscape that depicts the gorgeous countryside of Latvia. The best time to come is in June, when the National Fair of Applied Arts happens every year, but if you can’t make it for that one, there are plenty of other festivals here all year round. The handmade pottery, arts, and crafts sold here make perfect souvenirs.
New Town: If you are a music buff you’re in for a treat. Make your way into New Town where the Latvian rock scene makes its biggest impact on the surrounding area. Tiny clubs and concert halls infuse the streets here welcoming new and old fans to experience different music and take advantage of the many influences found here. Also nearby is the traditional Latvian Fold Instrument shop where you can find antique instruments on sale as well as old albums that are still in great shape.
National Opera Theatre: Mikhail Baryshnikov, among others, made his start at the National Opera Theatre. The National Opera Theatre is a powerful venue that has brought many robust and commanding voices to the stage for all to enjoy. Located in New Town this beautiful building is a sight not to be missed. Whether you’re in the mood for a fanciful night of opera, or to see the Riga Ballet Company, this is the place to spend your evening. If you’re booking flights to Riga with the desire to expand your cultural horizons then experiencing the beauty and elegance that occurs within these four walls should be a high priority on your Riga travel agenda.
Lido Atputas Centrs: Bringing the kids on any holiday can be a fun, but harrowing adventure. If they’re restless then look no further than the Lido Atputas Centrs, the perfect place for families to roam and explore the amusing opportunities around every corner. Skip from food stall to buffets as you experience the flavours and aromas of traditional Latvian food like pork knuckle, potato pancakes, and fried cabbage. And if you find a cheap flight to Riga during the winter off season, then the ice skating rink in the middle of the park will be open and primed for figure-eights.