Our flights back to Lithuania were a bit messed up so my friend and I had a 7 hour layover in Riga. While 7 hours in Riga might not sound a lot to some travellers, it’s quite a long time for us, Lithuanians.
In case you are wondering, the distance between Riga and Klaipeda (closest big city to my hometown) in Lithuania is around 300 km. It takes around 4 hours to get there by car, but only 45 minutes by plane (quite bumpy sometimes over the Baltic Sea). So to cut the long story short and to save our families the hassle of picking us up, we decided to hop to the Old Town while waiting for our flight.
It’s easy to take a bus from the Riga International Airport into the heart of the city. The bus stop is located outside the airport, the ticket costs just under £1 and can be purchased at a ticket machine. The journey takes around 45 minutes and drops you off right next to the Old Town. Convenience!
I’ve been to Riga several times before and really love the beautiful Old Town, the colourful buildings and cobbled streets. It’s one of those cities where you can come back again and again and it will still be beautiful. For that reason, I believe it rightly deserves its UNESCO title.
It’s true that the city is quite expensive, we exchanged £20 each at the airport and got only 10 Latvian Lats, but I have to mention, with the 10LVL we managed to pay the bus fare to the city and back to the airport, have some soup and pancakes (June 2013). Oh, and we had two cocktails in a bar. Not too bad, huh!
Because we only had 4 hours, we didn’t really explore Riga as much this time, but it was quite nice to walk the streets without trying to see everything. We mainly stuck to the Old Town and enjoyed our chilled afternoon.
If you haven’t been to Riga yet, you should visit sooner rather than later, it’s exceptionally beautiful.
Have you been to Riga? What did you see?