Travel and Accommodation

Travel to the City Centre/Conference Venue

From the airport "RIGA" 

Riga International Airport, located 13 km southwest of Riga, is the largest passenger airport in the Baltic States, servicing over 5 million passengers per year. Direct flights from/to London, Stockholm, Warsaw and most other European capitals are available on the daily basis provided by the Latvian national air carrier AirBaltic, as well as over 10 other major European airlines (incl. low-fare carriers like Wizz and Ryanair). Travel options By taxi: travel time from the airport to the Riga city centre (and the conference venue) 15 - 20 min. Prepare to pay 15-25 EUR. Allow extra time, if traveling by bus or taxi during the rush hours. By special shuttle bus service: travel time 15 - 20 min (costs: EUR 5). By public transport: Bus No 22 which goes to the center of Riga for the price of a regular ticket bought from the bus driver (EUR 1.20). The ride is approximately 30 minutes long and the bus leaves every 30 minutes from 04:25 a.m. till 00:35 p.m. Additional information on bus lines and schedules at www.rigassatiksme.lv.
Airport inquiries service: calls from Latvia 1187, calls from abroad +371 29311187 RIX - http://www.riga-airport.com/en

From the central railway terminal

There are railway connections with St.Petersburg, Moscow, Truskavets and Simferopol. The central railway terminal is located in the central part of Riga. It will take you a 5 - 10 minutes walk to get to the Old Town, the major hotels and to the University of Latvia.

Information service: tel: + 371 1181

From the bus terminal

There are bus connections with all the neighbouring countries. The main route from Western Europe runs to Riga from Berlin, via Warsaw and Vilnius. The bus terminal is also situated in the center of Riga, next to the railway terminal. The luggage room is open from 05:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tram No 7 will take you to the center which is just one stop ahead. If you choose to walk, it will take you 5 - 10 minutes to reach the Old Town.

Information service: tel: 1188 (local); +371 90000009 (international).

Information on visa

Please find attached the information on countries whose citizens may enter Latvia without a visa: http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/service/4714/ If you are a citizen of a country whose citizens need a visa for entering Latvia you are asked to submit the necessary documents at the closest diplomatic or consular mission of the Republic of Latvia outside the Schengen area. Here please find the detailed information regarding the visa issues at the following web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia: http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/service/entry-into-latvia/  

 

ACCOMMODATION

Recommended Hotels:

Baltic Beach Hotel ***** (Part of the Conference will take place in the BBH. Conference delegates are offered special rates if rooms are reserved before May 1, 2014. Economy class rooms (3*) - SGL 64 EUR / DBL 84 EUR; Lux class rooms (5*) - 200 EUR. Room reservation: res@balticbeach.lv)

Avalon***  (Conference rates available) Hotel de Rome***** Hotel Opera **** Radi un draugi****  Metropole****  Rīga**** Tallink Hotel Riga **** Konventa Sēta***  Hotel Irina *** Laine***  Mantess*** City Central Hostel Early reservation is recommended.

In 2014 Latvia’s capital city Rīga is a European Capital of Culture. With around 200 cultural projects and events, including operas, exhibitions and festivals, the programme ranges from a major cultural history exhibition on the 500 years of the printed book and a contemporary arts festival to one of the biggest celebrations of the summer solstice in Europe. For more information about Rīga 2014, see the new culture portal www.riga2014.org. Portals www.latvia.travel and www.liveriga.com also provide information about Latvia and capital city Rīga as travel destinations.  VIDEO - RIGA 2014