Airfare to Riga, Latvia
Latvia’s capital and largest city, Riga’s city center has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks in no small part to the striking Art Nouveau architecture. Other top attractions include the Occupation Museum and Mezaparks. Russian, German and English are generally understood in the city center.
Airfare to Riga will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Tallin, Estonia; Vilnius, Lithuania or Moscow, Russia. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Ryanair and easyJet fly to Riga. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air Baltic is the national airline. However, Austrian Airlines, Aeroflot, Finnair and other airlines also stop in Riga.
The most expensive air tickets to Riga are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Tallin, Estonia; Vilnius, Lithuania or Moscow, Russia and traveling overland to Riga via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Riga, check out BootsnAll’s Riga Travel Guide.