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|Airlines||British Airways, KLM, SAS, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Finnair|
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Boasting a thriving cultural scene and a picturesque UNESCO-listed city centre, Riga has got oodles to offer visitors making the trip from Britain. The beauty of Latvia’s capital is most evident in stately structures like Riga Castle or the unusual four-tiered steeple of St. Peter’s Church, but it’s just as renowned for the daring Art Nouveau architecture of its historic centre. Named 2014 European Capital of Culture, this city’s never lost its reputation for the cutting edge – its Miera Iela district was recently voted the world’s most hipster neighbourhood. And as if that wasn’t enough, cheap flights to Riga International Airport from the UK are readily available, making it the perfect destination for those seeking an affordable city break.
Riga’s a Baltic city, so if you’re planning a visit between October and March then be sure to pack your thermals. Don’t let the cold weather put you off though – ticket prices are lower and the crisp white snow gives a head-turning finish to the city’s intricate buildings. In springtime, the surrounding countryside comes alive in hues of green and yellow, temperatures are warmer and you can still nab low fares. Summer is the city’s high season, which also means that flight prices are more expensive, but if you visit at this time you’ll enjoy sunshine, city parks in bloom and a festival calendar packed with music and theatre.
With so many budget airlines zipping back and forth to the Latvian capital from a variety of British airports, it’s easy to snap up cheap tickets to Riga from the UK. Hop on a Ryanair flight from Stansted, East Midlands, Manchester or Glasgow and you’ll be in Latvia in about two and a half hours – three from Scotland. Low-cost carrier airBaltic and UK national carrier British Airways also serve the British capital, operating flights from London Gatwick direct to Riga.
One of Riga’s most charming aspects is its size – it’s a compact city and the airport is mere minutes away from the centre. The most comfortable form of public transport from the airport is the 222 minibus, which picks up passengers outside the terminal and terminates at Riga Central Station. Otherwise, the public number 22 bus will take you to Abrenes Street. Both journeys take about 20 minutes and cost less than €2. There are also plenty of taxis available outside the terminal, with the 15-minute trip to the city costing about €15.
Aside from its Gothic and Art Nouveau beauty, Riga’s also within touching distance of some of the Baltic’s most picturesque sites – white-sand beaches, the extravagant Rundale Palace (Latvia’s answer to Versailles) and the medieval town of Cesis are all within 90 minutes of the city. And the almost 1,000 free, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots in Riga mean that when you get back to the city, you can post pictures of your travels to your heart’s content.
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