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Many people have never heard of Latvia, and it is seldom at the top of the list of European destinations to visit. However, Latvia’s capital city, Riga, is a genuine European jewel. It boasts stunning beaches, colourful wooden houses, old monuments, lush greenery, and a lively art scene. The locals are kind and friendly, and they enjoy socialising by dancing, eating, and relaxing on the beaches. Many travellers come to Riga specifically to see the Old Town, which is known for its pastel-coloured buildings and mediaeval architecture. Other must-do activities in Riga include enjoying a boat down the Daugava, hiking in Gauja National Park, or getting your pulse pumping on a mountain bike excursion, among other things. Enjoy Travel car hires may be scheduled in advance for a stress-free trip throughout Riga.

Guide of Riga


Riga is Latvia's capital and largest city, with 671,000 residents, accounting for one-third of the country's population. It is also the biggest city in the three Baltic nations, with one-tenth of the total population of the three Baltic states. The city is located on the Gulf of Riga, where the Daugava River meets the Baltic Sea.

Climate in Riga

Riga has a humid continental climate. The coldest months are January and February when the average temperature is 5°C (23°F). However, temperatures as low as 20 to 25°C (4 to 13°F) may be seen virtually every year on the coldest days. Autumn showers and fogs are common due to the vicinity of the sea. Summers in Riga are pleasant and wet, with an average temperature of 18 °C (64 °F) and highs of 30 °C (86 °F) on the hottest days. Riga is best visited between April and September. Birders will love the spring and fall migrations, which include large flocks of ducks, geese, and divers, and the autumn foliage is spectacular.


Christmas, New Year's, Easter, and Līgo are the four major celebrations in Latvia. Līgo is an authentic Latvian celebration with deep roots in the country's paganic past. This is the festival honouring the year's longest day. Līgo music, gathering various plants for wreaths and bonfires, and feasting on cheese and beer are all staples of Līgo culture. Herbs collected on Midsummer Day were thought to have the power to vanquish bad spirits while also bestowing blessings and good health on the inhabitants of ancient Latvia.

Things To Do in Riga

Take a walking tour of the Old Town

Riga's old town is an exquisite mediaeval treasure, with beautiful architecture, cobblestone alleyways, and multiple squares lined with all sorts of restaurants and cafés. It is likely the starting point for most international visitors to Latvia and a key feature of any Baltic itinerary. The ancient town of Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is readily accessible and rather small - we recommend dumping your map/phone and simply roaming about (you'll almost always find your way back to the main plaza by mistake). There are also several walking tours available (as well as obnoxious e-scooter excursions that creep up on you discreetly), so there are many ways to see the ancient town.

Admire the Art Nouveau Architecture

Riga is well-known for its Art Nouveau architecture, which is unrivalled in Europe. The sumptuous architecture will undoubtedly steal your breath away as you travel along the famed Alberta Street, taking in some of the world's most gorgeous and spectacular accomplishments of the previous century. Nature inspired the designers, who included bouquets of flowers, intertwined vines and creepers, insects and creatures with exquisite embellishments, all wonderfully interwoven in the facades, arches, surrounding doors, windows, and supports. Each ornamental emblem has a unique meaning, adding to the romantic and sensuous appeal. Take some fantastic Instagram photographs.

Go on a sightseeing trip by canal boat

This canal boat ride begins at the dock beside the Freedom Monument, which was created at the 18th-century Triangula Bastion. As you sail down the Daugava River and the City Canal, passing beneath old bridges, you will see the iconic landmarks from a whole new viewpoint. You will be shown the Latvian National Opera House, the UNESCO World Heritage structures of the Spikeri Quarter, the Central Market, Europe's biggest market, and a fresh perspective of the Old Town. On the way back, you'll get to see the Latvian National Theatre and Kronvalda Park.

Eating Out in Riga

Riga and the surrounding valley have been named a European Region of Gastronomy. Here are some of our top recommendations. The Nordic White Guide has named Restaurant 3 as one of the finest in Latvia for its technique and presentation of meals made from locally sourced products. Annas Dārzs, situated across the Daugava River, is housed in a wooden structure with a cosy porch, a garden, and a river view. Here, you must try the herring salad and the smoked chicken. If you're looking for a late-night drink, Krogs Aptieka serves incredible burgers, fries, and nachos as well as booze.



Riga is served by Riga International Airport, which not only is the biggest in Latvia but is also the busiest airport in the Baltic region, with direct flights to more than 80 destinations across the world. It is situated at a distance of around 13 kilometres southwest of the city.

Getting Around Riga

An extensive and inexpensive public network of buses, trolleybuses, and trams connects all the important destinations across the city. They are clean and efficient. You can also take a taxi, or opt to hire a car, as many visitors who are looking for enhanced comfort and flexibility do. If you'd rather explore Riga on your own terms, you may rent bicycles from a variety of locations. Get a hold of a map of the area, and the citizens will be eager to point you in the right direction. You should be wary of the fast local drivers, however.

Top Tips when hiring a car in Riga

● A big number of users encountered rental cars in Riga for less than £21 per day.

● Booking your rental car in Riga in advance by at least 1 day before your trip will ensure you get cheap car hire deals.

● Going for a Riga car hire at the Riga International Airport is slightly more expensive than other car hire locations but is it worth it?

● Getting your hire car from one of the car rental companies in Riga Airport is very convenient. You can pick it up as soon as you land and begin exploring.

● The car hire companies in Riga Airport are also very easy to find and offer one way car hire with the possibility to drop off your car in the city.

● Economy car rentals in Riga cheaper and the most popular car hire options than other vehicle types. Recently electric cars have also grown in popularity.

● When you reach the car hire desks make sure to have your international driving permit with you. When signing for the Riga car hire make sure to go over all the details of the deal, such as unlimited mileage, roadside assistance and of course compare with the average price.

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FAQs about car hire in Riga

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Riga

The average cost per day of hiring a car in Riga is just €13.80.
Prices for Riga car hire start from just €8.51 when booking in advance with Enjoy Travel.
To hire a car in Riga you must be at least 21 years old.
Additional drivers can be added to your Riga car hire agreement upon request.
The best car for exploring Riga would be a Volkswagen Golf or similar.
The minimum age to hire a car in Riga is 21 (+1 year of licence).
The distance betweem Riga airport and the city centre of Riga is around 10.1 km/6.27 miles.
The distance betweem Jūrmala and Riga is around 37,8 km (around 23,48 miles) - 0hr 36 minutes drive.
Being the capital, Riga is one of the most expensive cities in Latvia, but still approachable by mid-European standards. You’ll spend about €62 per day.
You can find a Fiat 500 in the off-peak season for €8.51 per day.
With how inexpensive it is to rent a car in Riga and with how much there is to see, we definitely recommend it.
While in Riga you must visit the Riga Town Hall Square, the House of the Black Heads, Riga Cathedral, the Monument to Freedom and Bastejkalna Park.
The most suitable period for a visit to the city of Riga are the months between May and September. These months of the year have milder temperatures, but rain is more likely, and they have long, bright days.
It is €42.59 for a week, or €6.08 per day.
It’s €247.66 for a month, or €8.26 per day.
Price of fuel in Riga is between 1.09 EUR and 1.20 EUR per litre.

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