Public transport in Riga is very good. There are a variety of options and all means of transport are easy to use. All public transport types have strict timetables (usually from 5:00 to 0:00) and these are usually reliable. Timetables can be found at each public transport stop.
All RSU students receive a personalised e-ticket, which gives a 70% discount for public transport in Rīga. All you have to do is go to the nearest vendor to top it up. You can also recharge your ticket online. Tickets are valid on all routes operated by Rīgas satiksme (buses, trams, trolleybuses) as well as on minibuses.
Rīgas Satiksme offers a variety of tickets as physical tickets, or digitally on an app – 90-minute tickets, 24-hour tickets, 3- or 5-day tickets etc.
One 90-minute ticket costs EUR 1.5.
Public transport apps
Iphone/Android smart phone users can download public transport apps. The apps are run in offline mode and provide transport routes and schedules. The applications allow transport routes to be viewed on the map and can also display your location using GPS support.
- iPhone and Android can download the Trafi app
- iPhone users can download the Stops Riga app
- Android users can download the Transport in Riga Pro app
- Airport → RSU
Riga International Airport (RIX) is located 8.5 km from Rīga Stradiņš University (see route).
To get from the airport to RSU we recommend taking a taxi. The ride should cost anywhere between EUR 10.00 and 20.00. Please note that RSU advises the services of BalticTaxi. (See info on taxi service in Riga below.)
Riga International Airport (RIX) is located 10 km from the city centre. To get from the airport to the city centre, you have three options:
- Take a taxi. Price varies between EUR 15 and EUR 20. See page 12.
- Take Bus 22, which has direct services from the airport to the city centre.
- The bus leaves every 10-30 minutes depending on the time of day,
- The trip takes around 30 minutes to the city centre.
- The Airport Express minibus. The price for a ride is EUR 5. Payments are accepted in cash or via a credit/debit card.
- City centre → RSU
The main building of Rīga Stradiņš University is located in Rīga, 16 Dzirciema iela.
Route Get on at Get off at Tram 1 Jugla — Imanta Any stop on Brīvības iela or Barona iela Dzirciema iela Tram 5 Mīlgrāvis — Iļģuciems Grēcinieku iela, 13. janvāra iela, or Nacionālā opera Dārza iela Trolleybus 9 Stacijas laukums — Iļģuciems Grēcinieku iela, or 13. janvāra iela Botāniskais dārzs Trolleybus 25 Brīvības iela — Iļģuciems Elizabetes iela or Nacionālais teātris Botāniskais dārzs Bus 37, or 41 Esplanāde — Imanta 5 Nacionālais teātris Botāniskais dārzs
- RSU → City centre
Route Get on at Get off at Tram 5 Iļģuciems — Mīlgrāvis Dārza iela Grēcinieku iela, 13. janvāra iela or Nacionālā opera Trolleybus 9 Iļģuciems — Stacijas laukums Dārza iela 11. novembra krastmala or Stockmann centrs Trolleybus 25 Iļģuciems — Brīvības iela Dārza iela Z. A. Meierovica bulvāris or Mākslas muzejs Bus 37 or 41 Imanta 5 — Esplanāde Botāniskais dārzs Z. A. Meierovica bulvāris or Mākslas muzejsTrolleybus/bus stop Botāniskais dārzs is at two different places depending on the trip to the University or the trip back in the director of the city centre.
Another alternative is to take a taxi. Most taxis accept credit cards, but if you do not have any cash with you, ask before you embark. Be aware that Rīga is no different from any other major city in the world. The drivers may often try to overcharge you, especially when they hear you are not a native speaker. Always ask them to turn on the meter.
Taxi fares are considerably cheaper if you pre-order your taxi.
Baltic Taxi: 8 500
Panda Taxi: 67 600 006
Red Cab: 8383
You can also request a taxi or private driver from your smartphone by using the Bolt mobile app.
The number of cyclists in Rīga is growing every year. Although bicycle culture is not as developed as in other major European capitals, it is improving and new bike lanes are opened every year. Overall, cycling in Rīga can be a pleasant experience, as long as you cycle politely and carefully. There are bicycle parking spaces by the University.
You can find bikes for short and long term rental here.