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Locals and foreigners admit that public transport in Riga is very good. There is a variety of transport options that you can use when in Riga and all means of transport are easy to use. All public transport types have strict timetables (usually from 5:00 to 0:00) and unless anything extraordinary happens you can rely on them. These timetables can be found in each public transport stop.

E-ticket for public transport

Upon arrival, all RSU students receive a personalised e-ticket, which gives a 70% discount for the public transport in Rīga. All you have to do is go to the nearest vendor to top it up. You may also recharge the ticket online. The tickets are valid on the routes operated by Rīgas satiksme (buses, trams, trolleybuses) as well as in minibuses.

Rīgas Satiksme offers a variety of tickets – single trip tickets, 24 hour tickets, 5-day tickets etc. We have listed some of them below so that you know what to buy for your friends or relatives when they visit you in Rīga. 

 

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Types of ticket

PAPER TICKET

Single use ticket, valid for one trip only in the vehicle where it has been bought.

SMART TICKET

Ticket for a certain number of trips (1, 5, 10, 20). It cannot be reloaded. Convenient for Rīga visitors.

NON-PERSONALISED E-TICKET

Can be used by several passengers after paying a deposit.

PERSONALISED E-TICKET

As a full-time student, you receive a 50% discount using this ticket (one holder only).

Where to buy

From the driver

Vending machines, newspaper kiosks, Rīgas Satiksme ticket trade outlets

Vending machines, newspaper kiosks, Rīgas Satiksme ticket trade outlets

Vending machines, newspaper kiosks, Rīgas Satiksme ticket trade outlets, and on the web (etalons. rigassatiksme.lv)

Price

EUR 2

EUR 1.15/5.75/10.90/20.70

The price of the ticket itself (EUR 2.85) and the price for one month tickets and tickets for a certain number of trips

EUR 10 (for one type of transport on one route) to EUR 16 (for all types of transport on all routes per month)

 

 

To find out more about the types of tickets, prices, where to buy them, and advice on using the e-ticket, please visit Rigas Satiksme

Public transport applications

Iphone/Android smart phone users can download public transport applications. The applications 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.

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.)

Airport → City centre

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:

  1. Take a taxi.  Price varies between EUR 15 and EUR 20. See page 12.
  2. Take Public Bus No. 22, which has direct services from the airport to the city centre.
    1. Frequency 10-30 minutes, it will take you around 30 minutes to get to the city centre.
    2. A one-day ticket is valid for an unlimited number of journeys within 24 hours from the time of its first registration; it costs EUR 5. Alternatively, you can also buy a  single ride ticket  from the bus driver and it costs EUR 2.
  3. Take the Airport Express  minibus.  The price for a ride is EUR 5. Payments are accepted in cash or by a payment card.
City centre → RSU

The main building of Rīga Stradiņš University is located in Rīga, 16 Dzirciema Street. 

 RouteGet on atGet off at
Tram
No.1
Jugla — Imanta    Any stop on Brīvības or Barona Street    Dzirciema iela

Tram
No.4

Centrāltirgus — ImantaGrēcinieku iela or 13. janvāra ielaDzirciema iela
Tram
No.5
Mīlgrāvis — Iļģuciems    Grēcinieku iela, 13. janvāra iela, or Nacionālā operaDārza iela
Trolley
No. 9
Stacijas laukums — Iļģuciems    
 
Grēcinieku iela or 13. janvāra ielaBotāniskais dārzs
Trolley
No. 25
Brīvības iela — Iļģuciems Elizabetes iela or Nacionālais teātrisBotāniskais dārzs

Bus
No. 37 or 41

Esplanāde — Imanta 5Nacionālais teātrisBotāniskais dārzs
RSU → City centre
 RouteGet on atGet off at
Tram
No. 4
Imanta — CentrāltirgusDzirciema ielaGrēcinieku iela or 13. janvāra iela
Tram
No. 5
Iļģuciems — MīlgrāvisDārza ielaGrēcinieku iela, 13. janvāra iela or Nacionālā opera
Trolley
No. 9
Iļģuciems — Stacijas laukumsDārza iela11. novembra krastmala or Stockmann centrs
Trolley
No. 25
Iļģuciems — Brīvības ielaDārza ielaZ. A. Meierovica bulvāris or Mākslas muzejs
Bus
No. 37 or 41
Imanta 5 — EsplanādeBotāniskais dārzsZ. A. Meierovica bulvāris or Mākslas muzejs
Trolley/bus stop Botāniskais dārzs is at two different places depending on the trip to the University or the trip back to the Old Town.

Taxi

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 Taxify mobile application.

Bicycles

The number of cyclists in Rīga is growing every year. Although bycicle culture is not as developed as in other major European capitals, it is improving and new bike lanes are opened every year. Overall, riding in Rīga can be a pleasant experience, as long as you ride politely and carefully. There are bicycle parking lots by the University.

To find out more about bikeways in Riga (map and routes), please visit VICmapmyride or bikemap.

You can find bikes for short and long term rental here.