Travel arrangements

Information about Riga

Riga is more than 800 years old. Each century has left its marks in the architecture in the Old Town and City Centre here the cultural heritage coexists with the quick pace of modern living.

Riga is perfect for organizing conferences, exhibitions, and team-building activities. The city is very dynamic and can offer not only a professional service, but also good infrastructure.

Airport information

Riga International Airport ( is only ten kilometers southwest of the Riga city centre. A taxi ride from the airport to central Riga takes between ten and twenty minutes, depending on traffic, and costs approximately EUR 10–13.

Contact info (00 371) 2931 1817. 

For information in English about all transport schedules, call 1188 (when in Latvia) or (00 371) 6700 1188 (from outside Latvia).


Latvian airline airBaltic as the official carrier of 2016 ESIL Riga Annual Conference offers a 15% discount for tickets on all airBaltic-operated economy class flights to and from Riga to all conference participants. Discount tickets will be available starting from January 1, 2016 and up until September 5, 2016. Travel dates: September 5-12, 2016.

Ticket purchasing instruction:

  • Go to the website:
  • Select economy class flights and your travel dates
  • Enter the promo code you have received in your confirmation email in section “enter e-vouchers” and system will automatically recalculate the price

 Please note, that ESIL conference discount does not apply to campaign prices and special price offers.

Transportation from airport to city centre:

  • Taxi services are available at Riga airport 24 hours a day and are located outside the arrivals area. The average fare from the airport to the city centre (Old Town) is € 15-20. The fare depends on both distance and time. Green BalticTaxi and red Riga Cab taxi services are available and recommended.
  • Airport Express hotel shuttle operated by AirBaltic (green minibuses). This runs every 30 minutes and picks up passengers near the exit of the Schengen arrivals hall (Arrival E). It costs EUR 4.99 (cash only) for a one-way journey and takes passengers to the following hotels: Islande Hotel, Maritim Park Hotel, Opera Hotel, Tallink Hotel, Radisson Blu Latvija, Albert Hotel, Monika Centrum Hotel.
  • Public transport bus No 22 and minibus No 222 connect the airport with the city centre. The bus stop is located behind car park P1 opposite Arrival E. The services operates up to every 15 minutes from Mondays to Fridays and up to every 20 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. It can take up to 30 minutes to reach the centre.


Participants of 2016 ESIL Riga Annual Conference are encouraged to select the hotels mentioned below for the duration of their stay: