Jul 26 – 31, 2023
Europe/Riga timezone

Traveling to Latvia

Getting to Riga

By Air

Riga Airport is located less than 10 km from the city center and is served by several airlines including airBaltic, Finnair, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair, Wizz Air, and Turkish Airlines. See the full list at https://www.riga-airport.com/en/airline-contacts.

The airport is served by bus route no. 22, see the bus schedule. A trip from the airport to the center of the city takes approximately 20-30 minutes. See the Local Transportation page for information about bus tickets. In addition, bus route no. 22 is the only route where a ticket can be bought from the driver using a payment card only and it has a higher cost of €2 (instead of €1.5) when buying from the driver.

If you are planning to use a taxi, see https://www.riga-airport.com/en/taxi-service for more information. Taxi rides take approximately 20 minutes to get to the city center depending on traffic. Taxi to the city center can cost around €20-30.

By Bus

There are few bus service companies with routes to and from other countries in Europe. For example, https://ecolines.net/international/en, https://www.flixbus.com/, and https://luxexpress.eu/en/. See their web pages for exact routes.

COVID Information

Travelers entering Latvia will no longer need to present an interoperable vaccination or recovery certificate, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.

VISA Information

Citizens from many countries require only a passport to enter Latvia. Here is a list of countries that do not need a VISA. If your country is not on that list please see https://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/entry-latvia for more information on visa applications and requirements.

Asking for a GUADEC Invitation Letter

Please register and indicate on your form that you need a visa letter. You can also contact us at guadec@gnome.org to request a letter.