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Survival-in-the-city guide

09/08/11 09:12 by Andrew Shitov (‎ash‎)

Dear YAPC::Europe attendees,

Let us deliver a small list of random things you might find useful while staying in Riga.

* Riga's official tourist site is liveriga.com.

Money

* Local currency is Latvian Lat (LVL, Ls). Up-to-date exchange rates are published on the conference site.

* ATM machines and terminals in the stores and shops easily accept international credit cards.

Transport

* There are a few taxi networks working in the city. The biggest one seems to be BalticTaxi. To call a cab, call 8500 from your mobile phone. If you fly with AirBaltic, you may buy taxi vouchers on board at 13 EUR (a bit cheaper than buying it in the airport).

* City centre is located 20 minutes by car from the airport. Taxi would cost 10 LVL.

* Riga railway station and bus station are located quite close to the Old Town, both are in 20-25 min walk distance from the conference venue.

* Public transport (bus, tram, trolleybus) use combined tickets, which you may buy in ticket machines located at bus stops (not every ones). There's also one at the exit of the airport. They call those tickets e-talons, and their logo is a big blue lowercase letter 'e' with four red arrows.

* There's also separation between type of transport you may use with e-talon, or you may buy tickets for all types (bus, tram, trolleybus). There are tickets for 1, 10, or 20 trips, or for 24 hours, 3 or 5 days. One time ticket costs 0.5 LVL, versatile 5-day one - 9.50 LVL.

* The detailed information on public transport routes can be found at rigamap.net.

Mobile

* There are three mobile operators: LMT, Bite, Tele2. Prepaid local SIM cards can be bought in the small shops, or, for example, on the forth floor of Galerija Centrs, the big store at the edge of Old Town (Audeju iela 16, 56.94789, 24.11284).

* 3G mobile internet is available from any operator, and it is quite fast: up to 5-7 Mbits/s, depending on the tariff. Tele2 sells cards for 2GB of traffic at 7.50 LVL, Bite offers hourly-based tariffs (0.7 LVL per hour). They also sell network-locked USB 3G modems which work with both Mac OS and Windows.

Beaches

* The closest see beaches are those located in Jurmala (to the west of Riga) and Vecaki (to the north). They are reachable by regional trains from Central station, travel time is about half-an-hour.

* Note that there is no single Jurmala station. There are a few stations along the beach; Dubulti and Majori are the central ones. Take train going to Dubulti or Tukums to get to Jurmala.

* Take train direction Carnikava, Saulkrasti, or Skulte to get to Vecaki.