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Useful information for shore excursions in Riga
Information about cruise port, beautiful attractions as well as useful information for your cruise excursions in Riga are all below.
The most beautiful sights in and around Riga
Many famous attractions are within walking distance of the harbor. At the tourist information office on the Town Hall Square, you can purchase the Riga-Card, which gives you free access to all sights and museums, as well as free use of public transport. It is the best choice for a shore excursion on your own.
Riga Central market
The central market was already opened as early as 1930 in Riga and at the time the largest and most modern market in Europe. Throughout the year you will find everything to your heart’s desire in five large market halls, from fresh food to colorful souvenirs.
The Central Market is about 2 km (1.2 miles) from the harbor and can be easily reached on foot.
Town Hall Square
The Town Hall Square is the right place to visit magnificent buildings and interesting museums. Located next to the Town hall is the House of the Blackheads, which was destroyed in 1941 during World War II and was faithfully reconstructed again in 1999. Not far from the Town Hall Square you will find St. Peter’s Church, from its observation deck you will have a great view of the city at a height of 72 meters (232 ft)
Museum lovers can create their own personal sun in the Sun Museum (let yourself be surprised!) Or learn more about Latvian history between 1941 and 1991 in the Museum of Occupation.
Riga Radio and TV Tower
With a total height of almost 370 m (1,200 ft), the TV tower of Zakusala island is Riga’s tallest building and one of the world’s tallest television towers. On the 97-meter-high (318 ft) viewing platform, visitors will have a view of the whole city and in good weather conditions, the view can extend even to the Riga Bay.
The 90-meter-high (295 ft) cathedral with its two meters thick walls is the largest Baltic church and one of the oldest buildings in Latvia. In the 13th century it took 50 years to build the mighty cathedral. The organ was placed in the cathedral in 1883 and is the fourth largest organ in the world. Because of its excellent acoustics, it definitely is worthwhile to drop by for an organ concert. The tickets can cost from 10 to 20 euros.
The cathedral is in the old town and thus within walking distance, also accessible by public transports. Take the tram and get off at the Grēcinieku iela stop.
Map of cruise terminals in Riga
The port of Riga has 4 moorings available for ships and ferries. Terminals number MK-3 and MK-4 are reserved only for cruise ships. From then it only takes about 100 m (328 ft) to Riga’s Old town. Moorings number JPS-1 and JPS-2 can also be used for cruise ships, however, JPS-2 is mainly for ferries.
The terminal building is situated near mooring number JPS-2. Inside this building you will find a luggage storage, toilets and a café. Furthermore you will have the chance to withdraw money there.
Things to know about your excursions in Riga
Shipping companies and routes
In 2006 there were around 70.000 visitors from cruise ships that stopped at the port of Riga. Normally, most cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Oceania, Princess and NCL or P&O all offer a stop at Riga in their Baltic sea cruise program.
Immigration and visa
Since 2004, Latvia officially became a member of the European Union. US citizens don’t need to apply for a tourist visa to enter the Schengen countries in Europe when the visit is under 90 days. Also holders of a British citizen passport do not need a visa. However, shipping companies may ask for your passports in order to fulfill the entry requirements.
Please contact your cruise operator to get more accurate information about your cruise trip.
Taxi and other public transports
In Riga you have many opportunities to travel by affordable public transport and therefore easily get around on your own: there are trams, electric trains, trolley buses or buses. Only about 400 meters walk (1,300 ft) from the cruise port you can immediately find the stop Kronvalda bulvaris, from where you can take the tram number 5, 6, 7 or 9 into the old town and simply get off at the Nacionālā opera stop. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver on the bus for 2 euros. It is cheaper to get an E-Ticket in the kiosk. These are electronic tickets that you can use for all public transports in Riga.
If you prefer to take a taxi, taxis are available right at the harbor. You will recognize them by the yellow illuminated signs on the roof and the number plates, the number starts with TX or TE. You then have to pay a maximum of 0.70 euros/km (0.80 dollars/km)
Since 2014 the main currency of Latvia is changed to EURO. (1 dollar = 0.86 euro and 1 pound = 1.11 euro)
In Latvia the winters are very cold, summers are rather mild with a maximum of 22 degrees (71F). Therefore, summer months of June to August are especially suitable for a visit to the port city. However, the likelihood of rain is relatively high throughout the year: even in July, the warmest month of the year, it still has to be an average of 14 rainy days per month.
Website of the port and tourist organizations
- Terminal operators: Freeport of Riga, Riga Passenger Terminal
- Official website: LiveRiga
- Online tour guide: Wikitravel
Video: Highlights from Riga
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