Riga Airport Reviews
Riga Airport Apr 30, 2010
Riga airport is located just outside Riga, about a 30 minute trip, and is the hub for AirBaltic and quite the major airport in the Baltic States. Althrough it seems tiny on arrival, you soon see the size of it on departure. Loads to do and plenty of places to eat and drink while you wait for your flight. High roof and large space but very busy. Also found the boarder guards suprisingly friendly.
On arrival we were greeting by a AirBaltic rep, despite the fact we'd flown in with Ryanair, who gave us a map of the Old Town and tips (we intially thought she was trying to flog us something but instead offered impartial advice on getting into Latvia's capital. Why can't more airports have staff like this on hand to help the bewildered first time visitor? Great idea) including the fare we should pay for a taxi (no more than 12 Lats) and the price for the AirBaltic shuttle hotel bus which takes you to major hotels in Riga and then drops you off in the Old Town althrough our guy was nice enough to take us to the hotel even through it wasn't on his list. That costs 6 lats each way per person. So we shared it with a bunch of loud middle-aged Northerners on a stag do. Well it had seemed like a good idea on first glance!
Alternatively there's the normal bus but sod that hassle when you can get taken to your door for a fiver.
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Riga Airport Feb 08, 2009
Riga Airport is a small but fairly modern airport. When you arrive in the airport from abroad you will in many cases be picked up by bus from the plane. The bus ride is fairly short and buses are modern and multiple so you don’t have to wait that long in the plane.
The luggage delivery is very fast, one of the fastest I have seen; there are only two tracks where the luggage can arrive from so you can hardly go wrong. There are trolleys just next to the track so if you have a lot of luggage there is no problem at all. The entry to the custom is simple and there was not much control while I was there. The transit time was extremely short; I think that it is as fast as when you land in Trondheim, Norway.
In the arrival hall you find most of the car rental agencies except AddCar which is situated at the second floor in the departure area. There is an information desk which provides swift answers and the first impression is light and friendly.
The departure area is also light and friendly and there are not many areas that will make it complex to find the right check in queue. The security process is not the fastest and they force all women to take of their boots which always is a funny site. The staffs were friendly and not as rigid as I have experienced in some airport like Tallinn and Kiev.
The shops, bars, cafés and restaurants in the tax free area are okay and there is a good selection of opportunities to choose from. Toilets were clean and there was a good boarding service.
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