This article will provide you with everything you need to know before spending 2 days in Riga.
I recently visited Riga, the capital city of Latvia, during my Baltic States Road Trip and it was awesome.
Explore the historic, UNESCO world heritage site that is Riga’s old town. There is magnificent architecture, vibrant eateries, and cobblestone lanes.
This 2-day Riga itinerary will let you know the best things to do, the best bars, and more!
You can expect to visit the House of the Black Heads, St. Peter’s Church, The Freedom Monument, and the awesome central market!
There is also helpful information on where to stay, the best guided tours, and how to get around.
Whether you’re spending a weekend in Riga or more, it’s somewhere you should definitely visit whilst in Latvia.
There are lots of fun things to do in Riga, this guide will give you all the information you need!
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2 Days in Riga Itinerary
So you’re wondering:
What is there to do during 2 days in Riga?
Use this 2-day Riga itinerary for inspiration and to help plan your trip. You can navigate around the different attractions from here.
Let us know in the comments what you think of this Riga travel guide!
2 Days in Riga Itinerary
Old Town Walking Tour | Riga Cathedral | Riga Castle | Riga Food & Drink
Swedish Gate | Parks in Riga | Guided Tours in Riga
Day 3 (Optional):
Riga Coffee | Jacob Barracks | Riga Castles & Palaces
What is Riga famous for?
Riga, the capital city of Latvia, is famous for its amazing medieval old town, cultural highlights, and the beautiful River Daugava. The old town, a UNESCO world heritage site, is pedestrianized and full of lively shops, restaurants, and outstanding architecture.
2 Days in Riga Itinerary Map
Here is a map of the main attractions you will see on day one of your 2 days in Riga.
On your first day in Riga, I would recommend doing a full walking tour of Riga’s old town and a few additional attractions.
If you are interested in having a guide for your tour to learn more about the local history of Riga then you could consider Getyourguide
Riga Free Walking Tour
Below I’ve outlined a Riga walking tour itinerary for you. I think this is the best way to kick-start your 2 days in Riga.
The Freedom Monument
The Freedom Monument is a memorial to commemorate the lives lost during the Latvian War of Independence. It is located next to Bastejkalna park near the entrance to the old town. A fantastic place to start!
The House of the Blackheads is the next stop on your walking tour. It was originally constructed for a guild called the Brotherhood of the Blackheads in the 14th century. Unfortunately, it was bombed during the second world war but it was subsequently reconstructed at the end of the 20th century.
It’s a great sight to behold!
This is in the center of the old town so it’s a great spot to stop for a mid-morning coffee or snack in one of Riga’s many cafe’s
A 5-minute walk away is Riga cathedral, your next attraction.
Dating back to 1211, It’s The Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop of Riga! It’s also located at Dome Square, the largest square in the old town. You will have plenty of space to step back and take photo’s
On the second of your 2 days in Riga, you have a few options to choose from. In the morning you could go back to the old town and view a few things you may have missed on day 1.
Riga Swedish Gate
Parks in Riga
Guided Tours in Riga
Riga Swedish Gate
The Swedish gate is basically a part of the old town which used to be an important entrance into the city for trade purposes. There are cafes nearby so it’s nice for an early morning stop-off before you get on with your second day!
The Jacob Barracks shows the coats of arms for Latvia Parishes!
If you have an extra day then why not get outside of the city and see more of what Latvia has to offer! Here I have outlined 3 options of places you can go. You can either do it with a guide or by yourself.
Here are three options for a potential day out on your third day in Riga.
Learn more about history at the Latvian War Museum
Admire the Riga Radio and TV Tower
Where to stay in Riga
As with everywhere else, there are a number of options when deciding where to stay during a weekend in Riga.
The hotels in the center are surprisingly affordable but if you are on a budget you could consider either a hostel or an Air BnB which is located slightly further from the center.
We stayed a short walk from the Freedom Monument.
Here is a list of several accommodation options in Riga.
Liberty Hotel – Great 3 star hotel near the Freedom Monument with free breakfast and rooms at a budget price.
Royal Square Hotel & Suites – 5-star hotel at surprisingly reasonable rates right in the center of the city!
The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers
Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel
Tree House Hostel
Air BnB can be an excellent option for finding accommodation options in Riga
Options range from studio apartments in the center of the city budget alternatives further out.
Riga Travel Tips
Here are my travel tips for your 2 days in Riga.
My thoughts on Riga
I had a great time in Riga. I would say what stood out the most was the friendly people in the old town. I visited many of the bars, cafes and restaurants and it was fun chatting to some of the locals.
We went to a stand-up comedy night which turned out to be in Russian, an interesting experience!
The old town itself is fun to walk around and there is lots of great architecture to look at. It did not take long to drive to Riga from Tallinn so if you have time I would definitely try to fit a trip there too.
As with any destination, the amount you spend will really depend on what kind of activities you want to do and whether or not you are eating out a lot.
Price-wise it was about average for a typical European city.
Hotel room for 2: $40+ Hostel: Dorm – $14+; Private – $45+ Air BnB: $45+
Metro / Bus: $1.25 Day travel card: $7 Bike rental: $5+ Taxi from airport to center: $25
Dinner: $15+ Lunch: $12+ Take-out meal: $8+
Beer in local bar/pub: $5 Beer in high-end bar: $9 Cocktail: $9
How to get to Riga
Fortunately, Riga is easily accessible by all forms of transport!
There are many flights direct into Riga International airport from all over Europe. In addition, you can take the ferry from Helsinki and drive through Estonia or take buses from other major European cities. There are also great transport links from Russia, Belarus, Turkey, and Israel.
There are also trains and good quality roads into Riga, should you wish to take one of those options. During my baltic states road trip I had no issues covering large amounts of miles on the roads. The traffic was fine.
Like Tallinn, Riga is easy to navigate on foot. Most of the city center accommodation is reasonably priced which means staying close to the old town and walking everywhere is a good option.
Alternatively, there is a fantastic network of trams, buses, and trolleybuses. You can also get taxis easily which are metered, which avoids you being charged an unreasonable price.
Best time to visit Riga
Riga has 850,000 residents and is a great place to visit during the summer. The midsummer festivals which take place on 23/24 of June are an important part of the local culture but of course, it can be very busy during this time. You can read more about this incredibly Latvian holiday here
Christmas is also a great time to visit as you can enjoy a mug of warm mulled wine at the Riga winter markets.
The busiest time in Riga is between May and October.
A great way to save money on transport in Riga is to purchase a Riga Card. This gives you unlimited usage of Riga public transport and a variety of attractions in the city. It also provides discounts on museums, restaurants, and other services.
24Hr – (€)25
48Hr – (€)30
72Hr – (€)35
Practical Information for Visiting Riga
Timezone: Eastern European Time (GMT+2)
Currency: Euro (€)
Power: Two pin socket
Internet access: Excellent
Drinking Water: Do not drink water from the tap without boiling first
Safety in Riga
Be careful of pick pockets
Double check cover charges and drinks prices in restaurants