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|Destination Airport||Riga Intl.|
|Destination Airport IATA Code||RIX|
|Destination City Name||Riga|
The capital of Latvia, Riga’s medieval Old Town and spire-dotted skyline may suggest a city of peace and timeless elegance, but this is no dusty destination. Hidden behind its Art Nouveau architecture lie trendy bars, hip cafes and restaurants, while just beyond they city limits, nature wreaths this striking capital with unspoiled countryside and glittering coastlines.
The Baltic climate means summertime in Riga, although generally warm, is usually quite short. Peak season is from June to September, when many summer music festivals take place. This is a good time to visit but cheap fares will be harder to find.
Winter can be very cold, but the city provides a different flavour during this season. It still offers many cultural activities and festivals, but it attracts fewer tourists than in summertime. Book from November to April to find affordable flights, when you can still enjoy music festivals such as the Porta World Music Festival.
The best way to find cheap flights is to book early and be flexible on dates. If one search turns up an expensive flight, it may be that you’re trying to book during one of Riga’s more popular festivals, such as Winterfest. Selecting ‘Show flexible dates’ (found above the search results) will help you source cheaper deals.
Flexibility on departure location also helps. Choosing the ‘Nearby airports’ option (if you’re flying from a regional airport) or ‘All London airports’ (if you’re departing from London) should turn up a wider array of flights to choose from.
As an increasingly popular destination, direct flights to Riga are now available from London, Manchester and Glasgow. Average flight time is under three hours. For departures from other locations, a connection is required.
Optimal flight times to Riga from around the UK are:
All flights from the UK to Riga land at Riga International Airport. Riga International has been steadily expanding since the city’s 800th anniversary celebrations in 2001. It now has three terminals and receives over six million passengers a year.
A range of premium and budget airlines fly to Riga from the UK, meaning there are options suitable for any pocket:
Riga is well served by tram, trolley and bus services, which run between 05.30 and 23.30. Since the transport system closes earlier than many European cities, be sure to leave yourself enough time to get home when you’re out. The city also offers taxi services that run through the night. Meanwhile, at just 70 cents a ticket within the city limits, Riga’s rail service is incredibly cheap. Of course, you may want to explore the nearby Latvian countryside, in which case hiring a car in Riga may be your best bet, giving you freedom to explore this underrated nation at a leisurely pace.
Riga blends its ancient heritage with sleek modern design and a vibrant youth culture. A trip here isn’t complete without exploring the city’s Old Town, a maze of pretty cobbled avenues and Art Nouveau buildings. At the heart of Old Town is Which the Unesco World Heritage Site of St Peter’s Church. The quarter is also dotted with laidback cafes, perfect for enjoying a coffee and an eclair.
As a major cultural centre, Riga is also packed with fascinating museums, such as the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. Take yourself on a journey through Latvia’s occupation by various powers from the Middle Ages up until the end of the Cold War.
No visa is required for British travellers visiting Latvia, although it is advisable to purchase travel insurance before you depart. If you don’t have one already, applying for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is also a good idea. EHIC will cover any medical costs incurred during your stay. Finally, while Riga is packed with museums, art galleries and restaurants, the verdant Latvian countryside and twinkling beaches of the Baltic Riviera shouldn’t be missed while you’re here. Public transport regularly runs outside the city, so don’t miss your chance!
Paris is, without a doubt, one of the most popular destinations on the planet – but, you don’t need to dig too deep to pay for your flights to the French capital. You can be enjoying the wide, tree-lined avenues, grand architecture, world-class museums, art galleries, opera, theatre, cafes and fashion boutiques after bagging a cheap flight from Expedia. Let’s show you how.
It’s not just the season that is all-important for the haute-couture of Paris. It’s just as important a consideration if you are booking a flight and looking for a bargain deal.
Spring is very popular in romantic Paris, and as a result you can expect flight fares to rise and attractions to be busier.
Autumn also has a charm of its own, but there are many more bargains to be found in the months of September to November.
The true off-season, though, is winter. Avoid the Christmas and New Year period and there are many cheap flights available between November and March. Do pack warm clothes, though, and your brolly!
It’s not just the time of year, however, that can help you find the best deals on flights to Paris. Sometimes it’s down to the tactics you use for searching, and here are some to try out right now.
With so many airports in the UK offering departures to Paris, it can sometimes pay big time to search beyond your closest. Expedia offers you a ‘Nearby Airports’ option when you search for your flights. You’ll find this under your chosen departure location – and it allows you to explore the deals available from other UK airports.
If you are searching for flights from London to Paris you can widen your net by selecting all London airports, rather than just a specific one. And, likewise, don’t forget to check prices to both of the airports in Paris as well.
For those not restricted to set days, cheaper flights can be found by using our ‘Show Flexible Dates’ feature. This appears just above where your flight options are returned – and it lets you see exactly when the cheapest tickets to Paris are near your preferred dates.
There are many airports and carriers offering cheap flights to Paris throughout the year. Here are some of the most popular routes.
Airlines offering flights to Paris include:
If you're booking direct flights from the UK you'll land at either Charles de Gaulle Airport or Paris Orly Airport. Unfortunately, there are no longer direct flights from UK to Beauvais–Tillé Airport, a low-cost airport favoured by budget airlines flying to Paris.
Charles de Gaulle
The second busiest airport in Europe is also known as Roissy Airport. It’s a big airport that boasts three terminals and plenty of great onward travel options. These include the RER commuter train (from terminals 2 and 3), the Roissybus (from all terminals), taxi or car hire. The Magical Shuttle bus can whisk you off to Disneyland Paris straight from the airport.
Paris-Orly is the country’s second busiest airport, after Charles de Gaule. As you’d expect, it’s easy enough to head into the attractions that Paris offers from here. You can catch the OrlyBus into the city or take the Orlyval light rail to connect with the RER train line. Taxis and car hire options are plentiful in Paris and those heading for Disneyland can jump on the Magical Shuttle.
Paris is actually a surprisingly compact and walkable city. But, should you need to give your legs a rest, the Paris Metro will transport you between quarters quickly. It runs until 12:30am and a ticket will give you unlimited access all day to both the trains and city buses.
The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Pompidou and the Arc de Triomphe: been there, done that? If you have done the must-do top 10, Paris still has many secrets to reveal, and here are just three of them.
The Countryside in the City
A true haven that Paris harbours is 'la campagne à Paris'. This slice of rural life in the heart of the metropolitan city is a neighbourhood of 92 pavilions that offers all the tranquillity of a typical French village in the centre of Paris itself.
Nearest Metro: Porte de Bagnolet
The Ghosts of the City
Underneath the French capital are caves left from where stone was extracted for Haussmann’s colossal urban renewal project. The Catacombs are where the remains of 6,000,000 Parisians were transferred from cemeteries into these caves. Here you can delve into the history of Paris and meet its ghosts.
Nearest Metro: Denfert Rochereau
The Old Streets of the City
Rue des Francs Bourgeois is in the chic district of Marais. Here old, luxurious townhouses rub shoulders with trendy cafes and bars, and fashionistas can explore designer boutiques to their heart’s content. Stroll further down this atmospheric street and the Place des Vosges awaits: this is where Victor Hugo once resided and invented his tales of Parisian life.