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The European capital of culture in 2014, Latvia’s capital city has its own distinctive aesthetic thanks to the Art Nouveau architecture that dominates the centre of the city, earning its status as a Unesco World Heritage site. Since liberation from Russia at the end of the Cold War, Riga has begun to establish a new identity, with trendy cafés popping up on almost every corner, as well as a host of experimental restaurants and cool bars.
With a hire car at your disposal, you can explore the hugely varied districts of this capital city with ease, as well as follow the Daugave River out into the picturesque countryside beyond.
Riga International Airport is located in the suburb of Skulte, just a 20-minute drive from the city centre along the A10 motorway.
With a hire car you can easily drive to other nearby places of interest, such as Jelgava (a 50-minute drive) where you can explore the largest Baroque-style palace in the Baltic states, or the rural town of Madona (around two hours and 20 minutes in the car).
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Riga to suit every budget and requirement, from Greenmotion and Sixt to Hertz and Enterprise.
Riga Central Market is the bustling heart of this historic city, housed in a series of WW1 zeppelin hangars (five of nine left in the world) and their surrounding area. This is the perfect place to wander through and soak up a sense of local life, as well as sample some typical Latvian foods such as marinated herring and kefir – said to help maintain a healthy gut. Riga’s striking cathedral is also worth a visit, the largest medieval church in the Baltic, while the Art Museum Riga Bourse contains an elaborate interior (think gilded chandeliers and ornate frescoes) that almost eclipses the art, which includes an impressive selection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics alongside works from Monet and a scaled-down cast of Rodin’s iconic statue The Kiss.
A hire car will also help you explore outside of Riga, with Jurmala a popular day-trip destination (a 40-minute drive) as a result of its beautiful sandy beaches which stretch for 20 miles along the Gulf of Riga. The town of Saldus is also an easy hour-and-a-half drive, nestled in a valley next to the River Ciecere and Lake Saldus.
Speed limits are 30mph in built-up areas and 55mph on highways. Take care not to park on tram lines, which populate many roads in the city centre.
Feeling inspired to start exploring Riga and other parts of Latvia? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best Riga car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.
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In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £7 in Riga.
On average, car rentals in Riga are £10.
When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.
You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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