Riga’s cheap prices, super cheap booze, bustling nightlife, and beautiful scenery (both architecture and people) make it an ideal location for budget travelers… except that it’s located away from the normal budget traveler’s trail. However, you can find cheap flights to Riga from most major cities if you book ahead.
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Average Daily Costs for Visiting Riga
These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
Average Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Riga: €37 (Approx. $41)
- Attractions: €6 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: €16
- Breakfast: €2
- Lunch: €5
- Dinner: €7
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €2
- Transportation: €1.50
- Accommodation (Hostel): €13
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Riga: €23 (Approx. $26)
- Attractions: €5 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: €9
- Breakfast: €0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €3 (street food or takeaway shop fare)
- Dinner: €5 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Beer: €1 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
- Transportation: €0 (walk)
- Accommodation (Cheap Hostel): €9
Riga Attraction and Museum Prices
Attractions in Riga are affordable and often free, but some free sites may ask for a donation. We suggest talking a walking tour to learn about the city’s history.
- Central Market: Free
- Museum of the Occupation of Latvia: By donation, with 10€ guided tour
- KGB Building and tour: €5
- Art Nouveau Museum: €6-€7.50
- Latvian Open-Air Museum: €2-€4, depending on season
- International Vodka Museum: Suggested donation of €20, includes free tastings/samples
- Riga Ghetto Museum: Suggested donation of €5
- Walking & Tours: Free – €25 (Riga offers a variety of walking tours to showcase the city’s history, culture, and architecture. Themed tours includeRiga’s old town and exploring the art nouveau buildings.)
- Bike tours: €18
Riga Food Prices
Food is cheap in Riga, so there are plenty of affordable restaurants — but you’ll want to do a little research to find the best quality. However, if you plan on eating in Castle Square, you’re going to pay a premium, so watch out for that. But no matter where you eat, a meal in a normal restaurant is going to cost a small fraction of what it would in Western Europe.
Many places offer “business lunch,” which is a fixed-price menu that consists of a starter, a main, and a drink. Expect to pay anywhere from €3-€5.
Like most Baltic and Eastern European cuisine, traditional Latvian food is heavy on the pork, potatoes, and cabbage. Pickled vegetables – mushrooms, cucumbers, and beets – are a common accompaniment to all meals.
Budget Breakfast: Free – €4
- Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less). Hotel breakfasts tend to be overpriced, so skip those in most cases.
- Breakfast pastry from a local bakery costs around €1.5-€2.5.
- Coffee’s popularity has surged in Riga, and a decent cup at a café will run €1.20-€2.25.
- A pancake brunch will cost about €4.50.
Budget Lunch: €3.50–€6
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few euros.
- Pelmeni (small, meat-stuffed dumplings) are available at stands and for takeaway and are a popular budget choice. Expect to pay €1.50-€4 for a meal at XL Pelmeni, a local favorite.
- FolkKlub Ala offers traditional Latvian food for cheap; it caters to tourists and locals alike. Entrees run €3.50-€5, and beer €1.50-€3. Also a good choice for dinner if you’re looking for local eats.
- Kebab or falafel at a stand runs €1.75-€3.50.
- Riga Central Market – local vendors offer food, vegetables, and fruit for cheap. A great place to get takeaway, running around €2.25-€5 for a meal.
Budget Dinner: €4–€10
- Pretty much all the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply for dinner.
- Ethnic food – Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian – is a solid budget choice. Meals run €3.50-€6 at CityWok and similar establishments.
- A traditional meal of Latvian food at Key to Riga in Castle Square will run €18-€30; expect similar prices at other Castle Square restaurants.
Drinks and Alcohol
- Beer in a bar costs about €2.
- Beer from a grocery runs €1 or less, a bottle of wine about €6.
- Coffee runs €1–€2.
Riga Transportation Prices
Transit access can be purchased by number of trips or for a set amount of time.
- 24-hour access, all routes: €5
- 3-day access, all routes: €10
- 5-day access, all routes: €15
For 1/2/4/10 trips, ticket prices are €1.15/€2.30/€4.60/€10.90.
Airport transit from city center:
via bus: €2 (on-bus), €1.15 (off-bus). Bus 22 provides transport from airport to Old Town.
via taxi: €11.40-€14.50
Bicycle rental: €3/€6/€13 for 1/2/24 hour rentals.
Riga Hostel/Hotel Accommodation Prices
Like most of Eastern Europe, hostels in Riga are cheap. And they’re usually much nicer quality than you’ll find in Western Europe. Airbnb rentals are also super affordable, so that’s a great option if you want some privacy or are traveling in a group.
Hostels: €9-€18 (Bed in a shared dorm room)
You should budget about €12/night per person for a decent hostel, although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay €40-€80 total (for two people), so it’s probably a better deal to rent an apartment.
We book our hostels through Hostel World.
Budget Hotels: €55-€70
A decent budget hotel that is in the city center will cost around €60/night. You can find cheaper hotels if you want to stay farther away from the center of the city or if you don’t mind staying in a junky place.
Rental Apartment (Airbnb): €35-€80/night
From my experience, rental apartments (via Airbnb) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals — click here to get $30 off your first stay.
There are quite a few nice Airbnb options available in Riga — you should be able to find a highly rated studio or 1-bedroom for around €45/night, but I’ve seen some as cheap as €25/night. If you want to rent a room in someone’s place, expect to pay around €19-€33/night.
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