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Prices in Latvia compared to other countries are not very high, although not so low either. Planning your budget before packing your luggage is a must-do thing. When calculating the cost of travel to Latvia, consider these types of expenses:
The first thing that influences the price of a vacation in Latvia is the cost of living in hotels. Prices in the cities range from 10 EUR in a hostel to a thousand euros in a luxury hotel during the New Year holidays.
Thinking over the rest of the cost of a trip to Latvia do not forget about food – a hot meal in inexpensive restaurants will cost 5-10 EUR, for coffee and cake get ready to pay 4-10 EUR. If you plan to cook on your own, you might have to do some research about “geography” of inexpensive shops. The cost of food in Latvia is approximately the following: from 0.5 EUR a loaf of bread, milk – 0.7-1 EUR, sausage – from 3 EUR, cheese – from 4-6 EUR, 10 eggs – 0.9-1 EUR.
If you would ask “how much does it cost to travel to Latvia?”-24 € is the minimum budget per day you will need. This is enough for a good budget hostel, two trips by public transport and food (the amount equals to two dinners in inexpensive cafes).
Taxi prices in Latvia vary from company to company and from city to city. In Riga, the average price will be higher compared to other regions. On average, the price for a kilometer is from 0.35 to 0.7 €.
In Riga, you can also use an online application to book a car – Bolt. The fare will be around 0.71 € per landing / 0.36 € per km / 0.13 € per minute.
Prices in Riga for groceries in the supermarket are slightly higher. Dairy products and some types of fruit and vegetables will be cheaper. To save money, firstly, it is worth paying attention to markets, especially in the summer season, and secondly, to local products. In such case, the cost of traveling to Latvia will be slightly lower for you.
In Riga, several free tours are regularly held. Thematic excursions will cost 15-20 € per person, a bike tour – 15 €, there is also the possibility of a kayak water tour from 10 € per person. Find interesting Russian language excursions on sites WeAtlas, Tripster and Sputnik8.
There are several Hop-on Hop-off buses in Riga: RedBuses (€ 15 for 24 hours) and Riga Sightseeing (€ 20 for 48 hours, € 17 for online purchases).
The RigaPass tourist card includes free public transport, free walking, and bus excursions, as well as discounts on other excursions, boat trips and museum entrance tickets. A 24-hour card costs 25 €, 48 hours – 30 €, 72 hours – 35 €. When buying through the site, you get a 10% discount.
In the Old Town of Riga, there are a lot of souvenir shops and shops with approximately the same prices. The main rule of saving is to buy food souvenirs in supermarkets, not souvenir shops. On average, prices for basic souvenirs are as follows:
Basic souvenirs: postcard € 0.4, magnet € 2, mug € 3.5.
Special souvenirs: Riga balm from 5 €, depending on the size of the bottle, Riga sprats ~ 3 €.
On average, an entrance ticket to a museum in Riga costs 5-6 € (for example, to the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation or the National Art Museum). One of the most expensive in Riga is the Art Nouveau Museum (Art Nouveau) – 9 €. The entrance to the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is made for donation, and the entrance to the Latvian Military Museum – free of charge.
Overall, the total cost of travelling to Latvia might be slightly higher or lower depending on whether you prefer to use our tips or no. However, the most important are your memories of your trip and an amazing experience of visiting this beautiful Baltic country.