Sleeping in Airports

Riga Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Riga Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Of the many airports I have slept at overnight, this one rates as the best. -Andrew

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Riga Airport.

What to Expect

Housed in a single terminal, Riga Airport handles European and international traffic from four concourses. You’ll find a variety of shops and eateries, though none are open 24 hours. WiFi is free and power outlets seem plentiful. Economy class passengers can pay to enter two airport lounges, one of which has showers. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Overnight sleepers have no problem staying here. Benches are plentiful on the landside and couches are common on the airside. Couches are also available in retail areas, like at Sweet Delights Cafe or the Pascucci Cafe in Arrivals Sector C. Bring a sleeping bag if you’d prefer to cozy up on the floor. Travellers do mention cold temps and occasional announcements, but nothing that warm clothes and noise-cancelling headphones can’t combat. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service for a fee. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Primeclass Lounge (Terminal C) – Location: Terminal C, airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Primeclass Lounge (Terminal E) – Location: Terminal E, airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Riga Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Sky High Hotel – (2 minute walk from the airport terminal) The only hotel located on airport grounds. No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Best Western Hotel Mara – (5 minutes from the airport) Shuttle Hours: on request. Shuttle fee is € 5.00 each way. Call +371 67702718 to request your pick-up.  » Check Rates
  • ABC Hotel Airport– (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are provided by Baltic Taxi, 5,70€ per person, each way.  » Check Rates
  • Balta Maja – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Riga Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at the Riga Airport for an unlimited amount of time. Connect to the “RIX-Free-WiFi” network. After surfing for 15 minutes you will be required to watch an advertisement in order to continue. We hear the WiFi is fast enough to stream movies or make video calls!

Additionally, computer stations with internet access are available in Coffee Nation, located Airside.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Airport Tours – Find out what happens at the airport during a behind-the-scenes airport tour. Tour needs to be pre-booked. Tour Duration: 1 hour. Location: Welcome to Riga office, 1st Floor, Arrivals Area E.

Beauty Salon – Wood Religion Barber Shop. Location: Departures section, 2nd Floor. Hours: Unknown.

Currency Exchange – Eurex offers foreign exchange services in the passenger zone at arrivals and departures of sector “E” and “C”. Hours: vary according to flight times.

Chapel – Location: 3rd Floor. Hours: open 24 hours

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Riga Airport sells bottled water for 1,00€. Once you have cleared security, look for the two stores displaying the signs.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available (7 locations) as well as a small variety of shops to choose from including 3 locations of Narvesen (magazines, drinks, newspapers, etc.)

Food & Drinks – There are no 24 hour food concessions at the Riga Airport; however, you will find options available Airside that operate at least an hour before flight times until the last flight leaves.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: Arrivals, Sector E, 1st Level. Rates: from 2,50€ for the 1st 12 hours, 3,00€ for 24 hours starting from the 2nd day and 1,00€ starting from the 2nd month. There is also a cloakroom where you can leave winter coats (1,50€ per item) if you are travelling to sunny destination that won’t require them. Small items that were not permitted through security can also be stored for 1,50€ per item. Hours: 24 hours with one hour breaks at 1:00PM, 6:00PM and 1:00AM.

Luggage Wrapping – Available on the second floor, landside, in the registration sector “F”.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us there is one mobile charging point in the Departure Terminal by the Lavazza Coffee machine, opposite check-in counter 38.

Pharmacy – Location: Public area, 2nd floor, Departures sector E. Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00PM.

Post Office – Available on the first floor, in arrival sector “E”. Hours: 8:30AM – 1:00PM and 2:00PM – 5:00PM (Mon-Fri).

Printing – if you forgot to print your boarding pass, you can use the internet terminal located at the “Welcome Riga” office. Location: 1st Floor, Arrivals Area E.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Showers are available in the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Spa – Embassy of Wellness offers spa services. Location: Departures section, 2nd Floor. Hours: Unknown.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of February 2019, Riga airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroflot • Air Baltic • Belavia • Finnair • Get Jet • LOT • Lufthansa • Norwegian • Ryanair • RusLines • SAS • SmartLynx • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • Utair Aviation • Uzbekistan Airways • Wizz Air.



Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The airport is well connected to the public transportation system. Bus No. 22 operates direct services between the Airport and Riga city centre. The airport is also served by minibuses No. 222 and No. 241. Tickets can be purchased at the Welcome to Riga! Bureau in Arrivals Hall E, from a ticket vending machine at the bus stop and in retail outlets at Levels 1 and 2 of the terminal. For rates, fares and schedules, visit the Masruti website.

If onward travel is required, the airport provides many options including connections to Vilnius (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia), Minsk (Belarus) or Warsaw (Poland) for example. To plan your trip, visit the Riga Airport website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies operate onsite in Arrivals sector E: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Hours: vary according to flight times.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available just outside of the Arrivals Hall. A one-way journey between the airport and city center takes around 20 minutes and rates are displayed on the passenger doors of all licensed taxis.

Last updated: 2019-02-07

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.