Latvia : Safety by CityLatvia - safety as a country
Riga is the capital city of Latvia.
Riga is the business hub and is among the most promising and architecturally beautiful locations in the Baltic region.
Speaking of architecture, there are 700 houses in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.
With great infrastructure, connectivity, port, and ease of business, it is becoming one of the most influential business cities in Eastern Europe.
There is great opportunity for growth and a prosperous business in many sectors.
Life in Riga is dynamic, exciting and satisfying and its people normally work throughout the week and on weekends go to visit the Latvian countryside.
Warnings & Dangers in Riga
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Riga is overall safe to travel to, the crime rates are relatively low, and even pickpockets are not that common. However, it is advised that you remain vigilant at all times, especially on the streets.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
As in other Baltic cities, traffic is not very safe in Riga. It is filled with reckless drivers and even crossing the street is dangerous. Be very careful when included in Latvia's traffic.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpockets exist in Riga but it is not too big of an issue. There are specific areas to watch out for such as Vecriga (Riga's Old Town), Dzelzcela Stacija (central train station), the Autoosta (central bus station) and Centraltirgus (central market) notorious for pickpockets. Be careful and keep your valuables close by your side.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
As for natural disasters, there are no greater risks, like volcanoes, earthquakes or tornadoes. You can relax completely.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
It is not likely you will get mugged or kidnapped in Riga. Still, don't let your guard down and stay away from dark and deserted areas of bigger cities.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
There haven't been any terrorist attacks in Riga's recent history, but they shouldn't be ruled out, so be aware of your surroundings at all times.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
There are several scams performed in Riga, and they are mostly connected to bars and pubs. People lured into a pub or a bar by a pretty lady are mostly ridiculously overcharged. This happens in shady pubs such as Kapsula, Babylon and Sonali Pub to name a few. Never accept drinks from strange people or leave your drink unattended.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Overall, Riga is very safe for women traveling solo. Just use your common sense and have your wits with you. Avoid poorly lit and deserted areas at night and finding yourself in places filled with drunken people.
So... How Safe Is Riga Really?
Riga is generally safe to travel to, and petty crime is relatively low although it exists.
Pickpocketing is mostly common around crowded areas and some of the most notorious locations for this crime are Vecriga (Riga’s Old Town), Dzelzcela Stacija (central train station), the Autoosta (central bus station) and Centraltirgus (central market).
Being foreign, you will, of course, attract the attention of pickpockets, if you are carelessly showing off expensive stuff in touristy areas, but even that is a lower threat than in other popular tourist destinations worldwide.
Just be sensible, look after your purse/wallet and you’ll be fine.
Another issue to bear in mind is that bicycle theft is also common so make sure to lock your bicycle before walking away, even if it’s the smallest distance from your vehicle.
In general, violent crime is extremely rare, and you are very unlikely to be in any kind of danger unless you get drunk and go out looking for trouble.
Like other major Baltic cities, bear in mind that traffic isn’t the safest.
Riga is filled with reckless drivers and some roads are very unsafe.
As for terrorist and political-related risks, Riga is very safe.
There hasn’t been a single major terrorist incident ever since independence, no noticeable gang activity, nobody carrying guns.
How Does Riga Compare?
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- Visas - For most countries, visas are not required for any stays shorter than 90 days. Any longer than that and you have to obtain a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Latvian embassy for further information.
- Currency - Euro is the official currency for Riga and most of Europe. ATMs are very easy to find and credit cards accepted in many establishments such as hotels and restaurants.
- Weather - Riga has a warm temperate humid climate with pleasant summers and reasonably mild winters that last from January until March. Average temperatures range from 10°C to 15°C in winter, but temperatures sometimes drop as low as -6.6°C.
- Airports - Riga International Airport is the biggest international airport in Riga, and it's located in the Mārupe Municipality west of Riga. It is a state-owned joint-stock company, while the owner of all shares is no one other than the government of Latvia.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Riga since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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2 Reviews on Riga
Architecture is beautiful
I remember getting amazed at the Riga Dome Cathedral, massive organs there unlike any I have seen really. I love how the streets with the cobblestones match the architecture surrounding it. It reminds you that there is a history behind the surroundings. This might just me my own feelings considering I live in a modern jungle back in the States.
Rigs in May
I was in Riga a few weeks ago and it was fairly quiet. I visited the KGB museum about fifteen minutes or so walk from the centre and the tour at €10 booked was interesting, Drink prices in the cobbled tourist area as well as food is not that expensive at around €5 or €6 for a beer, €15 for a meal. You can see the city in two full days quite easy and the cleanliness is amazing compared to some cities I’ve visited. Watch the gift shops as they are not cheap, but there are some in the central market a lot less expensive. Taxi to airport is going to cost around €30 book from hotel was my best option. Very safe as long as you use your common sense so enjoy this wonderful city!