Good to know
The Early Bird registration fee of 240 € has been extended until 30 April 2020 and applies equally to IAEVG members and non-members. From 1 May 2020 the registration fee for IAEVG members will be 325 € and for non-members it will be 390 €. Conference registration will be considered final upon receiving your payment. The registration fee includes coffee breaks and lunches during the conference. It is possible to register for the gala dinner for an additional charge of 50 €.
Sixteen different airline companies serve Riga airport, including the national air company AirBaltic and Ryanair. For more information about Riga Airport visit Riga Airport website.
Arrival at the hotel
The most convenient arrangement for reaching the hotel is to take a taxi. The taxi stand at the airport is right outside the arrivals hall. In Riga the free market economy means that taxi companies can set their own rates. Please negotiate your ride fee with the driver before getting in. Companies with reasonable standardised rates are REDCAB and BALTIC TAXI. The trip from the airport to the hotel takes about 20-30 minutes and costs about 12-15 €. The trip from the centre of town to the airport can take somewhat longer, depending on traffic.
Additionally you can take the city bus No.22 or minibus No.241 or Express bus No.322 which each cost 2.00 €, paid to the driver. The bus stop is across the parking lot from the arrivals hall. The public transport schedules can be found at Rigas satiksme website.
Getting around Riga
Riga is a compact city with fairly heavy traffic. Often the quickest way to get from place to place is on foot or by tram. For your information, individual public transport tickets can be bought from the driver at a cost of 2.00 € each, or at 1.15 € each from press kiosks. It is also possible to discover the city with the Riga Pass, which offers free unlimited use of public transport, free sightseeing tours and exclusive deals and discounts in museums and restaurants.
There are several Riga Pass tickets available:
- 24 hours (25 €)
- 48 hours (30 €)
- 72 hours (35 €)
NB! Old Riga has cobbled streets – if you are not used to this, make sure you have comfortable, sturdy shoes.
Coffee breaks and lunches are included in the conference fee. For supper participants make their own arrangements. There are plenty of places to dine in Riga. There is a wide range of prices, depending on the restaurant. The restaurant guide can be found at the LIVE RĪGA website.
Information on Latvia
Latvian is the official language of Latvia. Russian and English are widely spoken. Local time in Latvia is GMT+2. The most comprehensive internet source on Latvia is the website managed by the Latvian Institute. This website contains news, information and resources.
October is generally cool in Latvia. The average high temperature is 10 degrees Celsius and average low – 3 degrees, but there are sometimes surprises, so please check the forecast when you are packing. Please do bring an umbrella just in case, as October weather can be unpredictable. Weather for Riga can be found at Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre's website.
The power supply in Latvia is 220V AC at 50 Hz. An adaptor for the (European standard) round two-pin sockets may be required.
Money and banking
The local currency is the euro as of 1 January 2014. Almost all shops and restaurants accept credit cards (check the front entry for a sticker depicting the types of cards accepted). However, local transport tickets of all sorts when buying from the driver and also many taxis must be paid in cash. Cash machines are indicated by the logo of the bank to which they belong: Swedbank, SEB, Citadele, etc. It is generally more convenient to withdraw cash with a debit card from a cash machine (ATM) than to use a currency exchange, since your local bank will give you the best exchange rate. Be careful: withdrawing cash from a credit card will cause your bank to charge interest.
The hosts will be inviting you on a walking tour of Old Riga which you may choose to join. There are several other cultural landmarks that Latvians are proud of which you can explore in your free time. You may have a look at the Art Nouveau architectural heritage, choose one of many museums devoted to different aspects of life, visit a park, see the colourful Central farmer’s market (and maybe buy some local bread, honey, smoked meat or fish to taste or take home).
In case of emergency: call 112, the EU-wide emergency number for the police, fire and ambulance services
- Police: 110 or 112
- Medical service: 113
- Fire service: 112
- Gas emergency: 114