Currency

euro (€)

Daily Costs

  • Budget hotel room 25Ls
  • Two-course evening meal 10Ls
  • Museum entrance 1.50Ls
  • Beer 1.20Ls
  • City transport ticket 0.70Ls

Money

Latvia abandoned its national currency, the lats, and switched to the euro in January 2014.

ATMs are easy to find and credit cards are widely accepted.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1€0.63
CanadaC$1€0.65
Japan¥100€0.77
New ZealandNZ$1€0.60
RussiaR100€1.32
UK£1€1.11
USAUS$1€0.87

For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.

Tipping

Restaurants As Rīga’s dining scene continues to draw its influence from a clash of other cultures, tipping (apkalpošana) is becoming more commonplace – up to 10% gratuity is common, and many restaurants tack service charge onto the bill.

Taxis It's suitable to round up the fare.

Hotels Tipping isn't expected in hotels, but €1 to €2 to porters for carrying a heavy bag is a good gesture.

Bars It's not customary, though you may see a tip jar on the counter for change. Leave up to 10% for exceptional service.