ProblemCons: We didnt rent the car from AVİS. Because the car that we have rented was given to another, and there wasnt any car similar car to drive. I have been all over the world and havent seen anything like this. We have rented from another car company. I will never use AVİS again... Thank you.
The beautiful city of Riga, located right on the Baltic Coast, is the perfect place to explore with a hire car. With your own four wheels you can freely navigate through the city’s main points of interest, such as the Latvian National Opera and Town Hall Square. You can also head to other worthy destinations, including the seaside town of Jūrmala, which is only a 40-minute drive away.
Many of the major hire car agencies, including Avis, Budget, and Enterprise, operate at Riga International Airport (RIX), which is about 8 miles from the city center. The hire car companies can be found in the Sector E of the Arrivals Hall in the airport’s main terminal. You don’t need an International Driving Permit to rent a car in Riga.
The Old Town area is reserved for pedestrians only, so make sure to park the car in the surroundings before heading there. You must drive with the lights dipped at all times in Riga, and winter tires are enforced between December 1st and March 1st every year. For a more pleasant driving experience, visit Riga between June and September.
Rush hour traffic is at its worst between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and then between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., so avoid driving within this window of time if you want to skip the long lines of traffic. Traffic jams get worse close to and on the several bridges that cross the Daugava River and provide access into and out of the city.
25% of our users found a car hire in Riga for £14 or less
Book your car hire in Riga at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Mini car hires in Riga are around 46% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about car rentals in Riga
Some car hire companies in Riga which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Thrifty, Budget and Europcar
On average a hire car in Riga costs £21 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at AbbyCar Car Rentals (£17/day), Alamo (£18/day) and Thrifty (£19/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at ADDCAR RENTAL Riga Airport (1 miles from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Riga is £4.28 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £51 and £68, depending on the car size.
Economy (Volkswagen Polo or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Riga.
A Economy car hire in Riga costs £20 per day, on average.
A Premium car hire in Riga costs £20 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Riga costs £23 per day, on average.
In Riga, cars are most frequently hired at GREEN MOTION Dzirnieka Lela (5 miles from city centre).
On average hiring a car in Riga costs £146 per week (£21 per day).
On average a car hire in Riga costs £628 per month (£21 per day).
For driving around Riga, a mid-size sedan is a good option. An economy car will also help cut the costs of driving in Latvia, and a spacious SUV is great when road tripping across the country. But if you’re visiting in the winter, a four-wheel drive provides more safety when driving through snow, and when winter tires are required.
The speed limit on urban areas is typically 50 kilometers per hour (31 miles per hour), unless otherwise posted. The speed limit on public roads is usually 90 km/h (55 mph), and drivers on high-speed roads are allowed to drive at a maximum speed of 100 km/h (62 mph).
The average petrol prices in Riga are approximately €4.87 ($5.54 USD) per gallon. Some petrol stations may offer lower prices of about €4.62 ($5.26 USD) per gallon, but some also charge rates as high as €5.11 ($5.82 USD) per gallon. Latvia generally offers cheaper petrol prices than the surrounding countries, so take that into consideration if you’re planning on a European road trip.
On-street parking in Riga is paid between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Parking on Sundays and public holidays is free. There are several different parking zones, with each charging different rates. There are many parking lots in Old Riga, with a rate of €1.50 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and €1 until 11 p.m.