Why stay in Riga?
Latvia's capital city of Riga is gaining in popularity as a tourist destination, as travelers venture beyond Western Europe and into countries which were once part of the USSR. Riga's old town is a lovely place to wander and enjoy the architecture, and the city is full of parks and green spaces where you can enjoy nice weather. If you are on the lookout for Soviet-era memorabilia, try the outdoor markets.
Getting around Riga is easy with the public transit systems, including trams, buses and trolleys, so you should have no trouble getting from your hostel to anything you want to do and see in Riga. There are plenty of hostels in the city, but you might want to book early to make sure you do not have to pay too much for your bed. Be sure to keep in mind that "hostels" are not only meant for young people or the backpacking crowd (even if the place has the word "backpacker" in the name!) - hostels are perfect for budget-minded travelers who are interested in meeting other travelers. A few Riga hostels worth mentioning are highlighted below.
Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel has been ranked highly by customers on worldwide hostel lists; among the things you can enjoy with a stay at Friendly Fun Franks is a bobsled ride with the Latvian bobsled team. And who could refuse that? Argonaut Backpackers is in the old town in a pedestrian zone and is a great base for the area's adventure sports and tours.
Riga Oldtown Hostel & Backpackers Pub offers lots of free extras in its central location. It is a short walk to the bus and train stations. Central Hostel Riga is in a quiet area in central Riga, 10 minutes from the old town and 5 minutes from the train and bus stations.
If none of these hostels sounds like what you are looking for, do not worry. There are plenty more Riga hostels where those came from. Just keep reading the listings until you find the one that suits you.
Do you need anything else for your trip? You can search for the best deals on international airfare to Riga and book your ticket now. You can also learn more about the area in our Riga Travel Guide.