Introduction to Wheelchair Accessible Riga

Riga is the capital city of Latvia, located on the Gulf of Riga at the point where the Daugava River meets the Baltic Sea. The city’s historic center, dating back to the 13th century, has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the interest of preservation, large portions of the old town is now closed to vehicle traffic.

The city’s age presents some challenges to wheelchair users, who must contend with cobblestones in the historic center, but a wheelchair accessible trip to Riga, Latvia is possible. Outside of the historic center, sidewalks are easier to navigate with smooth surfaces and curb ramps. I toured the city using a power wheelchair and relied on the partially accessible public transportation system to get around. Although some of the city’s historic buildings and attractions are inaccessible due to stairs, there is still a great deal to see that is accessible. Using this guide to the wheelchair accessibility of Riga, Latvia, you’ll be able to plan and prepare for a trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe’s Baltic region.

Guide Contents

Exterior of wheelchair accessible Riga Airport.

Airport Accessibility

Riga International Airport is the busiest in the Baltic region and wheelchair accessible.

Wheelchair accessible Freedom Monument in Riga, Latvia.

Attractions & Sights

Learn how to access Riga’s historic Old Town, monuments, museums, the opera and more.

Wheelchair accessible hotel room in Riga, Latvia.

Hotels & Accommodations

These Riga hotels offer guest rooms with accessibility features for disabled people.

Wheelchair accessible tram in Riga, Latvia.

Public Transportation

Public transport in Riga is largely wheelchair accessible and FREE for disabled passengers.

Accessible sidewalk in Riga, Latvia.

Sidewalk Accessibility

Riga’s sidewalks are a tale of two cities: the Old Town and modern city center.

Travel visa requirements for Latvia.

Visa Requirements & Safety

Secure your travel visa and stay safe in Latvia with these tips.