A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Riga vs. London for Attractions, Nightlife, Families, and Couples

Should you visit Riga or London?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Riga or London? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Riga

Riga is a off-the-beaten-path, charming, and unique city. Because this is such a big city, visitors will find many sights and attractions around town. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

London

London is a historic, diverse, and iconic city. With plenty of activities and things to do, it's a huge city that draws plenty of visitors. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. And you can't forget about the museums, theater, and nightlife.

Riga and London: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less family-friendly
  • Less popular with couples
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty


How is Riga different from London?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between London and Riga. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Riga or London Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Riga
London

Plenty of people visit the sights and museums in both Riga and London.

Riga offers many unique museums, sights, and landmarks that will make for a memorable trip. As a capital city with a diverse history, you'll find a number of museums and landmarks in the area. Visitors frequently visit The Freedom Monument, St. Peters Church, the Riga Cathedral, The House of the Black Heads, and any of the many museums around town.

With plenty of landmarks, attractions, and museums, London has many famous sights for visitors. The city has so many iconic sights that we can't list them all, but some of the most famous include the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the British Museum.


Is Riga or London Better for Food?

Riga
London

Both Riga and London offer a number of unique restaurants to choose from.

Eating is part of the travel experience when you visit Riga. The city offers a great opportunity to try many Latvian specialties including rasol (a potato salad), pelmeni (a Latvian dumpling), and karbonade (kind of like schnitzel). The cuisine is hearty and filling with lots of bread, dumpling, and meats. Riga is also where you'll find the largest food market in Europe, which is the perfect place to wander and pick up some local items.

London has a number of nationally recognized food spots and restaurants. Although food here was once the butt of a number of jokes, the restaurant scene has come a long way, and you can find anything and everything around town.

Is Riga or London Better for Nightlife?

Riga
London

Evening events are similar in both Riga and London.

Riga is a world class party destination. Despite being a small city, this capital has gained a reputation for its party atmosphere. The historic center comes to life in the evenings, particularly between Wednesdays and Saturdays. The area is compact enough that you can walk from club to club and prices are reasonable.

London is a must-see party destination. Some of the best neighborhoods for nightlife are Camden, Westend, Soho, and Shoreditch.

Is Riga or London Better for Shopping?

Riga
London

Both Riga and London are good shopping destinations.

Riga is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. Some of the most interesting shopping in the city is in the old town. Prices might be a little more expensive than you expect but it's possible to find some unique items. The city also has many markets, including the largest food market in Europe, which is a must-see.

Many people travel to London specifically to go shopping. With so much iconic shopping around town, it's hard to decide where to go. Head to Oxford Street, Regent Street, or Piccadilly Circus for a quintessential British experience.

Is Riga or London Better for Families?

Riga
London

There's generally more to do with your family in London than Riga.

As it has a large number of activities for kids, London is a very family-friendly destination. Whether you do a Harry Potter Tour, take a ride on the London Eye, or enjoy afternoon tea, there are plenty of activities for kids around town. There are also many great playgrounds and toy stores to explore.

Riga is a family-friendly city. During the winter months, there are a number of museums that are fun to explore with kids including the Nature Museum, the Railroad Museum, the Aviation Technology Museum, and the Riga Firefighter Museum. There are also several indoor play areas. When the weather is warmer there are a number of outdoor parks and playgrounds to explore.


Is Riga or London Better for Couples?

Riga
London

While Riga and London are both popular destinations, overall London is considered to be a more popular choice.

London makes for a terrific place to visit as a couple. With every type of entertainment that you can imagine, this city is the ultimate couple's getaway.

Riga is a good city for couples to visit. The city has a charming old town that you can explore, taking time to relax in the city squares or sip coffee at a cafe. There are also many nice restaurants that will make for a romantic date night.

Is Riga or London Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Riga
London

Both Riga and London are popular destinations for backpackers.

Backpackers and budget travelers come from all over the world to visit Riga. There are many affordable hostels around town as well as restaurants where you can grab a cheap meal. The city offers a great European experience at a fraction of the price of many cities.

A large number of backpackers visit London, as it is a very popular city for budget travelers. Although the city is very expensive, it has tons of hostels, affordable restaurant options, and great public transit.

Is Riga or London Better for Students?

Riga
London

Riga and London are both good destinations for students and younger travelers.

Riga is a very popular city for students and younger travelers. The city's affordability and vibrant atmosphere make it a great spot for international students. There are many places to hang out and a lively nightlife scene that appeals to young travelers.

Students come from all over the world to visit London. The city has a number of universities and is a popular study abroad destination. It's also a very diverse city, so international students will feel right at home.

Is Riga or London Better for Public Transit?

Riga
London

Both Riga and London offer public transit options.

Riga has some very good public transit options. Transportation options include buses, trolleybuses, and trams.

The thorough and effecient public transit system of London can take you anywhere. From the iconic double decker buses to the Tube, there are plenty of options throughout the city.


Is Riga or London a more walkable city?

Riga
London

Riga and London both are comparable when exploring on foot.

Riga is a very walkable city. The city is small enough that most areas can be explored on foot.

It's very easy to get around on foot in London. With many walkable areas, it is considered to be one of the world's most walkable major cities.

Should I spend more time in London or Riga?

How long in Riga or London?

Both Riga and London have a number of activities to choose from. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in London than Riga.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Riga is 2-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to London is 2-7 days.


  • How many days in Riga or London? Ideal Length of Stay
    Riga 2-4 
    London 2-7

One day in Riga or London?

Many travelers enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting the destination of Riga. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

London is a big city destination where you can fill many days. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything.

A weekend in Riga or London?

Riga is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. Don't miss the nightlife, as that's what most people do. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

London is a fun place to experience. If you have a weekend, this is a great place to go. A weekend is often enough time to do most activities. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

Five days in Riga or London?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Riga. Don't miss the nightlife, as that's what most people do. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. Five days may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

London is a iconic big city where you can fill many days. This city offers something for everyone. Plenty of people spend five days in the area when traveling. Five days is often enough time to do most activities.


A week in Riga or London?

Travelers enjoy the shopping and museums when visiting the off-the-beaten-path destination of Riga. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

London is a international city where you can fill many days. Many people spend one week here. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Because of this, one week is usually enough time for a trip here.

Which city is cheaper, London or Riga?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Riga is €82, while the average daily cost in London is €168. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Riga and London in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Riga 42
    London 105
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Riga 84
    London 210
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Hotels in Riga


Hotels in London


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Riga 12
    London 24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Riga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Riga:

  • Riga Tank Ride - 2 Hours - Guided with Return Transfers: $1,192
  • Mercedes-Benz Viano Van Transfer from Riga to Vilnius/Talinn/Any Baltic Country: $425
  • Private Minivan Transfer: Riga to Tallinn: $418
  • Private Minivan transfer from Riga to Kaunas: $413
  • Riga Party Bus Airport Transfer: $382
  • Riga to Vilnius transfer with Sightseeing: $347
  • Riga to Tallinn transfer with Sightseeing: $335
  • Transfer from Riga to Tallinn: $283
  • Private Minivan Transfer from Kaunas to Riga: $215
  • Riga (Sigulda) Winter Bobsleigh "Olympic + Vuchko" Ride - Guided with Transfers: $199
  • Private transfer from Riga to Vilnius via Rundale palace and Hill of crosses: $169
  • Private Taxi Transfer from Riga or Riga airport to Tallinn: $153

Typical Local Transportation prices in London

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in London:


  • Taxi Ride
    17
  • Heathrow Express
    21
  • Luggage Storage
    9.29
  • London Map
    1.50
  • Oyster Card
    42
  • Train to Gatwick Airport (2)
    25
  • Oyster Card
    31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in London

Also for London, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Ultra - London Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Heathrow Airport LHR: $8.71
  • Ultra - London Airport Transfer from City Centre to London Gatwick Airport LGW: $8.71
  • Gatwick Airport to Central London Bus Transfer: $14
  • Shuttle transfer from your Hotel To Heathrow Airport - Super Saver: $18
  • Shared departure transfer from your London hotel to the Airport: $27
  • Private London Departure Transfer - Accommodation to St Pancras Eurostar Station: $28
  • Executive Transfer from Central London to Eurostar St Pancras: $31
  • Private Transfer from London City Center to Stratford: $31
  • Shared London Departure Transfer - Hotel / Accommodation to Airport: $32
  • London To St Pancras Station Private Transfer Departure Service: $34
  • Private Business Transfer from London City Airport (LCY) to London City Center: $36
  • Private Business Transfer from London City Center to London City Airport (LCY): $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Riga or London?

Prices for flights to both London and Riga change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Riga 26
    London 33
Typical Food prices in Riga

Some typical examples of dining costs in Riga are as follows:


  • Fast Food Lunch
    5.77

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Riga

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Riga.

  • Private Guided Virtual Food Tour of Riga: $12
  • Central Market Latvian Food Tour: $34
  • Riga Medieval Dinner: $102
  • Riga Medieval Dinner: $102

Typical Food prices in London

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to London:


  • Lunch at Starbucks
    15
  • Tea
    6.97
  • Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
    45
  • Morning Tea
    7.37
  • Pastry
    5.80
  • Sushi Dinner for One
    21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in London

For London, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Traveling Spoon Nepalese Momos Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Private Cooking Class with a London Cookbook Author: $87
  • BYOB Pizza Workshop Supper Club: $91
  • Private Cooking Class in Central London with a Food Expert: $150
  • South London Food Tour With A Local: Borough Market, Southbank & London Bridge: $150
  • Borough Market Visit & Cooking Class in Central London with a Food Professional: $164
  • 3.5-Hour Shoreditch Street Food Tour: $261
  • Private Food Tour, Cooking Class and Market Visit in London with a Food Expert: $315

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Riga 17
    London 30

Tours and Activities in Riga

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Riga are as follows:

  • "Best of Riga" 6-hour Private Car & Walking Tour: $373
  • 2 Day Gastronomy Tour In Latgale: $267
  • 2 Day Gauja National Park Tour: $199
  • 2 Day Kurzeme Winery Tour: $224
  • ATV-QUAD rent and guided tours: $48
  • All Inclusive Honest History Tour - Āraiši, Cēsis, Līgatne, Sigulda: $248
  • Alternative Riga Photoshoot Tour: $49
  • An audio tour of Old from St Peter's Church to the Monument of Freedom: $5.00
  • Art Nouveau Small Group Walking Tour of Riga: $193
  • Art Nouveau Walking Tour in Riga: $57
  • Beer Bike Experience: $45
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour: $231

Typical Entertainment prices in London

For London, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Two Tickets to a Concert
    96
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    40
  • London Pass
    55
  • Comedy Show
    9.29

Tours and Activities in London

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for London.

  • Haunted Exploration Game and Tour: $5.63
  • Royal Canadian Regiment Museum: Historic Wolseley Barracks Tour: $5.64
  • Self-Guided Tour with Over 100 Sights: $5.64
  • Shakespeare's Italy Virtual Experience: $6.90
  • Queen and Freddie Mercury Exploration Game and Tour: $7.88
  • 59-Minutes British Museum Audio-guided Tour: $8.71
  • 59-Minutes National Gallery Audio-guided Tour: $9.95
  • 12 Angry Guests: The Online Jury Experience: $11
  • The Clink Prison Museum Admission Tickets: $11
  • Virtual Guided Tour of London's Off the Beaten Track Areas: $14
  • Guided Tour of Handel House: $14
  • Tiger King: The Murder Mystery Experience: $15

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Riga 16
    London 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Riga

Also in Riga, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Pub Crawl in Riga: $37
  • Pub Crawl- Your best night out in Riga with our local guide!: $47
  • Riga Public Pub Crawl: $60
  • Riga Happy Hour Pub Crawl: $64
  • Riga Brewery Tour: $83
  • Riga Brewery Tour: $83
  • Riga Beer Killer Bar Crawl: $83
  • Riga Wine Tasting Session: $115
  • Gauja National Park Tour: Castles and Wine Tasting: $149
  • Culinary, Historic and Wine Tour to Sigulda and Cesis: $224
  • Exclusive Latvian Wine Tasting In Riga: $380
  • 1.5-Hour Latvian Wine Tasting Experience: $476

Sample the Local Flavors in London

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in London:

  • The Original Shoreditch Pub Crawl: $27
  • Camden Pub Crawl with Drinks: $27
  • Sipsmith Distillery Tour and Complimentary Tasting: $35
  • Private:Brewery, Winery, and Cider & Spirit Tastings Tour in SW Ontario: $101
  • Gin Palace Crawl with Distillery Tour & Tastings: $107
  • English Sparkling Wine Tours from London: $392
  • Private London Pub History and Brewery (Full Day Tour): $621
  • Private visit to Bombay Sapphire Distillery and Stonehenge: $851


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Riga and London, we can see that London is more expensive. And not only is Riga much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Riga would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Riga and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in London would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in London than you might in Riga.


When is the best time to visit Riga or London?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Riga or London in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Riga as well as London. The city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Riga this time of year. Also, many travelers come to London for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Riga is around the same temperature as London. Typically, the summer temperatures in Riga in July are around 17°C (63°F), and London is about 18°C (64°F).

Riga usually gets more rain in July than London. Riga gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while London receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Riga 17°C (63°F) 
    London 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Riga or London in the Autumn?

Both London and Riga are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Riga for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Also, many visitors come to London in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Riga is generally much colder than London. Temperatures in Riga average around 7°C (45°F), and London stays around 12°C (53°F).

In October, Riga usually receives around the same amount of rain as London. Riga gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while London receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Riga 7°C (45°F) 
    London 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Riga or London in the Winter?

Both London and Riga during the winter are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Riga in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Furthermore, most visitors come to London for the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine during these months.

London can be very cold during winter. Riga can get quite cold in the winter. Riga is much colder than London in the winter. The temperature in Riga is usually -5°C (23°F) in January, and London stays around 4°C (40°F).

Riga usually gets less rain in January than London. Riga gets 33 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while London receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Riga -5°C (23°F) 
    London 4°C (40°F)

Should I visit Riga or London in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Riga and London. Most visitors come to Riga for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months. Furthermore, the spring months attract visitors to London because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Riga is much colder than London. Typically, the spring temperatures in Riga in April are around 5°C (42°F), and London is about 9°C (48°F).

In April, Riga usually receives less rain than London. Riga gets 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while London receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Riga 5°C (42°F) 
    London 9°C (48°F)

Typical Weather for London and Riga

Riga London
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (23°F) 33 mm (1.3 in) 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Feb -4°C (24°F) 25 mm (1 in) 5°C (40°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Mar -0°C (31°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 7°C (44°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 5°C (42°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 9°C (48°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
May 12°C (53°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jun 15°C (60°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jul 17°C (63°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 18°C (64°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Aug 16°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 18°C (64°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 76 mm (3 in) 15°C (59°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Oct 7°C (45°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 12°C (53°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Nov 2°C (36°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 7°C (45°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Dec -2°C (28°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 5°C (42°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)


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