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Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music on regular basis cooperates with Convent Court Hotel and Hotel Multilux - both hotels are centrally located and offer a reasonable price range. Radission Blu Latvija, and Hotel Neiburgs offer quality services, food and recreational facilities. More accomodation options can be found online.
- arriving by plane
Riga International Airport is located 10km southwest of Riga centre. Bus 22 and Minibus #222 run between the airport and the centre. The last buses leave the airport at 0:05, or 23:40 on Saturday, Sunday, and holiday. The bus stop is located opposite the entrance of the terminal. There is a ticket machine at the bus stop or tickets can be bought at the Narvessen shop near the TGI Friday's at the departure level in the airport. Note that day and multi-day passes are not valid on the minibuses. Airport Express operates minibuses to the city centre costing €5 per person. These run every 30 minutes but only take 20 minutes to get to the city centre. Baltic Taxi and Red Cab Taxi offers service from the airport to the centre. Service to the old town takes 15 minutes.
- arriving by train or bus
Riga Central Bus Station is serviced by Ecolines, Eurolines and other major international bus services. Latvian Railway offers daily international services to St. Petersburg and Moscow. Both stations are adjacent and are located within walking distance of the hotels indicated in the accommodation section.
- public transport system
Rigas Satiksme operates trams, buses, minibuses, and trolleybuses. They all use the e-ticket system called E-talons. A single fare covers one ride on any one route independent of the distance - i.e. a transfer requires payment of 2 fares. Single fares are €2.00 if paid on board to the driver (cash only, exact change preferred) or €1.15 if a reloadable e-talon card is purchased in advance (ticket office, vending machine, press kiosk, Narvesen shop, or other location listed on the Rigas Satiksme website). Cards must be activated by using a yellow device in the vehicles. Note that you must activate all cards every time that you enter a vehicle.
Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music will provide the minimum of 3 hours daily practice time on concert grands to all participants throughout the duration of the competition.
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