Getting Around

The Venue

The Digital Freedom Festival was a two day event. The Conference Day took place on November 15th at Hanzas Perons, the main venue, with its several stages: The Future Stage; Delfi Media Lab, Innovation Bazaar, and Freedom Lounge. The conference venue was located on 16a Hanzas Street just 10 minutes drive from the Old Riga. Renovated and open for public this year Hanzas Perons, the former Riga Cargo Railway Station has been transformed into a stylish twenty-first-century venue.

Different side-events were taking place on November 14th at various locations. These include: Leadership Academy at ISSP Gallery, Berga Bazārs (13/3 Marijas);  Personal Growth Academy at Birojnīca, Berga Bazārs (84/2 Dzirnavu); Hack-Academy at Norden, Berga Bazārs (13/3 Marijas); and Pre-Selection Pitching at DoBe, Swedbank (15 Balasta). 

Official Hotel

The official DFF Hotel was AC Hotel by Marriott Riga as many festival guests and speakers were staying there. It is located in the charming Art Nouveau part of Riga centre (33 Dzirnavu St.), just a 10 minute walking distance from the main venue Hanzas Perons and right next to all the major city’s attractions. 

Of course, feel free to explore other hotels and various options on Airbnb.


Getting to Riga


For regional travel we suggest express coach Lux Express, which connects Riga with Vilnius, Pärnu, Tartu, Tallinn, Minsk, Warsaw, Minsk and provides comfortable seats and essential services like WiFi, Power Supply outlet, Media system, Hot drinks, and WC. Special discount code will be provided upon purchase of the DFF ticket. 

For those travelling longer distances the obvious choice would be a direct AirBaltic flight or a combination of AirBaltic and any other international airline. If you take a taxi from the airport, know that you do not have to take the first taxi in the line – instead you can choose the one you like. A reasonable fare for a taxi to downtown is 15 to 20 euros.

Getting Around Riga

In the centre everything is within walking distance, but you can use public transport – tram, trolleybus, or bus – for added comfort (operates between 5:30 and 23:30). We suggest Trafi app that allows you to screen all the mobility options in real-time. You can buy tickets from a driver for two euros or cheaper at street kiosks and most chains. Official timetables, fares, and purchase information is also available at, the provider of city transport services.

We suggest that you use Bolt app for taxi services in Riga. However, if you happen to get a taxi on the street, please, pay attention to the tariffs (boarding, distance, waiting) indicated on the back doors of every taxi, because tariffs are not regulated and there are no maximum limits. We advise that you consult about the fee with the driver before getting in the car, to avoid any misunderstandings.

Enjoy the Weekend – Staro Rīga


The festival of light “Staro Rīga” took place all across the city and Old Riga on November 15-18, 2019. It has become highly popular and anticipated among Rigans and tourists alike. During this festival many outdoor installations are used to transform the surroundings of Riga with the use of different light-emitting technologies. More information:

Top 100 Wines + Chefs event

Top 100 Wines + Chefs event on November 16, 2019, at Hanzas Perons.  If you love food & wine –  this event offered an opportunity to sample the top 100 imported wines in Latvia and taste the signature dishes from the most exciting restaurants and chefs of Riga all in one place. Find out more: Top 100 Wines + Chefs. By the way, VIP ticket holders were entitled to a 10% discount with the code DFF.

Independence Day of Latvia

November 18 is the Independence Day of Latvia. Various events take place across the country throughout the day. In Riga, the celebration begins with a parade of the National Armed Forces on the 11th November Embankment. It is followed by the laying of flowers at the Freedom Monument by the President of Latvia and other government officials. In the evening there are many concerts. The celebration culminates with magnificent fireworks over the River Daugava.