Golden Palace Hotel Yerevan

Azatutyan Ave, Yerevan, 375037, Armenia
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Bus from Yerevan to Tbilisi

by cessna152

Hi all,

In February 2011, I need to get a bus from Yerevan to Tbilisi. There are two things to factor in - I will have a large suitcase and cannot speak Armenian.

I need to know how easy this journey will be i.e. is it possible to buy a ticket before hand? When I arrive at the bus station, where do I go? When I get to Tbilisi, will it be obvious where to get off?

Does the bus stop en-route (for food stops) or is it bring your own?

And finally, what will the border formalities be like at the border (I'm a UK passport holder?)

Any help will be greaty appreciated!

Jason

Re: Bus from Yerevan to Tbilisi

by Fluffy_bunny

There are several departures per day from the main bus station in Yerevan. There are mini-buses, large buses and shared taxis. Take whatever works for you. All leave in the morning. It's easy, just say "Tbilisi" and the touts will do the rest.

They can drop you off many places along the way, but the station in Tbilisi is the final stop. You'll have to get off. There might be a more convenient place to stop, depending on where you're staying, but the station will do just fine.

There are a couple short stops to grab snacks, but no real meals. The border is simple enough. You do not require a visa for Georgia as a UK citizen for stays of up to 360 days (yes i said 360 days)

Re: Bus from Yerevan to Tbilisi

by cessna152

Cheers for the info. So on my alloted day, I'll get a taxi down to the bus station about 30mins before departure. I'll get out with my suitcase and wait for some touts to arrive. When they do, I'll say Tbilisi Bus. If they take me to a mini van (which I know is quicker) I'll say no and mime something larger and say bus again. Hopefully this will lead me to a comfortable bus where my suitcase will be safely stowed and I can stretch out for the long journey ahead.

Does this sound about right or is it hopelessly optomistic?

Travel Tips for Yerevan

Exoticly Organic

by Assenczo

Armenia is a place still very close to traditional agriculture and local produce. Here you will discover that this is the land of walnut orchards and that people make use of the walnut in many ways. One of those is, rather unexpectedly, a jam from green walnuts - incomprehensible but a fact and delicious too! Another revelation is the jam from mulberries - something that most English speaking people might have difficulty picturing exactly what this means - again, it is delicious. Bon Appétit!

Armenian Visa

by MalenaN

You can very easy get an Armenian visa via Internet and that’s what I got in 2003. It costs 60 dollars and take only two business days to issue. You apply for the e-visa at www.armeniaforeignministry.com
The e-visa can only be used if you are entering to the airport in Yerevan.
When I arrived at Yerevan airport most people seemed to apply for the visa there. It cost 30 dollars and you just had to fill in a paper.
So the last alternative is much cheaper, but if you want to have everything ready before leaving the e-visa is what you should have.

In 2006 I knew there was no problems to apply for the visa at the airport and I got my transit visa as I arrived for 20 dollars. A single entry visa is 30 dollars. You can’t apply for a multiple entry visa at the airport, and you can’t pay in Euros.

Lyova's potato cellar (or Divine Underground)

by RaffiKojian

If you're in Yerevan, and you want to see something pretty crazy, check out Lyova's potato cellar. You have to grab a cab up to Arinj, but this as you might have guessed, is no ordinary potato cellar!

Since 1985, when his wife asked him to dig a potato cellar in the soft stone under their house, this man has not stopped digging. The resulting labyrinth of a cave, with stairs, rooms, chambers, open shafts and sculpting are something you'd only imagine in a fake Hollywood set. All under this guys very ordinary Armenian house.

You can just show up, or call ahead. Either Lyova or his wife will likely be there to give a tour. There is no set price, but a donation box is there, and the wife will not forget to point it out a few times, though Lyova himself does not seem very concerned with it. $5 a person is certainly plenty if you're uncertain of how much to give - so carpool with some friends and check it out. Just tell the taxi driver to take you to Arinj and when you get there ask people where "Lyova Arakelyan" lives - just say his name and they'll point you in the right direction.

It might be safe to say this is the coolest potato cellar in the world! (Though Lyova himself calls it "Lyova's Divine Underground").

Art Bridge Cafe

by MalenaN

Art Bridge Cafe is a nice place inside a bookshop (with books in English). When I was there there was an art exhibition with paintings by two Armenian artists hanging on the wall.
They serve breakfast, sandwiches and pasta.
As an example I give you the price of the things I ordered (in June 2003):
Armenian coffee 300 drams
Instant coffee 400 drams
Bread, butter and jam 300 drams
Pancakes (with few strawberries) 850 drams
Sandwich with fried eggplant and goat cheese (served with tortilla chips) 1050 drams

I visited Art Bridge Cafe also in 2006 and the prices then was:
Sandwich with bacon, tomatoes and lettuce 1150 drams
Coca cola 300 drams

Cascade and Mother Armenia

by kr_en

A Cascade was built (and not fully completed yet) at a slope just north from the city centre, from a park near the opera. You can walk upstairs or simply take a free escalators if you're too tired or find weather too hot. From upstairs you can enjoy a view over the city. When you are already there go accross a street and through a park and soon you'll reach a statue of Mother Armenia (photo) with another viewpoint. Symbolically the present day statue is a bit higher than Stalin which used to stand there until destalinization and "watched" also former Lenin statue at present day Republic square. You will find some MiGs and tanks around the statue and there is a small (no admission fee) war museum inside its bottom. The older partis about Armenian soldiers during WW2 (which never reached Armenia), the newer part is about conquering Nagorno Karabakh but unfortunately all labels are in Armenian language only.

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