Bus from the Airport
Bus 17 and 18 (formerly 107 and 108) run from the Airport to Yerewen. When you come Out of the Airport turn to the right and go a view Stepanakert up to a parkinglot, you will find these minibuses there. Bus 18 runs via the train station, Tigran Mets av., Khanjyan st. to Abovyan st. with a stop near Yeritasardkan metro station, takes about 1 hour and 200 Dram (with little luggage). Going to the Airport you might have to wait up to 20 minutes.
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From Yerevan to Stepanakert
Take a minibus (Marshrutka) from Kilikya Avtokayan (bus terminal, get there from Mesrop Mashtots Poghota, near Opera with minibus 15, 100 Dram), it was about 6 hours in both directions, 5000 Dram (slighly better bus) to Stepanakert, 4500 the way back. Several leave in the morning when full. Goris and Tatev Monastery would be on the way, but appearently no direct minibuses to Goris.
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Oveland to Georgia
The transport between Armenia and Georgia or rather Yerevan and Tbilisi, that makes the most sense is a minibus. Locally it is known as "marshrutka" and runs from the bus station in Yerevan. It costs 6500AMD and starts at 9:00am. The whole trip lasts around 5 1/2 hours which includes the generous breaks and border crossing. Speaking of breaks it is worth mentioning that most passengers are well prepared for the trip and have their bags stuffed with food which comes handy as spontaneous picnics happen at picturesque sites along river banks etc. In my case the fact that I have apparently missed the point of marshrutka travel and did not have food of my own was to trigger the form of hospitality that the Caucasians seemingly are famous for. Despite my rather potent refusals to any offers coming my way this was not convincing enough and I had to succumb to a sandwich of the local type with this salty-dry feta-like cheese wrapped up in pita style bread. Well, it went down despite my swallowed protestations and a tint of sincere gratitude blurred my eyes as I meaningfully thanked my improvised hosts. Long live the charitable soul of the Caucasus!
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Yerevan "Zvartnots" Airport
After landing and making my way to the arrival hall, I first had to change some money into Armenian Drams to pay for the Armenian visa. It cost AMD 3000 for a 21 day single entry visa. The form can be completed at the nearby desks, airport staff are there to help you. You then have to queue to get your visa and then queue at the nearby passport control. The whole procedure didn't take long, it was early morning though and not many arrivals.
On departing, check in and security was quite busy, it didn't take that long though to get to the departure lounges. Apart from a duty free shop and a small cafe, there wasn't much there. However, departures was clean & tidy and there were plenty of seats.
Under the steps of the Cascade are a series of escalators that take you up and down the monument. As you ride them you pass works of art that are on display.
To use them enter the door on the left hand side at the base of Cascade. They save you a steep climb of about 500 steps. A great help as the temperature was in the 30's when I visited. You are able to get off and look around at various levels on the Cascade
Getting around Yerevan on taxis
Taxis are cheap in Yerevan and the most convenient way to get around the city but before getting on make sure that the driver understands English ( which is least likely ) and agree on the fare !
Armenians are not harmful though they may talk loud so don`t hesitate to barge.
Armavia Airline to Armenia
For flying to Yerevan and generally Armenia , you don`t have that much choices. Not all big Airlines fly to Armenia , unfortunately Armavia which is the biggest Armenian airline does not fly to many cities through out the world either ! Anyway, if Armavia comes to your city , it`s the cheapest way to get to Armenia but not the best !
Aircrafts are old and it kind of gives you bad feeling of insecurity, so if you are going to Armenia from big countries in Europe better check with airlines of your own country before Armavia though the fare is not even comparable.
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Local taxis are a inexpensive and efficient way to get around Yerevan. At the time of writing, flagfall was 400 AMD for the first kilometer. Most Yerevan taxis are equipped with electronic taxi meters and are able to give you a receipt upon request.
A very reliable taxi service is Alex Taxi. Their contact information is below:
The roads in Aremnia/Yerevan are actually in good for the most part but like in your home town accidents happen from time to time as this unlucky army truck driver found out. I don't know if anyone was hurt but be alert if you are driving. The one thing I did notice is that they will pass traffic here but not in the suicidal way they do in parts of Africa
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Bus to Tbilisi
I was supposed to take the overnight train that runs on the even days to Georgia but the locals said nyet.... I am glad I did not. There are mini buses or marshrutkas that go just about everywhere. Get there at 07:00 if you want a good seat and also since they leave when full (mine left at 07:40). It's about a 6 hour ride to Tbilisi which includes a 20 min coffee stop and separate boarder crossing. While most of the signs are in Armenian...there will be someone there that speaks enough english to help you out.
The trip was less painful than what I excpected. I reached the Ortachalla bus station @ 8:30. When I arrived 2 buses have already departured the station. If you arrive early then you'll have the luxuray of choosing you seat. We waited for about an hour for the Marshutska to fill (around 15 passender). The bus station at Tbilisi had very clean Toillet facility (you have to pay .2 lary to use it) and it had few canteens and little shops. The Mershutska ticket cost 30 Lari. A bus left the station 1/2 before we did but these buses are incredibly slow. There was a room for bags @ the back.
We arrived @ the borders after 1:30 hour and I had my visa so I had little problem. There was a German gentelman who had to buy a visa. He paid 30 US $ for it and his ordeal was TOTALLY painless and very smooth. When finnished with our passport we went to the bus to find out that costoms were done checking our bags. I was surprized because mine was locked, I was told they just looked at it from the out side and then put back again in the bus. 2 hours later we stopped @ a little resturant by the river for an hour, where there was a toilet. I recommend that you bring your own food and drink because the resturant was very expensive. The entire trip with boarder crossing and the hour took about 6.5 hours.
Sorry I could not describe the Yerevan bus station because I was exhausted. I took a taxi to down town. I was charged 1000 Dram but i told later by friends that it should have costed me 700 Dram. I was also told that there was a bus between the the station and down town area, I was tired and wanted to get to the hotel as soon as I can
Mini buses between Yerevan and Tbilisi
I went into a travel agent on Mashtots Ave in Yerevan to ask when the mini buses are time tabled to run from Yerevan to Tbilisi. I was told that there would be one each day from the bus station ('Avto Kayan' if you ask a cab driver to take you there) at 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am and 12 noon. The fare was 6600 AMD.
Please note that a mini bus is liable to be cancelled if there aren't enough passengers for the driver to make it worthwhile to make the trip.
The fare to Yerevan from Tbilisi was 30 GEL.
The time for the border crossing can unpredictable. For crossing into Armenia it took 2 hours for the border crossing meaning the whole journey took 7 hours duration. From Armenia to Georgia the border crossing only took 30 minutes and so the duration of the entire trip was only 5 1/2 hours.
In Tbilisi the mini buses run from either the train station or 1 of the bus stations so you need to know in advance the correct departure point for your trip. Look out for the writing in red in the attached photo. This photo is from the minibus front window and means, "Yerevan" in Russian.
When I visited these countries there was a time difference of Georgia being 1 hour behind Armenia.
Subway metros are extremely cheap and convinient. You get a token for 50drams ( appx €0.10 ). Make sure you're carrying a map of the metro unless you can read Armenian language, as there's no English translations. Locals often try to help you if you look confused, but most of them can't speak English and can't help much.
Airport and transportation
As soon as you arrive @ the Airport, taxi drivers will offer you a ride. It will cost you around 10 US dollars. You can however use a bus. You just walk out side and don't listen to the taxi drivers that will tell there isn't any. Turn write and you'll see few buses weaiting. I used a taxi on my way back to teh airport.
By the way the Airport was great and very efficient. There was a nice Duty free on the way in and out. After you finnish with costms you see an HSBC branch, where you can exchange money and an HSBC ATM machine. I was amazed that the you could have used the ATM with any of 8 differnet langauges, including Arabic!! What ever you read about Yerevan airport in LP is not correct. This new Airport is very friendly and modern.
Be carful that you'll need to pay 30 US $ on the way out.
Yeah Yeah, I know I don't have many pictuers but I am going back soon to see Yerevan and Armenia.
I flew to Yerevan from Sharjah UAE. Going out of Yerevan this is avery good, affordable option. One way trip will cost you aroun 110 US dollars, not bad at all for a 3 hrs flight on a modern plain. You can keep on flying to further destinations either through Air Arabi or Emirates. This is route is probably the most convieniant for Austeralians and New Zelanders (through Emirates Airline) to reach Armenia and Georgia. The plain it self is a brand new Air bus. Air Arabia is a low fair airline and it has good reputation since it started its operation From its Sharjah Hub.
Seats are quite big for economy class and leg rooms are generous. Seatting condition on Air Arabia is actually better than any other Airline I used before. I am about 190 cm (6'3) and I feel very comfortable on Air Arabia. You can make all your reservation and purchase your ticket online.
All the plains are new Airbus and Food is sold on board. You can buy a meal for 3-4 dollars.
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