Getting Around Azerbaijan

  • Explore Baku on foot
    Explore Baku on foot
    by HORSCHECK
  • Explore Baku on foot
    Explore Baku on foot
    by HORSCHECK
  • On foot: Carpets in the old town
    On foot: Carpets in the old town
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    Travel in Azerbaijan

    by maykal Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Baku is served by major airlines from Europe and the Middle East, and I think there is also an airport in Ganca (pronounced Ganja), but the label 'International' is probably a tad optimistic. There are trains from Baku to Tbilisi in Georgia, stopping at Ganca and a few smaller places near the border...for details of times, prices and other exciting facts, as well as some tips on how to handle the border guards please see my Baku or Tbilisi pages. There are also buses which travel the same route, as well as buses between Zaqatala and Laghodekhi in the Kakheti region of Georgia. I'm not sure if the land border at Astara with Iran is open to foreigners...probably not...but there is a ferry to Banzar-e Anzali on the Iranian Caspian coast, as well as a ferry to Turkmenbashi on the opposite side of the caspian in Turkmenistan. The border with Armenia is definately not open. As for Russia, well, there are certainly buses heading to Machachkhala and other cities in Daghestan, as well as to Moscow, but how safe these routes are at the moment is anyone's guess.
    Buses are the only real way of getting round Azerbaijan...the trains are excruciatingly slow, and stations are in the middle of nowhere. However, the state of the trains is far superior to that of the buses, which are falling apart, and regularly break down....I'm sure they run on vodka some of the time! Also, why is it that my seat never ever reclines, yet the seat in front of me reclines to a horizontal position resulting in that passenger's head being practically in my lap?!! Bus journeys are long (Zaqatala-Baku is an overnight journey...and don't expect anything resembling sleep!), but at least they are cheap! Of course, the other option is to rent a car in Baku.

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    Train

    by Mittnic Written Oct 16, 2006

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    Train is cheap, comfortable and painfully slow. The 620 km journey from Baku to Tbilisi took 16,5 hours.

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