Getting Around Armenia
Armenia has an affordable public transportation system. In addition to rental cars, taxis, buses, trolleybuses, minivans (referred to as marshrutkas), and train, Yerevan also has an underground metro system with 10 stations.
Taxi service in Armenia isn’t very expensive, and sometimes it is actually the better choice when you are in a hurry. The price per 1 km is 100 AMD, but there is a minimal payment of 600 AMD (from 1 to 4 km). The average price for a taxi ride within Yerevan’s center is 600-700 AMD, however during rush hours the price may rise.
There are a number of taxi mobile applications available to enable you to order taxis by a tap or two once you have downloaded the application. Click here for some tips and a list of the companies and applications.
If you decide to catch a taxi on the street, always choose the ones with meters.
The quickest way around Yerevan is by its underground subway system. The cost is only 100 dram (less than $0.30), with access to 10 stations. Yerevan metro offers clean and comfortable metro stations, with trains running every five minutes from 6:30 am through 11:00 pm. The Yerevan metro runs an overall distance line of 14 km and has become part of the lives of the locals and visitors alike. During the summer months, when it’s too hot, Yerevan metro becomes the best place to cool off. Except for certain rush hours, the metro is mostly quite empty. You’ll be able to travel throughout the city swiftly and in peace.
Buses and Vans
Buses and minivans (locally referred to as marshrutka) serve most major cities and many smaller towns at a cost of only 100 dram (less than $0.30). Buses usually run all day, but have a fixed schedule. Vans, on the other hand, are more frequent and faster than buses, running various routes throughout the cities and the country.
The Yerevan trolleybus system has been operating since 1949 and forms part of the public transport network in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. If you have plenty of time and you want to save some money you can travel by trolleybus. The trolleybus fare is only 50 AMD, yet it travels slower than other public transportation.
There are daily trains towards Gyumri, from the main railway of Yerevan. On summer weekends, one daily train operates from the northern Almast station to Lake Sevan, all the way to Shorzha on the far side. Please note that the only station north of Gyumri that is officially accessible to passengers is Vanadzor, where the Georgia-bound train stops. North of Vanadzor there are only technical stops to which tickets can't be bought (Pambak, Shahali, Sanahin, Ayrum). Nevertheless, inspectors may unofficially allow passengers to embark or disembark the train at those stops. The fastest running train is the Yerevan-Tbilisi route, with an additional stop in Batumi during the summer season for beach goers.
There are a number of rental car companies available in Yerevan, with many models to choose from at varying costs. This will allow you to be more free while getting around the country as you’ll have to rely only on yourself. You must present your passport and driver's license in order to rent a car. Click here for a list of the companies.