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Tourism for Yerevan? Guide to visit the capital of Armenia

Yerevan is 2,800 years old but is considered a relatively “young” city. Despite being older than Rome itself, there are hardly any remnants of its past and it seems as if it had been abandoned to the magic of the scalpel in order to be able to live another three thousand years.

The center is a unique jewel mixing Soviet-style and contemporary architecture, combining them with national traditions. This city was known as the Pink City during the Communism. It was a good nickname because of its facades, which were erected with the typical volcanic stone of the country called tufa. When the sun shines at sunset, the various chromatic scales projected by this rock turn the fronts of the buildings into a great show.

But what is most striking is the energy breathed in the streets, the bustle of their cafes, the pub concerts, the coming and going of people along the boulevards, the summer nights, and the love for the good life by their people. And when the good weather arrives, the city is a fantastic place to finish a day of sightseeing, having a couple of cold beers while talking about the human and the divine.

The capital of Armenia is home to more than a million souls and it is the cultural, economic, and political heart for the nearly nine million Armenians who are scattered all over the world. Despite its size, it has so many things to do and so many places to discover that maybe you will not have time to do it all.

Yerevan’s streets accommodate over twenty museums, multiple theatres, art galleries, and concert halls. In addition, the hotel variety is very wide and there are restaurants of all kinds with prices to suit every budget. The city is very attractive, always in constant movement ̶ with a certain tendency to insomnia ̶ and where new things are discovered every day. But do not get too involved in its streets; the real Armenia is waiting for you out there.

Yerevan TOP 10

The Republic Square

The Republic Square is the heart of Yerevan. It is surrounded by some of the most emblematic buildings, such as the Marriott Hotel, the Government Palace, some Government Ministries, the National Gallery, and the History Museum. All of them show off their white or reddish tufa facades that give them that exotic and unique appearance.

The square was designed by the architect Alexander Tamanian in the twenties and it is the starting point of some of the most important streets in the city. Starting in April, as soon as the sun goes down, the fountains of the square are the scene of a show of lights, water and classical music that attract hundreds of tourists and locals every day.

State Museum of Armenian History and the National Gallery

A mandatory visit. Both institutions are in the same building, which is situated in the building directly opposite the fountains of the Republic Square. In the History Museum, you will find a complete collection that will help you learn about the country’s past.

There are all kinds of museum pieces ranging from the Stone Age to our days. All of them were found in Armenian soil. For us, it is the best museum in the city. In addition, if you like painting, you will get a pleasant surprise at the National Gallery. It occupies 56 rooms and treasures of the Russian, European, and Armenian schools are exhibited.

Tsitsernakaberd

You cannot leave Armenia without visiting the memorial complex constructed to honor the victims of the Genocide. Tsitsernakaberd is the most solemn place in the country. It consists of a structure composed of an obelisk, symbolizing the resurgence of the nation after the tragedy.

There are also twelve concrete blocks that give shape to the circular platform which protects the eternal flame. The tradition is to deposit a white or red carnation in front of the fire. The Esplanade has its own museum where you can dig deeper into everything that happened.

Ararat Brandy Factory-Museum

People say that they produce one of the best brandies in the world and that Churchill became a regular visitor in this house. Brandy is one of the national drinks and visiting the facilities of this factory-museum is really worth it. The staff will show you around the factory and will talk about its history, the production process, and then tour ends with a small tasting. Needless to say, you have to book in advance.

Vernissage

This is the most famous street market in the city and Sundays are its strong day. Here you will find the strangest objects you can imagine. But above all, it is a good place to buy antiques, souvenirs, and old objects from the Soviet period. If you’re good at haggling, you can go home with a good bargain!

Museum and Fortress of Erebuni

In this small promontory, the History of Yerevan began in the year 782 B.C. The King of Urartu, Argishti I, founded on the top of this hill a fortress in order to protect its territory. The visit to the Museum and Fortress of Erebuni offers good panoramic views. The museum, which is built at the foot of the hill where the fortification rises, exhibits the remains found by archaeologists. It was opened in 1968 to commemorate the 2,750-year history of Yerevan.

The Waterfall and the Cafesjian Museum of Art

We hope you are lucky enough to have a clear and crisp day so that the Ararat shows itself and gives you one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the world.

If this is the case, the best place to spend some time in awe of the mountain is the outside stairs of The Waterfall and the Casfejian Museum of Art. This is a pharaonic building cut into the hill which connects the lower and upper parts of the city and which hides an exhibition center in its interior.

It offers good temporary and permanent exhibitions, divided into several heights. It is worth visiting it.

The Blue Mosque

It is one of the few remaining vestiges of that ancient multicultural Yerevan that the Italian journalist Luigi Villari talked so much about during his travels. In addition, this is the only mosque that remains active out of the eight that came to exist in the old Yerevan of the early 20th century.

The Blue Mosque dates from 1765 and it is a haven of peace within the hustle and bustle of the capital. On the outside, it is reminiscent of those mosques in Central Asia that are scattered around some of the cities of the Silk Road.

Mezzo Classic House Club and Malkhas Jazz Club

If you are a lover of Jazz and live performances, you must visit this place. Compared to the rest of the jazz venues in the city, Mezzo is quite expensive. But they are worth it for the quality of the artists they usually bring there.

Expect to find a relaxing and elegant atmosphere. They also offered dinners at the time of our information gathering. You should book in advance just in case. They are also good places to have a couple of drinks late at night. They are still open until 2:00 a.m.

Dancing Fountain

It is not the show at the Bellagio, but it is quite good. And the Dancing Fountain show is the perfect excuse to have a walk around the capital after dinner. The performance, which combines the magic of light, classical music and water, is generally on from April to October.

It is a free and very crowded show in the Armenian capital, with hundreds of water jets and floodlights that dance to the tunes of musicians such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, or Strauss (even though the show changes every year). Where can you experience this? The Republic Square at dusk.

A Little Bit of Yerevan History

Yerevan was born in 782 B.C. and it is considered one of the oldest cities in the world. Although it is true that there are barely any remnants left of its past and that it offers a modern side. It was founded in the times of the mythical Kingdom of Urartu by the monarch Artagishti I. Since then, it stands proud in the shadow of Mount Ararat.

Its construction dates back to the building of the defensive fortress of Erebuni, which was built to stop the invasions of its enemies and whose ruins have been rescued from oblivion. It was the transit zone of the caravans of merchants that united Europe with Asia, which put it in the spotlight of the great Empires. The city changed hands on many occasions.

Since the Middle Ages, it was ruled by the Muslims, but it always housed an important Armenian community that knew how to preserve its religion and culture, despite some massive deportations of Christians.

For a long time, Yerevan was coveted by Turks and Persians until it became the regional capital of the Erivan Khanate in 1747, a principality under the rule of Persia which reached certain relevance.

In 1828 the city was annexed to the Russian Empire and it was under the tutelage of the tsarist authorities until 1917. At this time, Armenia emancipated from Moscow and it declared itself independent.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the city was completely different. It had a population of around 28,000 inhabitants. There were churches, several mosques, baths, bazaars, inns for travelers, a mixed population of Christians and Muslims, and the streets were flanked by the typical Yerevan houses.

The city was ruled by the Russians and according to the Italian journalist Luigi Villari, who described it in his chronicles of 1905, you may also find in its streets “a Tartar dressed in his long blue robe beside a mullah in his green turban”. Ultimately: it was a melting pot of cultures.

Unfortunately, some people barely remember that ancient Yerevan and all the inheritance accumulated over centuries, which was lost forever. Many of its old constructions were demolished during the tsarist times and the rest disappeared during the extension projected by Alexander Tamanian in the decade of the twenties during the Soviet domain. Only a few buildings from the 19th century have survived on Abovyan Street and the Blue Mosque, a wonder of the Persian architectural style.

Tamanian created a modern and functional city to respond to the new demands of a growing population and to welcome the thousands of refugees who had fled the Genocide. For this, he designed a city plan with large avenues and straight streets with the Republic Square and the Opera Building as a starting point.

Nowadays, Yerevan is a cosmopolitan city with an unparalleled art scene for its size and really hospitable people. Despite having broken bonds with old times, the city has reinvented itself and it has its own personality. Despite its ancient past, one is aware that the Pink City is walking into the future without looking too much in the rear-view mirror.

How You Should Get Your Bearings around Yerevan

It is difficult to get lost with a good map in Yerevan. Although the city has twelve municipal districts, most of the hotels, restaurants, nightlife areas and tourist attractions are in the center, known as Kentron. The squared layout of this area is based on large avenues cut by circular rings and it’s designed to aid even the most clueless people.

The Republic Square and the Opera Building will be your two great allies to avoid getting lost. From these two points stem the main streets and avenues: Mashtots, Abovyan, Sayat Nova, Nalvandian, Pushkin and Tumanian.

The capital is built on three hills that descend to the Hrazdan River and cut the city in two. Its altitude varies from 900 and 1,200 meters (2952 and 3937 feet) and it is halfway between two of its most famous mountains. The Mount Aragats protects the city from the northern winds while the Mount Ararat rises majestically from the south.

What to See in Yerevan?

Kentron District: Central Area

The Republic Square (Hanrapetutyan Hraparak)

The old Lenin Square is the nerve center of the city and the political heart of the country. It is surrounded by some of the most emblematic buildings such as the Marriott Hotel, the Government Palace, some Ministries, the National Gallery and the History Museum.

All of them show off their white or reddish tufa facades, giving the square that exotic and unique touch. It was designed by the architect Alexander Tamanian in the twenties and it is the starting point of some of the most important streets in the city.

In the middle of the square, there is a kind of giant mosaic of stones which pay tribute to one of the symbols of national craftsmanship: carpet weaving. The lighting at night and its fountain show make it one of the busiest meeting points in summer nights. It has an underground stop as well.

State Museum of Armenian History

Address: Republic Square (Hanrapetutyan Hraparak).

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Adult ticket: 1,000 AMD.

The State Museum of Armenian History is a jewel and you must visit it to understand the past of the country. When crossing the entrance, a journey to the past begins – taking you back to the dawn of the civilization. They have a huge collection both in quantity and quality. Additionally, they have guides in Russian, English, and French. 

The center exhibits pieces ranging from the Stone Age to our days and it has remains of the great civilizations that inhabited this land in ancient times. The interesting thing is that all of them have been found in the historic territory of Armenia, thus confirming the strategic situation that this nation has always had as a meeting place for the great civilizations.

The icing on the cake is provided by the possibility of contemplating the oldest shoes in the world. They are made of leather and belonged to a woman with size-7 feet. Despite being about 5,800 years old, their conservation status is relatively good. They were found in a cave in the Yeghegnadzor region. For more information: www.historymuseum.am

National Gallery

Address: Republic Square (Hanrapetutyan Hraparak).

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Adult ticket: 800 AMD.

They have guides in English, French, and Italian. The National Gallery is located on the upper floors of the History Museum and it occupies 56 rooms where some treasures capable of surprising the most refined tourist are exhibited. It was one of the most important painting museums of the former USSR as well.

It is necessary to emphasize some of the works by Donatello, Tintoretto, Van Dick, and Kandinsky. Do take your time looking at those. Don’t forget the pieces by other masters of the Russian school, such as Ivan Argunov, Feodor Rokotov, and Ivan Shishkin. But the real inner sanctum of this temple for Art is the rooms dedicated to the Armenian geniuses of the brush.

Some of them, like Hovhannes Aivazovsky, Emmanuel Mahtesian, and Martiros Sarian portrayed the love for their land with a special sensitivity. Just take a look at the masterpiece that is the ‘Descent of Noah from Mount Ararat’. For more information: www.gallery.am/en/

Blue Mosque. (Gyoy Djami)

Address: Beginning of Meshrop Mashtots Avenue.

Opening hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Free entry.

The Blue Mosque is one of the few vestiges that remain standing of that ancient multicultural Yerevan that the Italian journalist Luigi Villari talked so much about. In addition, it is the only mosque which remains active out of the eight that existed in the old Yerevan of the early 20th century.

It was built in 1765 by the governor Hussein Ali Khan and during Communism, it became the seat of the Museum of the City of Yerevan. Its 82-feet minaret, a beautiful turquoise blue dome, and its beautiful oriental garden make it a haven of peace amidst the frenzy of the capital. Visitors have to dress with modesty and women must cover their hair with a veil, pashmina, or similar.

Ararat Brandy Factory-Museum

Address: 2 Admiral Izakov Street.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Phone reservation: ✆ +374 10 54 00 00.

Tour cost: 4.500-10.000 AMD, depending on the number of tastings scheduled.

Together with vodka, the brandy is one of the national drinks, and the Ararat Company has become its flagship. The winery’s venture took place in 1887 and since then, its flavor has conquered the finest of palates like that of the very Winston Churchill and Dimitri Medvedev.

The secret of its success: a selection of the best white grapes, water from the springs of the Caucasus, and a technique where they take care of even the smallest of details. The company offers a guided tour of its facilities where its history, particularities, and the production process are explained. To cap of your visit, why not taste some of the factory’s best-labeled bottles? Note that you must book at least a day in advance. For more information: www.ybc.am

Sergei Parajanov Museum

Address: 15-16 Dzoragyugh Poghots Street.

Opening hours: every day from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The entry price for adults: 700 AMD.

There are guides in French and English. It is a recommended visit here for most cinephiles. Sergei Parajanov is considered one of the great masters of 20th-century cinema. Although he was born in the capital of Georgia, he is of Armenian origin. The building where the museum is located today was originally intended to be the artist’s house in Yerevan, but he never lived in it because he died before the building was completed.

The interior is full of works and objects dedicated to the director. If there are enough number of visitors, some of his films will be projected on the first floor. On the top floor, there is a room full of objects created by the artist during the four years of captivity he spent in a Soviet prison. Amongst his best-known works are ‘The Colour of Pomegranates’ and the ‘Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors’.

Surp Sargis Church (Saint Sergius)

Address: 21 Rafayel Israelyan Poghots Street.

It dates from the 19th century and it was built on the ruins of an ancient religious complex that was destroyed by the 1679 Armenia earthquake. The location is excellent as it is situated on top of one of the cliffs that overlooks the Hrazdam River Gorge.

Yerevan History Museum

Address: 1/1 Arguishti Poghots Street.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The center shows a complete retrospective of the past of the city and its surroundings from the Paleolithic era to our days. Daily objects of everyday people, weapons, craftwork in gold and silver, panoramic models, and photos are shown here – all of which transport you to the time of old Yerevan.

Modern Art Museum of Yerevan

Address: 7 Mesrop Mashtots Street.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The entry price for adults: 500 AMD.

This museum is very close to the Blue Mosque. It was the first museum of contemporary art of the USSR (1972). It shows works by national, European, and North American artists.

Surp Grigor Lusarocich Cathedral (Saint Gregory the Illuminator)

The cathedral was built in 2001 by architect S. Kyurkchyan. This building was constructed to commemorate the 1,700 years of the adoption of Christianity in Armenia.

In the same complex, there are three churches with a total capacity of 2,000 seats. Unlike other traditional Armenian monasteries, the temple stands out for its luminosity and great size.

It is located on top of a small hill at the intersection of Tigran Mets Avenue and Khanjyan Street, and it is the reference point in the city for devotees.

Katoghike Church

Address: 15 Abovyan Poghots Street.

The enlargement and improvement building works of the small church that was once hidden among blocks of Soviet buildings may be temporarily taking away its charm. But it is still the oldest temple in the city.

It was built in the 13th century and the chapel has stoically resisted earthquakes, invasions, and the raging decision of the communist authorities to wipe out the past of the city. It is located at the intersection of Sayat Nova and Abovyan streets.

The Opera Theatre

Address: 54 Tumanyan Poghots Street.

Phone reservation: ✆ 52 02 41.

Located amongst parks, cafes, and pubs, this place is the meeting point of the Yerevan people and the sanctuary of classical music for all Armenians.

The Opera Theatre is divided into two amphitheaters: the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall and the Opera and Ballet National Theatre. Each of them has a capacity of about 1,300 people.

The exterior is built in basalt and it imitates the architectural style of the Zvartnotz temple. Its uniqueness earned it the Grand Prix of the EXPO in Paris in 1937. They usually invite top-level artists and the tickets are not expensive, so if you’re passionate about operatic music and it so happens that a music star is in the city, you can have an excellent evening. For more information: www.opera.am

The Mesrop Mashots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran)

Address: 53 Mesrop Mashtots Poghots Street.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The entry price for adults: 1000 AMD.

Guided tour: 2,500 AMD.

All the knowledge of Armenia is accumulated here and there are masterpieces of philosophy, medicine, religion or history. You should hire the services of a guide because it will be very difficult otherwise to make the most of the visit. The museum offers guides in Spanish, English, and Italian for a small fee and it is at least a 1-hour tour.

Among the treasures that the center holds are the translation of the 5th century Bible into the Armenian alphabet from Greek and Syrian, considered as “the queen of translations”. This is one of the three books that exist in the world with a cover of ivory and dates from the 6th century.

The institute also shows basic concepts of the Armenian alphabet. We must emphasize the largest manuscript in the nation, called the ‘Homily of Mush’. It weighs 28 kg (61 lb.). Here you’ll also find the smallest manuscript weighing in at19 grams. For more information: www.matenadaran.am

Kaskad (Yerevan Cascade)

The cascade is located at the end of Tamanyan Street, north of the Kentron district. It is a monument of pharaonic dimensions and it climbs up the hill and connects the center with the high areas of the city. Inside, you will find the Cafesjian Museum of Art.

Its hundreds of stairs lead to the gigantic monolith that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Sovietization of the country (1971). At the bottom of the Yerevan Cascade, there is a small garden square with sculptures by renowned artists, such as the Colombian Fernando Botero.

The ascent to the monument is like visiting an open-air museum, with fountains, works of art, and gardens. Although it is necessary to reserve your strength especially if it is really hot because it is a 500-meter climb (1640 feet) and you’ll have to ascend a total altitude of 100 meters (328 feet tall).

Construction works began in the 1980s and they are not over yet. If it is a clear day, the Cascade is the perfect place to contemplate the panoramic views of the city with Mount Ararat in the background.

Center for the Cafesjian Art (Cafesjian Museum of Art)

Address: 10 Tamanian Poghots Street.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Friday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Entry price for adults: 1000 AMD.

It was built in the bowels of the hill where the Cafesjian Museum of Art climbs up the Cascade. The rooms are divided into five floors where there are permanent and temporary exhibitions. It is worth visiting the room of works made in glass by the master Dale Chihuli. The center was funded by the wealthy philanthropist Gerard Leo Kafesjian who passed away in September 2013. For more information: www.cmf.a

Others Museums in the Center

Martiros Saryan House-Museum

Address: 3 Saryan Poghots Street.

Opening Hours: from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed on Thursdays.

Entry price for adults: 1000 AMD.

The impressionist painter, Martiros Saryan, is one of the icons of the national culture of the 20th century. The house-museum dedicated to this artist shows a very complete exhibition of all his life stages. You do not really have to visit this place, but if you are a lover of paintings and history, you will be very positively surprised. For more information: www.sarian.am/index_eng.html 

Folk Art Museum of Armenia

Address: 64 Abovyan Poghots Street.

Entry for adults: 500 AMD.

Here, you will discover everything related to the folklore of the country. They have handcrafted pieces of wood, gold, silver, carpets, and ceramics. You do not really have to visit it, but it is worth it to delve deeper into the Armenian traditions.

The Museum of Russian Art

Address: 38 Issaakian Poghots Street.

Opening Hours: it is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

The collection has 333 works by Russian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Outside the Center

Mayr Hayastan Monumental Statue (Mother Armenia) + Military Museum.

Situated in the Victory Park, in the upper part of Yerevan (you can get there by climbing up the Cascade), this giant 75-feet statue looks defiantly towards Turkey with its huge sword in hand.

It stands tall on a 114-feet pedestal and inside it resides the Military Museum (open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). It was built in 1967 to replace the old Stalin sculpture there. This monument was designed by the sculptor A. Harutyunayn.

Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex- Genocide Museum

Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are guides in Russian, English, and French. It is a compulsory visit when in Yerevan. The monument was built in memory of the million or million and a half Armenians who lost their lives during the Massacres in the Ottoman Empire from 1915.

Its construction ended in 1967 and it was the result of the mass demonstrations that took place in Yerevan on the 24th of April 1965 to demonstrate the citizens´ dissatisfaction during the 50th anniversary of the tragedy. About a million people crowded the streets of the capital in one of the most unique public gatherings until that date in the Soviet Union.

After those gatherings, the communist authorities had no choice but to agree to the construction of a memorial site for the victims and for this they chose one of the small hills in Kentron in the west.

The obelisk symbolizes the national revival after the tragedy. A short distance away, twelve concrete blocks rise up and give shape to the circular platform that protects the eternal flame in memory of the deceased.

These dozen slanted plates symbolize the regions where everything happened, as well as the lost historical territories of what they call “Eastern Armenia” (known as Turkey today). The tradition is to deposit a white or red carnation in front of the fire, and the atmosphere of the visit is very moving.

The museum, which is located in a cement bunker that you can access by going down some stairs, tells us what happened during those dark years through photographs, documents, and other graphics files. The affected areas and the number of inhabitants before and after the genocide are also displayed, as well as their customs and some of the personal belongings of the victims. The museum was built in 1995 to mark the 80th anniversary of the tragedy.

Although there are marshrutkas that leave you about 900 meters (2952 feet) from the Esplanade, the easiest and fastest way to get from the center is by taxi (AMD 600-800). If you want to go back, the most logical way is to go down the stairs behind the monument of the eternal flame, which leads into the road to Tsitsernakaberd. From there, you can try to walk back, hail a taxi, or take any Marshrutka which heads towards Kentron.

Erebuni Fortress and Erebuni Museum of History

Address: 38 Erebuni Poghots Street.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Entry price for adults: 1000 AMD.

They have guides in Spanish, French, and English. The History of Yerevan was born on top of this promontory, located about 3 miles from the Republic Square. In 782 B.C. the monarch of the Kingdom of Urartu, Argishti I, chose the Arin Berd hill to build a fortress to protect his territory.

The citadel was relatively important for a few centuries until it gradually fell into oblivion. The discovery of the ruins began in 1894 when a Russian scientist bought a stone with a cuneiform inscription from a peasant who had found it by chance. This put the scientist on the track of discovery. However, the excavations did not begin in a professional way until 1950.

Apparently, another inscription was found in the area which suggested that Erebuni’s remains were hidden under the watchtower. Eight years later, the theory was confirmed, and the reconstruction works of the temples, wineries, walls, and houses that were part of the citadel have not yet been completed.

The visit offers good views and the museum, which is built at the foot of the hill where the fortification stands, shows the remains found by archaeologists. It was opened in 1968 to celebrate the 2,750 anniversary of the birth of Yerevan. In the museum, you will learn all about the past of the Kingdom of Urartu, which is considered the gem of the Armenian nation. For more information: www.erebuni.am

Gardens and Parks in Yerevan

Haghtanak Park (Victory Park)

It is easy to find and you can get there on foot. You just have to go to the Mother Armenia Statue ar the upper part of the city. Haghtanak is the park that surrounds it. You can climb through the stairs of the Cascade. It is a perfect place to have a walk and escape the hustle and bustle of the streets in the center of the city.

Some of its highlights include the Military Museum, a pathway flanked by funerary steles in memory of the heroes of World War II. There is also a small amusement park with a Ferris wheel from the Soviet era, carousels, play castles, and fast food bars. The park is a good place to organize a family’s day out.

The Botanical Garden

Address: 1 Acharyan Poghots Street.

Ticket price: 350-400 AMD.

It is located on the outskirts of Yerevan and it occupies an area of ​​ninety hectares northeast of the city. This garden is a haven of peace in busy Yerevan. It is not a bad plan to rent a bicycle and explore this area on two wheels. Enjoy the interesting botanical collection of over 1,070 species of trees and plants from all over the world. The facilities are rather derelict, giving the visitor that decadent post-Soviet touch.

Transportation from Yerevan to Other Destinations

Marshrutkas leaving from Kilikia Bus Station (Kilikia Avtokaian), 6 Admiral Isakov Poghots Avenue

International lines:

  • Yerevan-Tbilisi: they leave every hour from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (6,500 AMD). The ride takes about six hours. There are also shared taxis covering this same route. They are usually Mercedes vans. They are much more comfortable and faster but a little more expensive (8,000 AMD / person). The vans have their own schedules: 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. They also leave from the Kilikia bus station.
  • Yerevan-Batumi (Georgia): they leave at 9:00 a.m. This line only operates in summer. It takes about 10 hours and it costs 10,000 AMD.
  • Yerevan-Tehran: There is a marshrutka leaving at noon (25,000 AMD). There is another one leaving at the same time from Sahoumyan Square. You have to book a seat for a few days in advance. It takes around 24 hours to get to your destination.
  • Yerevan-Istanbul: They leave on Saturdays at 9:00 am. You have to buy the tickets in advance. The journey takes about 30 hours.
  • Yerevan-Stepanakert: They leave 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (5,000 AMD). It takes about 8 hours. There are also taxis shared every hour from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (8,000 AMD). It takes a couple of hours less to reach Nagorno-Karabakh.

Main national lines:

  • Yerevan-Vanadzor: They leave every hour from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (1200 AMD). It takes about 2h 30 minutes.
  • Yerevan-Alaverdi (Deved River Canyon): They leave 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (1700 AMD). It takes a little over 3 hours to get there.
  • Yerevan-Etchmiadzin: They leave every fifteen minutes from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (200 AMD). It takes about 25 minutes.
  • Yerevan-Jermuk: There is a marshrutka leaving between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. when it is full (2000 AMD). It takes about three hours.
  • Yerevan-Sisian: they leave at 9:00 a.m. (2000 AMD). The trip takes about 4h 30.

Marshrutkas from the North Station (Hyusisayin Avtokayan)

  • Yerevan-Sevan: They leave every hour from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (high season) and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (low season). It takes over an hour. It costs 800 AMD. There are also shared taxis.
  • Yerevan-Dilijan: They leave every hour from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (1000 AMD). It usually takes two and a half hours.
  • Yerevan- Idjevan: They leave every hour from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (1500 AMD). The journey takes about three hours.

Marshrutkas from Sasuntsi Davit metro station

  • Yerevan-Goris: They leave at 7:00 a.m. (2,500 AMD). It takes more than 5 hours. Then there are shared taxis (4,500 AMD / person).
  • Yerevan-Mehri: They leave at 7:00 a.m. (7000 AMD). In summer the trip is full in just 9 hours.
  • Yerevan-Gyumri: They leave from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (1500 AMD). They leave quite regularly, and they hardly take a couple of hours.
  • Yerevan- Khor Virap: They leave at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. (400 AMD). The journey is covered in 45 minutes.

Minibusses from the Nor Nork District

  • Yerevan-Garni-Goght (Gueghard Monastery): In summer, they leave every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They leave from the GAI street stop, opposite the Mercedes Benz dealership. You can see the Garni and Geghard section of this guide.

Trains from the Yerevan Central Station (Sasuntsi Davit metro stop)

  • Yerevan-Tbilisi: They leave every day at 3:30 p.m. (high season). They leave at 9.30pm on even days of each month (low season). Journey time: 10 hours 30 minutes.
  • Yerevan-Gyumri: They leave at 7:55 a.m. and at 6.15 p.m.
  • Yerevan-Ararat: They leave at 3:00 p.m.
  • Yerevan-Armavir: They leave at 7:25 p.m.

Practical information

Yerevan area code: 10

Hospitals

Nairi Medical Center

Address: 21 Paronyan Poghots Street (Yerevan).

Phone: 53 75 21// 53 75 00.

It is the best medical center in the country. It has a 24-hour emergency room service. For more information: www.nairimed.am

Travel Agencies

Envoy Tours

Address:54 Pushkin Street.

Phone: +374 10 530369.

They organize day trips to get to know some of the most charming places in the country at affordable prices. There is a good atmosphere guaranteed, thanks to the young staff of Envoy Hostel. They also organize trips between Yerevan and Tbilisi and they make stops at the most interesting places during the trip.

Amistad Tour

Address: 47/17 Khanjyan Street (Yerevan).

Phone: +374 10 537 586.

Website: www.amistad-tour.com 

Some of their staff speak English, Spanish, Russian and French. This tour agency’s director is the honorary consul of Spain. They offer cultural, religious, oenological, and adventure tourism packages.

Fun Tour

Address: 24/10 Ghazar Parpetsi Street (Yerevan).

Phone: +374 10 502 929. www.funtour.am .

They have expert staff in the country and they speak English. They organize packaged tours to Georgia and Armenia. Good customer service and professionalism.

Bike rental

MyBike Rental Centre

Address: 13 Mashtots Street.

Phone: + (374) 96 10 01 70//+ (374) 10 70 70 07// + (374) 96 70 70 15.

Rental price 24 h: 3000 AMD (6.50 €).

It is a very active company that also organizes tours of the country by bicycle. For more information: www.mybike.am 

Goodbike Armenia

Address: Tumanyan 27.

Phone: + (374) 094 64 12 74//+ (374) 096 64 12 74//+ (374) 055 64 12 74.

Rental price: 1h = 1000AMD, 3h = 2000 AMD, 1 day = 3000AMD.

Tours

Envoy Hostel

Address: 54 Pushkin Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 530369.

Price: 9,900 AMD.

If you want to discover the most Soviet side of Yerevan, the Envoy Hostel organizes a tour of the less touristic places of the capital. Those that do not appear in the guides, but are full of memories and history for any Armenian.

Do you want to travel in a Soviet-era minibus? And what about experiencing the nostalgia of the Lenin period by discovering the Soviet architecture of the Pink City? This tour takes about four hours. They include a packed lunch and it starts at the Envoy Hostel at 11:00 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. A good atmosphere is indeed guaranteed. Are you going to miss it, comrade? For more information: www.envoytours.com

Hyur Service

Address: 96 Nalbandyan Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 529808.

This Armenian tourism company is very active in organizing all types of tours. They organize packages of all kinds: private tours, with other tourists, a la carte, for groups, around Yerevan, and around other regions. You should check out their website, which is also translated into English. For more info: www.hyurservice.com/eng/

Yerevan Hostel

Address: 5 Tpagrichner Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 547757// +374 99 080809.

This hostel is very active in organizing all kinds of tours, both in the capital and in the rest of the country. If you want to get to know Armenia but you want everything done for you, so you can forget about getting public transport, etc. – you should check out their website. www.hostelinyerevan.com

Where to sleep?

Cheap Lodging

Centre Hostel

Address: 4 Vardanants Poghots Street, apartment 31.

Phone: ✆ +374 93 444333.

This hostel offers accommodation in rooms of six and three people. It also has private double rooms. The site is pretty basic, but also quite cheap. Gregory, the owner, speaks English. The accommodation has laundry facilities and pick-up services at the airport. It is well located, a short distance from the center, although it is a bit difficult to find.

The entrance of the hostel is at the back of Vardanants Street, in the parking lot, just as you turn the corner. You will see the small sign of the hostel on the third door on the right. Go up to the fourth floor and ring the bell on the left. The prices in high season range from 3,500 AMD per bed in a room shared by six people to AMD 12,000 for a double room. For more information: www.center-hostel.com

Yerevan Hostel

Address: 5 Tpagrichner Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 547757// +374 99 080809.

This hostel has private double rooms and it also offers beds in rooms for 8 people. One alternative to consider if you travel in a group is that they also rent very affordable apartments for a couple or two couples with kitchen, towels, and Internet included.

The prices of the shared rooms in the high season are around 11,400 AMD and 22,000 AMD for double rooms. They are quite active in organizing tours of the city and the rest of the country. It is cheaper than the Envoy Hostel, but in our opinion, it is worse. For more information: www.hostelinyerevan.com

Medium Price Lodging

Hin Yerevantsi Hotel

Address: 31/1 Mashtots Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 91 400728// +374 77 010011.

It is an attractive family hotel in the centre but in a quiet area. It has a nice garden to relax in after a long day of sightseeing. The hotel boasts large rooms, very comfortable, and bright. They offer rooms of different categories and prices.

In addition, they have well-equipped studios. The service provided is great and the staff are very helpful.  night’s stay can cost from AMD 30,000 to 35,000, depending on the type of room. For more information: www.hinyerevantsi.am

Hrazdan Hotel

Address: 10 Dzorapi Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆+374 10 535332.

This is a typical three-star hotel with beautiful views in a very quiet area, about 25 minutes walking distance from the Republic Square. The rooms are large and some of them can accommodate triple occupancy. The hotel has an outdoor pool which opens when summer arrives. The price of the double room in high season ranges from AMD 40,000 for the most basic to AMD 55,000 for the suites. To check out the price and for more information: www.hotelhrazdan.am

Nor Dzoraberd Hotel

Address: 14 Dzorap Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 537754.

This is a four-star hotel that is a bit rugged but offers good prices. It offers spectacular views of the Hrazdam Gorge and the soccer stadium. It has large rooms that are a little old-fashioned. Staying here costs AMD 24,000 for a double room without breakfast.

My Hotel Yerevan

Address 47 Nalbandyan Poghots Streets.

Phone: (+374 10) 600 708, (+374 10) 600 709.

It is a very cozy hotel that recently opened. The rooms are well furnished, with practically brand-new furniture, clean, and they meet the quality standards to which international tourists are used to. It is located a short distance from the center, in a quiet area. It offers 12 attractive rooms with TV and a breakfast buffet. Single rooms: 34,000 AMD. Standard doubles: 37,000 AMD. De Luxe: 43,500 AMD.

Expensive Lodging

Ani Plaza Hotel

Address: 19 Sayat Nova Avenue.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 594 577.

This is a four-star hotel with good value for money. It boasts 14 floors and panoramic views of the Victory Park, the Opera Palace, the Ararat, the Aragats, and the Kentron. Very well located, just 200 meters (656 feet) from the Opera Palace. It was remodeled in 2011.

The hotel has an indoor pool, sauna, gym, solarium, and spa. Prices: AMD 42,000 for an individual room and double rooms range from AMD 53,000 to 81,000 depending on the type of room. For more information: www.anihotel.com

Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel

Address: 48 Hanrapetutyan Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 60 50 1010.

If you want to experience luxury in the true Armenian style, this is one of the best options. It is a five-star hotel that opened in 2012 and it is the latest addition to the legendary Armenian hotel chain. Tufenkian occupies an old building from the late 19th century and you can taste the best local cuisine in their restaurant.

It offers 83 rooms decorated in the European style but with a wink to the Armenian culture, so the experience is guaranteed. It is situated in the heart of the city, next to the Vernissage Market. It has rooms of different categories. Prices for double rooms: 35,000-105,000 AMD. For more info: www.tufenkianheritage.com

Ararat Hotel

Address: 7 Grigor Lusarovich Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 60 511000.

It is located in the embassy area and has large, clean, and well-decorated rooms, a gym, and a sauna. It has a nice interior patio with natural trees and a very relaxing fountain. For more information: www.ararathotel.am

Best Western Congress Hotel

Address: 1 Italy Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 591199.

It belongs to the Best Western hotel chain and it has a modern and up-to-date decoration. Its swimming pool, which is surrounded by a pleasant garden, is opened from May to October. It is very well located, five minutes from the Republic Square. The rooms are medium in size. For more information: www.congresshotelyerevan.com

Metropol Hotel

Address: 2/2 Mashtots Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 510700.

This is a four-star hotel built in 2001. Its decoration is of the British type and it offers beautiful views of the Ararat cognac factory. It boasts a gym, a sauna, and a swimming pool. Very good location and large rooms. The simplest double room costs AMD 60,000. For more information: www.metropol.am

Luxury Lodging

Hotel Yerevan

Address: 14 Abovyan Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 591 600.

The hotel has a beautiful interior patio. It occupies an old building which dates back from the beginning of the 20th century. Expect fine decoration. This accommodation mixes European and Armenian style.

The standard double room costs AMD 65,000. An attractive pool with breath-taking views is situated on the roof of the hotel. The hotel also has a spa and a gym. Luxury at a reasonable price. It is located in the center of Yerevan. For more information: www.grandhotelyerevan.com

Armenia Marriot Hotel Yerevan

Address: 1 Amiryam Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆+374 10 599002.

This is the reference hotel in the city. It occupies two buildings full of history in the middle of the Republic Square, the heart of the capital. Sleeping here is an experience that is up to the standards of the most demanding guests: large and elegant rooms, an excellent location, great service, and the typical glamour of the big hotels. The prices vary a lot and they depend on the season. They usually publish special offers on their website. For more information: www.marriottarmenia.com

Where to Eat?

Cheap Restaurant

Artashi Mot Restaurant

Address: 31 Moskovyan Poghots Street.

This is a typical Armenian fast food restaurant. It has a reputation for making the best-grilled shawarmas and kebabs in the city, traditional soups, and grilled meat.

The restaurant is divided into two zones: the upper part is more informal, while the lower part has a dining room where you can have a more relaxed meal. It’s a pretty famous place among young people. The staff does not speak English and they usually get stressed with tourists. The restaurant is centrally located, within walking distance of the opera house and The Cascade. For more information: www.artashimot.info.am

Tumanyan Shwarma Restaurant

Address: 32 Tumanyan Poghots Street.

This is an Armenian style fast food establishment. There are shawarmas, brochettes, kebabs, and more. It is well-known in the city and is located at the city centre.

Medium Price Restaurant

Anteb Restaurant

Address: 30 Kokhbatsi Poghots Street.

Phone: +374 10 530988.

This is the right place for you if you want to eat tasty food at a reasonable cost. This restaurant specializes in cuisine from Western Armenia; an area that today belongs to what is now called Turkey. For that reason, some dishes may confuse you with their origin.

It is centrally located and is usually full. The dishes are super tasty and are at a very reasonable price. What should you try? Hummus, tabbouleh, and their grilled meat dishes. And what about for dessert? You cannot miss their baklava pastries.

Tumanyan Pandok Restaurant

Address: 22 Tumanyan Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 519909. It offers good value for money.

The restaurant is decorated in a folkloric style, with paintings of the Armenian countryside and its main cultural icons. It probably offers the most complete traditional cuisine menu in the city. They usually offer music and dance performances during the high season.

Yerevan Tavern

Address: 5 Amyrian Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 10 545545.

This is a typical tavern in the capital and it is very popular with the inhabitants of Yerevan. They have local food and a lively atmosphere. It is the perfect place to try Armenian cuisine and eat to your heart´s content.

One of their specialties is Jash: a soup that cures hangovers, made with calf’s feet, with tripe and lots of garlic. It sounds worse than it tastes. You cannot miss the grilled meats as well. The prices are pretty reasonable. The menu is only in Armenian, but do not worry as most dishes come with a photo. The restaurant opens until midnight.

Anoush Restaurant

Address: 7/1 Amyrian Poghots Street.

Phone: ✆ +374 11 757505.

This restaurant is located in the basement of the Republic Hotel. It is a very nice place with good value for money. High-quality Armenian cuisine with creative twists. You cannot miss the selection of local wines. You should book in advance just in case.

Expensive Restaurant

The Club Restaurant

Address: 40 Tumanyan Poghots Street.

Phone reservation: ✆ +374 10 531361.

It is a restaurant with a different concept, where Armenian and European cuisine merge. The first thing that strikes us is that the hall is a crafts shop and the second is that it has a dedicated room for drinking tea and another one for drinking coffee.

It is one of the most fashionable restaurants in the capital. There is a film session on Thursdays and concerts with well-known national musicians on Fridays. For more information: www.theclub.am

Luxury Restaurant

Kharpet Restaurant

Address: 48 Hanrapetutyan Poghots Street.

This is the Tufenkian Hotel restaurant. They mix traditional Armenian cuisine with a slightly more avant-garde twist. Its cuisine is based on seasonal products. Everything is taken care of in a calm atmosphere enabling guests to enjoy a unique experience.

Nightlife

Yerevan is known throughout the Caucasus for its nightlife, the hustle and bustle on its terraces, its cafés, and year-round concerts in the bars. Few cities of their size offer so many possibilities.

The offer is not limited to the weekend and any day is good to go out and enjoy a nice evening in very good company. The positive aspects of a Yerevan night out are security in its streets and that everything is relatively close. The highest concentration of pubs is at the heart of Pushkin Street and at Parpetsi Street.

Cafes

Jazzve Cafe

Address: Tumanyan Poghots 35 Street.

Although the Jazzve cafe chain has other venues in the capital, this is the nicest of all in our opinion. It is the typical cafe where you can breathe a literary atmosphere and a lot of calm. The bookshelves are full of books and the menu is written in the format of an old Soviet newspaper.

It offers a varied selection of coffees, cocktails, and sweets. It is also a good place to have dinner at an affordable price. They have different types of salads, soup, and pasta. For more information: www.jazzve.am

La Boheme Cafe

Address: 5 Northern Avenue.

This is one of the most famous cafes in the city. It is perfect for having a couple of drinks or dinner. It is located in an excellent location, on North Avenue, the main shopping street in the city. The cafe occupies two floors. The first floor is decorated in a modern style while the second floor has a more classical feel.

Charming bars

Calumet

Address: 56A Pushkin Poghots Street.

This is an ethnic bar where they play Reggae music and Rock, and where you can enjoy a good atmosphere. The decoration is quite hippy, with puffs on the floor, carpets, and a stage where there are live performances several times a week.

Calumet is the favorite place for backpackers and the alternative youth of Yerevan. Its owner, Hratch, is an Armenian from the Diaspora who has traveled half the world until he finally decided to start his own business in the land of his ancestors. It is located in the center of Yerevan.

Process

Address: 1A Saryan Poghots Street.

It is a unique place with DJs and psychedelic decoration. They also organize live performances from time to time. Together with Calumet, this is the place where the alternative people of Yerevan meet. It is located very close to the Calumet. They open in the afternoon.

Beer Academy

Address: 8 Moskovyan Poghots Street.

It is the only bar that specializes in craft beers in Yerevan. It has a good atmosphere and very interesting beers. In addition, they offer meals and they serve you with very good dishes for dinner. Many of their dishes are specially designed to be paired with some of their beers, so the experience is guaranteed. They open until midnight.

Pubs

Bob´s Pub Club

Address: 26A Tumanyan Poghots Street.

Opening Hours: Starting at 1:00 p.m.

They open every day. This place is a mix between a pub and a club. There is live music with funk, swing, reggae, Latin, hip hop or rock groups, and even DJs every weekend. If there is an important soccer game, it is more likely that they will be showing it here. There are also movie tickets on Mondays and Fridays. It is located in the center.

The Sky Bar

Address: 9 Grigor Lusarovich Street:

Phone: +374 41 717171.

This place was opened in 2015. It is located on the roof of the Yerevan Business Centre in the Kentron District. It offers beautiful views of the city and is a fairly exclusive pub-restaurant-cafeteria. It is perfect to have a couple of drinks in the evening here. Good music, relaxing atmosphere, and beautiful people. Sometimes they organize themed parties. They open until 2:00 a.m

Jazz Clubs

Yerevan is considered the mecca of jazz in the Caucasus and it has some of the best clubs in the region. The most famous are:

Mezzo Classic House Club

Address: 1/3 28 Iskahakyan Poghots Street.

Opening Hours: From 12:00 p.m. until closing, after midnight.

This is the temple of live music in Yerevan. Mezzo has two floors. On the second floor, the atmosphere is more relaxed and it has its own bar, while on the first floor there are tables to be able to take a closer look at the performances. There are live concerts every day, featuring some of the best musicians in the country.

The club also has an excellent menu for lunch or dinner. It is a high-level establishment where elegant people meet. Celebrities such as Emir Kusturika, Alain Delon, and Richard Galliano have visited it. We must emphasize its cigar cellar, with more than 50 different types of cigars. For more information: www.mezzo.am

Malkhas Jazz Club

Address: 52 Pushkin Poghots Street.

This is considered the best jazz club in the Caucasus. The club belongs to the musician Levon Malkhasyan and the performances begin every day at 9:00 p.m., and usually last until 2:00 a.m.

Yans Club

Address: 76 Teryan Poghots Street.

More than a jazz club, this place is a music hall. They opened in 2012 and since then, they have not stopped at all. In this venue, there is also room for blues and other musical genres. Every day there are performances from 9:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. It is also a restaurant. For more information: www.yansclub.com

Shopping in Yerevan

Vernissage Market

Address: between Aram and Buzand Streets.

This is the largest market in Armenia and here you will find everything from jewelry, works of art, old Soviet objects, crafts, and traditional products, books, musical instruments, and stamps.

The market is alive on weekends as well. There are so many things to do here and our advice is for you to take your time exploring the stalls that fill up the esplanade. There is only one rule: you really have to haggle here.

Vernissage Art Market

Address: it is located in the park where the Martiros Sarian Statue stands, next to the roundabout called France Square, on the other side of the Opera Palace.

This art market is held daily and here you can find authentic jewels and some other bargains made by Armenian artists. Everything is priced reasonably if you are good at negotiating.

Treasures of Armenia

Address: 1/1 Abovyan Poghots Street.

It is a craft shop where you will find jewelry, clothing, small furniture, and other handmade objects.

Dalma Garden Mall

Address: 3 Tsitsernakaberd Road.

This is the only commercial center in the country. It has products from well-known brands such as New Yorker, Pull & Bear, Zara, and GAP. They open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Armenian Souvenirs

Address: 6 Tamanyan Poghots Street.

It is a typical gift shop for tourists.

How You Should Move around Yerevan

Chances are that you will stay in the center, so it is possible to move on foot to visit most of the sites. But if you are in the mood to do so, or the summer heat is sweltering, you have these other options:

Taxi

The official taxis are those with yellow registration plates. Make sure that yours has a meter and that the driver sets it because there are a lot of con artists out there.

Taking a taxi costs around 600 drams (you can travel up to 5 kilometers) and each extra kilometer costs 100 drams. If you are going to visit a temple or monastery outside the city and you want the driver to wait for you, each hour is paid between 1,200-1,600 drams.

You can call taxis by phone or you can flag them on the streets.

Marshrutka

This is the means of transport most used by the people of Yerevan. It is cheap and there’s usually one of them leaving every ten or fifteen minutes.

They cost 100 AMD. In Yerevan, there are hundreds of lines of marshrutkas and the service is a bit chaotic since there is no map detailing the transport network of minibusses.

Sometimes the stops and schedules change without people knowing beforehand. In most cases, there are no marquees with information. You can take them from specific places, although you can stop them by raising your hand anywhere on your trip. Once you arrive at your destination, you should ask the driver to stop by saying ‘kangnek’.

If you are a woman and you travel alone, there is an unwritten rule whereby women sit in the front seats, next to the driver. This is done out of courtesy but, above all, it is really helpful in case some passenger decides to bother women. Our recommendation is that you should get your information on stops, routes, and schedules at your hotel reception.

Underground

The Yerevan underground is clean and it works quite well. It is of Soviet-style and it was inaugurated in 1981. At that time, it was the eighth underground system in existence in all the USSR.

It only consists of a line that crosses the city from northeast to southwest. It has ten stops and it runs from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. When we started the data collection of this guide, the trip cost 100 drams. The information panels are in Russian and Armenian, so you should be careful not to get off at the wrong place or stop.

The Arrival

Airport

Phone: +374 49 30 00.

Phone for information: 187.

Website: www.zvartnots.aero

Zvartnots is the main airport in the country and it is located 12 km from Yerevan. It has been recently renovated and it has the usual services of international airports, such as exchange offices or information points. You should take a taxi if you want to get to your hotel from the airport.

Taxis from the airport are not expensive and are the fastest way to get to your accommodation. If you ask for a taxi inside the departure terminal, the staff there will call an official taxi. The rates for these are more expensive.

If instead, you decide to deal with outside drivers on your own, you can save some money. This will depend on your negotiation skills, but you should consider that the price charged to the locals is around 3,000 AMD (about € 6).

The arrivals area has a cashier, a Viva Cell store to buy a local SIM card for your mobile phone, postal service, and a Sixt Car counter

Bus Stations

There are two bus stations:

  • The most important is the Kilikia Avtokaian bus station (Admiral Isakov Street). If you arrive in the country in Marshrutka from Georgia, you have to get off at the Kilikia station. From here they operate most of the national and international marshrutkas, and the shared taxi service. The marshrutkas 5, 67, and 259 cover the line between the center of Yerevan and the Kilikia station. If you are new, you should take a taxi to get to your hotel. Make sure it is one with a meter and if that is not possible, negotiate the price. Note that the ride should not cost more than 1200 drams if you stay somewhere in the city centre.
  • The other bus station in the city is Hyusisayin Avtokayan (Tblisi road). It is 2 miles from the centre. It is less important, but it is the starting point of some marshrutkas departing to other Armenian cities.

Train Station

If you arrive by train to Yerevan station, the Sassountsi Davit underground station is located on the ground floor. It opens from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and the underground trip costs about 100 drams.

Tourist Offices in Yerevan

Unfortunately, there is no physical tourist office in Yerevan. However, the Department of Tourism and Culture of Yerevan can provide maps and other resources. Here we leave some websites that can help you prepare for your trip.

Web Addresses That Can Help You

yerevanresto.am/en – This guide advises you on some of the most traditional restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and pubs in Yerevan. It allows filtering by type of establishment that is being searched in order to match the client’s taste. It also showcases events that take place in the different venues of the capital.

www.ati.am – Through this site you can find out about all kinds of events, such as concerts, plays, exhibitions and live music performances in the main cities.

Festivals in Yerevan

Yerevan International Film Festival

The first ‘Golden Apricot’ was held in 2004. Since then, the second week of the month of July is the date chosen to organize this event, which is gradually making a name for itself. Most of the works are projected in the emblematic Moskva cinema (18 Abovyan Poghots Street). The difference of this festival is its leitmotiv, based on the mix of cultures and civilizations, and influenced by the strategic position of Armenia between the East and the West. For more information: www.gaiff.am

Yerevan Jazz Fest

It is a first-rate Jazz festival that takes place for several days at the beginning of autumn.

High Fest

It is the Yerevan International Theatre Festival. For a few days, the city becomes the theatre epicenter in Europe. Companies from around the world attend the event and the program is usually quite interesting. Usually, it takes place during the first week of October. For more information: www.highfest.am

Making Plans with Children

Luna Park

Address: it is located in front of the Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral.

It is a small amusement park with rides, stalls, and other attractions.

Play City

Address: 35 Acharyan Poghots Street.

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

This is an entertainment complex with Karts, bowling alley, bumper cars, and games machines. It is not in the center, but minibusses No. 10 and No. 20 can drop you off nearby.