How to Travel by Overnight Sleeper Train from Tbilisi to Yerevan (or Vice Versa)

© Emily Lush 2017
[Update April 2018]: More good news! 45 nationalities no longer require a visa to enter Armenia. Australians, for example, can now stay in Armenia for 180 days visa-free. Canadian, Chinese and Israeli passport holders—among others—are still required to obtain a visa on arrival. Please visit the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for a full list of visa-exempt countries. Thank you to traveller Sven for the update!
[Update March 2018]: Good news! It’s now possible to purchase train tickets for the Tbilisi to Yerevan/Yerevan to Tbilisi sleeper train online via the Armenian South Caucasus Railway website. From the homepage, navigate to the ‘Ticket Online’ window (right sidebar) and set up an account. You’ll need to enter the passenger details (names and passport info) and you can only pay by MasterCard or debit card (no Visa). You can buy up to 4 tickets at a time. The page is available in English and Russian. Ticket sales open 40 days prior to departure and you can buy online right up until 2 hours before the train leaves. Thanks so much to traveller Arek for sharing this update!
[Update January 2018]: In response to a number of questions from readers, I have now updated this post to include a ‘frequently asked questions’ section. I hope this additional information proves useful for those of you who are planning to travel by train from Tbilisi to Yerevan (or Yerevan to Tbilisi). As always, please check the comments section at the end of the post for additional info. Feel free to leave any specific questions you have in the comments and I will do my best to answer. Please remember that all information provided here is based on my own personal experiences. If in doubt, please contact your consulate for up-to-date information, especially regarding visas and entry requirements.

 

Travelling from Tbilisi to Yerevan or vice versa? The bi-nightly sleeper train (winter months, October to May) or daily afternoon/evening train (summer months, June to September) is a safe, convenient way to travel between Georgia and Armenia. Tickets are cheap, the ride is comfortable, and waking up to early morning views of Mount Ararat as your roll into Yerevan is something you won’t soon forget. If you’ve been to Azerbaijan, the Armenian immigration experience is also memorable – but for different reasons.

 


 

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We took the overnight train from Tbilisi to Yerevan and back in April 2017. This report from the road (or rather, the tracks) summarises both legs of our journey and highlights some key travel tips.

 

 


 

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Tbilisi to Yerevan by train

During low season (approximately October to May), overnight sleeper train number 371 from Tbilisi to Yerevan departs Tbilisi Central Station (Station Square) every second night on odd days of the month (i.e. the 3rd, the 5th, the 7th, etc.). During the summer months (approximately June to September), train 202 takes over this service, making a nightly trip from Batumi to Yerevan via Tbilisi. Since we were travelling in winter, we travelled on train 371.

We bought our second-class tickets a day in advance from the desk at the station using the same process described here. As with before, we needed our passports and had to pay in cash. Second-class tickets cost us 56 GEL (approximately 22 USD) each.

Overall, the trip from Tbilisi to Yerevan was smooth and enjoyable. The train departed on time at 8.20pm, and since it was still shoulder season, we shared our four-bunk berth with only one other traveller. We did, however, experience a few headaches at Armenian immigration.

 

Armenian immigration

[Update April 2018]: Good news! Many nationalities—including Australian, US and British passport holders—do not require a visa to enter Armenia as a tourist. (This was always the case for US passport holders, but the list of visa-exempt nationalities has now grown to 45 countries.) That means no more visa fee, and no more disembarking the train for immigration procedures at the Armenian border (as was the experience of traveller Sven, who recently made the journey). Please visit the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for a full list of visa-exempt countries. For travellers who do require a visa (Canadian, Chinese, Israeli passport holders and others), you may still need to disembark the train to obtain a visa inside the visa office. If you’ve made the journey recently and this was your experience, I would really appreciate an update for other travellers in the comments section below. The unofficial policy on travellers who have previously visited Azerbaijan still seems to stand. If that’s you, please do take note of my immigration experience so you can be well prepared.

 

We passed Georgian immigration at around 10pm. Our passports were collected and after about an hour, returned to us with exit stamps inside.

Why can’t every checkpoint be as straightforward as Georgia’s?

By the time we pulled in to Armenian immigration just after 11pm, we were tired and irritable. Those of us who needed to buy a visa on arrival disembarked into the cold, dark night (anyone who didn’t require a visa was allowed to stay on the train). We were ushered into the first of two immigration rooms, where we filled in a pretty standard visa application form (length of stay, address of first hotel, etc.). There was a space at the top of the form to attach a passport photo, but no one had one.

Two good-natured immigration agents processed our forms and printed off our 21-day tourist visas. (These are full-page visas, so make sure you have enough room in your passport.) The official fee for a 21-day tourist visa is 3,000 AMD or 6 USD (not 10 USD as stated here). The agents insisted we pay in AMD. None of us had AMD, so we paid 20 GEL instead, which is roughly the right amount – although we should technically have received some change. There is a staunch anti-bribery policy at the border, so the agents were reluctant at first to except the Lari should we think they were short-changing us. One woman who presented a 10 USD note was turned away and we had to lend her Lari. The agents told us to bring AMD next time so we could pay the correct amount.

Once our visas were pasted in, we were led into another room where a different agent scanned our passports and ran through the pages. As he was handing my passport back to me, he asked if I had ‘been in Azerbaijan?’ I answered honestly, ‘Yes’, and at that, he snatched my passport away again.

So began a long process of sweating it out on the sidelines as every other passenger from the train sailed through immigration. We were the last ones standing.

The agent asked a series of questions about our visit to Armenia (where we were going, for how long, etc.) as well as the nature of our trip to Azerbaijan. He soon pulled out a piece of scrap A4 paper and started taking freehand notes. He wanted us to confirm our travel dates, give him a list of all the places we went to in Azerbaijan, plus the name and address of our hotel in Baku (which I thankfully had on me). After a few more tense minutes, he handed the passports back and we were free to board the train.

Our bunk mate – an elderly Japanese man who was travelling solo and like us, had just come from Azerbaijan via Tbilisi – didn’t fare so well. His limited English (paired with the fact that he didn’t have his hotel information with him and kept having to return to the train to rummage through his papers) meant that he was kept in the immigration office for over an hour. He seemed to take it in his stride, but it couldn’t have been a pleasant experience.

By the time the three of us got back on the train, it was well past 1am. The steward must have forgotten about us because he neglected to make our beds before he turned in for the night. Luckily we had our silk sleeping bag liners with us and we were able to use those for sheets. We arrived in Yerevan at 7am with a stunning view of Mount Ararat to welcome us. It almost made up for the dramas of the night before.

 

First glimpses of Yerevan and Mount Ararat. Photo credit: Artak Petrosyan / Unsplash (used under Creative Commons).

First glimpses of Yerevan and Mount Ararat. Photo credit: Artak Petrosyan / Unsplash (used under Creative Commons).

Yerevan to Tbilisi by train

Our return journey to Tbilisi was comparatively easy with no issues at immigration. In winter (October to May), train 372 leaves from Yerevan’s main railway station every second night on even days of the month (i.e. the 20th, 22nd, 24th, etc.). In summer (June to September), train 201 takes over this service, leaving Yerevan in the afternoon and arriving in Tbilisi just after midnight. Technically, it’s only possible to travel from Yerevan to Tbilisi by overnight sleeper in the winter months—which is exactly what we did.

A second-class bed from Yerevan to Tbilisi costs 1400 AMD (approximately 29 USD) per person. Our train departed on time at 9.30pm. The only downside to this leg of the journey is that immigration takes place in the (very) early hours of the following morning. The steward woke us at 3am for Armenian immigration and we didn’t get back to sleep until Georgian immigration was cleared at around 5am. The train arrived in Tbilisi at 8am. Mercifully, all the immigration proceedings take place inside your berth using a portable computer, so you don’t have to leave the train.

 


 

Love trains as much as I do? Here’s how you can travel between Tbilisi and Baku, Azerbaijan by sleeper train.

 


 

FAQs

Do you need a visa for Armenia?

As of April 2018, 45 nationalities no longer require a visa to visit Armenia for tourism purposes. This includes Australian, United States and British passport holders. Other nationalities (including Canadian, Israeli and Chinese passport holders, among others) are still required to obtain an Armenian visa on arrival. Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia website for full lists of who does and doesn’t need a visa.

 

Can you enter into Armenia after you’ve visited Azerbaijan?

The short answer is yes. There is no law or rule against visiting Armenia after you’ve been to Azerbaijan – as long as you’re visiting for tourism purposes and you meet Armenian visa requirements. However, it’s no secret that the two neighbours don’t exactly get along, and immigration agents seem to be mandated to discern your prior movements in Azerbaijan. Having just come from Azerbaijan (via Tbilisi), we were singled out and questioned far more intensely than the other train passengers who had not been to Azerbaijan.

While everyone’s border experience seems to be slightly different, I don’t think our encounter with Armenian immigration was unusual. Other travellers have reported a similar situation of having to turn hotel details over to border agents – one traveller’s report on Seat 61 tells of how immigration went one step further and actually telephoned the hotels in Azerbaijan she had stayed at to verify her information. Be prepared to answer the border agents’ questions, and make sure you have your hotel information written down and on your person.

For up-to-date information about visas and border requirements, I recommend contacting the relevant consulate.

 

Is the train safe?

In my opinion, the train was safe and I’d have no trouble recommending it to travellers, including solo females. Just how much security and privacy you have depends on what kind of berth you choose (see more below). The door to our four-person berth was lockable from the inside and fitted out with good lighting. The hallways were also well-lit throughout the night.

 

What classes/ticket types are available?

There are three types of berth on this train – first class spalny vagon, which sleeps two people; second class kupé, which sleeps four people; and third class platskartny, which are open-plan sleepers (no doors). As mentioned, we chose the second-class option and found it to be comfortable enough. Our second-class tickets cost us 56 GEL (approximately 22 USD) each. First class is obviously more expensive – around 75 GEL (29 USD) – and third class cheaper – around 35 GEL (13 USD) – according to Seat 61.

 

Where can you buy train tickets?

Tickets are available to purchase at the railway station (or online—see below for more details). To be safe, I recommend buying tickets a few days in advance. Tbilisi’s main railway station is located at Station Square and serviced by the metro line of the same name. The ticket counter is located on level 3, and according to Lonely Planet, open 7am until 11pm daily. Yerevan’s main railway station on Tigran Mets Ave is listed as ‘Yerevan Railway Station’ on Google Maps. Opening hours are similar.

 

Can you reserve tickets online?

As of March 2018, it’s now possible to purchase train tickets for the Tbilisi to Yerevan/Yerevan to Tbilisi sleeper train online via the Armenian South Caucasus Railway website. From the homepage, navigate to the ‘Ticket Online’ window (right sidebar) and set up an account. You’ll need to enter the passenger details (names and passport info) and you can only pay by MasterCard or debit card (no Visa). You can buy up to 4 tickets at a time. The page is available in English and Russian. Ticket sales open 40 days prior to departure and you can buy online right up until 2 hours before the train leaves. Thanks so much to traveller Arek for sharing this update!

 

Summary

• During the low season winter months, the overnight train between Tbilisi and Yerevan runs every second night (even days for Yerevan to Tbilisi, odd days for Tbilisi to Yerevan)

• From June to September (high season), a daily train takes over the route, also continuing on to Batumi

• If you need an Armenian tourist visa, you can obtain one on arrival at the border

• A 21-day tourist visa costs 3,000 AMD or 6 USD – and Drams is the preferred currency, so try to change some in Tbilisi before you board the train

• If you’ve previously travelled to Azerbaijan, you should have your travel details and hotel addresses handy (i.e. written out on paper and kept on you during the border crossing)

• There is no dining cart on the train and no stopping for food, so bring your own snacks

 


 

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48 Comments

  1. Hello,

    This is very helpful, thank you so much. I planning to travel this coming December.
    Do you know how much is the fare from Yerevan to Tbilisi and vice versa?
    Is there any way to book the train ticket online?

    • Hi Lilay! Thanks for your comment. I can’t remember exactly what we paid, but Seat 61 puts a second-class sleeper ticket at 32 USD, and I think that’s still about right (maybe a little less). Georgian Railways has an online booking system, but many say the website doesn’t accept foreign credit cards. We didn’t have any luck booking online – we picked up tickets at the station the day before.

      Good luck and enjoy your trip!

  2. Hello. Thanks for these informations. What accomodation class options are available? Economy, First, Business and what are the differences? Is there any shower available? Is it possible to book reliably online in advance?

    Thanks

    • Hi Sven! You have three options on the Tbilisi to Yerevan train—1st class (2-berth sleepers), 2nd class (4-berth sleepers) or 3rd class (open-plan sleepers). Apart from the sleeping arrangements, the only real difference it price—and 1st class is probably furnished a little nicer than 3rd. We went 2nd class and it was adequate. I don’t think there are any showers on board.

      As far as I know, there is no online booking service. If you need to arrange a ticket ahead of time, I would try contacting a travel agent in Tbilisi.

      I hope this helps! Enjoy your journey.

  3. Thank you. This is very informative. I’m traveling to Georgia on Monday- Thursday vice versa. Kinda nervous cause i’m traveling alone. Thank you for this. I’m a backpacker so i don’t want to spend more $ using taxi hehe

    • Hi Glenn! Glad you found the post helpful. Don’t be nervous! It’s a pleasant journey by train and both cities are wonderful. We met some lovely locals on the Tbilisi to Baku train, which made us feel a lot more comfortable.

      Enjoy!

  4. I want to ask a question. I have an Azerbajani visa on my passport and I didn’t recall any information where I stay when I was there. I was thinking to get a visa on arrival but I guess that would not be a wise choise. Do you think that apply and get an e-visa before I get there can solve the problem? Or you think I will be face that questions any how? Maybe I should look for where I stayed in Baku. 🙂

    • Hi Mesut,

      How are you planning to travel to Armenia? I think you may be questioned at immigration, even if you do get the e-visa in advance. I can’t say for sure. I think it would be a good idea to dig up the hotel name and address though, just to be safe!

      Happy travels.

  5. Hi,

    Thank you for this information, it is very handy! I am currently planning a trip to Georgia, Azerbijan and Armenia for March, 2018 for my boyfriend and I.

    I would like to know whether you planned things in advance? I am finding it difficult to book online for train tickets, so I am hoping we can turn up and purchase these at the station. How did you do your trip? Did you book trains and hotels in advance? Do you think there is an issue if we turn up that morning to purchase train tickets for our journey from Tbisili to Yerevan?

    • Hi Laura!

      That’s right—there doesn’t seem to be any way to reserve tickets online. We showed up for tickets a day in advance and got the final two berths—but that was in April when things were noticeably busier. I can’t say for sure, but you should be ok.

      We didn’t do much planning in advance at all… We booked Airbnbs and guesthouses as we went, maybe a week in advance at the most. My itinerary post has some helpful info about how long to stay in each place and accommodation options.

      I hope this helps! Feel free to email me if you have any other questions 🙂

      • Hello can you please send in my email the agent for ticket in Georgia?coz I’m planning to go this april. And visa upon arrival right?just wanted to confirm again coz I don’t wanna get trouble as I’m travelling solo☺☺ thanks a lot

  6. Hi did you purchase your ticket in the train station? Is the ticketing office always open?

    • Yes, we did purchase at the train station. I’m not 100% sure of the opening hours, but the ticket desks should be open from early until late to accommodate for arriving trains. There is a 24-hour customer service number listed on the Georgian Railways website. You could give them a call to check.

      • A quick update—Lonely Planet lists the ticket counter opening hours as 7am until 11pm daily. I will update my post to reflect this.

  7. Hi. Our plan is to travel on March 3 going to Armenia then we will go back on March 4 in Georgia. Do we still need to book out accomodation? We will only stay in Armenia for few hours just to visit the main tourist sights. Do you think tje Immigration will ask us for any booking for accommodation?

    • Hi! Sorry for any confusion—we were asked to provide the details of our Baku accommodation, not our Yerevan accommodation. If you’re only staying in Armenia for the day and you have proof of onward travel, that shouldn’t be a problem. I recommend double checking with the consulate first though.

  8. Wow! Such a very detailed blog! Thanks for sharing! We will be going straight to Georgia from Yerevan on our day of arrival and this post saved me from doing more research. And I will surely be bringing an extra ID picture for the Armenian Visa.

    Just in case one of your followers would read this comment and would be traveling to Armenia and Georgia on the week of April 8-15, my friend and I will also be there. If you would like to join us (for cheaper cost on tours), feel free to contact me @ anne_jhoe@yahoo.com.

    • Hey thanks a lot for this..I’m travelling to Georgia on april 11_15 I’ll send her an email..thanks a lot

  9. Hi Emily,
    Thanks for your great post. As a fellow Aussie, I’m stressing about the visa – all the Americans I will be travelling with dont need one!
    I’m planning on getting the train on Friday biggrr from Tbilisi to Yerevan and am looking into the e-visa, but that seems a hassle, especially as it seems you had no trouble getting one at the border. Would you recommend trying for an e-visa in advance or just deal with it there? Also, I won’t have proof of onward journey cos ill just get a minibus or taxi back on Sunday. Will one nights accom be enough proof do you think? Never been to Azerbaijan so that part should be ok. Would appreciate your thoughts, I know you can’t give legal advice!! Thanks

    • Hi Karlya! Thanks for your comment.

      I wouldn’t bother with the e-visa. Just make sure you have the right cash before you get on the train.

      From personal experience… We didn’t have proof of onward journey, either. We said we would stay in Armenia for a week and were asked for a rough outline of our itinerary. We named a few popular places (we actually hadn’t booked anything yet). We weren’t asked for any proof, and only gave the address of our first accommodation, which was actually an Airbnb. In the end, we ended up staying longer than planned (but still within the visa limit) and purchased return train tickets in Yerevan.

      We were singled out because of the Azerbaijan stamps in our passports. Our fellow train passengers with no stamps were processed pretty quickly. Based on my experience, you need not worry! Just make sure you have the cash, are confident you meet the visa requirements, and you should be good to go.

      Good luck and enjoy the journey! The train is a lot of fun and Armenia is a wonderful place.

    • Thanks for the kind words! If you come across any information about the border crossing/visa that you think might be helpful to other travellers, please feel free to drop back and share it here!

      Happy travels 🙂

  10. Hi there
    Thank you for loads of useful tips! Your article is very good!

    You can now buy the train tickets from Yerevan to Tbilisi or Tbilisi to Yerevan online! You can only buy them on Armenian railway, not Georgian one! Here is the link http://www.ukzhd.am/en.html

    Click on tickets online. You will need to set up an online account and it is all in English.

    Here are few rules:
    – you can only buy a ticket up to 40 days prior to departure and up to 2 hours before departure
    – you can only pay using Mastercard credit or debit card (no Visa, Maestro, American Express etc.)
    – you can buy up to 4 tickets
    – you will need to enter passport details of the passengers

    Some of the translation to English may be confusing but it is workable.

    I just got my tickets and looking forward to my trip

    Good luck everyone!

    • Thanks so much for the update, Arek! That’s really great to know. I have updated the article to reflect this change.

      Have a wonderful trip!

  11. Hello, Emily!

    I have been going back to your blog since last year, when we’ve decided to go to Armenia & Georgia this May.

    We’re also trying to do the trip by ourselves, but to save on time & effort (and not get lost!), we’re thinking of using taxis or a private driver to go around Armenia.

    Would you be able to give us an idea how much is an honest taxi fare and how much is too much? If you have details of a private driver, we’d love to hear about it too. Also considering the buses.

    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Honey! That’s so great to hear 🙂

      I didn’t go much travel around Armenia—only day trips from Yerevan with a company called Hyur Service. Normally I would never book a group tour—but they came recommended, so I decided to give it a go. They were fantastic and very affordable.

      There’s good information about bus routes in the latest Lonely Planet. For taxi fares and private drivers, there’s an excellent group on Facebook for travellers—if you ask there, I’m sure someone will be able to provide you with recommendations. I will email you the link to the group.

      I sincerely hope you love Georgia and Armenia as much as I did. Thank you so much for following my blog!

  12. Was on the night train from Tbilisi to Yerevan on March 29th 2018.

    Seems they changed the whole procedure at the Armenian border. The Armenian officers come into the train in each compartment and check the passports of the passengers. No one has to leave the train anymore. Also, there is no more visa fee. All goes very quickly. In 30 minutes the train continues.

    Regards

    • Thanks so much for the update, Sven! Great to hear that the immigration and visa procedures are becoming more streamlined. What nationality are you, though? It seems that the visa-exemption list is now a lot longer, but some nationalities still require a visa. It was always the case that anyone who didn’t require a visa could stay on the train. I suspect that those requiring a visa probably still have to disembark. Did you notice if other travellers left the train? I have updated the article based on your experience. Thanks again!

    • My pleasure! If you have any other updates or advice for future travellers, I would really appreciate it if you popped back and left a quick comment!

      Enjoy your trip!

  13. Hi Emily! I’ll be traveling solo in Georgia this summer, and hope to ride this train to Yerevan! I’m wondering, what route does the train take? Also, does it make any stops aside from the checkpoint?
    I’m also wondering have you tried riding first class? Does the first class bunk offer any additional comfort or convenience aside from 2 less beds? Thank you for sharing your experience! Can’t wait to experience it for myself!

    • Hi Ben,

      Great to hear! The train crosses the border at Sadakhlo / Bagratashen. The train makes a few stops throughout the night, but since it’s an overnight service, this was mainly to pick up new passengers (although I’m sure it’s possible to get off early if you want—maybe ask at the counter when you purchase your ticket). To be honest, I didn’t even get a look at first class! There are a few trip reports on Seat 61, so you could have a look there for more info.

      Cheers! Have a great trip!

      • Hi Emily! Thank you so much for the info. I saw your page on the train to Baku as well. Hope to do either (or both) of these trips during my time here in Georgia!
        Best,
        Ben

        • My pleasure, Ben! I hope it helps. If you have any updates after the journey, feel free to drop a note in the comments so I can update other readers!

          Happy travels!

  14. Dinesh M

    Hi Emily,

    Thanks for the useful information provided in your article.

    I am planning to visit Azarbaijan then Georgia and then Armenia. Did you travel from Baku to Tbilisi by train? If yes, what was the procedure to get visa. Can Indian passport holders with United Arab Emirates residence visa enter Georgia by train without visa. Are we issued Georgia visa on the train?

    Hope its not a problem to travel to Armenia via Georgia after touring Azarbaijan and Georgia.

    Thanks in adavnce

    Regards,

    • Hi Dinesh,

      We travelled to Tbilisi from Baku by marshrutka van. I am Australian, so I didn’t require a visa for Georgia. Unfortunately I can’t provide any specific visa advice—you should be able to find the answers you’re looking for on the relevant immigration website. There is no problem with entering Armenia after AZ, but you may be questioned at immigration so it’s a good idea to have your dates, hotel details etc. handy.

      Thanks! Have a wonderful trip!

  15. paul john saqueton

    Hi,

    I’m traveling from Manila to Georgia from Nov. 23- Dec 3, 2018.
    I will first land to Georgia then train to Armenia like you did. I will apply for armenian e visa beforehand. Would there be any problem if I leave Armenia by plane back to Manila? or do I have to return to Georgia?

    Thanks so much! ;D I saved this article for later use. x

    • Hi Paul,

      There is no problem with that in terms of logistics. But I can’t provide any visa advice, sorry. I suggest checking with your local embassy or consulate.

      Have a wonderful trip!
      Emily

  16. Hi!
    Thanks for your informations.
    I would like to know if it is possible to travel easily on train with several bikes? We are a family with 3 children and we will take with us 4 bicycles.
    Regards,
    Sébastien

    • Hi Sébastien!

      I’ve asked around, and it seems that while bikes are definitely allowed on Georgian trains, the situation with the inter-country trains is less clear. I’m sorry I can’t provide you with a definitive answer.

      I recommend you ask when purchasing tickets—or try to call them ahead of time. The station staff in Tbilisi speak good English.

      Good luck and happy travels! If you find the answer, please feel free to drop back and leave some info for other travellers.

      Emily

  17. Thank you very much for sharing your travel experience with us. I’m a solo traveler this August and your blog helps me a lot, however i just want to ask is there a visa again to pay for re-entering Georgia from Yerevan. Because at the airport of Georgia i will take the single entry visa, and going to yerevan via train it will be exit right? Then upon returning to Georgia will i need to pay again for entry visa? Hoping for your kind response

    • Hi Karol,

      Yes, that’s right. If you require a visa to travel to Georgia then you will need one at the border. If you need specific visa advice, I recommend contacting your embassy or consulate.

      Best of luck and enjoy your trip!

  18. Mary Queen

    Hi,

    Thank you for you sharing your Caucasus experience. So far your blog is the most helpful of all the other sources I’ve read 🙂 🙂 My boyfriend and I wanted to travel to these 3 countries for 10 days, do you think that would be okay? another thing, Im still undecided if we would go on Armenia-Georgia-Azerbaijan or Azerbaijan-Georgia-Armenia route. I’m not sure which immigration is less of a hassle. Any thoughts?

    Badly need your opinion 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks so much for the feedback! I’m going to send you an email with more info—but to answer your questions: 10 days will be a push! I recommend just doing the three capital cities + day trips, which will give you a nice taste of each country. I’m putting together an itinerary post now, but it might be too late for your trip.

      As for the route, it really doesn’t matter. I’ve heard reports of strange immigration experiences travelling either way—and other reports of travellers who had absolutely no issue. Based on flights alone, it’s a lot easier to fly into Azerbaijan and do the route counterclockwise.

      I hope this helps!

  19. Mary Queen

    Thank you so much for your swift response! Truly appreciate it! 😇 we plan to travel on september.. i guess i might be waiting for your itinerary.. thanks for the heads up about the immigration thing.. actually the route you suggested was my original plan.. im just a little nervous about these immigration peeps..

  20. John Charles

    Read your email. I already been to Armenia before for 11 days so I basically been to some of the best common tourist spots. But I intend to go back as 3 country trip. Armenia-Georgia-Azerbaijan for at least 15 days or maybe more. Would it be wise to start in Armenia or Azerbaijan? I don’t have an itinerary yet for this trip but I am trying to do something different than the usual trip. So I intend to do some hiking though I am not sure if November is great month for it. And I will be traveling alone too hopefully I will meet travelers through out the journey.

    I am from the Philippines who is based in the UAE and therefore qualified for visa on arrival as long as I have a valid residence permit in my passport which makes it easier.

    Would love to know or get some recommendations for where to go and what to do specially in Georgia & Azerbaijan but on a budget. I love scenic places too. 🙂

    And lastly, have you been to Nagorno Karabakh?

    Awesome blog! 🙂

    • Hi John! Thanks for your comment.

      Sounds great! I would probably start in Azerbaijan, only because it’s easier to fly into Baku then to a counter-clockwise route through the 3 countries without losing too much time travelling. I’m not sure about November for hiking to be honest—I think Tusheti will be closed, but Ushguli (Svaneti) might still be open, in which case you could trek up there. There is great hiking in Kazbegi, too, and it’s open year-round.

      Have you been to Sheki in Azerbaijan? It’s a bit touristy but still relatively quiet and well worth a visit. In Georgia, I loved Imereti around Kutaisi, especially Chiatura. Also Bakuriani and the southern part of Georgia is beautiful. I haven’t been to Artsakh, no, but there are a few bloggers out there who have so you should be able to get info from them. Let me know if you need any specific links.

      I recently published a Georgia Armenia Azerbaijan itinerary, so you might find some more inspiration in there.

      Let me know how your plans come along and if there’s anything else I can help with!

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