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

How to travel from Armenia to Georgia (or from Georgia to Armenia) on the Tbilisi to Yerevan train. This Georgia Armenia train guide provides detailed information about tickets, immigration, what it’s like on the train, plus first-hand tips.

First published: April 2017. Last updated: February 2020.

Travelling from Tbilisi to Yerevan or vice versa? The sleeper train that runs every other night during the winter months (October to May) and daily during summer (June to September) is a safe, convenient and best of all, atmospheric way to travel between Georgia and Armenia.

It takes a little longer (10 hours and 20 minutes, to be precise), but tickets are affordable, the train 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’re at all nervous about road safety, the train is a more reliable choice than marshrutky minivans, which are notorious for driving at high speeds and with little regard for the rules.

We’ve travelled between Georgia and Armenia by train three times now – twice in winter, and again in summer.

Read on for my tips for buying train tickets, negotiating immigration, and making the most of the journey from Tbilisi to Yerevan or Yerevan to Tbilisi by train.

Looking for things to do in Yerevan or Tbilisi? Here are a few awesome Yerevan activities and Yerevan souvenir shops, plus some unique Tbilisi sights and top Tbilisi restaurants to get you started!

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Why take the train?

The first two times I took the Tbilisi to Yerevan train, I thought it was a cool way to travel. On my third ride, I fell in love with the journey.

The summer train in particular is a lot of fun. The old Soviet locomotive itself is a piece of history, and the genuine excitement of locals travelling to visit family or maybe spend their annual leave on the Black Sea Coast is infectious.

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On board the Tbilisi to Yerevan train.

On our most recent trip, the cabin next to us slept four generations of one Armenian family who were off to Batumi for a holiday. They had a tablecloth laid out and a full spread of nibbles, which they generously shared with us.

As well as being a cool local experience, you see a lot more of the landscape when you travel by train versus marshrutka or bus. Travelling in the direction of Tbilisi on the summer train, you get to see a big chunk of northern Armenia – from the rusty skeletons of industrial factories in Alaverdi, to the lush Debed Canyon and the rolling fields outside Gyumri.

Check out this short video for a taste of the scenery and people on the Tbilisi to Yerevan train. This was filmed on my most recent journey to Georgia in summer 2019.

Tbilisi to Yerevan train schedule

The Tbilisi to Yerevan train has two timetables depending on the time of year.

Winter schedule (low season)

During low season (October 2 until June 12), overnight sleeper train number 371 runs from Tbilisi to Yerevan every second night on odd days of the month (i.e. the 3rd, the 5th, the 7th, etc.). The train departs at 8.20pm and arrives in Yerevan at 6.55am the next morning.

Travelling from Yerevan to Tbilisi in winter, 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.). This train departs at 9.30pm and arrives in Tbilisi at 7.50am the next morning.

Summer schedule (high season)

Extra trains run during the ‘peak’ summer months (June 15 until September 30). Train 202 takes over this service, making a nightly trip from Batumi to Yerevan via Tbilisi. This train departs Batumi at 3.30pm, departs Tbilisi at 10.15pm, and arrives in Yerevan at 7.30am the following morning.

Travelling from Yerevan to Tbilisi in summer, train 201 takes over this service, leaving Yerevan at 3.30pm in the afternoon and arriving in Tbilisi at 12 minutes past midnight. It then continues on to Batumi, where it arrives just after 7am the next morning.

A modern pink and white train station.
Gyumri Railway Station, Armenia.

Where does the Tbilisi to Yerevan train stop?

The Tbilisi to Yerevan train route looks like a reverse ‘S’. Firstly, the train travels directly south to the border. After passing immigration, it tracks through the top of northern Armenia before turning west to Gyumri then south to Yerevan.

In winter, the train stops at 5 stations between Tbilisi and Yerevan – in Sadakhlo (Georgia), and in Ayrum, Vanadzor, Gyumri and Amavir (Armenia).

In summer, the train makes an extra stop in Marneuli, just outside Tbilisi. Between Tbilisi and Batumi, the train also stops in Zestaphoni (the station for buses to Mestia), Samtredia and Kobuleti.

The train waits for 4-6 minutes at each stop, except in Gyumri, where the train pauses for a full 15 minutes.

The summer train waits for 30 minutes in Tbilisi. Immigration takes about 60 minutes on each side of the border (more info about immigration later).

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Inside Yerevan train station.

Train stations

In Tbilisi, trains arrive and depart from Tbilisi Central, which is nested inside a four-storey shopping complex.

In Yerevan, trains arrive and depart from the historic Yerevan Railway Station, located just off Tigran Mets Avenue.

Getting to Tbilisi Central

Tbilisi Central is located in the northeast part of the city, approximately 5km from Liberty Square. It’s adjacent to metro stations Station Square I and II, where the city’s two underground lines intersect.

To get there from Liberty Square or Avlabari, ride the red metro (First Line) to Station Square I. When you get off the subway, follow the signs towards the Tbilisi Central exit.

If you happen to be on the green Saburtalo line – for example, if you’re coming straight from Didube Bus Station – you’ll need to cross over the red line platform to exit. If you don’t, you’ll pop up in the middle of a hectic market a long way away from the train station. We took the wrong exit a few times before we realised our mistake.

The entrance to Tbilisi Central is 100m from the metro exit. As you walk out of the metro, you’ll see a TBC bank on your left. The railway station is the next building over, the one with the white wave-shaped roof.

If you’re taking a taxi, your driver will drop you right out the front of the station. A taxi to Tbilisi Central from Liberty Square or from Didube Bus Station costs 5 GEL when booking through Bolt.

The ticket desks and railway platforms are located inside the station building. Once through the main door, ride the two escalators up to level 3.

The exact location of Tbilisi Central is marked here on Google Maps.

Getting to Yerevan Railway Station

Yerevan Railway Station is located in the south of the city, approximately 3km from Republic Square. To get there from downtown, ride the subway to the adjacent Sasuntsi David metro station. The metro station is connected to the Railway Station by an underground pedestrian tunnel. Plastic tokens for the metro cost 100 AMD per ride, and can be purchased from the desk inside every station building.

After you come down the escalators at Sasuntsi Station, turn right and walk through the longer of the two underpasses. Enter the train station building from the metro by taking any of the narrow staircases up from the underpass, or just walk right to the end, pop up on street level, then double back into the station via the main door.

Alternatively, a taxi from the centre of Yerevan to the Railway Station costs around 400-600 AMD. If you’re taking the summer train that departs in the afternoon, make sure you leave yourself enough time. The traffic was so bad on the day we travelled (a Monday) that it took a full 45 minutes for us to get to the station from Republic Square.

The exact location of the Yerevan Railway Station is marked here on Google Maps.

Paper tickets for the Yerevan to Tbilisi train.

Buying tickets for the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan

When buying tickets for the Tbilisi to Yerevan train, you have three options: Purchase tickets in person from either train station; buy your tickets online with Mastercard via the South Caucasus Railway website; or pay a fee to have an agent buy and collect the tickets for you.

We purchased tickets ourselves from the station both times we travelled. In this section, I outline all three procedures in detail.

Ticket types & fares

There are three types of berth on this train: First class spalny vagon (abbreviated to CB in Cyrillic), which sleeps two people; second class kupé (Купe), which sleeps four people; and third class platskartny (Плацкарт), which are open-plan sleepers (no cabins). We chose the second-class option both times we travelled and found it to be comfortable.

Note that if you’re travelling in summer from Yerevan to Tbilisi on the evening train that departs at 3pm, you still need to reserve a bed because there are no seats.

Children’s tickets are discounted at roughly half the cost of an adult. It’s also slightly cheaper to buy a ticket for an upper bunk (Верхнее) in 2nd or 3rd class (a saving of just under 1,000 AMD or $2 USD) versus a more lucrative bottom (Нижнее) bed.

The table below outlines the different train classes, the sleeping arrangements and ticket costs. Prices displayed are lower bunks for adults, and are correct as of December 2019.

ClassLayoutFare (Tbilisi to Yerevan)Fare (Yerevan to Tbilisi)
1st class (spalny vagon or CB)Private compartment with 2 beds for 2 people127 GEL20,960 AMD (44 USD)
2nd class (kupé or Купe)Private compartment with 4 beds for 4 people105 GEL17,350 AMD (37 USD)
3rd class (platskartny or Плацкарт)Open-plan sleeper (no compartments)69 GEL11,440 AMD (24 USD)

Note: Base fares fluctuate season to season, year to year – but only by a few dollars. The prices listed above were given to me in person by staff in Yerevan and Tbilisi. I try my best to keep the prices up to date. If you recently purchased tickets and the price was different, please leave a comment at the end of the post. You can cross-check prices (in dram) here.

Buying train tickets at Tbilisi station

In Tbilisi, the ticket counters are located on level 3 of the Tbilisi Central complex. They are open from 8am until 11pm daily. When you arrive, first take a paper ticket from the little dispenser and wait until your number flashes above one of the 14 cash desks.

We bought our second-class train tickets a day in advance from the station using the same process described here. Staff speak excellent English. We needed to present our passports* to buy the tickets and could have paid in either cash or by card (ticket counters are fitted with EFTPOS machines).

There are ATMs inside the complex if you need to withdraw money.

Buying train tickets at Yerevan station

Yerevan Train Station is open 24 hours a day, but ticket desks are only staffed from 9am until 6pm, with a break for lunch between 1pm and 2pm.

Pro tip: Avoid arriving at 9am on the dot, because this is when agents come to purchase bulk lots of tickets on behalf of their clients. We arrived at 8.45 and queued behind two men, each carrying a wad of passports 10 thick. We had to wait a full hour before it was our turn.

The 4 cash counters for the Tbilisi/Batumi international train are located in the left-hand wing of the station as you enter. Tickets for domestic electric trains to Gyumri are sold in the right wing. The staff member who served us was extremely kind and good humoured, and spoke good English.

When it’s your turn at the counter, tell the cashier your desired destination and the date you wish to travel. Hand over your passport* and he/she will enter your full name and document number into the system. This will be printed on your ticket. Some ticket counters appear to have EFTPOS machines, but when we travelled, staff emphasised that it was cash only.

*The last time we travelled on the Tbilisi to Yerevan train, I reported that it was possible to buy tickets with a scanned printout or a photograph of your passport rather than the physical document. This appears to have changed.

In the waiting room, we ran into a tourist who was trying to purchase tickets using a photo of his passport but was denied. Some agents still appear to use photocopies, but to be safe, I highly recommend taking your physical passport/ID card with you when buying tickets from Yerevan train station.

Pre-purchasing train tickets through an agent

If you want to pre-book your train tickets, the most convenient option is to go through a local tour agent. I recommend Geotrend for buying your one-way or return Tbilisi Yerevan train tickets. The Geotrend team have excellent reviews across the board for their professionalism and customer service.

The process is simple: Fill out their online inquiry form and a Geotrend consultant will check availability for your dates. If tickets are available, they will email you to confirm, and send you secure online payment instructions. They will then send a staff member to buy the paper tickets from the station on your behalf, and courier them to your hotel (alternatively, you can pick them up from the Geotrend office when you arrive).

This service incurs an extra fee, which is currently set at $15 (that includes taxes and the online payment processing fee). They also charge a small commission (usually around $6) based on the exchange rate that day.

I recently partnered with Geotrend to offer my readers an exclusive discount on train tickets pre-purchased online. To claim the discount, select the ‘I have a promocode’ box on the reservation page and enter the code YEREWL19. You’ll get a $5 discount off each ticket you purchase, and I will earn a small commission for referring you.

Discount code: YEREWL19

Pre-purchasing train tickets online

As of March 2018, it’s possible to purchase train tickets for the Tbilisi to Yerevan/Yerevan to Tbilisi train online via the Armenian South Caucasus Railway website. The page is available in Armenian, English and Russian. Just be warned, the website is temperamental. People have had varying degrees of success trying to buy their tickets this way.

The booking system is a bit fiddly, but if you follow the directions compiled below, you should be able to successfully purchase tickets online. You can also use the website to confirm the train schedule and ticket prices.

Ticket sales open 40 days prior to departure and you can buy online right up until 2 hours before the train leaves. You can buy up to 4 tickets at a time and you can only pay by MasterCard (no Visa or PayPal). There is an additional 2000 AMD service fee for buying tickets online.

Directions for using the South Caucasus Railway website:

From the homepage, navigate to the ‘Ticket Online’ window (right sidebar) and set up an account. Select the ‘Purchase a ticket’ option from the top menu.

Enter your departure date and select ‘Mode to and back’ if you want a return ticket. Enter your stations of departure and arrival (‘Tbilisi-pass’ and ‘Yerevan’), the number of tickets you’re purchasing, coach category (‘non-modernized’) and class (‘soft-seated carriage’ for spalny vagon).

When you hit search, the page will refresh and display a ticket option below the search box (see screenshot below). Click ‘View the trains’ to see your assigned berth. If you’re unhappy with your spot, click ‘Search again’.

To complete the order, click on the green check mark on the bottom left, enter the details for all passengers, then proceed to the payment page. Select the Inecobank logo to pay with Mastercard.

You should receive a confirmation email, in English, to the address specified. This is your boarding pass. Print it, and present it to the conductor when you get on the train.

Please note: A few travellers have recently reported difficulties with navigating the website. Others have successfully purchased tickets. If you have any experience or tips for booking tickets online, please leave your comments below for other travellers. A big thanks to Jamie and Jenni for their recent reports on using the e-ticket system.

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Yerevan Train Station.

Train tickets FAQ

How far in advance should I buy tickets?

This is the question I’m most often asked by other travellers. My advice is always the same: Try to buy tickets at least a few days before your travel date.

In my experience, there is a much higher demand for the train during the summer months – especially on weekends and holidays. If you’re travelling in May-October, I highly recommend buying tickets at least 5 days ahead of time, either through Geotrend or by going to the station in person. In winter, you might be able to get away with buying tickets the day before or the day day of travel like we did.

When we travelled from Yerevan to Tbilisi in July 2019, tickets were in high demand. On the Friday we arrived, there were only 6 tickets left for the train that day, 2 tickets left for the Saturday train, and 22 remaining seats on the Sunday train.

I know this because a TV screen above the information desk inside Yerevan Station displays upcoming train departures for the next 14 days. The first image shows the different classes and prices, and the second image shows you how many tickets are left for future dates.

Are tickets refundable/exchangeable?

If you no longer wish to use a ticket you’ve paid for, you can obtain a refund right up until 1pm on the day of travel. To do this, you’ll need to present your ticket at the cash desk in person. There may be a fee for changing or refunding a ticket.

It may also be possible to upgrade your ticket on the day of travel for an additional fee.

Do ticket prices go up or down closer to the date of travel?

Ticket prices are the same right until the day of travel, at which point the price goes up (but not by much). At Yerevan Station, tickets for the Tbilisi/Batumi train cost an extra 400-500 AMD if you purchase them on the same day.

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Outside Central Station in Tbilisi.

Boarding the train

If you’re boarding the train at its point of origin (in Tbilisi in winter or in Yerevan in summer/winter), the train will probably be waiting on the platform an hour ahead of time. You can board at least 30 minutes before the departure time.

Remember the summer train originates in Batumi and only makes a 30-minute stop in Tbilisi on its way to Yerevan.

Either way, I recommend arriving at the station at least 30 minutes early to claim your bed and settle in.

Departing from Tbilisi

At Tbilisi Central Station, there is a large-ish waiting area with seats adjacent to the ticket desks. You’ll see an electronic timetable board hanging above the escalators, where you can track the progress of your train. There are also plenty of cafes, restaurants and convenience stores—plus ATMs and currency exchange desks—located inside the same building.

Above the boarding area there’s a food court and public toilets that cost 50 tetri. Note that most food shops close before the night train departs.

The train platforms are located two levels down and accessed via outdoor staircases next to the ticket windows. The train to Yerevan usually departs from platform 3. On the platform, someone will collect and stamp your train tickets before you board the train.

Storing luggage at Tbilisi Central

If you want to drop your bags off early, there is a luggage storage facility at Tbilisi Central. It’s located inside a separate de-mountable building to the left of platform 1.

Luggage storage is open from 6.30am until 11.30pm daily. It costs 10 GEL to store one piece of luggage for the day.

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The Armenia – Georgia train.

Departing from Yerevan

Yerevan Railway Station has a more conventional set up. The historic station building itself is huge and quite beautiful, with ample seating. As well as the amenities in the pedestrian underpass described below, there are diner-style cafes and a few little shops directly outside the station building.

There are some handy shops and services under the train station, including xerox/copy shops (in case you need to print off an e-voucher), currency exchange desks, snack shops, and a pharmacy.

There’s also a public toilet, which costs 100 AMD to use. Note that there are no toilets inside the railway station so unless the guards are kind enough to let you use theirs (which happened to me the first time I rode the train), this is the closest bathroom to the trains.

As you enter the station building, you’ll see a VTB bank and ATM immediately to your right. The ATM works 24/7. If you have to kill some time, there is a small train station ‘museum’ inside on the right.

Platforms are located at the back of the building. The Tbilisi train departs from platform 1. Someone will be waiting at the main entrance to the platform to check your tickets and direct you to your carriage.

Carriage numbers (printed on your ticket in the ‘No.’ column) are marked on the outside of the train, close to the doors. Each carriage has its own steward who will meet you at the door to check your tickets again and cross-check them with your passport/ID.

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On the Tbilisi to Yerevan train.

On the train

What to bring on the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan

For more packing inspiration, check out my list of 25 train travel essentials and my Georgia packing list, which includes tips for how men & women should dress in Georgia.

There is no food cart on the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan, so you’ll need to bring enough snacks and water to last the night. I always recommend travelling with a reusable water bottle. I carry this 500mL insulated bottle from S’well (the larger version fits a full bottle of wine – very handy in the Caucasus!).

When I last travelled, the potable water dispenser on the train wasn’t working. I think it’s a good idea to bring an extra bottle of water just in case, or pack your LifeStraw if you use one.

I also carry cold tea infusers (I like Twinings’ ginger and orange tea) on long journeys, especially since there’s no hot water dispenser in second/third class.

You should also bring your own toilet paper or biodegradable wet wipes plus hand sanitizer, as the bathrooms on the train are often without soap or paper.

Three years living and travelling in Southeast Asia taught me to always travel with a sleeping bag liner when using overnight transport. They pack down small, and can come in really handy if you don’t like the look of the sheets, or if you need an extra later.

Clean pillowcases are provided on the train, but the pillows themselves leave a bit to be desired! The ones I’ve seen are always beat up and a bit moldy. I don’t think they’re replaced very often. My partner folds up a towel, and I use my roll-up travel pillow, which has come with me on every trip since 2015.

If you’re a light sleeper, a pair of reusable silicone earplugs and a sleeping mask will come in handy.

Other than that, I always make sure to have my headphone splitter (so that two people can listen to a movie or music on the laptop) and my e-reader with me to help pass the time.

You should also bring along any important travel documentation—including details of your accommodation and travel dates if you’ve previously been in Azerbaijan (see the immigration section below for more details).

What is the Tbilisi to Yerevan train like?

The Georgia Armenia train is an old Soviet locomotive. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but it’s generally clean and comfortable. I’ve definitely experienced much worse (i.e. Vietnam’s Reunification Express in the early 2010s).

Second class is done up in a soothing shade of ‘Soviet brown’. There are soft covers on the bottom seats and floral carpets on the floors. Beds have double-layer plastic mattresses and thick pillows – they’re actually pretty comfortable.

Speaking of beds: When you board the train, the top bunks will be folded up and the bottom beds set up like regular seats. About 15 minutes into the journey, the steward will hand out sealed plastic packs containing two sheets, a pillowcase and a small towel. You can use these to make up your own bed.

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Our second class berth on the Tbilisi to Yerevan train.

Luggage storage, bathrooms & other amenities on the train

Please note that this section mostly refers to the second-class (kupé) compartments. If you have any insights about first or third class, please leave your feedback in the comments section at the end.

The Tbilisi to Yerevan train has overhead luggage storage above the compartment doorway. These slots are suitable for keeping small bags that are light enough to lift above your head. (To give you an idea of the size of the nook, you could comfortably fit 4 carry-on-sized suitcases side by side.)

Larger bags and suitcases should be placed under the bottom bunks. On one of the trains, the bottom seats flip open to reveal bins where you can store larger items. If you have a large suitcase or something heavy that you can’t lift overhead, you’d do well to reserve a bottom bed.

There are no power sockets in the cabins, only a limited number in the hallways. These are usually in high demand, so it’s a good idea to charge up before you board the train. There is no WIFI on the train, but there is open/free WIFI at both stations. If you want to get online in Georgia, I recommend buying a local sim card when you first arrive.

The rest of the train is fairly basic. Each cabin contains a large window fitted with a block-out blind and curtains. To raise the blind, pinch the metal clasp in the centre. There’s also a folding table, ladders for the top bunks, coat hooks, overhead lights, and a little shelf for each bed.

First class is a bit fancier – as well as sheets and a towel, passengers get a care package containing slippers.

In second class, there is a cold drinking water dispenser at one end of the carriage. It works by pinching the silver button on the spout (although it wasn’t working at all when we travelled). On the summer train, everyone jumps out at Gyumri to fill up their bottles at pulpulaks (fountains) outside the station.

Each carriage has a Western-style toilet with a washbasin at either end. If you’re lucky, there will be soap and paper towel inside. As is the way with public bathrooms, these get progressively less appealing as the journey goes on. Note that they’re old-fashioned toilets that can’t be used when the train has stopped.

Smoking is prohibited inside the cabins and in the hallways. You will probably see people smoking in the interstitial spaces between carriages where the windows can be left ajar.

Just to reiterate: There is no dining car on this train, so be sure to bring your own drinking water and snacks.


When I first rode the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan in winter, I noted that it was particularly cosy.

In summer, it can get pretty hot on the train, especially when you first board. That’s because the central AC system only works when the train is moving. When you’re in station or waiting at immigration, there’s no air circulating.

Cabin windows are sealed and cannot be opened. There are a few quarter-sized windows in the hallway that open up, and people tend to congregate around these when the train has stopped. There is no AC in the hallway.

Shortly after the train departs, the steward will come through to close up all the hallway windows and cabin doors. After this, the overhead AC kicks in pretty quickly. As long as you keep the door closed and the blind down, it’s actually quite pleasant. I was wearing jeans when I last took the train on a stinking hot July afternoon, and I was quite comfortable.

If you need a breath of fresh air, stick your head out the hallway window on the stretch between Vanadzor and Alaverdi. The fresh air from the thickly forested Debed Canyon area is spectacular!

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Somewhere in northern Armenia.


The landscape between Tbilisi and Yerevan is magical. You’ll obviously see much more scenery on the summer train, especially on the Tbilisi-bound train which arrives in the beautiful Debed Canyon area at dusk.

Arriving in Yerevan in the morning, you’ll be treated to views of Mount Ararat.

Outside of Yerevan, it’s mostly grasslands, farmland and distant hills. Near Debed (especially between Vanadzor and Alaverdi), the landscape changes dramatically as the train cuts through tunnels hewn from rocky slopes lined with thick green forest. There is a nice lake to see near Amavir.

Staying safe on the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan

I personally felt very safe on the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan (and Yerevan to Tbilisi), and I’d have no problem recommending it to travellers—including solo females. Just how much security and privacy you have depends on what kind of berth you choose.

The door to our four-person kupé berth was lockable from the inside and fitted with good lighting. The hallways were also well-lit throughout the night.

Don’t be bothered by the red tape all over the doors, air vents and light fixtures: These are intended to stop people from smuggling things over the border. Don’t mess with the seals, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

In summary: Exercise common sense, and lock the door to your berth.

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Tbilisi, Georgia by night.

Crossing the border from Georgia to Armenia

The Tbilisi to Yerevan train crosses the Georgia Armenia border at the Bagratashen – Sadakhlo Border Crossing.

The state line is about 70km south of Tbilisi, or 1 hour and 45 minutes into the train journey. From Yerevan, it takes 5 hours and 50 minutes to reach the state border, which is 200km north of the capital.

Georgian and Armenian immigration are done separately by border agents from each country. It takes around 2 hours total to get through immigration.

You can stay in your berth for most of this, although train stewards do encourage passengers to be ready to leave their berth or answer to border guards if required. The steward will keep your cabin lights on and door open until the immigration agents are finished searching the carriage and processing all passports.

Always hold onto your train tickets because immigration staff may cross-check them against their passenger manifesto.

Georgian immigration – leaving Georgia

In winter, the night train reaches the Georgian border zone at around 10pm. In summer, the train reaches the Georgian border at midnight.

Georgian immigration takes place on the train, meaning no one needs to leave their berth. Agents board the train and collect everyone’s passports. You may or may not be invited into the train steward’s room to sit with border agents and answer a few basic questions (we were only questioned the second time we took the train).

Border agents use portable computers to run the passports and/or visas. After about an hour, passports are redistributed with exit stamps inside.

Armenian immigration – entering Armenia

Armenian immigration takes place 45-60 minutes after passengers have cleared Georgian immigration. In summer, the train arrives at Ayrum for Armenian immigration at 12.45am. In winter, the train gets to the Armenian border at 11.40pm.

Passengers who don’t need to obtain an Armenian visa on arrival can stay in their berths while Armenian immigration takes place. The procedure is fairly similar: Agents will collect your passport, possibly ask you a few questions, and re-distribute the passports with entry stamps once they’re ready.

Do you need a visa for Armenia?

As of April 2018, people of 45 nationalities—including Australian, US and British passport holders—no longer require a visa to enter Armenia as a tourist for up to 180 days. If you hold one of the lucky passports on the list, that means no more visa fees, and no more disembarking the train for immigration procedures at the Armenian border.

Please visit the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for a full list of visa-exempt countries.

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Arabkir Church in Yerevan, Armenia.

Applying for an Armenian visa at the border

For travellers who do require a visitor’s visa (Canadian, Chinese, Israeli passport holders and others), you can either organise an e-visa online in advance, or purchase an Armenian tourist visa at the border.

For the latter, you’ll need to fill out a standard visa application form, which asks for your intended length of stay, the address of your first hotel, etc. There is a space at the top of the form to attach a passport photo, but when we travelled, no one had one. We were never asked to show proof of onward travel.

A 120-day tourist visa costs 15,000 AMD (30 USD). There is a staunch anti-bribery policy at the border, so agents may be reluctant to except foreign currency (GEL or USD) lest there be any confusion over exchange rates and change.

On the night we travelled, one woman who presented a 10 USD note was turned away and we had to lend her GEL. The agents told us to bring AMD next time so we could pay the correct amount. I advise you bring the correct amount of AMD to avoid confusion.

The Armenian visa is a full-page visa, so make sure you have enough room in your passport.

The unofficial policy on travellers who have previously visited Azerbaijan still seems to stand. If that’s you, please do take note of the section below so you can be well prepared.

Have you been to Azerbaijan?

There is no law or rule against visiting Armenia after you’ve been to Azerbaijan—as long as you meet the visa requirements. However, it’s no secret that the two neighbouring countries don’t exactly get along. In our experience, Armenian 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.

After we were granted our tourist visas, an 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.

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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.

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.

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Beautiful Armenia.

Crossing the border from Armenia to Georgia

Travelling the opposite way from Yerevan to Tbilisi, immigration proceedings are much the same. There are a few things to note, outlined below.

Armenian immigration – leaving Armenia

In summer, the train from Yerevan arrives at the border point at 9.20pm. When we travelled, exiting Armenia was very straightforward. We weren’t questioned, and our bags were not searched.

On the winter train, Armenian immigration takes place in the (very) early hours of the morning, at around 3.45am. Mercifully, all the immigration proceedings take place inside your berth so you don’t have to step out into the cold night!

Georgian immigration – re-entering Georgia

Georgia has fairly strict policies around tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs. When we travelled, we were asked if we were carrying cigarettes, booze or any medication. According to signage on the train, passengers with prescription meds should have the original packaging, plus a doctor’s letter in either Russian or English.

When we travelled in summer, the Georgian border agent who processed our carriage asked my partner to present his medication and doctor’s letter. She studied everything for a few minutes before handing it back over.

According to the train schedule, the winter train leaves the Georgian border at Sadkhlo at 6.05am, giving you just under two hours for some extra sleep before the train pulls into Tbilisi Central.

Do you need a visa for Georgia?

Georgia offers visa-free travel for passport holders from more than 90 countries. Citizens of India, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and a handful of other Asian and African countries are, however, required to obtain a 90 or 30-day tourist visa prior to arrival.

If you’re travelling from Yerevan to Tbilisi by train and you do require a visa for Georgia, you’ll need to obtain an e-visa in advance. You can do so via the Georgia E-visa Portal or through my partners at iVisa.

Note that if you’re travelling from Tbilisi to Yerevan and later returning from Yerevan to Tbilisi and you require a visa for Georgia, you will need to obtain a multiple entry visa or two separate single-entry visas. I recommend you contact the relevant consulate for more advice specific to your situation.

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First glimpses of Yerevan and Mount Ararat.

Arriving in Yerevan

As the train pulls into Yerevan, passengers are treated to stunning views of Mount Ararat in the distance. Stewards give ample warning that it’s time to disembark, at which point you should gather up your bed sheets and leave them on the side of your couch.

Read next: Awesome things to do in Yerevan.

Getting from Yerevan train station to your accommodation

When you arrive at Yerevan Railway Station, you can connect directly to the metro (Sasuntsi David Station) via the underground walkway.

Yerevan only has one metro line. To get to the centre, ride the train north (in the direction of Barekamutyan) for 2 stops to Republic Square. Single metro tickets in the form of plastic tokens can be bought from the cash window as you enter the underground.

Alternatively, if you want to take a taxi, their is a cab rank out the front of the train station. If you’ve already downloaded and registered your local number with Maxim or Yandex, you can use the free and open WIFI inside the station building to order a cab that way. Note that a raucous fresh food market is held in front of the station building on weekday mornings, which makes the car park a bit frantic.

Here’s everything you need to know about travelling by taxi in Yerevan.

Arriving in Tbilisi

The train from Yerevan passes through the outskirts of the city before tracing its way across the river and through central Tbilisi. If you’re arriving in Georgia for the first time, it’s a nice introduction to the capital.

When you arrive at Tbilisi Central, take the staircase at the end of the platform. This will bring you back to the ticket area and waiting room. From here, you can either head straight down the escalators to pick up a taxi, or exit the station and enter the metro (on your right) to take the subway into the city.

Expect to pay around 5 GEL for a cab to Liberty Square or Didube Bus Station. Metro fares cost 50 tetri.

Note that from July 1, 2019 until July 1, 2020, the Tbilisi metro is undergoing maintenance works and has shorter hours of operation, from 6am until 11pm. If you’re arriving in Tbilisi on the summer train from Yerevan, the metro would have already stopped so you’ll need to take a taxi.

Other ways of travelling from Tbilisi to Yerevan

If you miss the train, can’t get a seat or just prefer to go by road, there are other ways of travelling from Tbilisi to Yerevan or Yerevan to Tbilisi.

  • By minivan: Hayreniq Tour runs air-conditioned minivans from Avlabari Metro Station (Tbilisi) to downtown Yerevan 6 times daily between 6.30am and 5pm. The journey takes 5.5 hours, and tickets cost $25 USD. Reserve a seat from Tbilisi to Yerevan online here or from Yerevan to Tbilisi online here.
  • By taxi: Taxis from Tbilisi to Yerevan can be chartered for $100-$200 USD per vehicle. This is a budget-friendly option if you have a big family or you’re travelling with a group. The service is door-to-door, and includes whatever stop offs you want to make along the way. Reserve a taxi online here.
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View out the window of the Tbilisi to Yerevan train.

Tbilisi to Yerevan train: Summary

  • During the low season winter months (late September to May), 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.
  • Online tickets are available to purchase through an agent such as Geotrend.
  • If you need a visa for Armenia, a 120-day tourist visa costs 15,000 AMD (30 USD). 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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  1. David Echeverria says:


    Thanks 4 this very useful blog 👍😊

    I’m planning to take the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan with my kitten who will be in a special transportation bag, is it allowed to travel with pets please?

    Thanks and have a nice day🕊


    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi David,

      As far as I know pets aren’t allowed on the international trains – but I could be wrong. I recommend calling the station or going to ask in person to get a definite answer. If you find out, please drop back and give us an update as it might come in handy for other travellers.

      Thanks so much! Good luck!

  2. Helen says:

    Hallo, greeting from Malaysia!
    Your blog save me a lot of time for researching of the information from Tbilisi to Yerevan. However, it’s very hard to register an account in the train website. I will try it again tomorrow.

  3. dov says:

    I am trying to book tickets from Tbilisi to Yerevan on October 13th, a single adult ticket but each time I try the above date or any other I get an error message; “To search vacancies by requested dates aren’t possible.”

    Did any one ever encounter this error?
    Any ideas how to resolve this?

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Dov, I haven’t seen this error message before. Maybe someone else can weigh in. It could be because the date is close to the transition from summer to winter timetable. You might need to wait another week or two for the timetable to be finalised. Just a thought!

    2. Chanon says:

      Hi Dov,
      Chanon here. Please see my comment just below yours. I’m trying to get the similar tickets for October 3rd and got the same result.
      I emailed Yerevan Railway and asked, they said the tickets will be opened for sale around the end of September. Asked if there is any specific dates, the answer was “not yet”.
      Let me know if you have a way to resolve this, we also needs several tickets and the date is closing in too!
      Thank you!

  4. Chanon says:

    Hi Emily,
    Thanks for writing this blog. It’s been extremely helpful in navigating Armenian train for us.
    Quick question, we are trying to book a train from Tbilisi to Yerevan on 3 Oct, which is the winter train. Somehow the online system only allows booking on 30 Sep. Would you know if winter train can be booked online as well?
    Thank you very much

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Chanon,

      Yes, as far as I know you can book both trains online. Probably they haven’t quite finalised the timetable or released tickets yet. It’s right on the cusp of the changeover from summer to winter schedule. I would give it another week and check again. Also double check for other dates around Oct 3 just to make sure it isn’t a glitch in the system.

      I hope this helps!

      1. CHANON says:

        Thank you, Emily.
        Yes, that is our plan for now, to check back in a few days. Seems like they need some time to settle the system, as I saw summer train schedule on 1 Oct as well.
        Thanks again, this is super helpful.

  5. Andy says:

    Hi Emily,
    Your blog is incredibly helpful! We are hoping to travel from Tbilisi to Yerevan on 1st October but are not sure if the train will be running that night. Everywhere I’ve looked it says high season ends on 30th September and low season begins on 2nd October which leaves 1st October in between. I’m assuming it does run that day as it’s an odd day.
    Thanks, Andy

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Andy!

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m afraid that sounds right – as far as I know, there is no train to Yerevan on the 1st. Perhaps you can travel by marshrutka and catch the train back instead?

      Have a wonderful trip. Do let me know if there’s anything else I can help with!

  6. Jacek Cracow says:

    Jacek Cracow
    Hi Ilona;
    How is your journey with 3rd Claas ticket :-)?
    Have a nice stary in Armenia 🙂

    We are back on Poland in our offices🙂
    Regards to your Dad 🙂

    August 12, 2019 at 10:15 am Reply

  7. Ilona Regulski says:

    Hi Jacek (and others),
    We had to buy a third class ticket because everything else was booked! There were really only 2 tickets left. But it’s fine. I am expecting something like a hard sleeper in India.
    My father was Polish, but I am Belgian and living in Cairo for the moment:-)

  8. Jacek Cracow says:

    I keep the fingers cross for you. Let me know how is your ticket :-)?


    Ps. Cairo/ Egypt? Your name seems to be Polish 🙂

  9. Jacek Cracow says:

    I AM sorry not to dwóch off the dictionary! Of course I wanted to write: “Let me say some words about…..”

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Jacek!

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the Tbilisi to Yerevan train.

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the journey. I absolutely concur – it’s awesome travel experience!

      Enjoy your travels in the Caucasus and thanks again for commenting!

    2. Ilona Regulski says:

      Dear Jacek, thank you so much for your comments! Sounds very good. An experience as we like it. I am more concerned about getting the ticket. But we are boarding now (from Cairo where we live) and will do this first thing tomorrow. Best, ilona

  10. Jacek Cracow says:

    Hi Ilona,
    i am back again :-). Let me say domek Worda about the trip by train Tbilisi- Yerewan. IT was
    was very succecfully :-). The journey was really adventure. I would like event to say: “You can’t say you have been in Georgia if you had not gone by night train :-). The train was very old but clean and save!
    I think the train “remembers” if not Stalin then for sure Gorbatchow’s time and his Pieriestrojka :-). The carpets, toilets, all sounds during the trip remains about Georgia communist time :-). I met in the train many people from all over the world:-). Everybody of course could choice the 6 hours bus marshrutka but they prefered to go by this train:-). Nobody has complained! But how can you complain with the exponats in museum :-)? You just accept it and you are happy to experience this alive museum of communist time :-). Finally I absolutely recomende the trip to the past with time machin- the train Tbilisi/Yerewan (or return).

  11. Lisa says:

    Hi, Emily.

    Great article. I just have one question. I’ll be traveling solo and I’d rather have a cabin to myself (don’t like sleeping with strangers). If I pay for a first-class bed, would I have to pay for both beds to have the whole cabin to myself? Thanks.

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Yes, I believe that’s right. One traveller did this previously by booking online, but you can also buy tickets in person in Tbilisi or Yerevan (just explain to staff at the station that you want the whole berth – they speak English).

      Enjoy the journey!

  12. Ilona Regulski says:

    Me too, Jacek. Love trains. Will take a train over a bus or plane any time. Yes, let us know how it was!

    1. Pan says:

      Hi Emily,
      I’d like to ask for the seat booking, TBSYerevan train, actually I want to book with 1st class train, private compartment with 2 beds for 2 peoples) but I’m not sure for 2 question.
      1. coach class -> I have to choose non-modernized?
      2. Coach class -> which one I have to choose for 1st class (SV) train : carriage with number reserver seat/compartment caggiage/soft-seared carriage

      Could you please advise for me.
      Thanks you so much

  13. Jacek says:

    Hi Ilona,
    Yes, that’s the best and sure solution. Many people resign and go by bus, but I stick to night train:-),

    Tomorrow is my train trip ;-). Exciting 🙂
    I will let you how IT was -).

  14. Ilona Regulski says:

    Dear Jacek,
    Thank you for this information. So you are suggesting that it is a glitch in the system? Ok, I will try to buy it in the station on the 10th for travelling on the 17th. Hopefully that will be ok.

  15. Jacek says:

    Hi Ilona,
    I had similar problem. I came grom Baku to Tbilisy to but Rocket. For today that’s 2 August 2019 Rocket were solid lut. For tomorrows 3rd August were 4 left for 2nd Claas. For 4 rd August there was quite mamy opportunities. No way you must come to Tbilisi and but IT in person. Then you have 2-3-4 days to see Tbilisi 🙂 or you take 5 hours bus to Yerewan.
    Jacek what’s up —

  16. Ola says:

    Hi, thanks for the info!
    What about situation when u want to travel on a train from Yerevan to Tbilisi and its the end of month so 31st and then 1st ? Its both odd days, so is the train not departing then, even though it says … every second night? 🙂

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Ola! Good question.

      Yerevan to Tbilisi is actually on even days of the month, so in your example, there would be trains on the 30th and the 2nd.

      I believe that for months with 31 days, the train on the 1st of the next month is skipped. I am not 100% sure, though – I’m trying to find out more info for you now. I’m curious to know this myself!

      It also depends what month you’re travelling. In summer, the trains are daily, and there is a break in the schedule when it changes over from the summer to winter timetable.

  17. angel says:

    I’m planing travel from Tblisi to Yeravan 1st october, by train, but I don’t know if it’s possible this day

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Angel,

      Hm, you’re right on the cusp of the changeover to the summer schedule. Have you tried searching for tickets online?

      I have a feeling there unfortunately won’t be a train that day. According to the online schedule, the first winter train is on October 2 (leaving Yerevan). Since the Tbilisi trains runs on odd days, the first one will be on the 3rd.

  18. Ilona Regulski says:

    Hi all,
    I am not managing to buy these tickets online. I do everything everyone else says but I keep on getting the message: ‘To search vacancies by requested datas aren’t possible’. I seem to see trains end of August (I think) but is it possible that it is sold out 17 days before I want to travel? If I search via an agent there still seem to be spots.

  19. Jakub says:

    Just paid 39,45 lari for a platzkart (Tbilisi to Yerevan, one way, one person). Maybe I missed something in your blog?

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Jakub,

      Thanks for report – there was recently a price update.

      The online ticket price is currently 41 GEL for 3rd class, so that sounds just about spot on 🙂

      Enjoy your trip!

  20. Dag says:


    what is the difference between the different “Coach Categories”. I also am trying to book for Aug. 3rd, and when i choose “modernized” I get to choose more options for Coach Class. Why did you choose “non-modernized”?

  21. jacek says:

    So detailed information ! Thank you very much. In two weeks time 2-8 august 2019 we go with my wife to Armenia. Train will be our transport mean:-)

    Thx for your help


  22. Todd Withers says:


    Thank you for this informative post. I am trying to book a Tbilisi to Yerevan train for 3rd August. I am able to get the booking up on the website, but I cannot for the life of me get the correct class I want. It only gives me the option of third class. Any ideas?


    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Todd,

      It could be that 2nd class is sold out. Have you tried plugging in alternative dates, maybe for a weekday? Friday/Saturday trains are usually in high demand in summer.

      Some other people have reported that the system won’t let them purchase 2nd class tickets any more. Unfortunately I don’t have any insight into why this may be… Perhaps someone else will chime in!

      Worst case, you could buy third class tickets and try to upgrade at the station when you arrive.

      Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  23. Jenni says:

    Hi Emily,

    Great resource as everyone else has said!! Just wanted to add to the mix that I was also successful in booking a ticket on the Armenian ticket website. You have to sign up to an account first and once you have done this all seemed to work fine.

    Mastercard only as others have mentioned. We booked the soft-seated carriage which I guess is the two person compartment because it was the most expensive. Make sure you edit everyone’s details as it will default to the person who’s account it is. Then a confirmation was sent to my email which I hope is as good as a ticket.

    The website is not excellent but once you get more familiar with how it works you will eventually get there! Looking forward to our trip!

    Thanks again Emily for such detailed and comprehensive advice.

  24. Jamie says:

    Hi – having booked SV Tbilisi>Yerevan online successfully in May and traveled in June, I just tried it again ( to see if I could replicate / it still works, and it does seem to.

    Here’s what’s working for me:

    – Select “Date of departure” (as a test I tried it with 2 dates: 24 July, and then 12 August – it worked with both… note however you cannot buy a ticket online more than 40 days in advance)
    – Leave “Mode to and back” unchecked (assuming 1-way)
    – Leave “Date of departure (back)” empty
    – Choose “Station of departure” as “Tbilisi-pass.”
    – Choose “Destination” as “Yerevan”
    – Enter # of tickets (total + children if applicable)
    – Under “Coach category” select “Non-Modernized”
    – Under “Coach class” select “Soft-seated carriage”

    Click “Search” and when the page refreshes, scroll up slightly and you should see “You have one minute to select the train” in red, and below that, the following info in table format:

    No. Train ~ Name [route: Batuni-Yerevan] ~ Coach Class [Soft-seated carriage] ~ Coach Number ~ Seats ~ Station of departure [Tbilisi-pass.] ~ Date of departure ~ Destination [Yerevan] ~ Date of arrival ~ Total sum

    You can view the location of your assigned berths by clicking “View the train’s” (next to “Search again”); if you’re not happy, you can click “Search again” and it should provide an alternative assignment (if available). You can’t directly choose exact berths.

    If/when you’re satisfied, click the green checkmark (under the red warning “You have one minute to select the train”), and then “Input data of passengers”, then “next” to proceed to payment screen, then click on the green “INECOBANK” logo, then enter card details (MasterCard ONLY!), then click “PAY”.

    A bit clunky and not the most intuitive, but it did work for me… Good luck!

    1. Michael Carroll says:

      Awesome – thank you, that is entirely the process I ended up following and we have our tickets. will confirm and provide details about our trip in August!

  25. Michael says:

    We have been attempting to use the agent to purchase SV class tickets from Tbilisi to Yerevan in August but have been told that “Currently, SV tickets for the trains to Yerevan are no longer available to be purchased in Georgia.”

    I am not sure whether to interpret this as there is no SV service anymore or just whether the agent is no longer able to book tickets.

    I would love to hear from recent travelers whether they have been able to book SV tickets on the Tbilisi-Yerevan service.

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Michael, sorry to hear you’re having trouble. Did you see Jamie’s comment from a few days back? He was able to book SV tickets online recently.

      I’m not sure how to interpret that message, either. I will be taking the train again next week and will ask in person at the station – but it might be too late.

      Hopefully someone else can chime in!

  26. Jamie says:

    I took the Tbilisi>Yerevan overnight train #201 the other week and wanted to supplement this super-useful post and comments with some info from my recent experience:

    1) I bought my ticket online about a month in advance ( without issue. I booked SV (1st class) and since I preferred to avoid sharing my compartment with a stranger, I entered my name and passport details in both berth fields and paid for 2 tickets. Within seconds of paying via credit card, I received a confirmation email, in English (from “South Caucasus Railway”).

    I wasn’t sure if that email, which contained a “purchase code”, was in actual fact the e-ticket, or if I needed to show it at the window at the train station so they could print something more “ticket-like”, but it turned out to be the former: my print-out of the email was in fact the actual e-ticket (I confirmed this at the Tbilisi station ticket window when I got there about an hour before the train was due to depart, and later on the platform, the conductor just looked at it and nodded when I was boarding the train).

    2) When I boarded the vintage Soviet train it was boiling hot and stifling; I asked the provodnitsa (attendant) in a sweaty panic if there would be air-conditioning and she said yes. Well, the a/c came on intermittently only for the first hour or two of the journey (and only when the train was moving), and thereafter the blissful blasts of cool dry air cut out altogether, making for a very warm and stuffy night. (I couldn’t see a way to open the window in my compartment, and it was a heatwave anyway so I’m not sure it would’ve helped much.)

    3) I had been to Azerbaijan the prior week and had AZ stamps in my (U.S.) passport, but my experience with Armenian immigration was a non-event: the agent came in with that comically-large portable computer, sat on the opposite bed, ran my passport, was smiley and friendly and didn’t say anything about my having been to AZ or ask me any questions about it either — the whole thing took less than 5 minutes.

    4) I didn’t see a charging outlet in my compartment — people were charging their phones from sockets in the corridor.

    Overall an easy, glitch-free experience, save for the sweatbox compartment (and somewhat jerky, fitful ride). Early morning view of Ararat was glorious. Happy to try and answer any questions people may have!

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Thank you Jamie, this is extremely helpful! I’m happy to hear the online ticket system worked for you and that you had such an easy immigration process.

      I am taking the train again next week – not looking forward to the hot and sweaty summer conditions I’ve heard about (last time, I rode the train in winter).

      Safe travels and thanks again for the detailed trip report!

  27. Virginia says:

    Phenomenal job on providing straightforward, thorough, and deliciously organized information! I’ll be traveling in the area for 3 weeks in June-July. My path will be Georgia-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Armenia-Georgia and I intend to take overnight trains for each journey. I’ve read through a few pages so far and will continue, but I have a few burning questions. 1) Do ticket prices increase as the time grows nearer as they do in Europe? I’m usually the book-everything-in-advance kind of traveler, but after reading through your blog and comments, it seems worth it just to buy train tickets once I arrive. 2) Is there smoking allowed inside the cabins? That would absolutely ruin the train ride for me. 3) Since I’ll be traveling in peak season, should I anticipate any of these legs being sold out? I’m not sure how to book hostels without knowing exactly when I’ll move onward. I do plan to book as many train tickets as I can once I’m on the ground. I know you haven’t traveled in peak season yet, so this question is directed at those who have and may have some insight. 4) How rank are the toilets? I feel like I have officially seen the worst there is to see (Vietnam-Laos border crossing), but I can’t help but wonder if these Caucasus train toilets will “hold my beer” on me. Trying to be mentally prepared. Thank you for your hard work! It’s much appreciated!

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Virginia! Glad to hear you’re finding my posts helpful. That’s exactly the route we took.

      To answer your questions:

      1) As far as I know, ticket prices do not go up. The fares are always changing and I try to update this post as often as possible to reflect that. I’ve never come across any indication that fares go up closer to the date.
      2) No, smoking is definitely not allowed inside the cabins (thank goodness)! Probably you will find people smoking in the hallways.
      3) The trains do sell out in summer, yes. I recommend buying your tickets from the station a few days in advance – that will give you enough time to find a Plan B (marshrutka in most cases) should they be sold out. I would be more concerned about the Tbilisi to Yerevan leg, as it’s more popular.
      4) I’ve lived in SE Asia for 3 years – in my experience, the toilets are pretty much on par, maybe slightly better. It’s nothing to worry about, though. Just bring hand sanitiser or wet wipes with you and you’ll be fine.

      Let me know if there’s anything else I can help with!

  28. Mick says:

    Hi Emily,

    Really interesting and informative blog.

    Second guinea pig entering the fray at this point. Bought a return Tbilisi-Yerevan ticket online – – yesterday and *did* get a confirmatory email back from CJSC. Trouble is, I’m not quite sure what it is I *have* bought although I’m absolutely positive my account has been charged about £38. Some options on the website worked and some didn’t so I went with ones that did. The email has just details of one leg from Tbilisi to Yerevan and a purchase code leaving me unsure as to whether, a. I need to take further action on this email for the Tbilisi-Yerevan leg of the journey and/or, b. buy another single back from Yerevan. A number doesn’t seem to be very much to be showing a conductor, especially when my own experience of train conductors in the old Soviet bloc had them virtually wanting to know the state of your underwear.

    So, this, I will have to sort out in situ but am not best chuffed. Reason I bought online in the first place was because I thought it might make things a little simpler but this process has probably caused more stress than buying tickets at the station would have. I know this CJSC online system is in its infancy and am sure it will be of great assistance to international travellers in years to come but it doesn’t really tell you very much at the moment and is far from intuitive. Personally, I will be buying tickets on the ground next time, at least until the website becomes a lot clearer.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Mick,

      Thanks so much for the update. Yes, I think the website still has a lot of kinks to iron out. £38 sounds like enough to cover a return leg. That’s strange that the confirmation isn’t more specific.

      I hope it all works out on the ground – keep us posted. This is extremely helpful for other travellers (myself included – I am doing the trip again in July).

      Good luck!

  29. Joe Keane says:

    Hi Emily,
    Just to give you an update on my experience of purchasing an on line ticket with Azerbaijan Rail. During the course of yesterday and again today, despite my forwarding several emails to the company there was no response. It would not have been possible to travel last night in those circumstances. My bank has promised to credit my MasterCard with the appropriate amount. Perhaps I was just unlucky, but my advice to would be train travelers in that country, is to proceed with caution with on line transactions.

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks so much for updating us and for being the guinea pig in this case. I’m sorry to hear the tickets didn’t work out but pleased you got reimbursed. We purchased our e-visas online with no problem. I wonder if it wasn’t a problem specific to the rail website.

      The lack of communication is a worry!

      1. Joe Keane says:

        Hi Emily, We didn’t succeed in obtaining our ‘trial’ tickets confirmation, as I have stated in previous emails. After our money was accepted and the confirmation flashed much too fast and then disappeared. There was no follow up email. I doubt very much if it was a website glitch, because I emailed their official website numerous times. Our bank has to confirm if they will credit my card. In the end we had to pay Advantour 124 E, almost double the true amount, for a two berth compartment. Ironically they ask for feedback from the public as they are aware there are problems. I again replied without receiving an acknowledgement. Sorry for being so long-winded but I feel that potential travelers on the Baku to Tbilisi route at least, should be aware of this. Thanks Joe

  30. Lauren says:

    Similar to the other comment we’re having trouble using the online booking as we can’t exactly understand the translation of the class available. When we search for “non-modernized” (not sure what that means) that is the only way any available seats show up and it says they’re “soft-carriage” (again, don’t know what that is). Wondering if anyone else has had luck using the site to buy specific tickets (we need first class)? We’re concerned we can’t wait till we arrive as we’re only going to Yerevan for one day so we’d be buying 24 hours in advance for the May 4th train which I would
    assume will sell out. We’re now considering flying to Tbilisi instead although of course that’s more expensive and doesn’t get us the convenience of traveling while we sleep.

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Lauren,

      Did you see the tip from a previous traveller about using an agent to book tickets? The price is inflated, but it still might work out better than flying.

      Hoping someone can weigh in and help you out with the booking system!

  31. Joe Keane says:

    Hi Emily,
    This may be of interest to travelers in Azerbaijan. My wife and I are going there next month, and we intend to travel in a two berth on the Baku to Tbilisi train. Because their on-line site is very difficult to accomplish, I decided to do a dummy run. I booked the cheapest ticket for one ( 12 E ) and filled in the details as well the 3D Secure additional feature. I should have received my ticket by email but haven’t done so. I noticed their website kept capitalizing the first letter of my address. I think email addresses are case insensitive so it shouldn’t effect the issue. I have written three urgent emails to them – the ticket is for tomorrow night, but so far no reply. My bank has told me that the company has charged my account. Without the email evidence the ticket can not be redeemed at Baku railway station. I know it is an expensive test of the system but I thought I would let you know for potential rail travelers. Joe Keane

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Joe,

      This is beyond helpful, thank you! Please let us know how it pans out and if your confirmation shows up tomorrow morning. If not, I will emphasise this flaw as it could obviously derail a lot of future travel plans.

      Keep us posted!

  32. Joe Keane says:

    Hi Emily, thanks for your sensible comments. It makes it easier for us to finalize our plans. Planning a trip is almost as exciting as the actual event …almost. It’s nice when you get tour head around it. Best wishes.

  33. Joe Keane says:

    Hi Emily,
    I think my reply just now may have gone out before I had finished. I will condense this contribution. Your post has caused us to have a rethink about our schedule. We may stay for the celebrations – like our St Patrick’s Day I suspect. I am not as a rule a ‘Parades’ buff, but this seems different. Bye the way, is the Military Road tour not for the squeamish? We had a nerve wrecking experience before on the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Thanks for your very informed posts. Joe Keane

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Joe,

      I’m not sure if there’s a parade, but we attended some nice markets (food and souvenirs), dance performances, etc. Very tasteful. Military Road is fine—it’s not too windy. Just as long as your driver is experienced and doesn’t go too fast. I get motion sickness but I was fine on that particular journey!

  34. Joe Keane says:

    Hi Emily,
    Many thanks for your reply. I have changed my plans to try to overcome the problem. We have a very tight schedule to attempt to visit briefly all three countries. So we are going to engage a taxi from Tbilisi to Yerevan and overnight and then back to Tbilisi. Some travellers may be interested to know that Advantour book train tickets on behalf of clients. They cost of tickets work out at approx. double.the initial cost. A final question – we will be in Tbilisi on May 26. This is Independence Day. We had planned a day tour, but some streets will be blocked. Does anyone know if coaches/buses will be allowed out of the city? Perhaps it may be better to stay and enjoy the celebrations! Thanks again. Joe

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Joe,

      Many thanks for the agent info. I was in Tbilisi on Independence Day—part of Rustaveli Ave was blocked off for a market which affected city buses, but inter-city buses from the stations weren’t impacted. Maybe someone else can weigh in as well. The celebrations are indeed worth joining in.


  35. Joe Keane says:

    I have tried to purchase tickets – it seems impossible. Every time that I tried to register something was rejected. It’s ridiculously complicated. I am trying to buy tickets on the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan. I notice that that the pages turn to Armenian after the introduction. Can anyone advise?

  36. Wahab Siddiqui says:

    Hi. I am UAE resident & I have visa on arrival for Georgia. I want to travel to Armenia from Georgia, by train. Can you plz explain, If it’s possible for UAE residents to travel while on visit visa ? If so, whats the procedure for visa from Georgia – Armenia.

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Wahab,

      I recommend contacting the visa office (your nearest embassy or consulate) for specific visa advice. If you’re exiting and re-entering Georgia, you may need a double entry visa.

      Good luck and safe travels!

  37. Guillaume says:

    Hi, thanks for all these informations about train in Caucasus.
    We just bought tickets from Tbilisi to Erevan and the price rose up to 73,84GEL per person for the second class (kupe) at the train station of Tbilisi.

  38. John says:

    This is very useful info, thanks.
    I Am looking into going Tblisi to Yerevan (or possibly the other way) in the summer.
    I wondered how much luggage space there is in the compartments, and what the toilet situation is (we’ve reached a certain age…). We are happy to pay first class.


    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi John,

      Great questions. There is overhead luggage storage for smaller bags, plus the sleeper seats flip open to reveal bins where you can store larger cases. As for the bathrooms—fairly standard as far as trains go. That is, not fantastic but not terrible either. I’d be curious to know if there’s a difference between first and second class regarding the bathrooms. I’ll be taking this trip again in a few months’ time, so I’ll find out.

      If you have any updates, please feel free to drop back and let us know.

      Enjoy your trip!

    2. Féline Metz says:

      Hi! I will be traveling with the train from tbilisi to yerevan with a friend tonight. We have second class tickets. We don’t have a ticket for the same bench. Since we’re both quite young and girls we’re getting a bit anxious. Do you have to stick to the bench or is it easy to switch benches on the train?

      1. Emily Lush says:

        Hi Feline,

        Do you mean berths? A second class ticket gets you a bed, not a seat. Normally if you buy 2 places in the same transaction, they will both be either 2 top or 2 bottom bunks inside the same cabin. I don’t know if it’s possible to switch berths, since some passengers board later in the night.

        Have a nice trip!

  39. Richard Gladstone says:

    Brilliant info here. I’ve bookmarked the page as well. I plan to get the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan on January 31st, 2019 so hope it runs as it’s on an odd numbered day. Thanks for excellent info

  40. Peter says:

    Thanks for the great info! Still being read by many over a year later!
    My question is, are there other train stops between Tbilisi and Yerevan where we can get off (and get on again 2 days later)?

    We are traveling that route in April 2019 and would like to visit Alaverdi Armenia in between Tbilisi and Yerevan. I see many cities listed on the website where you purchase tickets, but cannot figure out if this train makes stops at other places besides the Georgian and Armenian border control stations. Thanks!

    1. Emily Lush says:

      Hi Peter, I would advice on getting a day train instead of the night train—that way you can definitely stop off and arrive at places at a reasonable hour. The night train does make a few stops, but mainly to pick up new passengers.

      I have a Georgia/Armenia/Azerbaijan itinerary post with details about getting to Alaverdi that you might find helpful.

      I hope this helps!

  41. John Charles says:

    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! 🙂

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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!

  42. Mary Queen says:

    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..

  43. Mary Queen says:


    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 🙂

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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!

  44. Karol says:

    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

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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!

  45. TSAGA says:

    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.

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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.


  46. paul john saqueton says:


    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

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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!

  47. Dinesh M says:

    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


    1. Emily Lush says:

      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!

  48. Ben says:

    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!

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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!

      1. Ben says:

        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!

        1. Emily Lush says:

          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!

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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!

  49. Sven says:

    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.


    1. Emily Lush says:

      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!

  50. Honey says:

    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!

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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!

  51. Arek says:

    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

    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!

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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 🙂

  52. Karlya says:

    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

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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.

  53. Joanne says:

    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 @

  54. nautica says:

    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?

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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.

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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.

  55. Laura says:


    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?

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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 🙂

      1. Mae says:

        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

  56. Mesut Toker says:

    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. 🙂

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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.

  57. Glenn says:

    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

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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.


  58. Sven says:

    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?


    1. Emily Lush says:

      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.

  59. Lilay says:


    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?

    1. Emily Lush says:

      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!

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