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

Your complete guide to travelling by train from Tbilisi to Yerevan — including route info, tickets, visa information, and first-hand traveller's tips.

A complete guide to travelling by train from Tbilisi to Yerevan — including route info, tickets, and first-hand traveller’s tips.

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.

Tickets are cheap, the ride is comfortable, and waking up to early morning views of Mount Ararat as your roll into Yerevan is something you won’t soon forget. If you’re at all nervous about road safety, the train is a more reliable choice than marshrutka minivans, which are notorious for driving at high speeds and with little regard for the rules.

If you’ve been to Azerbaijan, the Armenian immigration experience is also memorable—but for different reasons.

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

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Tbilisi to Yerevan train schedule

The Tbilisi to Yerevan train has two schedules depending on the time of year. I highly recommend confirming the train schedule locally before you travel, either by asking your accommodation or visiting the railway station a few days in advance.

Winter schedule (low season)

During low season (approximately late September to early June), 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 (approximately June to early September). 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 just after midnight. It then continues on to Batumi, where it arrives at 7am the next morning.

Your complete guide to travelling by train from Tbilisi to Yerevan — including route info, tickets, visa information, and first-hand traveller's tips.
Inside Yerevan train station.

Train stations

In Tbilisi, trains arrive and depart from Tbilisi Central Station, which is nested inside Station Square—the city’s main railway station and transport hub.

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

Getting to Station Square in Tbilisi

Station Square is located in the northeast of Tbilisi, approximately 5km from Liberty Square. To get there from Liberty Square, take the red line to Station Square metro station.

From the metro station, follow the signs towards the Tbilisi Central shopping centre exit. The railway ticket desks and terminals are located on level 3 of the shopping centre complex.

The exact location of Station Square 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 Sasunti David metro station. The metro station is connected to the Railway Station by an underground pedestrian tunnel.

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

Buying tickets for the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan

Ticket types & fares

There are three types of berth on this train: First class spalny vagon, which sleeps two people; second class kupé, which sleeps four people; and third class platskartny, which are open-plan sleepers (no doors).

As mentioned, we chose the second-class option and found it to be comfortable enough.

For trains departing Yerevan, children’s tickets are discounted at roughly half the cost of an adult ticket. It’s also slightly cheaper to buy a ticket for an upper bunk in 2nd or 3rd class (a saving of just under 1,000 AMD or $2 US) versus a lower bed.

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

ClassLayoutFare (Tbilisi to Yerevan)Fare (Yerevan to Tbilisi)
1st class (spalny vagon)Private compartment with 2 beds for 2 people115 GEL (42 USD)19,270 AMD (40 USD)
2nd class (kupé)Private compartment with 4 beds for 4 people85 GEL (31 USD)14,860 AMD (31 USD)
3rd class (platskartny)Open-plan sleeper (no compartments)66 GEL (24 USD)10,210 AMD (21 USD)

Buying train tickets at the station

Tickets are available to purchase at the railway station on either end. To be safe, I recommend buying your tickets at least a few days in advance.

In Tbilisi, the ticket counter is located on level 3 of the shopping centre complex. Counters are open from approximately 7am until 11pm daily. We bought our second-class train tickets a day in advance from the desk at the station using the same process described here. Staff spoke excellent English, and we had no trouble making our purchase. We needed to present our passports and had to pay for our tickets in cash. There are ATMs inside the complex if you need to withdraw money.

Yerevan Railway Station is a more conventional layout and easier to negotiate. There is a large board inside the station which shows times, prices and ticket availability for the trains up to one month in advance. Ticket windows are located on the left of the building, and there is an ATM directly outside the front door. We purchased our Yerevan to Tbilisi train tickets a few days in advance of our journey.

Pre-purchasing train tickets online

As of March 2018, it’s now possible to purchase train tickets for the Tbilisi to Yerevan/Yerevan to Tbilisi sleeper train online via the Armenian South Caucasus Railway website.

From the homepage, navigate to the ‘Ticket Online’ window (right sidebar) and set up an account. You’ll need to enter the passenger details (names and passport info) and you can only pay by MasterCard or debit card (no Visa). You can buy up to 4 tickets at a time. The page is available in English and Russian.

Ticket sales open 40 days prior to departure and you can buy online right up until 2 hours before the train leaves. If you’re travelling in summer, it’s highly advisable to buy your tickets in advance.

Please note: Some travellers have recently reported difficulties with navigating the website. If you have any experience or tips for booking tickets online, please leave your comments below for other travellers.

Your complete guide to travelling by train from Tbilisi to Yerevan — including route info, tickets, visa information, and first-hand traveller's tips.
Outside Central Station in Tbilisi.

Arriving at the station and boarding the train

If your journey starts in Yerevan or you’re travelling on the winter train, it will arrive at the station up to an hour before the set departure time (remember the summer train starts in Batumi and only makes a stop in Tbilisi on the way to Yerevan). I recommend arriving 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 on level 3 of the complex building. 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. Note that the main food court closes before the night train departs.

The train platforms are located a few levels down and accessed via special outdoor staircases next to the ticket windows. Someone will collect and stamp your train tickets on the platform before you board the train.

Departing from Yerevan

Yerevan Railway Station has a more conventional set up. The station building itself is huge, with ample seating and different waiting rooms. There isn’t much inside the station, but there is a diner-style cafes and a few little shops directly outside. Frustratingly, I wasn’t able to find a public toilet inside the station and had to use the guards’ private bathroom.

What to pack for the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan

There is no food cart on the train from Tbilisi to Yerevan, so it’s advisable to bring enough snacks and bottled water to last the night. You should also bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer lotion, as the bathrooms on the train are often without soap or paper.

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).

Luggage storage, bathrooms & other amenities

Please note that this section 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 storage above the compartment doorway. These slots are suitable for keeping small bags that are light enough to lift above your head. For larger bags and suitcases, note that the bottom seats flip open to reveal bins where you can store larger items. If you’re travelling solo and you end up with a top bed, you’ll need to negotiate with your bunk mate to keep your bag under their seat.

All second-class cabins are fitted with power sockets, curtains on the windows, overhead lights, and individual reading lights. In the winter, the train is well-heated and very comfortable. I’ve recently heard some reports that third-class can be hot and poorly ventilated in the warmer months. Next time I use this service, I’ll be travelling in summer, so I’ll give an update then.

As for bathroom facilities: The toilets are 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 bathrooms. If you have any insight, please do let us know in the comments below.

Pro tip: The washbasins on these trains (and other Soviet-era locomotives) are a little difficult to negotiate. To make the water flow, you need to push the button on the underside of the tap.

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

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.

Your complete guide to travelling by train from Tbilisi to Yerevan — including route info, tickets, visa information, and first-hand traveller's tips.
Tbilisi, Georgia by night.

Georgian immigration

After leaving Tbilisi, you will first pass through Georgian immigration. We reached the border zone at around 10pm (about 1.5 hours into the journey). Georgian immigration takes place on the train, meaning no one needs to leave their berth. Guards board the train and collect everyone’s passports. After about an hour, the passports are redistributed with exit stamps inside. The train arrives at Armenian immigration at around 11pm.

Travelling the opposite way (Yerevan to Tbilisi) in winter, be warned that immigration takes place in the (very) early hours of the morning (around 3am). Mercifully, all the immigration proceedings when travelling this way take place inside your berth using a portable computer, so you don’t have to leave the train.

Your complete guide to travelling by train from Tbilisi to Yerevan — including route info, tickets, visa information, and first-hand traveller's tips.
Arabkir Church in Yerevan, Armenia.

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.

Applying for an Armenian visa at the border

For travellers who do require a 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. To do this, 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. Neither were we ever 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.

Do you need a visa for Georgia?

Georgia offers visa-free travel for passport holders from more than 90 countries. Citizens of 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 are 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.

Note that if you’re travelling from Tbilisi to Yerevan and later returning from Yerevan to Tbilisi and you require a visa to visit Georgia, you will need to obtain two separate visas. I recommend you contact the relevant consulate for more information.

Your complete guide to travelling by train from Tbilisi to Yerevan — including route info, tickets, visa information, and first-hand traveller's tips.
First glimpses of Yerevan and Mount Ararat.

Arrival 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 (if you were lucky enough to get any) and drop them on the side of the couch.

Getting from Yerevan train station to your accommodation

When you arrive at Yerevan Railway Station, you can connect directly to the metro via underground walkway. Tickets in the form of plastic tokens can be bought from the window as you enter the metro station.

Alternatively, if you want to take a taxi to your accommodation, their is a cab rank out the front of the station. This post outlines everything you need to know about travelling by taxi in Yerevan.

Read next: Awesome things to do in Yerevan.


  • 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.
  • 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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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.

  5. 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

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 @

  8. 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.

    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 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

    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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.


  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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..

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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?

  26. 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.


  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  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,
    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

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

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