Public Transport Yerevan: this topic is always actual among Armenians. Some of them complain about the public transport, others are pleased with it. What do tourists need to know about Yerevan’s public transport?
There are million things for tourists to see and do in Armenia. But there is one thing that is in the center of all. That’s the transportation!
Yes, where can we go without it? So, let’s start with Yerevan’s public transport first.
Public transport Yerevan includes
Depending on which means of public transport you choose, they might be different in their price and convenience.
However, there are some “unwritten” rules which you should keep in mind while travelling in Armenian public transport to escape some awkward situations.
And let us tell you that those rules can sometimes be surprising and fun.
Public Transport Yerevan #1 | Buses & Mini-Buses
Buses and mini-buses are the most widespread means of public transport among Yerevan’s locals.
Wonder why? It’s cheap – as simple as that! Of course, not every day and not everyone can afford taking a taxi. So, this option seems to be the best way.
Schedules of Buses & Mini-Buses
In general Armenian buses and mini buses work properly fast and tend to arrive in time.
- There is so-called fixed schedule for buses, which means they approach the stop every 10-15 minutes. But we have to tell you that especially in the mornings and evenings buses can be a bit late because of the horrible traffic jams.
- One thing you need to remember about mini-buses is that there is no properly fixed schedule. Just like buses these ones are also supposed to arrive every 10-15 minutes, but you never know. So, when moving around the city, always go out 10-15 minutes earlier, just in case if the bus is late.
Prices & Means of Payment
One more surprise! Don’t expect to pay for public transport Yerevan the way you usually pay in other countries.
In Armenia, every passenger pays the money directly to the driver. When the bus is crowded and it’s difficult to approach to the driver, you can ask the other passengers, standing closer, to pass along the coin to the driver.
But we have another news, which does not have a certain date, but is promised to come alive.
In the beginning of 2017, Yerevan’s municipality announced that this means of payment will be replaced with automated one very soon. When will that happen? We cannot say. But at least it’s promised.
Conveniences & Buses for People with Disabilities
Compared to 90s and early 2000s, Yerevan’s public buses and mini-buses have improved a lot. Even though, they are far from being perfect yet.
Some buses, usually the purple ones (there are yellow, purple and white buses) have open WiFi.
Regrettably, we have to say that public transport Yerevan is not very developed in transporting people with disabilities. There are some buses that have a special lift for wheelchair, but mini-buses don’t have those.
Now, let’s pass to good things. There are number of online apps for helping you to move around by public transport Yerevan.
We have chosen two most useful ones.
- These are awesome apps. First off, you can choose your language (Armenian, Russian, English are available).
- You can find the list of all routes and transport numbers here. There is information about the estimated time of arrival, number of stops, etc.
- In case of not wanting to go through the whole list, you just need to turn on your GPS, the map will find your current location.
- The last step is to indicate your destination (streets only, not venues) and you’ll have the list of transport that you can use.
Public Transport Yerevan #2 | Trolleybuses
If you have plenty of time, strong nerves and want to economize your money, then trolleybuses will be perfect for you.
Yeah, it will take considerably longer to get from point A to B, in comparison with other means of public transport Yerevan. Trollies (that’s how locals call it) drive slower than usual buses.
However, those oldies are rather large and convenient. They are never crowded, which is a great plus. So, if you have a book to read, you can do it during your ride.
Number of trolleybus routes is not very big, but it’s rather wide. So, your destination most probably can be in the route of Yerevan’s trolleybuses.
Public Transport Yerevan #3 | Metro
This means of public transport Yerevan is one of the best and advantageous means of transport in Yerevan
It’s safe to say that Yerevan metro is the most organized, fast, clean and convenient way to move around and of course, there are no traffic jams.
There are many ways of paying, monthly cards, buying coins and most importantly you never pay to the driver, you can hardly ever see him.
The only upsetting thing about Yerevan metro is that it’s not large in its destinations. There are only 10 metro stations in Yerevan and you cannot reach several districts via metro.
Want to learn more about all destinations, schedules, means of payment of Yerevan metro? Check this article.
Public Transport Yerevan #3 | Taxis
Taxi is the most convenient means of public transport. There are lots of taxi services in Armenia and also so-called “independent” taxi drivers.
- In case of taxi services, the prices are mainly fixed. The minimum cost of the taxi starts from 600 AMD (1.20 USD).
- However, the image can be different if you take a random taxi from street. They might have their own rules.
- So, if you’ve caught a taxi in a street, which is not a service one, you’d better deal about the price with the driver in hence.
- By the way, there are also online taxis in Armenia such as GG taxi and Yandex taxi. All you have to do is to download the app and order your taxi online.
- Today online taxi in Armenia gained large popularity, as it’s a rather convenient and flexible in prices.
Some Fun & Unwritten Rules about Public Transport Yerevan
- Don’t be surprised if the driver won’t stop the car in all bus stops. They’ll wait for someone to shout for that. That’s why you must say “Kangarum Kangnek” in hence.
- The mini-buses are called marshrutka in Armenian, or better to say in Russian. The drivers of marshrukas are especially inclined not to stop the cars in all bus stops, so be ready to shout for it!
- Armenians like to be friendly and polite. Seriously, sometimes they are even too friendly and polite! If a sitting passenger sees someone with heavy bag, he/she will definitely suggest holding it.
- Another widely accepted thing is to give your sit to elder people. If you’re a man, then to women (young or old doesn’t matter), or women with children. We don’t have to mention pregnant women, do we? If you haven’t done it, then never be surprised at the angry faces of other passengers.
- Try not to give 1000 dram to Armenian drivers, especially in morning hours. This is definitely their worst nightmare, because they don’t always have enough small change to give you back. But, it’s fine in the afternoon and evening hours.
- If you are in a bus which is not crowded, you are quietly sitting and want to read something, then Armenian newspapers can be great. There is a special newspaper corner in the purple buses. But newspapers are in Armenian language only.
- Yandex taxi is especially convenient for short rides. In comparison with other taxi services which will cost 600 drams in case of minimum ride, Yandex costs 200 to 300 in general.
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