Tbilisi-Yerevan is perhaps one of the most popular trips both foreigners and locals like to take. Making this trip is usually full of interesting sights to see. Plus, there are many options for traveling from Tbilisi to Yerevan and vice-versa.
During the last few years, trips from Yerevan to Tbilisi are becoming very popular. Most of the Armenians prefer to spend their holidays in Georgia, first because it is not far from Armenia and second the prices are quite affordable. Besides being affordable to the pocket, trips between Tbilisi and Yerevan are also memorable.
A wide range of transportation is at Your disposal, and it’s up to you whether to travel to Tbilisi by train, bus, taxi or airplane. Here, some of the travel options between Tbilisi an Yerevan will be introduced as well as things to see on the trip.
Options of Travel between Tbilisi and Yerevan
Train: The cheapest way to travel between Tbilisi-Yerevan
Using train is one the cheapest ways of entering and leaving the country. Trains run daily between Yerevan and the Georgian border, on even days of the month.
The cost of a one-way ticket from Yerevan to Airum (the last stop on the Armenian side) is 1800 AMD ($3.19) for a bench seat, or 9000 ($15.98) for a sleeper compartment.
There are two types of trains currently running the rails between Yerevan and Georgia: Gnatsk (diesel locomotive, with open seating and compartments) or Elektrakash (electric locomotive, open seating). The train from Yerevan stops at the border town of Bagratashen-Airum, where you can take the Tbilisi train. The train #675 leaves Yerevan for Tbilisi at 19:00 on even days of the month.
Sometimes, trains might be delayed, especially in winter, but this happens rarely. So make sure to be at the station at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time for departure.
The Central Yerevan Train Station is located on Tigran Metz Avenue and you can get the tickets from the ticket office right inside the train station, which is located just past the main rotunda. There are signs in English to guide you.
(Mini) Bus: Another cheap option between Tbilisi and Yerevan
Catching a train is not the only way to get to Tbilisi.
There are many buses that carry passengers in and out of Armenia. The price, though more expensive than taking a train, is much cheaper than traveling by air.
The buses depart from Yerevan from Yerevan 2 times a day.
One way ticket to Tbilisi costs 8000 AMD (approximately $16), and you can take up to 25 kg baggage with you.
Taxis: Available between Tbilisi and Yerevan
Another way to travel to Tbilisi is by taxi.
The cost of a taxi (Mercedes, Opel) from Yerevan to Tbilisi is approximately 30,000 AMD ($63). The cars usually have the space to take 4 passengers.
The arrival is at Tbilisi international airport, Tbilisi Ortachala station, metro Havlabar and other central parts of the city.
If you are interested to take a taxi to Tbilisi, you’ll find the contact numbers at www.tbilisi.am.
Flight: If in hurry for a Tbilisi-Yerevan trip
The fastest yet the most expensive way to go between Tbilisi and Yerevan is by airplane. The average cost of a one way economy-class ticket (nonstop) from Yerevan to Tbilisi is about 43,225 AMD ($91).
Don’t miss the chance to explore Armenia on your way!
If you choose to travel by train, bus or a taxi, you’ll have the opportunity to also visit some interesting historical and natural sites in Armenia.
Armenia is a country of great history. Wherever you decide to stop during your ride to Tbilisi will leave you amused. There are many places to visit on your way, which are considered to be tourist destinations.
Things to see #1:Saint John the Baptist Church in Abovyan
When you start off, the route goes through Kotayk province, where you can stop in the city of Abovyan. One of the main attractions of the province Saint John the Baptist church is situated here. Although being built recently, the church has become very popular among Armenians and tourists from all over the world.
The consecration ceremony was done in 2013, on May 14 in presence of Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. The church is 50 meters high and more than 40 painters, sculptors and architects have worked on it.
The temple is in a very peaceful place, where you can truly feel the spirit of God.
So, if you pass near it, don’t miss the chance to stay and just pray.
Things to see #2: Historical Bjni welcomes you!
To pass through Kotayk province and not to stop in Bjni will be impossible. All over its history, Bjni has played an enormous and significant role for Armenians. The village Bjni is famous for Bjni fortress, which was the residence of Pahlavuni family. Though the fortress is now in ruins, the traces of constructions are still visible.
The remains of the fortress divide the village almost in half. Some sections of walls and a stone foundation of 5th century church are still preserved. Bjni village is also home for other churches.
The largest among them is Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) built in 1031 and the smallest in the village is Surb Sargis church (7th century). Not only Bjni is famous for its history, but also nature. Its divine beauty will make you merge with the nature and never want to leave the village.
Things to see #3:Armenia’s blue beauty Sevan
Another place, which we want to suggest you, is one of the wonders and the pride of Armenia. Sevan is the largest lake of Armenia, and the summer fun of all locals and also tourists. It is situated in Gegharkunik province and is also known as Geghama Sea.
The beauty of the lake and the crystal blue it reflects is simply incredible. The stunning landscape and the calmness of the lake, makes everyone speechless.
On a peninsula at the northwestern shore of the lake, Sevanavank is located. Sevanavank (Sevan Monastery) is a monastic complex that goes back to 9th century. It consists of two churches Surb Arakelots (Holy Apostles) and Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God).
Adjacent are the ruins of “gavit” (entrance and assembly room of Armenian churches), some of which remains are currently shown in Yerevan Museum of History.
Together with the lake, the complex makes perfect harmony, bringing peace and calmness. Make sure to visit, if you have a chance!
Things to see #4:The unique site of Armenia’s wildlife
When you see forest landscapes and divine nature around you, you are undoubtedly in Tavush province! Tavush is very famous for its nature and picturesque sites. And Dilijan National park is located in one of the most beautiful areas and is a unique site of Armenia’s wildlife.
The park has three territorial-functional zones: protected area, recreational and economic zones. In the protected area any activity which can harm natural ecosystems or monuments of historical and cultural importance is prohibited, only scientific research and guided tourism is allowed.
So, don’t miss the chance to be part of it.
Things to see #5:The pure beauty
Along with beech and oak forests in Dilijan National Park, there are also a few springs-fed lakes under protection.
The most beautiful among them is Parz Lich (Parz Lake). The lake is indeed a treasure for Armenians. The beauty of the lake and the surrounding indescribable nature are beyond imagination.
Every local’s dream (not speaking of tourists) is to at least once see the lake. It was formed by natural climatic changes and in Armenian the word “parz” itself means pure. The lake is a pure beauty, and you should see it!
Things to see #3:The pearl in the nature, Haghartsin
And lastly, we advise you to see Haghartsin monastery on your way. This magnificent monastery is considered to be a pearl in the nature. Haghartsin is a 13th century monastery and is located near the town Dilijan. Armenia is home to thousands of churches, but every and each one of them is unique.
Nestled on a mountainside, the monastery will make you feel like in a movie scene. The view and the nature are breathtaking here, and the architectural beauty fulfills the site and makes everything so much impressive.
As the Armenian proverb says “It is better to see once, than to hear for thousand times”!
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