When you are traveling from Armenia to Georgia you’re in for an adventure! The train from Yerevan to Tbilisi is old, crampy and uncomfortably hot. But, she’s a beauty. Slowly the Soviet-styled train starts moving towards Georgia, crawling around Mount Aragats. Enjoy the views while it lasts, because once the twilight kicks in it’s bed time.
The route from Armenia into Georgia is phenomenal. Unfortunately, when taking the train most of this route is over-night. Luckily these views are still visible from far away. Namely, one of the remarkable things of Armenia’s capital Yerevan is undoubtly the impressive views on Mount Aragats. Really, the backdrop of this city is unforgettable. What else is unforgettable is this Night-Train. It’s packed with fellow travelers of all different nationalities. Get prepared for an evening of cozy chatting and food sharing! Below you can find all the details of how to travel from Armenia to Georgia.
From Yerevan to Tbilisi
The best route from Yerevan to Tbilisi is over-night. Every even-day the Night-Train to Tbilisi departs from Yerevan at 21:30 (15:30 in the summer period). From Tbilisi the Night-Train departs every odd-ay at 20:20 (22:16 in the summer period). Even better, during the summer period these trains depart daily and also call at Batumi. Furthermore, tickets have to be bought locally. A 3th-class sleeper ticket costs around 10,000 Armenian Dram (AMD) and a 2nd-class sleeper ticket cost around 12,000 AMD. A luxury 1st class sleeper ticket costs around 20,000 AMD. In Yerevan you can only pay with cash, but there is an ATM inside the station. In the likely event that the ATM runs out of money, simply walk out of the station. On your right-hand side (~2 o’clock), 100 meters away, you’ll find another ATM. By the way, the international ticket office won’t open till 9 in the morning.
The Soviet Night-Train
The Night-Train has been decorated in a Soviet style. That is not coincidental as Armenia is mostly pro-Russia. Even though these trains are old, they are reliable and often on time! Enjoy the views while it lasts, as the majority of this beautiful route is over-night. Because when it’s time to sleep you’ll want to move as less as possible. It get’s hot in this train, especially in the warmer months. Oh – and forget about air conditioning, this old beauty functions without one! Train tickets should be bought as far in advance as possible. Preferably not later than the morning of departure. Also, the first class sleepers are extremely popular so be prepared to travel in the plastkartny (3th class open sleepers). This is not so bad as these compartments are the perfect place to meet fellow travelers! Check out these 10 must-knows of Georgia before you cross the border.
The ancient Armenian capital Ani
One beautiful region of Armenia now belongs to Turkey. Unfortunately, these countries are not close friends. Therefore the border with Turkey is completely closed. Across the border you’ll find Ani. The ancient capital of Armenia. Back in the days Ani was thriving and was a major part of the Silk Road. At its peak of power, wealth and size, she became known as the City of Forty Gates or the City of a Thousand Churches. Sadly, most of Ani has been completely destroyed. Nowadays Ani is a beautiful, undiscovered, area. It takes some effort to get there. But really, it should be on your bucket-list to explore the ruins that are still left standing. To get there you can simply take the Night-Train from Yerevan to Tbilisi, and onwards to Batumi and Kars. First explore Georgia! Here you can read how to travel from Georgia to Turkey, including Ani.
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