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At the crossroads of Asia and Europe, little-visited Armenia is worth getting off the beaten track for. Its long history and culture can be found in almost every part of the country from the many fortresses and churches scattered across the mountains to the local traditional carpet weavers and lacemakers. It can be tasted in its Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine and heard at its many festivals and musical performances. With so much to see, do and experience, we’ve put together this essential travel guide to help you plan your perfect adventure in Armenia…

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International Airports

Zvartnots International Airport is the main international airport for Armenia. It is 15km away from the capital, Yerevan.

When to go

The most popular time to visit Armenia is from spring (March) to autumn (November). Autumn in Armenia is renowned for its beautiful colours, whereas spring is a popular time for festivals.

Getting around

There is not extensive public transportation in Armenia, with most people taking taxis or driving. Avoid hailing a taxi as there is potential to be scammed. There are very limited trains, but there are some minibus services (known as marshrutka). The cities are walkable with a number of popular bus services.

Health & safety

There is still some political tension in Armenia over the territory of regions, so it’s important to keep an eye on local news during your visit. Crime levels are low but often incidents of pickpocketing occur in busier towns and cities. Same sex relationships are legal, but many Armenians as still disapproving, so many LGBTQ+ travellers keep their sexuality discrete.