Brief History

Public transport in Yerevan is an inheritance after Soviet Union. From collapsing USSR in 1990 the system is getting neglected, there has not been made any upgrades and investments into its sustaining are very low. Marshrutkas are run by private companies and individuals who make investments neither in uprades nor customer service. Drivers are underpaid and work in poor conditions, many vehicles are obsolete. Buses, trolleybuses and metro are run by public companies, the service is more reliable and professional. Until January 2004 trams were plying main avenues of Yerevan, length of tracks were 90 km. Local government decided to shut down tram services due to bad conditions. Leaving public transport development behind has resulted into aggresive growth of road transport.

Planning a Journey

Yerevan has a single 10 km long metro line, five trolleybus lines, bus lines and many marshrutka (minivan) lines. As a tourist it's perfectly acceptable to use buses, trolleybuses and metro, they connect all tourist places to city centre.

  • We do not recommed to travel by marshrutkas in Yerevan as many vehicles are overloaded and in dangerous condition.

All buses have numbers displayed on the front and side windows followed by a list of streets where they stops. These are written in Armenian.

Use our journey planner to find out what bus number you need to take.

Fares

A single trolleybus ride costs 50 AMD, bus and metro rides cost 100 AMD (approx. 0.20 EUR). There is neither ticket system nor electronic system. All payments are in cash. Pay to the driver when leaving the vehicle. Please, have change ready.

Bus Ride

Public transport services run from 7am til 11pm usually in 10 and 15 minutes intervals. There are no night services in Yerevan. Buses stop on request, that is, only if there are passengers to be picked up or dropped off. Give a sign to driver of an approaching bus. You can use all doors for boarding, use front door for leaving the bus.

On bus or train men of all ages typically offer their seat to women, girls and elderly.

When you are approaching your stop, say the driver to drop you off by saying "Kangarum kangnek" (means: Do stop here). Despite the fact that the tone is very directive it's absolutely fine to use it. Prior to this you better to walk to the front of the vehicle. You will see locals shout this out from the back of the vehicle when they can't get close to the driver. Pay to the driver when leaving the vehicle.

Yerevan's Tourist Attractions

Use public transport when visiting tourist attractions. Travel like a local and get the real taste of Yerevan.

Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Museum

The most disastrous part of Armenian history is killing 1.5 millions of civilians by Ottoman army in 1915. Exhibition shows personal stories as well as great historical events which have social and political impact on present Armenia.
Take buses 26, 27, 33 or 63 from Pak Shuka (also called Blue Mosque), bus stop is located in front of a shopping centre.

Matenadaran

Matendaran is a large museum dedicated to Armenian literature and manuscripts. It contains thousands of documents, religious and theological works, astronomy, cosmology, philosophy, writings of classical and medieval historians.
Matenadaran is about 10 minutes walk from France Square (Opera House) and the same distance from Yeritasardakan metro station.

Yerablur

This is the main military cemetery in Armenia, where soldiers who died during the Artsakh War and during border skirmishes are buried.
From stops France Square and Pak Shuka take bus no. 47. You can also take bus no. 53 which stops at Yeritasardakan metro station, Vardan Mamikonyan (Vernisage) and Spartak Stadium (Zoravar Andranik metro station nearby).

Karmir Blur

Karmir Blur was one of the capitals of a province of Ancient Armenia. You can visit this hill where ruins of fortress are standing.
First you need to get to Garegin Nzhdeh Square, metro is the most convenient option. Bus no. 4 takes you from Garegin Nzhdeh Square to Karmir Blur where it terminates.

Erebuni Museum

This is a museum and a fortress built in 8th century BCE on the top of Arin Berd hill. The museum holds a collection of artifacts that tell us about the life of the citadel. The fortress is also open to visitors.
From France Square take bus no. 1, 18, 37 or 58. You can also take trolleybus no. 2 from Zoravar Andranik.

Victory Monument

This is a popular tourist attraction with giant Mother Armenia statue. Enjoy view over the city from this hill just above the city centre.
You can walk to Victory Monument from Cascade or take a bus. Buses no. 10, 29 and 46 leaving from Yeritasardakan, buses no. 23 and 24 leaving from France Square.

Etchmiadzin

The Vatican of Armenian Church, this large compound with the oldest cathedral in the world built in 3rd century AD, two museums, gardens and headquarters of Armenian Apostolic Church. This is a must-visit place when you are visiting Armenia. Etchmiadzin is just 30 minutes bus ride from Yerevan.
Take bus no. 203 from Kilikia bus station.

Leaving Yerevan

Yerevan had three main bus stations, two regional bus stations and one railway station. All of them are well connected to the city centre by public transport.

Central Bus Station (Kilikia)

Directions: Etchmiadzin, Ashtarak, Talin, Gyumri, Spitak, Vanadzor, Tashir, Tbilisi (Georgia), Tehran (Iran) and cities in Russia.
Take buses no. 5, 23, 47 or 259 from France Square (Opera house) or Pak Shuka.

Southern Bus Station (Sasuntsi Davit)

Directions: Khor Virap, Masis, Ararat, Yeghegnadzor, Jermuk, Vayk, Goris, Kapan.
Take metro to Sasuntsi Davit station, this is the fastest and the most convenient option. You can also take bus no. 1, 18, 37, 44 or 58 from France Square.

Northern Bus Station

Directions: Sevan, Dilijan, Ijevan, Gavar, Martuni.
From Masthots Avenue take bus no. 259. From Yeritasardakan metro station take bus no. 46. From Vardan Mamikonyan (Vernisage) and Zoravar Andranik metro station take bus no. 46 or 261.

Gai Avenue

Directions: Garni, Geghard.
Take bus no. 5, 8, 23, 26, 35 from France Square (Opera house) or Yeritasardakan metro station. Take bus no. 22 from Zoravar Andranik metro station.

Central Railway Station

Directions: Gyumri, Vanadzor and Tbilisi.
Take metro to Sasuntsi Davit station, this is the fastest and the most convenient option. You can also take bus no. 1, 18, 37, 44 or 58 from France Square.

Zvartnots International Airport

Airport shuttle bus no. 201 runs round-the-clock from Yeritasardakan metro station, opposite to SAS supermarket. See shuttle bus timetable.