Tourists while visiting a Causacuses country like Georgia makes sure to make his/her trip as unforgettable as possible. It is quite reasonable to travel from Tbilisi to Yerevan during your trip to Georgia because the two cities are only 286 km away from each other. Armenia and Georgia have several borders that you can cross in four different ways. Whether you choose by car, marshrutka (small bus) or minivan, train or plane, it’s a not-to-lose chance to have a short trip to a neighboring country: Armenia to explore the ancient country, its history, and vibrant culture.
To help you plan your trip, we have gathered all the four ways to travel in the two marvelous countries.
Traveling by Minibus or Marshrutka or Minivan
The most common way of traveling from Georgia to Armenia or vice versa is by small bus or so-called marshrutka. It’s a public transport that takes people from a certain point, from Tbilisi it departs from Ortachala Bus Station, in Yerevan: Kilikia Bus Station.
In the case of minivans, the driver or transportation company will inform you beforehand about the departure location.
Both by minibus and minivan, it almost takes from 5-6 hours to get from Tbilisi to Yerevan and you have to stop at the borders to cross them. Also, you might stop once or twice to have a rest from the journey and have snacks. Note that if you are more tend to travel in comfort, this is not the best option for you.
Yerevan-Tbilisi, Tbilisi-Yerevan: traveling by train
If you like adventure and enjoy yourself in big companies, the train is a great way to travel between the two countries. Maybe Summer is a better time for the train. The trains are not modern with the latest advancements. They are more like an old heritage of the Soviet Union. Yet, you will see the locals that are excited to travel to Georgia or Armenia and enjoy beautiful landscapes.
The ride takes almost 10 hours, yes, it’s quite much. Considering the fact that departures from both countries are scheduled in the evening, you’ll want to sleep but in the middle of the night, you have to wake up when crossing the borders to check documents.
In Winter, the train stops 5 times each for 4-6 mins, except, Gyumri where it stops for 15 mins. In Summer, it stops 6 times, in Gyumri, it stops longer about 30-40 mins. You can check more about the Yerevan-Tbilisi train here.
Traveling by Air
Well, the most expensive and at the same time, the shortest way of traveling from Tbilisi to Yerevan. There are flights and they take only 30 minutes. The prices vary depending on the period of time. During the peak periods (May to late September), the prices might be a bit higher.
Traveling by Car
If you like comfort but at the same time don’t want to spend too much on traveling by plane, you’d better choose the option of renting a private car. First off, consider that it takes only 4,5 to 5 hours to reach your destination. Secondly, the main reason why most travelers choose land-travel is beautiful scenes. With a private car, you can stop or ask the driver to stop and make some scenic pictures along the way. This way you won’t get bored and tired of the journey.
Some local rental companies like FreeWay allow to hire a car and travel both within Armenia and Georgia, they even can assist you with visas if needed. If traveling with friends you can split the cost with your friends and travel cheaper and more comfortable at the same time.
Armenian-Georgian Main Borders
There are four different routes and three checkpoints to get to Tbilisi from Yerevan.
The first and most common border is the Bagratashen-Sadakhlo border. There are two routes that take you to the same border: Through Dilijan and Vanadzor. The shorter way is through Dilijan. However, both routes have beautiful and breathtaking views that you can enjoy while traveling.
Another way to travel to Georgia from Armenia is through Gogavan checkpoint via Stepanavan. It takes almost the same time as through Vanadzor.
And lastly, the longest way is to travel through Gyumri to Bavra checkpoint. If you want to see also the second biggest city of Armenia on your way to Tbilisi or oppositely, you should take this route. By the way, a lot of people choose this route if they travel to Batumi (Black Sea) not the capital.
Here are all the most common ways to travel to Georgia from Armenia and the opposite. Now, it’s up to you to choose which one you prefer. Just a kind reminder that by choosing a private rented car you can actually enjoy beautiful sceneries and take as many pictures as you wish. You can stop whenever you want and as much as you want. Give your preference to the most flexible option and enjoy your journey.