Yerevan to Tbilisi – Train, flight, bus or marshrutka?
Yerevan is the capital city of Armenia and Tbilisi is the capital city of Georgia. These cities are probably the most visited places around Caucasus and they have good connections between them. In this article I will cover options from which you can choose if you want to reach one city from another by public transport.
Minivan (marshrutka) from Yerevan to Tbilisi
This is the most convenient and cheapest way to reach Tbilisi from Yerevan. Minivans or marshrutkas leave from the central railway station, near the main entrance. Price per person – 7000AMD. It takes about 5 hours to reach Tbilisi from Yerevan with 1-2 stops for toilet and gas. Usually they will bring you to Ortachala bus station in Tbilisi and you can take marshrutka there to the city center.
Their departures schedule is as follows – 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00.
Contact number for information – +37494571212.
Yerevan to Tbilisi train
This one takes quite a while, but if you are short on time it will save you a night, as you can sleep in the train (only from October to May). The train leaves main railway station in Yerevan and 9:30 PM and arrives to Tbilisi central railway station at around 8:00 AM. From June to September train leaves in the afternoon and arrives to Tbilisi around midnight, so I would say that during the high summer season this is not the best option how to reach Tbilisi from Yerevan.
Train price: 14 000AMD
Schedule: every second day, on even days it leaves at 9:30 PM (October to May)
There is no proper bus service between the cities. There are only partly official minivans/marshrutkas. And bus tickets to Tbilisi could be bought from the driver just before your departure.
Yerevan to Tbilisi flight
In my opinion this option is quite expensive and would not save you much time, so I didn’t do proper research on that. But if you want to fly it might be a good idea to check skyscanner.
Yerevan to Tbilisi distance
From Armenia’s capital city to Georgia’s capital city is about 275 kilometers, depends which route you take. It takes around 5 hours to cover this distance by car or by minivan. Border crossing is easy, without much pain.
Taxi from Yerevan to Tbilisi
This one is definitely not a budget option, but if you have money and don’t have time or want some privacy you can take a cab from anywhere in Yerevan. In railway station we were quoted the price of 100USD, but I guess it could be easily negotiated to around ~50-70USD, which is not that bad if you share it with your friends.
Tourist bus from Yerevan to Tbilisi
Our reader Lucy suggested that it is possible to take big tourist bus from Yerevan to Tbilisi or vice versa. You just need to visit travel agencies which offer tours, hotels and transportation. Sometimes they might be able to offer you just a seat in the tourist bus. The price is unknown. If anybody tries this option please let us know the average price for this kind of transportation in the comments section!
Whichever option to travel from one city to another you choose – just enjoy the ride!