Getting to and from Armenia

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The national carrier – Armenian Airlines – flies to various destinations in Europe, Middle East and the CIS. north American travelers can fly to Europe and catch a connecting flight to Yerevan from most of the major airports. Several foreign carriers, among them British Airways, Swiss Air, Austrian Ailrlines and Aeroflot also operate flights to and from Armenia.

Zvartnots International Airport, the main gateway to Armenia, is located within a 15 minutes ride from the capital city of Yerevan. Buses run from the airport to city center every half hour from 8a.m. to 8p.m. and will cost US$0.30 to $0.40. Taxis are also available at the airport for US$6 to $8. Zvartnots Airport, tel: (374 1) 533-311, 533-411.

Arriving by Air

The most convenient way to visit Armenia is by air. Air transport fulfills the flights through the Zvartnots International Airport, located outside of Yerevan, and Shirak Airport in Gyumri. In 1998 a new cargo terminal was opened at Zvartnots airport, which has facilitated domestic and international cargo handling.

Under new management, Zvartnots International Airport is undergoing a welcome makeover that should transform the airport into a world-class facility. For 25,000 AMD/person ($42), the airport provides a VIP service, in which customer service representatives personally meet the traveler on the tarmac as they disembark the plane upon arrival.

Arriving by Land

Overland road routes and rail links connect Armenia with its neighbors. Currently, both Turkey and Azerbaijan have imposed a blockade against Armenia and have closed their borders with it. Two highway routes and one rail-link are available through Georgia, which provide access to the Black Sea Ports of Batumi and Poti. Additionally, there is one route south through Iran to the Persian Gulf. Armenia has made great strides in its road network, with significant investment resulting in nearly all the main highways to be paved and in good condition.

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