Getting In | Train | Vanadzor
Trains To/From Vanadzor
The train to Vanadzor from both Georgia and Giumri passes through some of the most beautiful terrain in Armenia, and Vanadzor is a terrific location logistically for exploring Lori. If you arrange you stops accordingly, you can see the Northern region in its entirety, exploring pristine forests and long forgotten Bronze Age, Byzantine and Medieval ruins.
From Airum, stop at Alaverdi (poor but clean hotel) and hire a car to explore the forest monasteries like Haghbat, Sanahin, Odzun, and the Debet River (gorgeous terrain and flora in the Spring).
From Vanadzor, you can explore Stepanavan, the only remaining Armenian Water Lily population in Armenia, and East into Tavush, which is never on the main tour paths, but which holds the most pristine wilderness in Northern Armenia (stay At Berd and Ijevan).
Two services are available in Vanadzor to/from the Georgian border: one gnatsk train (obshi and coupé class) and one elektrichka train (obshi class only). Note on the elektrichka train there are no toilets. The train to and from Vanadzor is on the same rail line as that to Yerevan.
Prices subject to change, schedules are notoriously off by hours. Still, be thre on time just in case.
From Tbilisi: The gnatsk train leaves Tbilisi for Vanadzor at 06:00. It arrives in Vanadzor at 13:30. Rail cost is 445 AMD obshi class and 2068 AMD SV class.
To Tbilisi: The gnatsk train leaves Vanadzor for Tbilisi at 20:30. It arrives in Tbilisi at 04:00. The rail ticket from Vanadzor to Tbilisi costs 445 AMD for obshi class, and 2068 AMD for coupé class.
Train Schedule: Vanadzor Central Station
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Every effort is made so that the train will leave on time, but it might be delayed, especially in the Winter. Travel times can take longer than indicated (i.e. in the winter), fluctuate cnsiderably. Be careful to be early, but you will probably wait.
Be at the station at least 60 minutes before the scheduled time for departure.
Vanadzor to Tbilisi: 7 1/2 hours
Vanadzor to Yerevan: 8 1/2 hours
Vanadzor Train Station
The Vanadzor yerkatgitzi kairan (Train Station) is located 300 meters from the main square, on the street perpendicular to City Hall. The avtokayan is located next to it. The location is very close to the center of town, only 300 meters from the central Hotel on the main square. There are shops, kiosks and food stands around the station and up the road to he central square.
The Tomsarkegh (îàØê²ðÎÔ: Booking office) are located inside the main entrance, to the left. They are marked in Armenian and Russian. Booth # 2 handles tickets for elektrichka trains, and is open from 06:00 to 07:00. The other booths are open from 20:00 to 21:30 and sell tickets to gnatsk trains.
Food: There is a buffet (Russian ÁÓÔÅÒ) and sercharan (Café) in the station. The buffet is open from 08:00-19:00, the café from 10:00-17:00.
Hotel: The Yerkatgitzi Kairan Huiranotz (Train Station Hotel) is located on the second floor of the train station. Enter it from inside the building. They charge 1000 AMD ($2.00) per bed per night. Rooms have 2, 3 or 4 beds per room. If you want privacy, rent all in one room. Open 24 hours a day.
Left Luggage: Marked by a Russian Kamera Khranenia (ÊÀÌÅÐÀ ÕÐÀÍÅÍÈß), the left luggage is located inside the station. They have both lockers and a left luggage room. 50 AMD per day for lockers, 75 AMD per day for larger items.
Other: The restrooms are 25 AMD per use. They only issue a couple of squares of toilet paper, so better have a supply handy. There is no medical point.