19 Simple Methods to Save Cash in Armenia

Rugged mountains in Armenia
Posted: 12/16/19 | December 16th, 2019

I by no means obtained to Armenia once I was within the Caucasus. I used to be bummed as a result of there a lot historical past there. Subsequent journey, proper? Effectively, Carine and Doug love Armenia a lot, they’ve visited 4 occasions over the previous few years. So, on this visitor put up, they’ll give us their greatest suggestions for saving cash while you go to Armenia!

Armenia is likely one of the oldest nations on earth. Its roots date again to 860 BCE, and its capital, Yerevan, simply celebrated its 2,800th anniversary, making it one of many oldest constantly inhabited cities on the planet. The nation has a really wealthy tradition, a ton of gorgeous locations to discover, wonderful meals, and a number of the most hospitable individuals you’ve ever met. Having been to Armenia 4 occasions, we’ve discovered it to be certainly one of our favourite locations on earth.

The crowds haven’t made it but to this lovely a part of the world, which is why we frequently hesitate to share our love for Armenia with others (we need to maintain it our little secret as a budget-friendly vacation spot).

However Matt satisfied us in any other case, so right here we’re, sharing our 19 greatest suggestions for saving cash within the nation:

1. Strolling across the cities
The cities in Armenia are very walkable. They’re simple to navigate and properly marked. You’ll be able to even get from one finish of the capital Yerevan to the opposite in 30-40 minutes. Strolling can also be the most affordable and healthiest approach to get round. So carry cozy footwear — they are going to turn out to be useful!

And if you happen to get misplaced, simply ask the locals. They’re so useful and love displaying their metropolis off. Don’t be stunned in the event that they find yourself strolling with you to your vacation spot and alluring you over for espresso and cake as properly!

2. Take a free strolling tour in Yerevan.
people walking down a crowded street in Armenia
There may be a lot to see and do in Yerevan. The easiest way to get a style of it’s to affix a strolling tour with Yerevan Free Strolling Excursions. The tour lasts about three hours, overlaying virtually 2.5 miles (Four kilometers) and about 25 factors of curiosity. To hitch, simply meet at 5 pm (17:00) by the doorway to the Historical past Museum on Republic Sq..

3. Use the GG or Yandex apps as an alternative of taxis.
Though there are taxis, the quickest approach to get round is to make use of the GG or Yandex apps. Like Uber, they name on drivers in your space to select you up. GG solely works in bigger cities for the time being.

Rides inside Yerevan will value you about $3-Four USD, relying on how far you’re going. Rides to the airport will set you again about $6.

If you wish to name on an everyday taxi, ensure you agree on the worth earlier than getting in, particularly on the airport. That is the place common taxis will most frequently attempt to cost you double what you’ll pay on GG or Yandex. Certain, it’s handy not having to attend to your trip to get there, however is it actually price the additional cash? In all probability not. Supply to pay them the identical matter GG would cost, plus an additional 100 AMD (or dram) ($0.21 USD) to keep away from the wait.

Slightly observe about vehicles in Armenia: Though they certainly had seat belts at one time limit, they aren’t continuously used. Don’t be stunned if there isn’t a buckle or seat belt in any respect. Particularly, don’t be stunned if the driving force simply shrugs off your remark about it!

4. Hop on a marshrutka to get round Yerevan.
One of many least expensive methods to get across the bigger cities is by taking marshrutkas (minibuses). Cities are engaged on placing collectively a map of the varied routes, however for now, you should use the A2B Transport app on Android, or if Armenian, take a look at Marshrut.information (though your browser might provide to translate the web page into English, too).

Using a marshrutka prices 100 AMD ($0.21 USD), which you pay earlier than getting off, or when the driving force asks you. To get off at your cease, simply say kangnek (kang-nek), which suggests ‘Cease right here’. The bus will pull over on the subsequent cease to allow you to off.

Additionally, listed below are just a few suggestions that can assist you benefit from the trip: Sit within the entrance when you possibly can; you’ll be extra comfy. In the event you take one of many minivan marshrutkas, you open and shut your door. Simply ensure you don’t slam the door too exhausting, otherwise you’ll hear it from the driving force. Typically seating will get tight, so you might want to face. Additionally, don’t be stunned if ladies ask you to carry on to their purses, groceries, or infants if you happen to do have a seat — though the good matter to do is to supply them yours!

5. Take a bus between cities.
a church with a mountain backdrop in Armenia
Though tourism infrastructure is slowly being constructed, it’s nonetheless fairly simple to get across the nation, even when most individuals don’t communicate English.

There are bigger buses that go from metropolis to metropolis, although most are to and from Yerevan. These are additionally known as marshrutkas. Prices differ between $0.50 to $5.00 USD relying on the place you’re going. Your cash can be collected earlier than the marshrutka leaves.

Simply know that there’s no precise bus schedule: they normally head out to bigger cities (Gyumri, Vanadzor, Dilijan) once they’re full. If not, they go away on the hour — simply don’t count on them to be very well timed! You’ll be able to seize one at any of the three bus stations in Yerevan.

In your trip, it could occur that they could have to refill the marshrutka with gasoline. Many autos in Armenia run on compressed pure gasoline and propane, so throughout the fill-up, you’ll be requested to get out of the automobile as a security precaution.

6. In the event you’re in a rush to get to a brand new metropolis, take a shared taxi.
You can too take a shared taxi, which normally leaves from Yerevan’s fundamental bus station. You’ll cut up the fare between 3-Four individuals. There isn’t a schedule for departures. Once more, they wait till the taxi is full earlier than they head out.

Prices differ between $5 and $10 USD per individual, relying on the place you’re going. You’ll be able to negotiate with the driving force, although. If every individual pays a bit of extra for his or her fare, they received’t wait to fill as much as go.

Our tip right here could be to search out mates at your hostel that need to go to that very same metropolis. They’ll assist you fill that taxi up sooner.

7. Simply hitchhike to get round (and make mates).
a road leading to snow-capped mountains in Armenia
That is positively the most affordable and most enjoyable approach to go! Even locals suggest it to get round. They name it avtostop, which comes from the Russian phrase for hitchhiking. When touring outdoors of Yerevan, it may typically be simpler to hitchhike between villages than to attend for a marshrutka. Nonetheless, it’s not probably the most time-conscious approach to do it.

You’ll discover that Armenians are very pleasant, beneficiant, and hospitable, so that they’re very prepared to select up strangers in search of a trip on the facet of the street. Nonetheless, if you find yourself making mates with the driving force, they are going to insist you come over for drinks and meals earlier than they drop you off at your required vacation spot. If you would like, you possibly can try to tip the driving force, however likelihood is, they’ll kindly refuse.

A couple of suggestions right here to make sure protected and straightforward journey: We suggest you look clear, journey in teams of two or three individuals, and to have a mixed-sex group. Additionally, ladies shouldn’t be offended if the driving force (doubtless a male) solely speaks to the lads of the group! Armenia continues to be a really conventional nation.

8. In Yerevan, take the metro.
Yerevan’s metro system is little identified to guests, however it’s displayed on Google Maps and is likely one of the greatest methods to get across the metropolis. It’s additionally one of many matters residents of Yerevan are very happy with. The Karen Demirchyan Yerevan Metro covers 2 miles (13 kilometers) and has about 10 stops. Tickets value 100 AMD (or $0.21 USD), so it’s actually low cost to get from one finish of the town to the opposite. In the summertime months, it’s additionally the good mode of transportation.

There isn’t a metro card to talk of. Merely go to the counter and alternate your cash for a token to get you thru the gate. Additionally observe that for some odd cause, you’re not allowed to take footage within the metro, though most stations are fantastically constructed.

9. Hostels and homestays are your greatest wager for affordable short-term stays.
houses in a city in Armenia
In the event you’re on a good finances and don’t thoughts sleeping in massive, 20+-bed dorms, there are spots accessible in Yerevan for as little as $Three USD, barely out of the middle of Yerevan. If you would like a smaller dorm, round 4 to 6 individuals, count on to pay about $15 USD per mattress. These kind of dorms are nearer to the town heart. At that worth, sure hostels even have non-public rooms accessible.

Armenia can also be a terrific place to do a homestay. If you wish to join with residents on a special degree, we extremely suggest doing this. It’s certainly one of our favourite methods to get to know the tradition and to expertise how locals stay. The household you select will deal with you want certainly one of their very own, therefore feeding you want loopy. We’d particularly suggest this in smaller cities, the place you possibly can truly study lots about life outdoors of Yerevan.

10. Airbnb is a good possibility for longer stays.
Airbnb is rapidly rising in Armenia, particularly amongst expats who hire out their locations throughout the months they’re not round. Yow will discover nice choices within the heart of Yerevan for $40 USD or much less. This gives you entry to a whole residence with a kitchen, which is a good way to save cash as properly. You might even be capable to negotiate the worth if you happen to’re staying for longer intervals of time.

11. Couchsurfing is nice for if you happen to’re on a brilliant tight finances.
With such hospitable individuals, it’s not stunning to see tons of nice choices for Couchsurfing, primarily in Yerevan. In the event you like staying with an area, this is likely one of the greatest choices. Simply don’t be stunned in case your host finally ends up adopting you on the finish of your go to!

12. Go to Armenia within the shoulder seasons for the perfect pricing.
The busiest time to go to Armenia is throughout the summer season. June to September are when you possibly can count on to see crowds and excessive costs. Nonetheless, if you happen to go to Armenia in April or Might or the tip of September by means of mid-November, the crowds could have subsided, and costs will drop. That is when yow will discover cheaper lodging, and even negotiate costs for longer stays.

13. For reasonable eats, search for typical Armenian meals.
aerial view of a church in the mountains in Armenia
You’ll discover plenty of low cost and scrumptious choices typical of Center Japanese delicacies and influenced by the Caucasus area. You’ll be able to eat native treats like lahmajoun (Armenian pizza) for as little as $2 USD per plate. One other nice low cost possibility is getting shish taouk or wraps from hole-in-the-wall eating places. These dangerous boys can even solely set you again $3-4, relying on what you set in them. One other scrumptious and low cost possibility is khatchapuri (cheese-filled bread), a typical Georgian meal that’s served throughout Armenia.

A number of the greatest do-it-yourself meals are bought on the facet of the street. You’ll see loads of individuals promoting their recent produce, do-it-yourself wine, vodka, sweets, and different treats all around the nation, primarily on massive “highways.” You’ll additionally discover these stalls arrange close to a number of the extra common vacationer locations, like Garni, Geghart, and Noravank. These will solely be a fraction of the price of what’s bought in grocery shops, they usually’ll be far more scrumptious, that we promise! In the event you purchase just a few matters from the identical stall, you possibly can negotiate the worth. Additionally, don’t be shy to ask for a pattern!

14. When you’ve got a kitchen, cooking in is at all times the most affordable possibility.
In the event you plan on cooking in, count on to spend $20-30 USD for weekly groceries, cut up between two individuals. You’ll be able to both get your items at grocery shops like Sas, Vas, or Parma, or head to a market to get them straight from the supply. In Yerevan, the Gum Market (pronounced “Goom”), or Gumi Shuka, is a good place to buy and observe residents of their day by day routine.

15. Keep away from the produce on the supermarkets.
The perfect place to get recent produce shouldn’t be in grocery shops. It’s typically imported from far-off nations and packaged in plenty of plastic. For the perfect produce, you’ll want to take a look at the fruit stalls which are on each road nook or behind a gaggle of enormous buildings. They’ve native items which are in season, and sometimes you possibly can negotiate a great worth, particularly if you happen to’re shopping for a bigger quantity.

16. Drink the faucet water.
water flowing over a beautiful waterfall in Armenia
The water in Armenia is completely protected to drink straight from the faucet. Even whilst you’re out exploring, you’ll discover public water fountains, known as pulpulaks, in every single place, from public parks to road corners, throughout Yerevan and in bigger cities. These fountains are virtually at all times operating, offering recent consuming water to these in want.

You may get a sip of water straight from a pulpulak or refill your individual water bottle. To redirect the circulation of water at an angle for the bottle, merely place your finger on the spout, and voilà! (As an eco-friendly tip that helps you lower your expenses and the setting, ensure you have a reusable water bottle.)

17. Get the perfect souvenirs at Vernissage in Yerevan.
You’ll discover a ton of handicrafts and different items being bought all around the nation. In the event you discover one thing particular in one of many villages you go to, get it there. However if you happen to’re seeking to get souvenirs for family and friends again house, you’ll want to take a look at the Vernissage in Yerevan. Though Sunday is the massive day when all of the retailers are current, you possibly can nonetheless rating nice finds any day of the week.

Your greatest wager is to stroll round as soon as to see what’s accessible and examine costs. Then return to the stalls with the perfect costs and attempt to negotiate a bit of extra. Attempt to wait till the tip of the day to get the perfect costs, as most retailers will need to go house.

18. Don’t be afraid to cut price on costs.
We talked about it earlier than, and we’ll say it once more: don’t be afraid to cut price on items. Though vacationer costs aren’t as exaggerated as in different components of Asia, you possibly can nonetheless knock off a great proportion by negotiating with the vendor. Simply be honest along with your ultimate worth. It could seem to be just a few {dollars} for you, however it could imply the distinction between having a meal that night time or not for the vendor.

19. Go to Armenia’s high websites at no cost.
ancient ruins in Armenia
Top-of-the-line matters about Armenia — as if we haven’t listed off sufficient of them — is that a lot of the common websites of curiosity are free. Noravank, Geghart, Khor Virap, the Areni vineyard (together with a wine tasting) — all these wonderful websites are free to enter and go to.

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We beloved our time in Armenia and would extremely suggest it to anybody seeking to get away from the crowds and journey on a finances. Your {dollars} go a lot additional right here than in most different nations. But you’ll by no means be missing in scrumptious meals or comfy facilities. And too add to all of this, you’ll have a ton of gorgeous sights to go to and type individuals to share your journey with!

Carine and Derek spend half the 12 months touring the world and the opposite half exploring their house province of Quebec. Their purpose is to encourage everybody to chase their wildest goals and to depart a optimistic influence on Earth. Their weblog, We Did it Our Method, focuses on eco-friendly journey guides to each common locations, in addition to off-the-beaten-path areas, on stay and journey sustainably, and on suggestions for content material creation. Carine and Derek are additionally on Instagram (@wediditourway) the place they share their footage and eco-tips.

E book Your Journey to Armenia: Logistical Suggestions and Tips

E book Your Flight
Discover a low cost flight by utilizing Skyscanner or Momondo. They’re my two favourite search engines like google and yahoo as a result of they search web sites and airways across the globe so that you at all times know no stone is left unturned.

E book Your Lodging
To search out the perfect finances lodging, use Reserving.com as they persistently return the most affordable charges for guesthouses and low cost lodges. You’ll be able to e book your hostel with Hostelworld as they’ve probably the most complete stock. A few of my advisable locations to remain in Armenia:

  • Envoy Hostel Yerevan – It is a cozy little hostel the place the employees goes above and past that can assist you profit from your time within the metropolis.
  • Kantar – Kantar is extremely clear with plenty of widespread space area, and the most effective breakfasts in Yerevan!
  • Hostel Tsaghkadzor – There are not any frills to this place in Tsaghkadzor, but it surely’s comfy and near all of the city’s fundamental sights.

Don’t Neglect Journey Insurance coverage
Journey insurance coverage will shield you towards sickness, harm, theft, and cancellations. It’s complete safety in case something goes unsuitable. I by no means go on a visit with out it as I’ve had to make use of it many occasions previously. I’ve been utilizing World Nomads for ten years. My favourite corporations that provide the perfect service and worth are:

Searching for the perfect corporations to save cash with?
Try my useful resource web page for the perfect corporations to make use of while you journey! I listing all those I take advantage of to save cash once I journey – and I feel will assist you too!

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