I had the greatest trip from Tbilisi to Armenia’s capital Yerevan – went there by a huge truck, which was kind of an entertainment by itself. But that wasn’t the only cool part of this roadtrip – I was quite excited to cross the Georgian – Armenian border on foot as I’d never crossed borders this way before.
If you are travelling from Georgia to Armenia (or the other way around), most probably you will go through a Sadakhlo border point. If you have a comfort of your own car, you’re good to go, there’s no need to get out of the vehicle. Otherwise – travelling by bus, taxi, marshrutka, you will need to take all of your stuff and get out before reaching the Georgian side of the border.
The passport checking procedure was fast, officer just raised an eyebrow reading the name of my country. Guess not many Lithuanians travel to Armenia on foot (getting back to Georgia we got more questions, like why we went to Armenia, what we did there, etc.). And so, we were soon heading to Armenia’s border point through the “no one’s” land. Interesting place, actually, you’re not in Georgia anymore but not in Armenia yet either.
There is also a duty free shop on the way, but my experience shows that stuff in duty free shops in Caucasus is actually more expensive than in regular shops. Oh, and it was a little bit strange that the officers didn’t check our backpacks. Not even once. I guess we look quite trustworthy. 🙂
As soon as you go through the Armenian border you can actually see that you’re in a different country – and that is not what happens often travelling through the neighbouring countries (not in my experience, at least). Georgian border side is so clean, new, very close to high European standarts. And Armenian… well, kind of a mess, really.
And so the adventure of travelling the Armenian roads begins… I wrote a bit about the “fun” experiences we had on Armenian roads here.
Getting back, we missed the last marshrutka going from Yerevan to Tbilisi, so we took a taxi – it is actually not much more expensive if you’re not traveling alone (we paid around 45 euros for the trip and the driver brought us straight to our home in Tbilisi). It is surely a faster and more comfortable way to travel between the two capitals. Just haggle and get the right price!