Armenia: Quick Facts [wiki]
Official Name: Republic of Armenia (Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն)
Capital: Yerevan (Երևան) [Booking.com listings]
Main Language: Armenian (հայերեն | hayeren)
Other Languages: Russian, English, Yezidi (Kurdish)
Currency: Armenian dram (AMD) [see exchange rates on xe.com]
Area: 29,743 km² / 11,484 sq mi (comparable to Belgium and Massachusetts)
Population: 2.9 million
Drives on the: right
International airports: Zvartnots, Yerevan (EVN) [explore flights via Kayak], Shirak, Gyumri (LWN) [explore flights via Kayak]
International land borders: Georgia (3 crossings), Iran (1 crossing), Turkey (closed), Azerbaijan (closed), self-declared Republic of Artsakh (2 crossings) [more on Caravanistan]
In Brief: Cycling in Armenia
Armenia is beautiful, rugged, compact – and extremely hospitable to foreign travellers on bicycles!
You’ll need to be fit, but the quiet provincial roads, varied mountain scenery, challenging climbs and swooping descents, rustic family-run guesthouses, and an open attitude to camping are just some of the attractions for cyclists who don’t mind a few hills.
A variety of transnational routes make Armenia an attractive option for long-haul cyclists, but many excellent loops of the country are possible starting from Yerevan or other provincial cities, as well as countless shorter rides.
Taking bikes on public transport is simple, food and water readily available on the roadsides. Riders may fly into Yerevan or cross the land borders from Georgia or Iran, and the weather in most regions favourable between April and October.
For lots more detail, dig into our full planning guide for your next bicycle-mounted adventure in Armenia!
How to use this site
The content of this site is divided into two main sections.
The planning guide section provides practical and background information on all general aspects of cycling in Armenia, including information on road conditions, weather and seasons, food and drink, accommodation, bike shops and rental, public transport for cyclists and much more.
The route database is a collection of curated routes which have been individually researched, road-tested, mapped and described, with details of length, difficulty and more. Each route can be downloaded to our app of choice, RideWithGPS, enabling you to use a compatible smartphone as a GPS navigator to follow the route. Via the RideWithGPS site it is also possible to print a ‘cue sheet’ of directions to follow the route on paper, if that’s your preferred option, or export the route to a variety of other digital formats.
We recommend you join the CyclingArmenia.com Riders’ Forum group on Facebook where you can connect with other cyclists planning rides in Armenia, as well as ask questions of the community.
Finally, make sure you tag your social media content with #cyclingarmenia so your posts show up on our community wall!