What you should know before you rent a car
Where to rent a car in Armenia?
Located in the Caucasus Region, Armenia is bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Iran and Azerbaijan. Its capital city is Yerevan, and the currency used is the Armenian dram. Armenia's main international airport is Zvartnots International Airport, which serves Yerevan and the surrounding areas and is the main point of arrival for international visitors. From here, visitors to Armenia can rent a car and set out to explore some of the country's hidden gems. While Armenia does have a rail network, it is quite limited – some areas of Armenia are best accessed by car. A number of international and local car rental companies operate in Armenia, including Firefly Car Rental, Hertz, Avis, Keddy and Sixt.
What are the driving rules in Armenia?
Planning a road trip around Armenia? Get acquainted with the rules of the road before getting behind the wheel. The road quality in Armenia varies, with paved roads as well as plenty of dirt roads: be sure to rent the right type of car for the terrain you plan to travel across. In Armenia, drive on the right and pay attention to the speed limit, which will be indicated on road signs. As a general rule, the speed limit in Armenia is 20 km/h in residential areas; 60 km/h in built-up areas; 90 km/h on open roads; and 110 km/h on the highway. Armenia operates a strict, zero-tolerance policy when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol, with a blood alcohol limit of 0.0‰.
In general, street parking spaces in Armenia are indicated by red dotted lines; be sure to pay for your parking space, unless signage indicates a free parking period (usually between midnight and 9am).
Road trips in Armenia
Using Yerevan as a base, there are a number of great road trips to take around Armenia. Medieval architecture, beautiful lake views, and historic monasteries await: discover some of Armenia's many beautiful attractions, with these three road trips from Yerevan.
Yerevan to Goris
Armenia's capital city dates back to the 8th century, and traces of its long history can be seen throughout. The 18th-century Blue Mosque is both an active mosque and a popular visitor's attraction, while the Yerevan Cascade features a limestone stairway and an art museum. Armenia was once a part of the Soviet Union, and relics of this period in the country's past can be seen in its capital; Republic Square, for example, was expanded throughout the 20th century and was once called Lenin Square. From Yerevan, rent a car and head to Goris. Around 150 miles away by road, this southern city is home to a number of interesting rock formations, as well as the Aksel Bakunts Museum, focusing on the work of the Armenian writer.
Yerevan to Lake Sevan
Armenia's largest lake, the beautiful Lake Sevan stands around 1,900m above sea level and makes for a breathtaking road trip destination. Not far from Yerevan (after around 40 miles, you'll catch your first glimpse of the lake upon reaching the town of Sevan), it's a popular summer vacation destination for Armenians. Be sure to pay a visit to one of the historic monasteries around the lake: Sevanavank and Hayravank both offer stunning views of the lake.
Yerevan to the Geghard Monastery
For an easy and interesting day trip from Yerevan, drive to the Geghard Monastery. Just an hour from Yerevan, this UNESO World Heritage Site was built during the Middle Ages from the cliffs on which it stands. A popular attraction and religious site, as well as being a fascinating historic point of interest, it's also a great viewpoint, with great views over the Azat River gorge.