Karakilisa Church
Old khachkars in Vanadzor

Vanadzor (Armenian: Վանաձոր) is capital of Lori Marz, in the North Central part of Armenia. Vanadzor is Armenia's third largest city, with a population of about 105,000 people. There are a few old churches, however big part of the city has been built during the time of the Soviet Union with a grand central square, a humongous old Soviet chemical factory which has been idle for decades, and a river running through the somewhat narrow valley, surrounded by hills.

Most of the attractions in Lori are along the Debed River canyon to the north, or around Stepanavan, and although Vanadzor can be used as a base to explore these due to its perfect transport connection, finding a place closer to them might be preferable.

Get in

By train

The city lies on the railway connecting Tbilisi and Yerevan. Railway station. Provides sitting area, cachier desks, toilets, some simple snacks. Taxis are abundant.

By bus

Vanadzor has a perfect bus connection to all cities in northern Armenia. Lots of options, to name a few: Tbilisi 3500 AMD (14 GEL), daily at 08:30, arrives in Tbilisi at 12:30-13:00; Ijevan 1000 AMD, Gyumri 500 AMD, Stepanavan 400 AMD, Alaverdi 500 AMD, Dilijan 500 AMD, Byrd, Akhtala, Odzun, Spitak, Tashir, Noyemberian. Bus station are adjacent to the train one.

Marshrutkas (minibuses) from Yerevan are inexpensive (AMD 1200) and will take you to Vanadzor in a couple of hours. They depart from Kino Rosia, above the Zoravor Andranik metro station, across from the national cathedral in Yerevan.

By taxi

Shared taxis in Yerevan leave from the same spot as marshrutkas, and are a bit more comfortable, fast and a little more expensive. Virtually any taxi in Yerevan will take you there for 100drams/km, which adds up to about 12,500 dram, unless you're a good negotiator.

Get around

Center of the city where lies almost all main attractions is quite miniature and walkable. You'll need to get a transportation if heading to some outer monasteries or perhaps to Botanical Garden (which is about 1.5 km from the center).


Russian Church
Saint Gregory of Narek Cathedral
The Prelacy of the Diocese of Gougark
Vanadzor Palace of Culture


Art Museum of Vanadzor



Vanadzor Central park




Hotel "Gugark"



There is only one laundry in Vanadzor.

While the cheapest option could be if you stay in "Gugark" Hotel, where you can ask for laundry service. Cost depends on negotiation, but could be as little as around 500 AMD/one washing machine.

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