A detailed budget report about how much it costs to go backpacking in Armenia. Includes a city-by-city breakdown, average costs for common expenses, and recommendations for budget accommodations.
Financial planning is often boring and annoying. To save the world of a few unnecessary headaches, we tracked our expenses for the entirety of our 3 weeks in Armenia so you can see exactly how much it costs to go backpacking in Armenia. Without further ado, our Armenia budget report!
Exchange rate at time of writing: €1 = 530 AMD
Here’s how much it costs to go backpacking in Armenia for 19 days
- For two people: 466,015 AMD / €879.27 / $932
- Per person: 233,008 AMD / €439.64 / $466
Average costs per person
- Total per day: 12,264 AMD / €23.14 / $24.52
- Food and drinks per day: 4,015 AMD / €7.60 / $8.05
- Accommodation per day: 7,000 AMD / €13 / $13.78
Note: Prices for rooms in Armenia are often per person. Solo travelers will probably spend about the same, on average, as we did per person for a room.
- Marshrutka between cities: 1,000 – 3,000 AMD / €2-6 / $2.12 – 6.36
- Innercity marshrutka: 200 – 800 AMD / €0.40 – €1.50 / $0.42 – 1.60
Looking for a guidebook that covers Armenia? We use the Lonely Planet!
Average amount spent per day in each city, for one person. Includes transport to the city. We found that booking accommodations online was usually cheaper than booking in person.
- Gymri: 12,051 AMD / €22.74 / $24.10
- We recommend Artush & Raisa B&B for both budget and mid-range travelers
- Marmashen/Vanadzor: 10,925 AMD / €20.61 / $21.85
- Alaverdi: 13,038 / €24.60 / $26.07
- We recommend Iris B&B for both budget and mid-range travelers
- Dilijan: 12,413 AMD / €23.42 / 24.83
- We highly recommend Art Guesthouse for both budget and mid-range travelers
- Yerevan: 13,643 AMD / €25.74 / 27.28
- Yeghegnadzor: 12,015 AMD / €22.67 / $24
- We stayed at Lusya B&B, but advice you to shop around the limited options available
- Goris: 11,110 AMD / €20.96 / $22.22
- Kapan: 11,075 AMD / €20.90 / $22.15
- We recommend Darist Hotel for both budget and mid-range travelers
- Meghri: 13,285 AMD / €25.07 / $26.57
- We recommend Arevik B&B, but make sure to call or email ahead of time
Looking for more info on Armenia? Check out our Armenia Archive!
How you could spend even less
- Eat pastries/fast food for dinner as well. We typically went out to (cheap) restaurants for dinner. Gotta have something that isn’t breaded every once in a while…
- Don’t drink so much coffee. We’re kind of addicted to caffeine.
- Completely sacrifice your need for quality. Sometimes, there was a marginally cheaper option for sleeping, with terrible reviews. In those cases, we chose the slightly more expensive (but still cheap) option that had good reviews. It was worth it! We had a lot of great times with people/families running guesthouses.
Context/how we roll
We’re your typical wanderin’ backpacker duo:
- Always walk or take public transport… unless there is none. (Or we’re reeeally lost…)
- Usually eat cheap meals and fast food for at least 2 meals a day
- Drink beers every couple of days
- Sleep in the cheapest accommodation we can find that isn’t crawling with bedbugs or covered with old vomit. Usually opt for a private double rather than dorms.
- We don’t like museums.
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