Getting to Haghpat and Sanahin by public transport

Note: All of the information below is for those staying in or near Alaverdi that want to get to Haghpat and Sanahin by public transport (marshrutka and bus).

Looking to take a trip to Haghpat and/or Sanhin monastery while staying in Alaverdi? Forget expensive taxis, there’s plenty of cheap public transport around for you to use! Here’s how.

Alaverdi central station

All of your travel for the day begins in Alaverdi’s central “station”… which is mostly just a gathering place for vehicles.

Alaverdi central bus and marshrutka station.

The central “station” in Alaverdi (where the marshrutky are in the background). It’s hard to miss, as there’s only one main highway really, and there are plenty of taxis and marshrutky drivers skulking about.

 

Arches inside Sanahin monastery, near Alaverdi Armenia

Sanahin monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was constructed in the 10th century.

How to get to Sanahin monastery

Sanahin monastery sits higher up in the mountains overlooking Alaverdi. Those of great leg musculature and endurance could walk up the mountain road, but A) it’s super steep and B) hairpin turns mean you may be hit by a rogue car or marshrutka along the way.

For the mere mortals, you can take bus 3 from Alaverdi station. It’s not a marshrutka, but rather an old (usually yellow) Soviet bus. The bus is 100 AMD for a one-way ride, and the ride is about 10 minutes long. The buses start running at 9:00 and stop running from Alaverdi station at 18:00, so make sure you give yourself enough time if you’re visiting in the afternoon!

Bus to Sanahin monastery from Alaverdi, Armenia

We’re still amazed that this bus (barely) managed to drive up the mountain.

Ride it all the way up the mountain, where it will stop in a central-ish square near a bunch of other buses of the same color. From there, you have to walk to the monastery. It’s a 15 minute walk, without much sign action aside from a sign in the central square. Luckily, the monastery is visible for much of the walk, so just head up the mountain towards it until you see some souvenir shacks and the like.

Walking to Sanahin monastery in Alaverdi, Armenia

Walking in a winter wonderlaaaaand~

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Our visit to Haghpat monastery: the view from the outside.

Haghpat monastery is another UNESCO site that’s a wee bit newer than Sanahin, but also founded around the 10th century.

How to get to Haghpat monastery

Haghpat is a short drive away from Alaverdi. The monastery is situated atop yet another hill. Marshrutky run from Alaverdi station at 8:15, 9:00, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 16:30, and 17:30. It’s 200 AMD for a one-way trip, and the ride is 20 minutes long.

The marshrutka to look for on your visit to Haghpat monastery in Armenia

Look for the white marshrutka with the Haghpat sign.

Marshrutky back from Haghpat run half an hour later from the aforementioned times (they wait at the monastery for 10 minutes). The last marshrutka from Haghpat runs at 17:00, so don’t miss it!

 

How to visit the UNESCO sites of Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries from Alaverdi, Armenia by public transport.

 

Have you recently headed to Haghpat and Sanahin by public transport? Let us know how you got there in the comments–it’s good for other travelers to see the most-up-to-date information!

Alex

American by birth, British by passport, Filipina by appearance. Addicted to ice cream. Enjoys climbing trees, dislikes falling out. Has great fondness for goats which is usually not reciprocated.

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4 thoughts on “Getting to Haghpat and Sanahin by public transport

    Julie says:

    Great post – thanks very much! Happy to report that all info is still correct one year later :). The only thing that caught us out was you need to catch bus #3 heading towards Vanadzor from the centre. From Haghpat we hitched to Akhtala which has an amazing church full of frescoes. Happy travels!

    Ani says:

    Hi Alex, thank you for this attractive article! Seems like you explored my homeland!
    You can have more info about these monasteries here: https://www.iarmenia.org/sanahin-monastery/

    Alex says:

    Yes, we had a grand time in Armenia, and hope to return one day when the weather is a bit warmer and the landscapes much greener 🙂

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