Armenia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Armenia

Check your government’s website if you’re planning to drive near the Azerbaijan border as there may be travel restrictions in place.

Armenia drives on the right and you need a 1968 convention International Driving permit to drive here. Speed limits ae generally 110kmh on motorways, 90 on non-urban main roads and 60 in built up areas.

Armenia has 8200km of roads and 98% are paved and a reasonably maintained and quite complex system of interconnecting highways. Start and end points of the nations highways are –

M1 Yerevan to Bavra Georgia border

M2 Yerevan to Azerbaijan border

M3 Georgia border to Turkey border

M4 Yerevan to Azerbaijan border

M5 Yerevan to Turkey border

M6 Georgia border to Vanadzor

M7 Turkey border to Spitak

M8 Vanadzor to Dilijan

M9 Talin to Bagaran

M10 Sevan to Yeghegnadzor

M11 Martuni to Sodk

M12 Goris Azerbaijan border

M13 Angeghakot to Azerbaijan border

M14 Tsovagyugh to Vardenis

M15 Abovian via Yerevan eastern bypass to Masis

Main roads are generally in good condition but minor roads may have deteriorated in parts. Pot holes may be marked by white paint rather than filled in. You may also hit an occasional patch (of a few miles!) where the asphalt seems to have been removed and never replaced. A 4WD is probably a good investment but not entirely necessary if you stay on the main routes.In winter its likely you will need a 4WD if driving outside Yerevan. The roads are long, straight and quiet, so great for overtaking that old Lada chugging away in front. This doesn’t seem to stop locals overtaking on the wrong side of the road on a blind bend though! Drink driving is also a problem and be especially careful on the main highway from Yerevan to the resort areas of Tsaghkadzor and Sevan. As capital cities go, Yerevan is fairly busy but well ordered. There is generally a heavy police presence on the roads and you should count on being stopped at least a couple of times. Fuel can be a problem in Armenia- outside main towns gas stations often have dubious quality stored in buckets and the pumps don’t usually specify what fuel they contain. Also the petrol cap on your car may not always show what fuel it takes. Get the rental company to write this down in language a gas station attendant in the country will understand and you’ll save a lot of time!

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Armenia Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar,Avis, Thrifty, Dollar,have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites and Web discount sites such as

We currently have no local car rental partners in Armenia. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Armenia Self Driving Rules –
Most firms will allow the car to be taken to Georgia and Nagorno Karabakh but you should request this when you make your reservation. There may be a charge.You should also ensure you have all the necessary paperwork to pass through the border.

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