Armenia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.
Driving In Armenia
Armenia drives on the right and you should take an International Driving permit. Its an amazing country to drive abroad in –the scenery is fantastic. The roads are generally OK but you will 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!
Armenia Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar,Avis, Thrifty, Dollar,have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as LastMinute.com
I’ve used a local company, based in Yerevan, Ar-Tour Rent and they were very good. They replied quickly to emails, speak good English and delivered the car for me near to the Georgia border. I don’t have a website address but their email is -firstname.lastname@example.org
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.