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Public Transportation in Armenia

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Armenia is an important step in adjusting to life in Armenia. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.

Public transportation in Armenia is diverse and vibrant, offering a range of options for both locals and expats. The city boasts a variety of systems including the traditional bus service, the modern and efficient Megabus system, and the ubiquitous taxis. For those seeking a more adventurous mode of transport, there are also the popular mototaxis and the traditional horse-drawn carriages known as “calesas”. With such a variety of options, it is entirely possible for an expat living in Armenia to comfortably live without a car, relying on the public transportation system and walking.

Bus Service

The traditional bus service in Armenia is a common mode of transport for many locals. The buses are often brightly colored and decorated, adding a touch of local flavor to the journey. The routes cover most parts of the city and the surrounding areas, making it a convenient option for daily commuting. However, the buses can get crowded during peak hours and the service is not always punctual. The fare is quite affordable, making it a popular choice for students and low-income workers. While generally safe, it is advisable to be cautious of pickpockets during rush hours.


The Megabus system is a modern and efficient mode of public transport in Armenia. It operates on dedicated lanes, ensuring a faster and more reliable service than traditional buses. The buses are spacious and comfortable, with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The Megabus covers major routes in the city and is a safe and convenient option for all, including women traveling alone and children going to school. The fare is slightly higher than the traditional bus service, but the comfort and reliability make it worth the extra cost.


Taxis are ubiquitous in Armenia and can be hailed from the street or booked through a taxi dispatch service. They are metered and the fares are reasonable. Taxis are a safe and convenient option for traveling at night or when carrying heavy luggage. However, it is advisable to only use licensed taxis and to avoid unlicensed cabs for safety reasons.


For those seeking a more adventurous mode of transport, mototaxis are a popular choice. These are motorcycles that operate as taxis, offering a quick and cheap way to get around the city. However, they are not for the faint-hearted as the drivers often weave through traffic at high speeds. While they are generally safe, it is advisable to wear a helmet and to hold on tight!


For a taste of tradition, one can opt for a ride in a calesa. These are horse-drawn carriages that were once the main mode of transport in Armenia. Today, they are mostly used for tourist rides and special occasions. A ride in a calesa offers a unique and leisurely way to explore the city. However, they are not suitable for long distances or for daily commuting.

In conclusion, public transportation in Armenia, Colombia is diverse and efficient, offering a range of options to suit different needs and preferences. Whether you prefer the comfort of a Megabus, the convenience of a taxi, the thrill of a mototaxi, or the charm of a calesa, you can comfortably live in Armenia without a car.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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