Getting there & away
The bus and marshrutka stand is a parking bay off the main road – taxis wait here and further up the hill. A bus ticket and information window is located in the back of the lot, next to the Xerox and fax shop. Marshrutkas and buses are available to Stepanavan (AMD700, two hours, 10am, 3.30pm), Vanadzor (AMD500, up to one hour, 8am, 9am, 11.30pm, 1pm) and Yerevan (AMD1700, three hours, 8am, 9am, 12.30pm and 2pm).
There’s a bus to the Georgian border (AMD250) at 6pm, or try to jump on a passing marshrutka. The train station is 2km down the valley by the copper mine at Katsotsk. A daily train to Vanadzor leaves at 6pm (AMD200, two hours). A taxi to Haghpat and Akhtala or to Odzun and Kobayr should cost between AMD4000 and AMD5000, or about AMD8000 to all of them.