Yerevan has tonnes of public transport. There are no special passes and you pay as you go – but it’s cheap, and it takes you right into the bustle of urban life.
The cheapest are the city minibuses (marshrutkas), renowned here and across the developing world as the worst drivers on the streets. There are hundreds of routes, shown by a number in the front window. They do stop at bus stops, but you can flag one down anywhere on the street. You pay AMD100 when you leave. Ask to stop by saying ‘kangnek’. Women travellers should try to sit near the front and next to a female passenger if possible.
There are also buses following numbered routes and trolleybuses running on electricity from overhead cables. Bus and marshrutka tickets cost AMD100 to AMD200.
Bus 32, which goes from Kilikia bus station up Mashtots, past the Opera House and to the northern bus station every 20 minutes or so, is useful.
Best of all there’s the clean, safe and efficient Yerevan metro (AMD50; 6.30am-11pm; trains every 5-10 min), which runs roughly north–south through these underground stations – Barekamutyun, Marshall Baghramian, Yeritasardakan, Hanrapetutyan Hraparak, Zoravar Andranik near Surp Grigor Lusavorich Cathedral and Sasuntsi Davit station at the Yerevan train station. The line continues west and south on ground level to stations in the industrial suburbs.
Taxis are cheap and plentiful, from well-loved Ladas to late-model Benzes. There are two types – street taxis and telephone or call taxis. Neither type carries meters, so you should set the price before starting off. You’ll see numbers for call taxis stencilled on buildings everywhere. Tourist publications such as Yerevan Guide carry listings for many companies. A ride within the city centre in a street taxi costs AMD500 anywhere for the first 5km and then an extra AMD100 for every kilometre thereafter.