Getting there & away
Zaqatala’s airfield is being upgraded. From the main bus station (050 5028121), Baku-bound buses (AZN7, eight hours) leave regularly in the morning, plus at 2pm and around 11pm. The last of five services to Gəncə departs at 3pm. Nine daily services to Şəki (AZN2, 2½ hours) bypass Qax as the Qax–Şəki direct road is impassable. Marshrutkas to Balakən (60q, 30 minutes) and little bubble-buses to Qax (80q, 1¼ hours) leave once or twice an hour from outside. Shared taxis to Balakən (AZN2, evenings) and into central Zaqatala (20q) depart from across the roundabout.
An overnight train to Baku departs around 8.30pm from the station some 8km southeast of town.