If you’re visiting Lahıc on public transport, diffuse İsmayıllı makes a useful transit point. The town’s landmark is a 1km-long fortress-style wall complete with round turret effects and proud battlements. Looking towards the northern mountain ridges, the wall adds indisputable extra interest to photos. But it’s a very obvious sham, built in 2010 with absolutely no historical pedigree. The wall parallels Heydar Əliyev pr north from the leafy town centre to the point on the main Baku–Qəbələ road where through transport to Qəbələ and Oğuz picks up passengers should there be any space. At a roundabout 100m east of that point is the run-downMotel Talistan with squat toilets and a shared shower. Or you can sleep in Ivanovka or Lahıc, at least until the smart new Cavanşir Qala Hotel opens.
The bus station, 1km south of Niyal Hotel, has an 11.30am bus to Qəbələ and hourly departures for Baku (AZN5, three hours) via Şamaxı (AZN3, one hour). Last at 5pm. If not already full, these also pick up passengers opposite Çaldas Petrol (Baku hwy) at the eastern edge of town, 500m east of Motel Talistan. Use the same point for shared taxis to Baku (AZN7) and for crushed-full marshrutky to Lahıc (AZN1.40, 1½ hours) departing at 7am, 11am and 2pm.