Driving in Armenia presents few challenges, even if your fellow motorists are likely to drive a little wilder than what you are used to at home. For general tips, see Driving the Silk Road. Here we discuss Armenian roads and road rules, insurance, customs clearance, car rental and repair.
Police and road rules
Police is kind to foreigners; talking your way out of paying a fine tends to be easy. The Yerevan-Gyumri road has a large police presence; only cross the solid white line if you are certain no cops are waiting for you.
Speed limits are:
- 60 km/h inside villages and cities
- 90 km/h on the open road
- 110 km/h on highways
- You are required to have a warning triangle, first aid kit and fire extinguisher with you in the car.
- You do not need an international driver’s permit.
- Winter tires are not compulsory in the snowy season. They are very useful, though.
Crossing borders with a rental car
Most firms will allow the car to be taken to Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh but there may be a surcharge. For more details, see our guide to Armenian border crossings.
Potholes in Armenia are highlighted with paint, making them much easier to see. The main roads in the country are very good to excellent.
Parking in Yerevan
Finding parking space in the city center can be difficult. Plenty of hotels claim they have parking, by which they mean street parking, which is not always guaranteed. Make sure you know what you are getting, or consider staying just outside of the center.
Insurance and border payments
We are not sure what the current rules surrounding import tax are when entering Armenia with your car.
- Payment for entering Armenia
- Time your car is allowed inside Armenia
- How to extend your car’s stay in Armenia
Do let us know if you find out!
Insurance is mandatory in Armenia since April 2018. The price is 17,000 dram for 10 days, which is the minimum insurance period.
Car and motorbike repair
A black hole in our knowledge we still need to fill.
Buying, selling, shipping, storing and dumping a car
Still to be researched and written.
All questions and reports about driving in Armenia are welcome at our driving in Armenia forum thread.