How are representatives of various religions and denominations treated in Azerbaijan?
Is it possible to use foreign currency at Azerbaijani hotels, shops and food courts?
I don’t speak Azerbaijani at all, would that be a problem?
Is it possible to visit Nagorno-Karabakh?
How expensive it is to stay in Azerbaijan?
This is our first trip to Azerbaijan – who should we contact if we encounter any problems during the visit?
Is it safe to drink the tap water at the hotel?
Where can I get city tours?
How safe it is in Azerbaijan?
What is the best season to visit Azerbaijan?
How can I get the transport schedules for Azerbaijan?
How do local people treat tourists?
Is there special card I can get discounts?
How can I get contact information of tourism related information centers?
Where to listen to a traditional Azeri music?
How can I go to Gobustan? Are there public transports available?
What to see in Baku?
Where are shopping centers in Baku?
City maps, where to get them?
Where to get a map for subway / bus travel?
Places in Azerbaijan for Family visits with small children?
Best restaurants to try traditional Azerbaijani cuisine?
Bars and nightlife ?
Where can I go with children for a walk?
How to get to the railway station from city center in Baku and regions?
Can I take bus from the airport?
How can travel to the other regions?
How can I purchase tickets to the concerts and opera?
Where can I rent a bike? What I need for that?
How to get to the beach?
What is the schedule for the funicular?
Till what time does public transport work in Baku, between Baku and regions and in the regions?
How to get to the local bazaar in Baku and regions? When are they open?
How to get to Haydar Aliyev Center from city center?
Where can I go from Baku by sea?
Can I take a boat and go to other region?
Azerbaijan is a secular state, while the majority of native population here is practicing Islam. However, Azerbaijanis are known for more than a tolerant attitude towards representatives of all the religions, confessions, nationalities and cultures. Orthodox and catholic churches, congregations and synagogues are open and active in the city of Baku and the country’s regions.
The official currency in Azerbaijan is the “manat”, and all the settlements and payments on the country’s territory are implemented in the national currency. However, you can exchange the money upon arrival at the airport, or any branches of banks. Also, you shall be able to withdraw cash in the local currency by means of the ATM machines, widely available at all the residential areas.
Cards of international Visa and MasterCard payment systems are accepted at the majority of large commercial and retail facilities.
Essentially, Azerbaijanis are very friendly and hospitable. Therefore, even if they don’t speak your language, they’ll find someone who will be able to help you. At the majority of tourist locations, such as hotels, restaurants and resorts, you could easily find someone who will speak Russian or English. In case you need help on the street, and the only language you speak is English, we recommend you to turn to younger generation in the first place, because the young people in Azerbaijan are studying both English and Russian languages, while the older generation representatives have better knowledge of Russian rather than English.
Due to occupation by Armenia of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and its adjacent areas, it is temporarily impossible to visit the said area. Persons who visit Karabakh by entering from the territory of Armenia are violating the international law along with the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Such actions will immediately and automatically lead to blacklisting the violators by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In case of a visit of such persons to Azerbaijan and detection of this fact by the side of the border service, the violators will be classified as the illegal infiltrators and will be immediately deported
Currently, the prices for hotel accommodation, food in restaurants, shopping and entertainment in Baku and Azerbaijan in general is noticeably lower than in the majority of popular touristic countries and locations in Europe and Asia.
If you have purchased a package tour, which implies the related services, you should be able to contact the tour operator, responsible for control of your trip. Besides that, we would recommend you to write down the contact information of your relevant country’s embassy in Azerbaijan, and make copies of all of your documents and ID cards for recovery in case you lose it.
Tourism related information can be acquired by calling the Information Center of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (+99412 147), as well as the Tourist Information Centers in Baku and some of the regions (the contact information is available in the relevant regions’ pages of our website).
It is not recommended to use the tap water for drinking. We would recommend you to boil the tap water before use or drink the bottled water, sold at the majority of shops and convenience stores.
You may get certified tours at Baku Tourism Information Center office or buy Baku City Tour from BTIC's doubledecker bus, which operates everyday approximately from 11:00 to 17:00 and starts in front of House of Government. You can also use travel agencies, that are mainly located in the city center or Old City. For example, from Information Center near the Double Gates. In the regions, it is possible to get from TICs and tour agencies in Baku.
The Republic of Azerbaijan remains to be one of the few countries with the lowest level of crime. The street crime here is practically non-existent, and walking till the dawn is a common practice. However, it would be reasonable to take the relevant precautions, which are natural upon a visit to any country you are travelling to for the first time or any large city of the world.
A vacation in Azerbaijan would be nice and relevant all-year round. In the summer, you will be able to enjoy the beaches of the Caspian see, a walk outside with fresh air and nature, a wide range of fruits and vegetables. During the winter, it would be best to visit the comfortable mountain ski resorts of Shahdag and Tufandag.
The terms and conditions of transportation and schedules are available at the official websites of the relevant organizations: Baku International Bus Terminal, “Azerbaijan Railways” Closed Corporation, “Azerbaijan Airlines”.
Azerbaijanis are very considerate, careful and polite in relation to a guest. These traditions have their origins in the past and continue nowadays, thus Azerbaijanis are famous for their hospitality.
Yes, you can buy BakuCard and get a discount in many places. For further information check bakucard.az website.
The complete information about the Tourism related information centers is available at the relevant section of our website – Tourism information centers.
Mugham center, philarmony, "kirxa" - for performances, Mugham club (while dining), moon blue (azeri jazz club), Shur. In concert halls and theatres. You can look for musical events on www.iticket.az or www.afisha.az. You can also go to the restaurant "Shirvanshakh", Mugam Club.
Yes. It is possible to take bus № 125 from "28 May" metrostation or "Sahil" metrostation and get off at Bina Trade Center, then take a bus № 195 to Gobustan. You will need to have a walk from bus stop about 10-15 minutes to reach the Reserve.
In Baku we have many beatiful places and sightseings. We recommend you to see "Icheri Sheher" - Old City, with its Maiden Tower, Shirvanshahs Palace, Miniature Book Museum and other attractions. We also recommend you to visit Ateshgah, Yanardagh (Burning Mountains), Gobustan National Park, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku Boulevard (the longest promenade area in the world), Carpet Museum, Flame Towers, Nizami street (Torgovaya) etc.
Park Bulvar on the Seaside Boulevard, 28 Mall near 28 May metro station, Ganjlik Mall near Ganjlik metro station, Metro Park near Nariman Narimanov metro station, Port Baku Mall in Neftchilar Avenue, as well as many stores on the Nizami street and Bina Trading Market in the countryside.
Baku Tourism Information Center Offices, Hotel Receptions, Online maps (Waze, AzNav, Azerbaijan Map are available in Apple Store). Region Maps available in Baku and Tourism Information Center offices of Guba, Gusar, Khachmaz, Shamakhi, Ismayilli, Gabala, Shaki, Zagatala, Barda, Ganja, Lankaran.
For buses, which are under BakuBus system – use this site https://www.bakubus.az/ For subway- https://www.bakubus.az/ Also, check http://bakikart.az/az/12 You can also get a map pf Baku, which includes map of the subway from Baku Tourism Information Center.
Megafun in Azure Business Center, Simba and Anderson family cafés with zoom, Aquaparks in the city and near the beach (Amburan, Dalga beach, Bilgah Beach), Horse riding, Dede Gorgud Park, Heydar Aliyev Park, Baku Boulevard attractions. Playgrounds for children in shopping malls such as Park Bulvar - Happy Land, 28 mall – Kid’s Planet, Ganjilik Mall - Wonderland, MetroPark - Children’s World. You can also visit 4kids.az for information on daily activities / places for kids in Baku; Many restaurants have limited equipment for small children, however most of them are family friendly. Guba region has recreation zones and hotels suitable for family visit. Due to close distance to Baku, Guba is very popular region for families with small children. In Gabala region we also have place named "Gabaland" which is famous with its attractions both for kids and adults.
You can try traditional Azerbaijani food at the restaurants located in the Old City (Icheri Sheher) and Nizami street (Torgovaya), almost all of them are with traditional food. You can also visit restaurants like Xanedan, Sumax, Shirvanshax, Sheki, Qebele Xanlar, Ay Gonshu, Nakhchivan, Mugham Club; for modern interpretation of Azeri food: Baku Café, Chayki, La mangerie, Nur by Eleven, Baku Expe Cafe; for fish: Narsharab, Derya fish house, Beluga, Eldorado, Atlantis. There are plenty of restaurants in Old City which specialise mostly in traditional Azerbaijani cuisine such as Mugam Club (there is also national performances in the evenings), Qaynana, Mangal, Ciz Biz etc.
You can go to the Buddha Bar, Enerji Club, Barrel Playground (in Summer), Hashtag Bar, Madrid Bar and other bars like Room, Kefli, Zeppelin, Bar Fly etc. located close to Nizami Street (Torgovaya) or you can go to the Baku Cafe, Harbour, Pivnaya Apteka etc. at the Port Baku Mall Building.
Baku city is rich with children- friendly parks such as Baku Boulevard, White City Boulevard, Dede Gorgud Park, Heydar Aliyev Park, etc. Playgrounds for children in shopping malls such as Park Bulvar - Happy Land, 28 mall – Kid’s Planet, Ganjilik Mall - Wonderland, MetroPark - Children’s World. Huge entertainment center – MegaFun is perfect place for spending quality time with kids.
Railway Station is nearby to "28 May" metro station, on the right side of the metro station’s entrance. You can use buses № 88, 5, 85, 61, they all go to the "Milli Bank" bus stop. Railway station is located nearby this bus stop. Or you can use metro - "Sahil" or "Icherisheher" if you want to go to "28 may" metro station from the city center.
Yes. H1 Express Airport Bus (https://www.aeroexpress.az/) runs to city center. It costs 1,30 AZN. Moreover, taxi services are available at Baku International Airport. Only taxi services at regional airports.
By bus from Baku International Bus Terminal, by train from Baku Railway Station, by taxi and hired car. Bus and taxi are the best budget options to travel to regions. Regular flights to Ganja and Nakhchivan are available from Baku. Night train is also an option to travel to regions.
www. iticket.az is available for online purchases. You can also buy the ticket from iTicket.az cassiers in the city center. Location of these cassiers you can find on their website as well.
RentaSport Baku - 59 C Rasul Rza, VeloBaku 87A Hazi Aslanov, VeloKuryer- 133 Ley Tolstoy, VeloCafe- 251, Mirzagha Aliyev, Rent a Bike at Shir Hostel - 20, Gulla are the companies for renting a bike. You can also rent a bike in Baku Boulevard. Your ID or passport is necessary for a rent.
Pirshagi - by bus №173 from M. Koroğlu / by bus №185 from M. Neftçilər / by bus №179 from M. Dərnəgül Bilgah - by bus №171 or №172 from M. Koroğlu to Bilgah Cardiology Sanatorium, then by walk to the beach Mardakan - by bus №141 from M. Neftçilər Shuvelan - by bus №136 from M. Koroğlu Novxani - by bus №123 from M. Dərnəgül You can also take a taxi from Koroglu metro station to Bilgah or Mardakan (there are the best beaches). In the regions public transport is limited. Taxis are the best option from city centers.
All days of the week, except Monday 10:00 – 22:00 13:00 – 14:00 lunch time
Intercity public transport usually runs 6:00 - 23:00 in Baku, in summertime some buses run until 00:00; 6:00 - 17:00 between Baku and regions.
Baku’s two famous bazars are Taza Bazaar and Yashil Bazaar. Teze Bazaar - the largest market in Baku sits halfway between Nizami and 28 May Metro Station. Opening hours: Daily from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, bus №61 stops at the "Milli Bank" bus station. Yashil Bazar, or ‘Green Market’, offers an authentic local experience when you travel to Baku. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 6:00am to 10:00pm, bus №5 from Musical Theatre (it is also near the "Milli Bank" bus station). In the regions Local bazaar are available every day, the better time to visit is a morning time, between 8.00 and 11.00. They are located in rayon/city centers.
You may see Heydar Aliyev Center by getting a ticket for Baku Hop-on Hop-off City Tour Bus. It is 3rd stop of the bus, where you may leave the bus and visit the center. You may use public transport as well: by taking bus №2 in front of Pushkin Park (on Pushkin st.). You can also go to the "Nizami" metro station by taking a subway from "28 May" metro station.
It is possible to travel to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan from Baku by sea.
Unfortunatelly, no. It is not possible to travel to the regions by boat.