Travel to Azerbaijan
The perfect trip to Azerbaijan
The name of this republic is associated with countless riches. And the matter is not only in oil. Real treasures are revealed to everyone who goes on a trip to Azerbaijan: magnificent mountains and gray waves of the Caspian; honey to transparency brushes of grapes on a centenary vine and ancient carpets decorating museums and palaces; old streets with laced balconies and a myriad of lights pouring in the evenings from the windows of skyscrapers in the center of Baku. And also Azerbaijan is the secret of fragrant pilaf, the unique resort of Naftalan, mausoleums of the 12th century and thermal mineral springs.
If you have a passport, you can stay in the country up to 90 days.
Do not take pictures in the Baku metro. Such shooting requires special permission.
When traveling to the province, it is important to have cash with you, as credit cards are hardly accepted in the outback. This rule applies to small souvenir shops or cafes in the capital.
Directly Moscow and Baku are connected by flights of Aeroflot and Azerbaijan Airlines:
A direct flight between capitals lasts about 3 hours. Aeroflot boards fly from Sheremetyevo, and Azerbaijan Airlines – from Domodedovo.
The price of a ticket for a direct scheduled flight starts at $ 200.
The second way to travel to Azerbaijan is to buy a train ticket from Moscow to Baku. Several times a month, a direct train leaves the Kursk station of the capital of Russia, the passengers of which spend a little more than two days on the way. The price of a one-way ticket in the reserved seat is about $ 100.
Hotel or apartment
Azerbaijanis, in general, and Bakuis, in particular, are always glad to welcome guests. The evidence of their hospitality is a diverse hotel fund, which allows you to easily stay in the country for both a wealthy person and an economical traveler:
The cheapest prices are offered by hostels. A bed in a dormitory room will cost $ 6 per night, and for this money guests will be offered free Wi-Fi, parking, a shuttle to the airport and the nearest location of many attractions.
A modest double room in a hotel without stars in Baku costs $ 20 per day. The price includes internet.
In the “three rubles” will be able to stay for $ 30-$ 50, depending on the area. Breakfast is often included in this price, as is Wi-Fi with parking.
Excellent 5 * hotels for $ 50- $ 70 in Baku are not uncommon, while the reviews of previous guests mainly contain the epithets “excellent” and “amazing”.
Residents of the cities of Azerbaijan rent their own housing and finding a separate one-room apartment in the city center for $ 30-$ 40 per night is quite realistic. A room in an apartment with the owner will cost $ 20-$ 30, but given how favorable hotel prices in Baku are, it is easier to stay at a hotel.
Intercity transport in Azerbaijan is represented by buses and minibuses. The fares are very affordable, and the schedule is pretty strict. In cities you can travel by the same minibuses or buses, and in Baku also by metro. Despite the presence of taximeters, Azerbaijani taxi drivers prefer to dictate their rates, and therefore it is advisable to agree on the cost of the trip “on the shore.”
Nightingales do not feed fables
In Azerbaijan, every gourmet will find a paradise for himself. In cafes, restaurants and even street cafes in Baku and other cities, Caucasian dishes are plentiful. Shish kebab and kebab, pilaf and lagman, vegetables on the grill and ripe fruits like honey are served wholesale and retail on every corner of any Azerbaijani city.
You can have an inexpensive meal in Baku or the provinces in teahouses in the markets, in barbecue houses, at street vendors. Azerbaijanis have a special meaning only in the concept of “snack”, and the generous table set at any time of the day is a sure sign that you are in the hospitable Transcaucasian republic.
Average prices for a dinner for two in an inexpensive street cafe, barbecue and restaurant range from $ 20 to $ 50, depending on the status of the institution. At the same time, guests will receive snacks and hot, indispensable meat cooked on the fire, wine and fruits, or oriental sweets for dessert.
Coming on the heels of ancient customs, modern civilization is also taking its toll, and fast-food establishments are opening in shopping centers of large cities where you can taste Indian, Chinese, and Mediterranean dishes. A piece of pizza on a food court will cost $ 1– $ 2, and a portion of Chinese food will “pull” a maximum of $ 3.
Avoid purchasing antique goods at private souvenir shops or markets. Antique products are taxed upon export and a certificate issued by the country’s Ministry of Culture will help to avoid paying it.