Ganja, the second largest city of Azerbaijan, is also known as Elisabethpol. Ganja, where 500 thousand people live, is one of the oldest cities in the Caucasus. The history of the city dates back to very old times and even Dede Korkut Stories which are a part of Turkic culture mentions about the city. You can easily communicate with local people by speaking Turkish in the city. In Ganja, Persian is also spoken in addition to Azerbaijani Turkish.
People from different cultures live here because the history of the city is very old. Although they are few, the Armenian people continue to live in Ganja. It is very easy to reach the city thanks to Ganja International Airport. There are direct flights from Baku, Nakhchivan and Istanbul to the city. It is possible to get to Ganja city center from the airport by minibuses. The Mausoleum of Nizami, which was built for Nizami Gencevi, the important poet of the Azerbaijani Turks and Persians, is at the top of the places that should seen in the city. The huge monument is located just outside the city center. The Bottle House made off glass, the Central Museum, Cevat Han Monument, Shah Abbas Mosque, Medieval baths and caravanserais are among the places that should be seen in the city. In addition, a lot of people come to Ganja for shopping from the surrounding cities because there are many large shopping malls here.
We can call Ganja "the shopping city" in the region. Ganja Mall, the city's largest shopping center, is located in the city center. You will see that doner-kebap is served at many restaurants in the mall. You can try doner-kebap at least once for lunch because it is served in a different way. The temperature in the city is measured as 34 centigrade degrees in the summer and 6 centigrade degrees in the winter.
Ganja is an ancient city in Azerbaijan located in the Caucasus region that has existed since ancient times and at the same time the second largest city in Azerbaijan. Ganja International Airport welcomes guests who want to visit this city, which has many historical buildings, including the tomb of Nizami, the famous Central Asian poet.
Although Ganja is among the most crowded cities of Azerbaijan, the surface area is much smaller and the population ratio is quite low compared to many cities. The city center is the area around the square hosting the statue of Leader Heydar Aliyev. This statue is surrounded by state buildings as well as a large park.
There are not many public transport vehicles that serve in the city. The most economical way to go around the city is to take a bus station from the central bus station close to the city center or to travel with minibuses that provide transportation services to many parts of the city. Unfortunately, trolleybuses and trams, which have a long history in urban transportation, do not operate today. You may only come across trolleybuses that serve some parts of the city, especially at times when traffic is intense, at some time.
Apart from all these, you can rent a car or take a taxi if you want to have a more practical and comfortable journey in the city. There are also people in town who agree to share a taxi cab, so you can consider this option for a more economical journey.
It is possible to travel to the neighboring cities or Georgia by trains from the central train station after your flight lands. The public transport system in Ganja is not very efficient. Nevertheless, as in all other Azerbaijani cities, in Ganja, transportation to airports, railways and tourist areas is often served by public transport. To go to Ganja International Airport, you can take a bus from the city center, take a taxi or rent a car.
It is possible to get to the city center with the many buses departing from the airport. These buses have very frequent intervals. When you arrive at the airport, you will arrive at the bus terminal as soon as you pass through the parking area. The bus fares are very reasonable.
You can reach the city center in about half an hour by these buses. Once you arrive at the city center, you can continue your journey with the buses, depending on where you are going. Buses along with minibuses are one of the main options in urban transportation. By bus, you can easily travel to any area of the city.
In addition to these, you can also go to Baku and Goranboy cities by buses. These buses depart every half an hour, or every hour, from early morning to evening.
Minibuses provide transportation from the airport to the city. However, after arriving at the city center by bus, you can travel to many parts of the city via minibuses. Minibuses are very affordable.
The train is not an option used either from the airport to the city center or within the city. From Ganja, train services are mostly organized to Baku and Astra cities. You can also evaluate the express train alternative to travel to Baku.
You can rent a car from the airport terminal or you can also book your car via internet before your flight. The pricing of these vehicles is set according to the kilometer and you can have the safest, fastest and most convenient transportation from the airport to the city with this method. If you are traveling with your family, we recommend you to rent your car in particular.
Taxi is also an alternative to use within the city. But sometimes it is not easy to find a taxi at the airport. Some of the rickshaws that function as cabs also provide a taxi-like service. If you are going to take a taxi, we recommend that you talk to the taxi driver in advance about the fare.Last Updated: May 09, 2017