Road map of Armenia and Yerevan, where to get road maps in English. … Try to get a map in both Armenian and English if driving outside Yerevan – often the people you will ask directions from will struggle with reading English.
None of the maps can be relied on to give an accurate indication of the state of the roads. The M roads, or main highways, should be mostly ok (mostly … there are still some sections that are rough). Any other road could be good or could be impassable in a 2wd – there’s no way to tell from the map alone.
Various tourist related places (hotels, car rental agencies, etc – walk in and ask for one even if you’re not a customer) will have maps of Yerevan and Armenia, usually for free, and usually not great but probably good enough, especially within Yerevan, or for Armenia if you have GPS for your car.
There are a handful of bookshops around Yerevan where you can buy a reasonable road map. A good bookshop is at Republic Square in the building across Mashtots Ave from the Marriott Hotel building. I went there and bought a couple of maps of Armenia (which included a map of Yerevan) out of the selection they had.
Google Maps has a useful feature for getting a map from A to B – type into the search box e.g. “driving Yerevan to Dilijan” and you’ll get the route marked with a print link that gives you the map and driving directions. How reliable it is I don’t know. I’d still buy a decent road map.
These are the maps I used:
- Armenia Guide Map (fold-out) – free at hotels, car rental places, etc. Yerevan City Map useful, only in English. Has some of the major sights clearly marked. Ok for driving, one way streets not marked. Armenia road map not so useful for driving but ok to get a sense of where to go. Major sights are clearly marked and pictures are helpful. Places and sights on Armenia map written in English and Armenian.
- Road Atlas Republic of Armenia and Artsakh – red booklet, about US$4. Quite detailed, has index of place names, a few photos of sights to see (but no obvious indication where they are). Sights and places labelled in Armenian and English. Has some contour indication which is interesting rather than useful. But it wasn’t the one I relied on for driving.
- The Roads of Armenia – small booklet, published by Collage LLC, about US$7. I used this most of the time. Good detail, although not quite as detailed as the red book I also had, but it seemed easier to follow, especially when trying to look at it while driving (not that I ever did such a thing!). Places and sights labelled in Armenian and English. Includes city maps of Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Sepanakert – which turned out to be more useful than I expected. Each detailed map page includes a small guide map to Armenia so you have some idea where you are in the country. Has a distance table (allow an average of 40-60 km per hour to calculate travel times). The index is not very useful – no grid references to place names given, only page numbers, and it’s in a separate booklet that falls out and gets lost.
- Republic of Armenia and Republic of Nagorno-Karabagh fold-out map on sturdy cardboard, about US$2.50 – handy guide to Armenia, some of the more significant sights are marked. Useful for an overview and might work for driving if you only use the M highways (but you’ll need GPS or lots of directions to go off the highway and visit some of the sights).
If you’re only going to buy one map, I’d suggest The Roads of Armenia. But I was happy to have the additional maps for reference. If you’re driving, especially without GPS, I’d strongly suggest you get a decent road map.