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Ganja (Azeri: Gəncə) is a city in northwestern Azerbaijan.


Ganja is one of the oldest cities in the Caucasus, and has long been one of the most important in Azerbaijan.The name Ganja means wide derived from a word "gan" (wide). Ganja is an ancient city of Azerbaijan which is settled in the fifth century . The reference to Ganja could be found in the book "Kitabi Dada Korkut" ( the historical literature work of Oghuzs, the ancestors of Azerbaijani turks.) Having been subjected to a seemingly endless stream of invading armies, its name has changed repeatedly over the years. The historical name, Ganja, was restored once again upon Azerbaijan's independence in 1991. With a population of over 500,000 it's currently the country's second-largest city.

Ganja was the birthplace of the famous Central-Asian poet Nizami, and his tomb is a popular site for visitors.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]


  • There are two options to travel by express train usually takes 6 hours or by overnight train. The overnight train costs 10 manat and takes about 9 hours. By train it costs 4.2 manat.


  • By train it costs 8 manat.

By bus/minibus[edit]

  • Baku-Ganca: By bus it costs 6 manat. Every half an hour. First bus 7:30 AM last bus 6:00 PM
  • Goranboy-Ganca: By bus it costs 90 qapik. Every hour from 8-6.

By plane[edit]

  • Ganja International Airport. Planes to/from Baku and Nakhchivan every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Baku: 56 AZN. Nakhchivan: 39 AZN.

Flights to Moscow .

Flights to Istanbul: since 2012 there is a flight with Onur Air between Istanbul and Ganja which cost between 80 and 90 AZN

Get around[edit]

Minibuses (marshrutkas) cost 20 qəpik per ride.


Nizami's tomb
  • Tomb of Nizami. This tomb lies just outside the city, commemorating one of the most influential Persian poets. It was rebuilt in 1991.
  • Bottle House. The private house build from glass bottles.
  • Central Museum
  • Javad khan tomb Javad khan was a Ganja khan, who died defending ganja from russians.
  • Shah Abbas MosqueThe Mosque was buidl in 15th century to mark liberation of Ganja from Osman Empire.
  • Medieval Bath
  • Medieval guesthouse, "Karvansaray"

Local Shiite Sanctuary. ImamZade.

  • The Diyarshunasliq Museum

Djavad Xan created the flag of Ganja. He also defended Ganja against the Russians.




There are plenty of small restaurants offering mostly different types of kebabs.


Recommended to drink bottled water. However there are a lot of tea houses offering tasty tea.


  • Ganja Hotel. The old dominant Soviet Intourist hub at the center of the city has been newly renovated. It is wise to book in advance. From 40AZN.  edit
  • Lyuks Hotel.  edit
  • My Way Hotel, Str. 59 Adil Isgandarov, (+994 22)59-10-19 (, fax: (+994 22)59-09-00), [1]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. 70AZN.  edit


Ganja's area code is 16.

Get out[edit]

By minibus (marshrutka)[edit]

  • To Shaki: 4 times per day, 4 manat
  • To Daşkəsən: 40 qəpik
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