Help Wikitravel grow by contributing to an article! Learn how.
New users, please see Help or go to the Pub to ask questions.

A weekend in Baku

From Wikitravel
Europe : Caucasus : Azerbaijan : Baku : A weekend in Baku
Revision as of 15:48, 28 January 2013 by LewisAZE (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
Weaving.PNG
This topic may not meet the Wikitravel criteria for a separate article and should be merged into Baku. If you have an opinion, please discuss on this article's talk page. Please do not add new content to this article, but instead add it to Baku. You can help by copying any relevant information from this page to the new page. Once all content has been copied, this article should be made into a redirect. Please do not remove this merge notice without first gaining consensus for the removal on the article's talk page.


This article is an itinerary.


A weekend in Baku is a two and a half day and two night stay in Baku, Azerbaijan

Understand[edit]

The city of Baku is located on the hot and dusty Absheron peninsula. The center of Baku is a patch of green in a largely brown area because of the many liters of water that is piped to the city every day. The city has a metro, a well developed bus and mini bus network, and a large area for walking including the Inner Walled City, The Bulvar, and Fountain Square.

Prepare[edit]

To prepare for traveling in Baku City center; Comfortable shoes, shorts, t-shirt and some sun-cream wouldn't go a miss. Read some articles online to get a feel for the city and how to get about, taxis are very easy to find and most drivers even though they don't speak English still have a rough idea, taxis within the City are cheap. Make sure you have your emergency numbers on you also.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Fortress gate in Baku

Heydar Aliyev International Airport [1] (IATA: GYD) is situated 25 km (15 mi) from Baku city center. It is served by major airlines including Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways, and a whole host of smaller airlines. The least expensive way to get between Baku and Europe is via Aeroflot, with inexpensive flights to/from Moscow daily. Air Baltic also offers flights with good prices from/via Riga.

Bus N16 runs between the airport and Samed Vurgun Park, in the heart of Baku. The trip costs 1AZN and takes over an hour.

Minibus 135 runs between the airport traffic circle (15-min walk from the airport) and the 28 May Metro Station. The journey takes an hour and costs 0.40AZN.

Getting a smooth ride from the airport to town can be a hassle. The lowest price you can get for a taxi to the center should be around 15 Manat (old Lada, unmarked taxi). Be aware that there is one single taxi company that is allowed to officially do business at the airport. This monopoly drives up the price to nearly 50 Manat and many times it leaves you with no other options, especially when arriving at late hours. Police occasionally force out all cab drivers trying to do business on the fringes of the airport, leaving you stuck with a high fare. Taxis don't have meters so you must negotiate in advance. If you are not finding a reasonable price, go out of the airport, past the taxi stand, and ask the cabbies in the far end of the parking lot. Be cautious since the majority of Baku cabs are unmarked. Don't let the cab driver renegotiate the price with you. It is a common trick to ask for much more on arrival to your destination. You are not obligated to pay what they demand.

For 5 Manat you can take a cab from the airport to Metro Azizbeyov. From there it's four to six stations to the city center - but only from 6AM until midnight. Unpack your things in your apartment or hotel, have a wonder about your hotel and get to know your surroundings. Ask the Hotel desk for a telephone to phone if you are lost.

By bus[edit]

Buses run between Baku and Lankaran (departs: 11:50AM, 3PM, 4PM, 5PM), Sheki (hourly, 4AZN, 7-hr trip). International buses also operate from destinations in Iran, Turkey and from Tbilisi. A common rule of thumb for bus rates in Azerbaijan seems to be about 1AZN per hour ride. Example: Agstafa is about 7 or 8 hours away from Baku. About 8AZN.

By minibus[edit]

Minbuses operate between Baku and Sheki (6 hr), Lankaran (5 hr), Xachmaz (3 hr), Saatli (5 hr), and Imishli (4 hr).

By ferry[edit]

The phone number of the sea terminal (Daniz Vagzal) is 994 12 447 7314.

Ferries operate between Baku and Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, (Irregularly, approximately every 7-10 days), and Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan (steerage bed, US$50, 2-day trip, bring food).

Make sure you have appropriate visas before embarking, if necessary.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Baku Station Hotel, 28 May Station. Under renovation as of Oct 2009. Dorm bed 2.4AZN, single 6AZN, twin 3AZN.  edit
  • Caspian Hostel, Asef Zeynalli 29 (Old Town, around the cnr from Meridian Hotel, above Thousand Camels Hostel), +994 503778444. Great location in the Old Town. 2 dorm rooms and 1 private room. Dorm bed 16AZN.  edit
  • Hotel Velotrek, 20 January Metro Station (slightly hidden behind the Respublica Velotrek bicycle race course through a tall iron gate on the left hand side). A few kilometers north of the centre, this budget hotel has clean rooms with TV, private bath and hot water in the mornings. Single 15AZN, double 30AZN.  edit
  • Guest House Inn, Harbi St 17, Icheri Sheher, +994 12 4371262 (+994 55 6827714, , fax: +994 12 4371263). checkin: any time; checkout: at 12 p.m. This hotel is situated in the center of Old Town in calm area, 10 minutes on foot to the nearest metro station, very friendly staff. Room with TV, fridge, private bathroom, hot water 60AZN per person.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Swan Hotel, Rostropovich 17, +994 12 492 0508 (, fax: +994 12 4923601), [2]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Near Icheri Sheher Metro station. Double US$75.  edit
  • Araz Hotel, Y səfərov küç 30, Xatai/montino, +994 12 490 5063. About a kilometer from the ferry port. Double US$60.  edit
  • Delfin Hotel, 9th km of Sumgait Highway, +994 012 406-64-00 (, fax: +994 012 406-60-09), [3]. Situated 9 km out of town. Opportunity to play paintball (50 bullets for 10AZN).  edit
  • Consul Hotel, 92c Hasan Aliyev St, +994 12 498 6095 (+994 12 465 1282, ). This is a hotel option in the Genclik district. Twin 50AZN.  edit
  • Days Hotel Baku, Babek Prospect, 21/99, +994 12 4967400 (, fax: +994 12 4967500), [4]. 15 minutes’ drive from the Heydar Aliyev International Airport and 10 minutes from the city center. 102 rooms with WIFI internet access, one international restaurant, one lounge-bar and two conference rooms. 75-105AZN.  edit
  • Diplomat Hotel, Suleyman Rahimov St, 185, +994 012 596-11-27 (, fax: +994 012 596-11-28), [5]. Located centrally. Credit cards accepted. Double 90AZN.  edit
  • Elite Hotel, Darnagul Settl., Neft Ave, 30/68, [6]. checkin: Noon; checkout: Noon. 4 star business class hotel. Double 85AZN.  edit
  • Guesthouse Inn, Azadlig Pros. 16/21, +994 50 626 2173 (, fax: +994 125 98 21 29), [8]. Located between the Oil Academy and the Landmark, the Guesthouse Inn should not be confused with the Guest House Inn in the old town. 4 Single and 5 Double rooms, all ensuite with air conditioning, fridge, satellite TV, internet access.  edit
  • Happy Inn Hotel, Abbas Sahhat 3, +994 50 245 6490 (, fax: +994 12 596 68 20), [9]. Located in the centre of Baku near the Medical University and the H. Aliyev Sport Center. 42 rooms.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Baku Airport, Heydar Aliyev International Airport (25-min drive from the city centre), +994 12 437 4949 (), [11]. Facilities include a kids stay and eat free program, internet access in all rooms, various restaurants, complimentary shuttle to downtown and a spa.  edit
  • Hotel Hale Kai, 18 Mirza Ibrahimov St, +994 12 596 50 56 (), [12]. American boutique hotel, 24 all-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi throughout hotel, breakfast included. 130AZN.  edit
  • Park Inn, Azadlig Ave 1, +994 12 490 6000 (fax: +994 12 496 8900), [13]. Fully-equipped business centre, restaurant, bar and coffee shop, five modern conference rooms and an elegant ballroom with a large foyer. Also offers Wi-Fi in all guest rooms, gift shop, free airport shuttle, 24 hour room service, workout room, open parking facilities, 24 hour concierge. 169AZN.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • 12 Bulvar Inn Baku.  edit
  • AF Hotel Aqua Park, , Novkhana, 1130/33, +994 012 448-30-30 (), [16]. checkin: Noon; checkout: Noon. AF Hotel is officially the largest hotel and resort in the Caucasus. This complex houses pools, saunas, salons, water slides, entertainment center, and hotel facilities. From 80AZN for a standard double room up to 500AZN for a presidential.  edit
  • Excelsior Hotel Baku, 2 Heydar Aliyev Ave, +994 12 496-8000 (, fax: +994 12 496-8008), [17]. With a 5 star rating, the Excelsior Hotel is one of the nicest hotels in Baku. The rate per night range from US$250-2,450, but will be converted to AZN at the hotel's rate.  edit
  • Hyatt Regency Baku, 1 Bakikhanov, +994 12-496-1234 (, fax: +994 12-496-1235), [18]. Services include: high-speed internet access, chauffeur-driven limousine rental, hotel shops, Wi-Fi, business center, The Grill, Gourmet Shop, Beluga Bar, Club Oasis Fitness Center, swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, ballroom, 10 meeting rooms, 2 boardrooms, and pre-function and social function space. 270-405AZN.  edit
  • Park Hyatt Baku, 1033 Izmir St, +994 12 490 1234 (), [19]. 5-star hotel adjacent to a comprehensive Meeting & Conference Centre. Club lounge for free continental breakfast, evening cocktails and boardroom access.  edit
  • Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel, 340 Nizami St, +994 12 498-2402 (, fax: +994 12 497-2451), [20]. An all-suite hotel located on the top floor of the ISR Plaza Business Centre with views over the old and new cities. Has a gym, sauna, indoor pool, lounge and business centre.  edit

Resorts[edit]

  • AF Hotel Aqua Park, , Novkhana, 1130/33, +994 012 448-30-30 (), [21]. checkin: Noon; checkout: Noon. AF Hotel is officially the largest hotel and resort in the Caucasus. This complex houses pools, saunas, salons, water slides, entertainment center, and hotel facilities. From 80AZN for a standard double room up to 500AZN for a presidential.  edit
  • Olimpik Hotel, Absheron d, Novxani Settlement, +994 50 380 9999 (, fax: +994 12 348 0175), [22]. a 4 star resort 20 km from Baku city centre and 2 km from the northern coast on the Caspian Sea at Absheron peninsula.  edit
  • Amburan Beach Club, Bilgah, +994 12 453-86-85 (, fax: +994 12 453-86-84), [23]. This complex has a 3 swimming pool, fasfood outlets, restaurant with cooks from Azerbaijan and Europe, Disco, Game Hall, Wi-Fi Internet, Water Sports, Beach Volley, Beach Football, Entertainments, Professional Animation Team .  edit
  • Crescent Beach Hotel, Salyan Hwy, Shikhov, +994 012 497-47-77 (, fax: +994 012 497-47-80). This complex has an indoor and outdoor pool, beach front, bar, and tourism services. High-speed Wi-Fi zone covering 10 hotel buildings, Hotel yard, restaurant, bars and beach. Please contact Hotel reception.  edit

The Weekend[edit]

Friday[edit]

  • Check into lodging
  • Eat lunch at Fountain Square.. Their is a McDonalds, Lebanese food (Doner Kebab etc..) and Sunset Cafe (Great Ice-Cream & Milkshakes) and walk around the square.
  • Walk towards Boulevard and walk along side the Caspian Sea and take in the wonderful views.
  • Visit the Park Bulvar shopping center and Crystal Hall (Where they hosted Eurovision 2012) you may need to get a taxi.
  • Go to the Old City and climb the Maiden's tower, and spend the rest of the afternoon walking through the narrow streets and visiting the Palace and old mosques.
  • Have dinner in the Old City (Karvan Saray for Azeri food in a unique ambience, Sultan Inn rooftop or Meridien hotel rooftop restaurants for european/fusion with excellent views) or head back to the Fountain Square for greater variety of inexpensive cuisine.
  • Go to the Jazz Cafe (live jazz at 9pm), a movie at the movie theater in Fountain Square (in Azeri mostly), or club/pub/bar for a drink, or two.

Saturday[edit]

  • Wake up
  • Take metro/cab to 20 Yanvar metro station. At metro exit, turn right and right around the block to get to Chudo Pechka. There's plenty of sweet/savory pastries to choose from (take out only). Walk across the road to the park with the 26 Commissars monument and enjoy the food there.
  • Alternatively, at Sahil metro exit, turn left and walk one block to Cafe Aroma for coffee/tea.
  • Go to the Ateshgah Fire Temple via electric train (leaves 28 May station at 10:20) Alternatively, marshrutkas depart from Qara Qarayev or azizbeyov metro stations
  • Return to 28 May station and eat a lunch of Western food and head to Adams Sports Bar (Indian food)- Amazing food cooked by Indian chefs with very friendly staff. Located: 29 Byul-Byul Ave.
  • Visit the Carpet Museum beside the Boulevard or Go shopping around Nizami street there is expensive shopping or local shops.
  • If you want to splash out for dinner visit CHiNAR (1, Shovket Alakbarova str) (Japanese, Western and other International foods)
  • In the evening, go to the opera at the national opera on Nizami street. Otherwise, go to the bars around Fountain Square. The Garage, Tortuga, Shamrock and Shakespears (Great food).
  • A list of Western places to eat:

- Caviar, 1025/30 Tbilisi Ave, +994 012 490-70-90. International Cuisine.  edit

- Corleone, 40 Khagani St, +994 012 498-82-46. Italian Cuisine.  edit

- Ego’s, 19/13 Khagani St, +994 012 493-11-01. European Cuisine. 8-15AZN.  edit

- Gazelli Evi, 93 Nizami St, +994 012 493-96-88. International Cuisine. 5-16AZN.  edit

- Dolce Vita, 9 Aziz Aliyev St, +994 012 492-75-72.. Italian Restaurant.  edit

- Grand Hotel Europe, 1025/30 Tbilisi Ave, +994 012 490-70-90 (). International Cuisine.  edit

- Greasy Barney’s, G. Abbasov 72, Apt 1A, +994 012 491-23-63. Sandwich Shop.  edit

- Le Mirage, 34 Nizami St, +994 050-622-05-90. European Cuisine. Nightclub.  edit

- Cafe City, Rashid Behbudov St (St closest to the L side of Park Bulvar, close to Sahil Bagi and Central Public Library). Mixed Cuisine Cafe.  edit

- Le R Restaurant, 123/6 Remontov St, +994 012-437-21-80. European Cuisine.  edit

- Mexicana, 17 Z. Tagiyev St, +994 012 498-90-96. 6-14AZN.  edit

- München, 125 Nizami St, +994 012 493-76-00. German cuisine. Large selection of draft beer.  edit

- Nara, 4 Aziz Aliyev St, +994 012 497-12-55. French Cuisine.  edit

- Park Inn's Glory, 1 Azadlig Ave, +994 012 490-00-01. European Cuisine. 8-18AZN.  edit

- Pauza, 28 May St, +994 012 493-70-03. International Cuisine. 5-15AZN.  edit

- Pizza Holiday, 119 Lermontov Kuchasi (Near Baku Soviet), +994 012 497-37-72. Pizza and Italian Cuisine. 5-15AZN.  edit

- Soho, 6 R. Aliyarbekov St, +994 050-319-38-19. International Cuisine.  edit

- The Red Lion Inn, 7 Mammadaliyev St, +994 012 493-03-54. English Cuisine. 6-16AZN.  edit

- Universal Club, 16 Z. Tagiyev St, +994 012 493-29-12. International Cuisine.  edit

Sunday[edit]

  • Check out of the lodging
  • Buy pastries at Chudo Pechka by for breakfast and eat them in the nearby park
  • Go to 20 January station and catch a mini-bus to the next destination

Stay safe[edit]

  • Carry your passport with you when out and about, but keep it in a safe place on your person. The reason you'll need it as the Police may stop random westerners for a passport check, nothing bad just keeping themselves busy I think.
  • Don't walk down poorly lit alleys yourself at night.

Get out[edit]

There are many options for leaving Baku:

  • Qabala-nice quiet get away for the weekend, and stay at Qafqaz Riverside Hotel (with Quadbiking, Swimming pool and nearby Themepark Qabaland.
  • Lankaran-the gem of the south with unique food, culture, and sights.
  • Xachmaz-the biggest tourist destination in Azerbaijan.
  • Sheki-the city of the Sheki Khans and their unique palace notwithstanding the Albanian church in Kish village.
  • Ganja-this is the second biggest city in Azerbaijan, home of the poet Nizami Ganjavi



This is a usable itinerary. It explains how to get there and touches on all the major points along the way. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!

Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

In other languages