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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 Persian 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 (1hr flight). Nakhchivan: 39 AZN.

There is also flight to Moscow Vnukovo airport.

Get around[edit]

Minibuses (marshrutkas) cost 20 qəpik per ride.

See[edit][add listing]

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 Mosque The Mosque was built in 15th century to mark the liberation of Ganja from the 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.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

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

Drink[edit][add listing]

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

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • 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]

Most marshrutkas leave from the Ganja International Auto Station on the far east of the town. In order to get there you can take different buses. Some of them are (2, 9, 17, 23, 29) The bus terminal has some shops, a fast food stall and basic toilets for 0.2 AZN

  • To Shaki: 4 times per day (8:30, 13:30, 16:30 or 17:30), 4 manat
  • To Daşkəsən: 40 qəpik
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