Ani Ruins

How to get to Ani Ruins by train?

Ruined medieval Armenian city located at Kars province.

Ani was the capital of the Bagratid Armenian kingdom between 961 and 1045. The religious buildings, palaces and fortifications of Ani were amongst the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world. The archaeological site of Ani was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 15, 2016 (see more at Wikipedia).

ani by mustapilvi
Mustapilvi, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Ruins are situated at 46 km east of Kars, next to Armenian border. Closest train station is Kars station.

There’s no regular public transport service to there from Kars. The options are rent a car, agree with a minibus together with other travelers or talk with a tour company at Kars. It’s 46 km away and will take about 1 hour.

See the route map from station to Ani Ruins as below:


There’s a shuttle service departing from Gazi Ahmet Muhtar Pasa Palace at city center. Everyday at 09:00 and 13:00. It returns back 1.5 hours after arrival to Ani.

Rent a car is a frequently used alternative. It may be even cheaper than goign there by a taxi.

Celil Ersozoglu, a freelance tour guide, is famous in the region.

See many beautiful photos and information (in Turkish) about Ani ruins at

Ani harabeleri

Cover photo: Ggia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Written by Onur Uysal

Railway consultant. Owner of RT Media & Consultancy. Founder and editor of Rail Turkey.

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