Vanadzor (Armenian: Վանաձոր) is capital of Lori Marz, in the North Central part of Armenia. Vanadzor is Armenia’s third largest city, with a population of about 105,000 people. There are a few old churches, however big part of the city has been built during the time of the Soviet Union with a grand central square, a humongous old Soviet chemical factory which has been idle for decades, and a river running through the somewhat narrow valley, surrounded by hills.

Karakilisa Church
Old khachkars in Vanadzor

Most of the attractions in Lori are along the Debed River canyon to the north, or around Stepanavan, and although Vanadzor can be used as a base to explore these due to its perfect transport connection, finding a place closer to them might be preferable.

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The city lies on the railway connecting Tbilisi and Yerevan. Railway station. Provides sitting area, cachier desks, toilets, some simple snacks. Taxis are abundant. (updated Jun 2015)

The bus station is adjacent to the train station. Vanadzor is well connected by bus from all cities in northern Armenia. Lots of options, to name a few:

Marshrutkas (minibuses) from Yerevan are inexpensive (1200 dram) and will take you to Vanadzor in a couple of hours. They depart from Kino Rosia, above the Zoravor Andranik metro station, across from the national cathedral in Yerevan.

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