We are pleased to welcome you to Baku, Azerbaijan. Foreigners should be aware that for many countries a visa will be required to travel. For advice on visas, please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at http://www.mfa.gov.az/en/content/918 for detailed information and advice.
Should an official letter of invitation be required for your visa application, this is available on request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org only for delegates who have registered and paid in full.
Validity of passports
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months when you enter Azerbaijan. And, we also recommend you to check it with your local Embassy.
Baku is the largest scientific, cultural and industrial center of Azerbaijan, located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. In Baku you can feel the fusion of eras and cultures and meet the architectural monuments of various international schools of architecture.
In the modern city is also well developed the entertainment industry: 7 theaters, 11 universities, 30 museums, a philharmonic society, libraries and cinemas, restaurants and nightclubs.
Airport – Center
There are several options to get from the Baku International Heydar Aliyev Airport to the city center. The first option is that you can use the Aero Express Line. On the Airport Express Line, the passengers are served by “Neoplan” branded buses produced by “MAN” company of Germany that meet the up-to-date standards. Aero Express runs 24 hours a day. The final stop of the bus service is metro station 28 May in the northeast of the city center near the main railway station of Baku. Tickets for the Aero Express are available from the ticket machines at the bus stations and directly from the bus driver. Travel time between Baku Airport and 28 May Street is 40 minutes.
Another option is that you can order the Official Taxi service with “Marshals” of taxi operators outside the Terminal 1 (the 2nd lane) in an official taxi pick-up area. You can pay for the official Taxi service both in cash and by plastic cards.
Other routes could be reached by any of the means below:
The Metro system in Baku operates between 06:00 and 24:00. There are 2 lines, the Red line, which goes from Icheri Sheher to Hazi Aslanov, and the Green line, which runs from Darnagul to Hazi Aslanov. There are also 2 extra lines, the Purple line, which goes from Memar Ajami to Avtovaghzal, and the Lime Green, which goes from 28 May to Shah Ismail Khatai. You should buy a “Bakı card” to use the metro. The price for a single entrance is 0.30 AZN.
Buses are an inexpensive way to get to Baku from the airport. It makes it easy to travel both short and long distances. For detailed information on bus routes, visit https://www.bakubus.az/en
It is possible to take a standard taxi from the airport to Baku. Or, you can take London cabs as they are metered and fairly reasonable. You can call “London cab” taxies through the Taxi Marshals of Baku White Taxi which are located near the pick-up area at an official “TAXI” stop (in the 2nd lane) in front of the terminal. You can pay for it with a credit card or in cash.
Direct services run from Baku Central Railway Station. For details and to plan your journey, you can look at https://rail.cc/en/baku/baku-central-railway-station/l4561
The country code is +994, and the emergency number is 112.
Local SIM cards are available at the airports and a variety of shops.
Standard banking hours are from Monday to Friday from 9:00 until 17:00. But, several banks operate on day-offs as well. ATM’s are available in most high streets, with 24hr cash withdrawal, (check your provider’s charges first).