While visiting Baku , you’ll need transportation to move from one place to another, here is some information:
Taxi – In order to avoid bargaining with taxi drivers, I recommend you download Yandex, which is like Uber for this region. Uber also works but Yandex is cheaper, short taxi rides costing around 2-3AZN (1.20 – 1.70USD), so moving around by taxi is also a feasible way to check all the places when visiting Baku.
Metro – There are two metro lines and a single ticket costs 0.30AZN. However, first, you have to get a metro top-up card which costs 2AZN (1.20USD). Alternatively, you can buy a single-use metro card, which you can only top-up once and costs 0.20AZN.
Bus – There is a modern bus network but you will have to know where you are going. The price is the same as in the metro.
How to get from and to the airport
Bus – There are buses going and coming to the airport every 20 or 30 minutes, all day long. They drop you off in downtown, in front of 28th May metro station. A single ticket costs 1.30AZN and it also works with the metro card.
Things to do in Baku
Baku Old City
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the walls of the Old City mark the boundaries of where the city used to extend.Its oldest building is claimed to date from the 11th century, although some historians think that it might belong to the 7th.
As in any old city, the best you can do is getting lost among its entangled streets but there are a few buildings which are must-visits, like Maiden Tower, one of the most iconic buildings in the country, which is even printed in one of their notes.
The tower contains a museum that shows the historical evolution of Baku and you can also climb to the top to enjoy some of the best views in the city. Going to the top costs 10AZN (5,90USD).
The other building which you can’t miss is the Shirvanshas Palace, whose main attraction is a stunning mosque from the 15th century. The Shirvanshas is the dynasty that ruled the region for nearly 700 years, from the 9th to the 16th century.
If you are interested in Persian carpets, just go ahead but if not, the coolest thing is to take pictures at the waving walls that are trying to imitate a carpet.
The Flame Towers
The Flame Towers are the three flame-shaped skyscrapers, which managed to link Baku to the concept of futurism by themselves.
To be honest, they are only 182 meters high but, due to their position, in the upper part of Baku, they are visible from anywhere. You can get there on foot through some stairs that go along a beautiful park.
The towers were finished in 2012 and, besides showing off, their main purpose is to accommodate pretentious businesses like Fairmont Hotel, one of the top hotels in the city, and a Lamborghini dealer store.
Heydar Aliyev Center
Another pretty cool thing to do while you are visiting is to go to the futuristic building whose architect is the deceased Iraqi-British woman Zaha Hadid.
With its surrealistic and almost impossible curved walls, this building is a perfect sample of innovation and modern art.
Its surroundings are filled with super weird statues, like giant rabbits and snails, apart from the classic I Love Baku.
The building accommodates different types of temporary exhibitions. The entrance fee costs 15AZN (9USD).
Yanar Dag (Burning Mountain)
Did you know that Azerbaijan was formerly called The Land of Fire?
From the 12th century, tales from travelers wandering this region mentioned the existence of several magic fires found across the area.
They thought those fires were magic because they burnt continuously without any wood but, what they didn’t know is that the fire was coming from natural underground gas fields.
Yanar Dag is one of those fires, which is still burning, even though the fire is artificial today, as it was extinguished after they discovered an oil reserve next to it in the 19th century.
How to get there – Yanar Dag is outside of the city. To get there, you will have to catch the 147 bus from Azadliq metro station. Alternatively, you could also get there by Yandex, which is easier, quicker and won’t cost you much.
Fire Temple Ateshgah
In the 18th century, a merchant traveler was so fascinated by one of those flames that he decided to build a worshipping temple on it.
How to get there – The temple is very close to the airport and the 184 bus passes close to it.
Where to eat while visiting Baku
Sumakh – A local fancy restaurant serving high-quality food and awesome service.
Sirvansah Musey Restaurant–Good place for an Azeri meal and a cozy ambience.
Prive Steak Gallery Baku –You won’t regret it, it’s one of the best steakhouses in town.
Don’t forget to take great photos while visiting Baku!