Reasons To Visit Baku Heydar Aliyev International
The Azerbaijani capital Baku is a fascinating city, located along the Caspian Sea and known for its wealth of cultural and historic wonders. The city is one of the oldest in the world and has been continuously inhabited for millennia as is evident in its many incredible heritage sites like the Palace of the Shirvanshahs in the UNESCO-listed Old City. Along with several interesting museums, Baku offers plenty more for the contemporary traveler including the ultra-modern Park Bulvar Shopping Mall and the world-class Magomayev Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall. Travelers in the city may consider venturing out to the famous Petroglyphs of Gobustan which are located only 50 km south of Baku and which features in our guide to the top 10 things to do in Azerbaijan.
Arriving In Baku Heydar Aliyev International
Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport is made up of two passenger terminals. If you are traveling on an international flight you will be based at Terminal 1, while Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights. At Terminal 1 you will find plenty of amenities and facilities to meet your needs. Along with a plentiful range of fast food outlets, cafés and restaurants, you can do some duty-free shopping or pick up a souvenir and one of the gift shops. There are also a couple of airport lounges in the passenger terminal and free Wi-Fi is available.
When your flight has landed at the airport, you can catch the Aero Express shuttle bus service to travel into the city which is available 24 hours a day. Alternatively, there is a car rental company in Terminal 1 if you wish to explore the region with your own vehicle. Taxis are also available 24 hours a day if this is more convenient than catching the bus. From the airport it is only around a 30-minute drive to reach the center of Baku.
Flying From The UAE To Baku
Those based in the UAE have several options available if you plan on flying to Baku, with direct flights available from Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport and Sharjah. These include Air Arabia out of Sharjah, Etihad Airways out of Abu Dhabi or flydubai from Dubai. For a complete list check out airlines that fly from the UAE to Baku Heydar Aliyev International.
Baku Travel Information
UAE nationals traveling to Azerbaijan are able to get a visa upon arrival which allows you to stay for up to 30 days. Make sure you pack for hot weather if you visit Baku during the summer when average highs reach around 30 degrees. However, if you travel over the winter then you will need some proper winter clothing with you as temperatures can often drop below freezing. You won’t need to alter your clocks when traveling to Azerbaijan as it is within the same time zone as the UAE.
* This information is correct as of March 2019
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