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Ağrı is the beautiful city of Türkiye both with its remarkable natural and historical attractions. The city is located in the eastern part of Türkiye and neighbors to Iran, Van, Bitlis, Muş, Erzurum, Kars and Iğdır. Ağrı offers great nature landscapes thanks to its mountainous and snowy terrain. 

Ağrı is home to Mount Ararat where the legendary Noah’s Ark has landed on. The mountain is also the highest peak in Türkiye. 

Ağrı şehir gezi rehberi

General Information

Country: Türkiye
Region: Eastern Türkiye
Area: 11099 km2
Language: Turkish
Average temperature: 6.2 Celsius
Climate: Continental Climate
Vegetation: Steppe
The difference between GMT: GMT+3
Telephone Code: +472
Currency: Turkish Lira
Socket Type: Type C

How to get to Ağrı?

Ağrı nasıl gidilir

Mount Ararat will welcome you with huge arms as you see it from the tiny airplane window. Pegasus Airlines offers direct flights to Ağrı from İzmir with great prices. The flight takes 2 hours 5 minutes. You can buy your İzmir to Ağrı flight tickets. 


Transportation from Ağrı Ahmed-i Hani Havalimanı to City Center

Ağrı Ahmed-i Hani Airport is located 8 kilometers away from the city center. You can get to the city center with the municipality bus, taxi and car.

Municipality buses are available at 02.00 PM and 04.00 PM. Ticket costs 3 Turkish Liras and takes approximately 15 minutes. 

There are taxis in Ağrı Ahmed-i Hani Airport that can take you to the city center. They are available for every arrival. Taxis cost 4 liras per kilometer.

In Ağrı, you can also enjoy the city with a rental car. Pegasus Airlines car rental service has great offers for you.


Public Transport in Ağrı

Ağrı does not have an extensive transportation network. You can use the bus, small bus called “dolmuş” and taxi to get around in the city.

Most of the transportation is relying on small busses. They have fixed routes and fares. 

You can also use taxis in order to travel around the city. Ağrı is city center is fairly small so it should not take more than 25 liras to get anywhere in the city. 

Best Time to Visit Ağrı

Ağrı ne zaman gidilir

Ağrı has a strong continental climate. The city experiences cold snowy winters and dry warm summers. The warmest month is July and the coolest month is January. In summer, the city has the best overall temperature but if you are into snow or skiing, January would be the best time to visit Ağrı. It is recommended for you to stay in Ağrı two or three days.



Places to Visit in Ağrı

Today, Ağrı is a fairly small city but its rich history dates back to ancient times. The city shines with its great natural and historical attractions. There are many spectacular places to see in Ağrı both in the city center and in its districts. 

Ishak Pasha Palace

İshak Pasha Palace located in 5 kilometers east of Doğubeyazıt district. The palace is one of the most prominent examples of Ottoman architecture. The palace is so huge that it took decades to complete in 1784. World’s first central heating was installed in the İshak Pasha Palace.

Ağrı İshakpaşa Sarayı

Mount Ararat

Mount Ararat is Türkiye’s highest peak and has great facilities for hiking, mountain climbing and sightseeing.  

Ağrı Dağı

Ağrı Meteor Pit

Ağrı Meteor Pit is the second largest known meteor hit. The pit is located 35 kilometers away from Doğubeyazıt district. There is a tourist-friendly village nearby if you would like to more about the city and its people.    

Doğubeyazıt Castle

 Doğubeyazıt Castle was believed to be built by the Urartians. Its history dates back to 14th BC and positioned on the edge of Karaburun hill. Both Seljuk and Ottoman Empires renovated the castle during their reign.    

Diyadin Hot Springs

Diyadin Hot Springs is one of most relieving places you can visit in Ağrı. Since the city is generally cold, the hot springs’ warmth will sure to relax you. Diyadin Hot Springs is located in Diyadin district and located 60 kilometers away from the city center. 

Festivals in Ağrı

  • Ahmed-i Hani Culture, Art and Tourism Festival (September)
  • Ağrı Honey Festival (September)
  • Doğubeyazıt Tourism Festival (August)


Where to Stay in Ağrı?

Ağrı nerede kalınır

Ağrı has few accommodation options for its visitors. They are located in the city center and in Doğubeyazıt district. If you are in Ağrı to visit Mount Ararat or Ishak Pasha Palace, it is best for you to stay in hotels located in Doğubeyazıt district. 

Tehran Boutique Hotel in Doğubeyazıt is the best boutique hotel in the city. Ağrı does not have international backpacker hostels. 


What to Eat in Ağrı?

Ağrı yemekleri

Ağrı’s kitchen mostly consists of meat and pastry products. Meats are usually cooked in low heat. Ağrı also has many unique recipes ranging from soups to jams. Abdigör is the historically famous meatball recipe of the city.

The must-try dishes and the places to eat them:

  • Abdigör Meatball: Ergül’ün Mutfağı
  • Lahmacun: Namlı Lahmacun ve Kebap
  • Shawarma, Soups: Beyazıt Restaurant   

Shopping in Ağrı: Best Souvenirs to Buy

Ağrı alışveriş

Ağrı does not have any shopping malls that sell international brands but there are many local vendors. Kağızman Street in the city center has many local shops where you can find anything you need.

Arat, Rıfkı Başkaya and Sanat Streets in Doğubeyazıt district offer special Ağrı souvenirs such as handmade scarfs and linens or ornaments and postcards.

Nightlife in Ağrı

Ağrı does not have a diverse nightlife and is limited to one or two bars which are located in Doğubeyazıt district. There are many cafes both in the city center and Doğubeyazıt districts that are open until 24.00. 

Things to Know Before Visiting Ağrı

  • Ağrı is one of the coldest cities of Türkiye. It is a good idea to bring the best coat you have.

Essential Numbers

City Code: 0 472
Ağrı Airport: (0472) 216 04 00  

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