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Ardahan is a city in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. It's the capital of Ardahan Province in the extreme northeast Turkey, bordering both Georgia (connected with which by the Türkgözü border post), and Armenia (no border crossing).



With a population of lower than 20,000, Ardahan is one of the smallest cities in the country that has the distinction of being a provincial seat.

Summers are mild to warm with frequent afternoon showers, while winters are extremely cold, with temperatures near-constantly below -10°C.

Get in


Ardahan is on the road from Kars to Artvin (near the Black Sea coast).

Minibus from Kars at 8AM, 9AM, 10AM everyday. 15 TL, 1 hr 30 min.

Get around


The city is relatively small. There are several taxis in town.




Lake Çıldır

1 Lake Çıldır (Çıldır Gölü) (60 km east). A relatively popular attraction in the area, especially in winter, when horse-drawn sleighs are available for a tour over the frozen lake. Lake Çıldır (Q272986) on Wikidata Lake Çıldır on Wikipedia











Many hotels and cafés offer free Wi-Fi.

Go next


Daily bus at 12:30PM to Artvin, Hopa (35 TL) and Trabzon (45 TL).

Routes through Ardahan
Rize ← Hopa ( N ) ← Artvin ( S) ←  W  E  Ends at near Kars
Georgia Akhaltsikhe Türkgözü/Vale ←  N  S  Kars → Horasan → Ends at (W E)

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