Old Town of Baku. Buy plane tickets to Baku
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Ateshgah. Fire Temple. Buy plane tickets to Baku
 Baklava. Buy plane tickets to Baku
Old Town of Baku
Panoramic View of Baku
Maiden Tower
Ateshgah. Fire Temple
Baklava
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The most convenient way to get to Azerbaijan’s capital is to take a direct Moscow — Baku flight. The best money-saving option is to purchase a round-trip ticket. Flights arrive at Heydar Aliyev International Airport (flight duration: about 3 hours). Please note that the best airfares to Baku usually sell out quickly, so we strongly recommend booking tickets in advance.

A fusion of architectural styles, a harmonious blend of Eastern and European traditions, rich historical and cultural heritage — that is Baku. In the past decade Baku has undergone many changes: skyscrapers, illumination, lavish fountains, stores featuring top global brands, oil derricks — the capital of Azerbaijan has wound up earning the title of New Dubai.

General flight information Moscow   Baku

Distance between cities

1 930 km

Time difference in winter

+ 1 h

Time difference in summer

+ 1 h

Average flight time

3 h

What to see

The symbol of the renovated metropolis are the Flame Towers. The high-rises can be seen from any point in the city. During the night hours, the buildings are illuminated with the animated colours of the national flag, while occasionally switching to just orange hues, resembling real-life flames.

The history of Baku can be explored by visiting Icheri Sheher, the Old City or Fortress, as it is commonly referred to. The ancient bath houses, the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, rug traders sitting on the ground — all this evokes a sensation that time has simply frozen here. Fans of Soviet-era comedy genre would easily recognise the streets, as this is where The Diamond Arm was filmed.  Despite the fact that the Fortress was declared a historical and architectural reserve, it is still a residential district.

The shoreline part of Icheri Sheher features a majestic and somewhat mysterious monument, the Maiden Tower (Gyz Galasi). According to a legend, one of the Twelve Apostles, Saint Bartholomew, was executed outside the walls of the Maiden Tower. The exact date and purpose of the tower remain a mystery. During the 18th-19th centuries, the tower constructed atop the coastal cliff was used as a lighthouse. In 1964, the Maiden Tower was converted into a museum, displaying ancient wares, rugs and peculiar installations, reflecting the life in the 18th-19th centuries: dinner at a chaikhana (teahouse) and extraction of oil from a well using a bucket.

Another popular tourist attraction in Baku is the Ancient Zoroastrian Temple Ateshgah, which means Fire Temple. The temple is located near the city, and was built over the ‘eternal’ flames — seepage of natural gas from porous strata. In the mid-19-th century, the flames started to extinguish due to the lack of gas flow. The temple was abandoned in 1925, and it was not until 1975 that it was re-opened to visitors.

To find souvenirs with a local flavour, head to the authentic oriental bazaar. There are many unusual and interesting mementos you can encounter in the capital of Azerbaijan: handmade rugs, silk kelagayi scarves, ceramics, copper dishes, ornate jars and plates, chirag oil lamps and, not least of all, sweets.