* Georgia’s currency is the lari (GEL). It has been fairly stable since it was introduced in 1995. One lari is made up of 100 tetri.
* Banknotes come in denominations of one, two, five, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 lari; coins run from one tetri to two lari.
* ATMs, generally accepting MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Maestro cards, are plentiful in cities and most towns.
* There are also plenty of banks and small money-exchange offices in most towns and cities, where you can exchange US dollars, euros and sometimes sterling and the currencies of Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia.
* It’s useful to have some cash US dollars or euros for times when there isn’t a convenient ATM.
* You can make purchases with credit cards at the better hotels, restaurants and some shops in Tbilisi, but much less frequently outside the capital.
* Travellers cheques can be exchanged only in some banks.
* The common tipping practice in restaurants is just to round up the bill to the next round number.