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Money and costs

Currency
Lari (GEL)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 02, 2015 4:43PM UTC

* 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.