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Money and costs

Currency
Lari (GEL)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 22, 2017 8:29PM UTC

  • Georgia‚Äôs currency is the lari (GEL). It has been fairly stable since it was introduced in 1995. One lari is divided into 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 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 Georgia's neighbouring countries.
  • You can make purchases with credit cards at some hotels, restaurants and shops, though less frequently outside Tbilisi.
  • Common tipping practice in restaurants is just to round up the bill to the next round number.