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Akhaltsikhe

Getting there & away

The bus station (Tamarashvili) is busy with marshrutka and bus departures every hour or half-hour, 7am to 7pm, to Borjomi (3 GEL, 1½ hours) and Tbilisi (10 GEL, four hours), as well as to Batumi via Khashuri (18 GEL, six hours, at 8.30 and 11.30am), Batumi via Khulo (15 GEL, six hours, 10am, about May to September only), Kutaisi (10 GEL, 4½ hours, 2.20pm and 3pm), Vardzia (3.50 GEL, two hours, 10.30am, 12.20pm, 4pm and 5.30pm), and to Gyumri (15 GEL, four hours, 7am) and Yerevan (25 GEL, seven hours, 7.10am) in Armenia. A taxi to the Turkish border, 20km southwest of Akhaltsikhe, costs 15 GEL to 20 GEL; taxis and minibuses run between the border and the first Turkish town, Posof (12km from the border). It’s a four-hour minibus ride on from Posof to Kars.

Akhaltsikhe