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Getting there & away

In Tbilisi, marshrutkas and buses to Poti (15 GEL, six to seven hours) leave the rear of the main train station at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12.30pm, 1pm, 5pm and midnight.

Poti has two marshrutka terminals. From the square next to the market, there are departures to Batumi (5 GEL, 1½ hours) every hour or half-hour from 8am to 9pm, plus some to Zugdidi.

The other terminal, about 300m west from the train station along Navsadbuli, has departures to Zugdidi (5 GEL, 1½ hours, about hourly from 10am to 3.30pm), Kutaisi (5 GEL, 2½ hours, about hourly, 7am to 4pm) and Tbilisi (15 GEL, six to seven hours, at 9am, 1pm and 4pm). Grup Georgia (895225445) has buses to Tbilisi (15 GEL, six hours) from its office just across the bridge north of the market, at 1.30am, 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Trains from Tbilisi to Poti take six hours, are 3rd-class only, and leave at 2.45pm (seating only, 8 GEL) and 11.40pm (12 GEL). Departures from Poti to Tbilisi are at 8.45am and 11.40pm.

The Ukrainian shipping company UkrFerry operates two passenger ferries a week each way between Poti and Ilyichevsk, near Odessa, Ukraine. Its agent in Poti is Instra (21998, 21060, 899915696; Gegidze 20; 10am-1pm, 3-5.30pm), 50m from the Hotel Anchor. The Bulgarian company Intershipping (www.intershipping.net) operates a weekly passenger-carrying vehicle ferry from Burgas to Poti and back (one-way per passenger/car €150/300, three days).