tbilisi to mestia marshrutka
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jul 2, 2012 2:30 AM Last Post By: abenteuerlich
Jun 28, 2012 2:49 PM
Currently in Tbilisi and want to go up to Svanti tomorrow or day after. Wanted to know how often and at what times marshrutkas run for Tbilisi to Mestia? I have looked at the last 5 pages of the Georgia forum and could not find any info. Seems most people going via Zugdidi now. Also, is 30 GEL still the going price for this trip?
Also, would it be fine to just show up in Mestia without having any accommodations booked? I know there are plenty of home stays, but I am a little worried as this might be high season and this area is becoming more popular.
Edited by: lenoxhill
Jun 28, 2012 11:21 PM
1I think a mashrutka (the only one) is leaving from in front of the train station around 6 am or so.
If you miss that, take a transport to Zugdidi. It's very likely you will arrive in time to catch a mashrutka to Mestia the same day (Mine left at 3 pm).
The most popular homestays (those in the LP guidebook) in Mestia will probably be full, but there are a lot more.
Don't stay too long in Mestia, it's much more authentic to stay in homestays in smaller villages.
Jul 2, 2012 2:30 AM
2I met a couple who went directly with marshrutka from Tbilisi to Mestia. Like the other reply says, I think it leaves around 6AM from Didube and they said they called some guy to reserve as it fills up. The guy's phone info is in the new ed of the Lonely Planet, if you have it, or meet someone who does.
Seriously, if your budget allows, I would fly. Only 75GEL and so much faster. Your get the tickets at the Marriot I believe, it's Pegasus air. Only goes some days though.
I also agree to get out of Mestia as soon as possible. Not at all a nice town right now with all the construction. get yourselves a ride and go stay in one of the villages, we did 5 nights in Ushguli, for example. Much calmer and more interesting.
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