Akhaltsikhe in detail

Flights & getting there

Marshrutka departures from the busy bus station, on the north side of the river near the foot of Rabati, include the following:

Batumi (via Khashuri; 25 GEL, six hours, 8.30am and 11.30am)

Borjomi (5 GEL, one hour, 30 daily, 6am to 7pm)

Khulo (15 GEL, 3½ hours, 10am, about April to October)

Kutaisi (10 GEL, 3½ hours, 10.40am, 3pm, 6.10pm)

Tbilisi (10 GEL, four hours, at least hourly 6am to 7pm)

Vardzia (3 GEL, 1½ hours, 10.20am, 12.20pm and 5.30pm)

Yerevan (25 GEL, seven hours, 8am approximately every other day)

From Turkey

To get to Turkey via the Vale–Posof border crossing, 20km southwest of Akhaltsikhe, take any marshrutka from the bus station to Vale (1.50 GEL, 20 minutes), from where you can walk across the border. From Ardahan there are buses onward to İstanbul and other Turkish destinations.