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; 20 GEL, six hours, 8.30am and 11.30am)

Borjomi (3 GEL, one hour, 30 daily, 6am to 7pm)

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

Kutaisi (10 GEL, 3½ hours, three daily)

Tbilisi (8 GEL, four hours, 21 daily, 6am to 7pm)

Vardzia (4 GEL, 1½ hours, 10.30am, 3pm and 5.30pm)

Yerevan (Armenia; 25 GEL, seven hours, 7am)

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From Turkey

One daily bus (3pm) heads to Ardahan, Turkey (30 GEL, 2½ hours) via the Vale–Posof border crossing, 20km southwest of Akhaltsikhe. From Ardahan there are buses onward to Istanbul and other Turkish destinations the following morning.