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Air

Batumi International Airport, 5km south of town, has flights to/from Istanbul, Kiev, Moscow, Odessa, Tbilisi and Tel Aviv. Bus 10 (0.80 GEL) runs to/from Rustaveli in central Batumi. Taxis into town are normally 20 GEL.

Land

Bus, Marshrutka & Taxi

Taxis to or from the Turkish border at Sarpi, 17km south, should cost 20 GEL. Bus 16 (0.80 GEL) and marshrutka 142 (1 GEL) run from the border to Batumi's Old Bus Station, and vice-versa, via Chavchavadze. The border is open 24 hours daily.

Going from Batumi into Turkey, there are bus services crossing the border, but you will often save time without adding expense by taking local transport to the border, crossing it on foot, then catching a waiting Turkish minibus to Hopa, about 20km south, where there are frequent departures to many points around Turkey.

Buses, Marshrutky & Minivans from Batumi

Akhaltsikhe

Bus Station

Old

Cost (GEL)

20

Duration (hr)

6

Daily Frequency

2 marshrutky via Khashuri & Borjomi

Istanbul

Bus Station

Metro

Cost (GEL)

60-75

Duration (hr)

22

Daily Frequency

2 or more Metro Georgia buses

Kutaisi

Bus Station

Old

Cost (GEL)

10

Duration (hr)

2

Daily Frequency

hourly marshrutky, 8am to 10pm

Mestia

Bus Station

Old

Cost (GEL)

30

Duration (hr)

6

Daily Frequency

often a 2pm marshrutka, approx Jun-Sep; ask your accommodation to check

Rize

Bus Station

Old

Cost (GEL)

15

Duration (hr)

3

Daily Frequency

Golden bus company half-hourly, 8.30am to 9pm

Tbilisi

Bus Station

Metro

Cost (GEL)

25

Duration (hr)

6

Daily Frequency

6 Metro Georgia buses

Bus Station

Old

Cost (GEL)

20

Duration (hr)

6

Daily Frequency

hourly marshrutky, 8am to 10pm

Trabzon

Bus Station

Metro

Cost (GEL)

20

Duration (hr)

4

Daily Frequency

minivans 8.30am & hourly from 10am to 6pm

Bus Station

Old

Cost (GEL)

20

Duration (hr)

4

Daily Frequency

Golden bus company 7 buses, 11am to 1am

Yerevan

Bus Station

Metro

Cost (GEL)

25

Duration (hr)

12

Daily Frequency

hourly minivans by Ika Tour

Zugdidi

Bus Station

Old

Cost (GEL)

12

Duration (hr)

3

Daily Frequency

5 marshrutky

Train

Batumi Central station is about 4km northeast of the city centre on the coast road. Marshrutky 20 and 28 run there, heading northeast on Chavchavadze. It’s best to book ahead for trains (and essential in summer): you can buy tickets in town at the Georgian Railway office and Adjara Tour. To Tbilisi (2nd/1st class 23/40 GEL, 5½ to 6½ hours) there are two day trains, and a night train departing at 1.40am every two days, plus an extra day train from about mid-June to September. Also from mid-June to the end of September, there is a daily train departing in the afternoon from Makhinjauri station, 5km north of Batumi, for Yerevan (Armenia; 3rd/2nd/1st class 45/65/80 GEL, 16 hours) via Tbilisi. Fares to Yerevan can fluctuate wildly according to exchange rates and how far ahead you book.

Sea

Ferry schedules and fares can fluctuate, and websites can be inaccurate: contact ferry companies direct for current details.

Ukraine & Bulgaria

Ukraine & Bulgaria BothUkrFerry and Navibulgar operate several monthly ferries from Ilyichevsk (near Odessa, Ukraine) to Batumi and back (50 hours each way), and on the Varna (Bulgaria)–Batumi–Ilyichevsk–Varna route (about 2½ days Varna–Batumi, 4½ days Batumi–Varna). UkrFerry, the more comfortable option, charges US$300/222 for a car/motorbike from Batumi to Ilyichevsk, plus US$115 to US$140 per person in two-berth cabins including meals. UBG-Agency sells tickets for both companies, usually starting about two days before departure.

Bulgaria’s PBM runs a weekly ferry on the Burgas–Batumi–Novorossiysk–Burgas route, taking 2¼ days Burgas–Batumi, 4¼ days back. The fare in either direction for a car/motorbike and driver (with a cabin berth and meals) is €250/100. Passenger fares are 100/150 in 4-bed/2-bed cabins , but private cars and foot passengers can't embark or disembark at Novorossiysk. Contact PBM's Poti-based Georgia agent, Eurasia RoRo Line.

Russia

Russia Weather permitting, a hydrofoil operated by Express Batumi departs for Sochi (Russia; 235 GEL, five hours) at noon Thursday, returning Friday. In peak seasons a second weekly sailing is sometimes added.