Flights & getting there
Batumi International Airport, 5km south of town, has flights to/from Baku, İstanbul, Kiev, Minsk, Odessa, Riyadh, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv and Yerevan. Bus 10 (0.80 GEL) runs to/from Rustavelis qucha in central Batumi. Taxis into town are normally 20 GEL.
Bus, Marshrutka & Taxi
Taxis to or from the Turkish border at Sarpi, 17km south of Batumi, should cost 20 GEL. Bus 16 (0.80 GEL) and marshrutka 142 (1 GEL) run between the border and Batumi's Old bus station, via Chavchavadzis qucha. The border is open 24 hours a day.
Going from Batumi into Turkey, there are bus services crossing the border from Metro bus station, 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 minivan to Hopa, about 20km south, where there are frequent departures to many points around Turkey.
Buses, Marshrutky & Minivans from Batumi
|Destination||Bus Station||Cost (GEL)||Time (hr)||Daily Frequency|
|Akhaltsikhe||Old||20||6||2 (8.30am & 10.30am, both continue to Borjomi)|
|Kutaisi||Old||10||2||hourly marshrutky, 7am to 2am|
|Mestia||TIC||30||6||3pm daily Jun-Sep|
|Rize, Turkey||Old & Metro||15-30||4||Various departures from both bus stations throughout the day.|
|Tbilisi||Metro||30||6||9 Metro Georgia buses|
|Tbilisi||Old||25||6||hourly marshrutky, 8am to 10pm|
|Trabzon, Turkey||Metro||30||4||minivans 8.30am & hourly from 10am to 6pm|
|Trabzon, Turkey||Old||20||4||7 buses, 11am to 1am|
|Yerevan, Armenia||Old||60||10||5.30pm daily|
|Zugdidi||Metro||15||3||11am & 3pm daily Jun-Sep only|
Batumi Central station is about 4km northeast of the city centre on the coast road. Marshrutky 20 and 28 run there, heading northeast on Chavchavadzis qucha. It’s best to book ahead for trains (essential in summer): you can buy tickets in town at Adjara Tour.
To Tbilisi (2nd/1st class 24/60 GEL, 5½ to 6½ hours) there are two day trains, and a night train departing at 12.45am every two days, plus an extra day train from about mid-June to September. You'll need to change in Tbilisi to reach Yerevan or Baku. There is also a service to Kutaisi (2 GEL, four hours) leaving Batumi at 8:15am daily.
Batumi has handy connections to Sochi in Russia, as well as far slower and less-frequent ferries to Ukraine and Bulgaria. Ferry schedules and fares can fluctuate, and websites can be inaccurate: contact ferry companies directly for current details.
Ukraine & Bulgaria
Both UkrFerry and Navibulgar operate several monthly ferries from the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk (sometimes still known by its former name Ilyichevsk) to Batumi and back (50 hours each way), and on the Varna (Bulgaria)–Batumi–Chornomorsk–Varna route (about 2½ days Varna–Batumi, 4½ days Batumi–Varna). UkrFerry, the more comfortable option, charges US$150 to US$250 per person in two-berth cabins including meals. Buy tickets on the website.
Weather and politics permitting, a hydrofoil operated by Express Batumi departs between early June and late September for the Russian port of Sochi (270 GEL, five hours) at 11am Monday, returning from Sochi the same time on Tuesday and arriving in Batumi at 4pm. In peak seasons a second weekly sailing is sometimes added. You'll need a Russian visa to do this trip in most cases.