Kutaisi in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport at Kopitnari, 22km west of central Kutaisi, is a popular budget-airline entry point to Georgia. Wizz Air flies here directly from around 25 cities all over Europe, Ukrainian International Airlines flies to Kyiv and Kharkov, Ural Airlines flies to Moscow, and SCAT flies to Aktau in Kazakhstan. Domestically, Vanilla Sky connects Kutaisi to Mestia in Svaneti.

Marshrutka

Marshrutky from Kutaisi’s main bus station, 3km southwest of the city centre, include the following services:

Akhaltsikhe (13 GEL, 3½ hours, four daily)

Batumi (10 GEL, two hours, hourly 9am to 6pm)

Borjomi (13 GEL, three hours, four daily)

Mestia (25 GEL, 4½ hours, 9am)

Tbilisi (10 GEL, four hours, hourly 7am to 5pm)

Zugdidi (7 GEL, 1½ hours, hourly 6am to 5pm)

To get to Gori from Kutaisi, take any marshrutka to Tbilisi and ask to be let off at Gori. You'll be dropped 5km from the city centre; a taxi into town will cost 10 GEL.

Marshrutka to the main bus station leave from outside McDonald's on Tsentraluri moedani.

Marshrutky to Gelati leave from behind the Meskhishvili Drama Theatre.

Train

Kutaisi-1 station, 1km south of the city centre, has slow trains to Tbilisi at 4.55am (4 GEL, 5½ hours) and 12.25pm (9 GEL, 5½ hours); Batumi (2 GEL, four hours) at 5.50pm; and Zugdidi (2 GEL, 3½ hours) at 13.45pm.