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Vanilla Sky flies a 15-seat plane from Natakhtari airfield, 25km north of Tbilisi, to Mestia and back five times weekly, weather permitting. The spectacular one-hour flight costs 65 GEL one-way, including transfers between Rustaveli metro station and Natakhtari. Call the Tbilisi office one hour ahead if you want to visit it. In Mestia tickets are sold at the Vanilla Sky office at the airport, 2.5km east of the town centre (10 GEL by taxi). Guesthouses can call to make reservations.

Marshrutka & Taxi

Marshrutky run to Mestia from Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Zugdidi and, from about June to September, often from Batumi. From Tbilisi you can also take a day or night train to Zugdidi and then a marshrutka from there. The road up from Zugdidi is normally kept open all year and traverses increasingly spectacular scenery as it heads up the Enguri and Mulkhura valleys.

Heading down from Mestia, marshrutky leave Setis moedani between 7am and 8am for Zugdidi (20 GEL, three hours), Kutaisi (25 GEL, 4½ hours), Tbilisi (30 GEL, nine hours) and, in summer, Batumi (30 GEL, six hours). Further Zugdidi marshrutky may leave later if there are enough passengers.

Getting around Svaneti from Mestia usually means taxis. Your accommodation can arrange these.