Stepantsminda in detail

Flights & getting there

Marshrutky to Tbilisi (10 GEL, 2½ hours) are timetabled hourly from 7am to noon and at 1.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm and 6pm. A taxi to/from Tbilisi can cost anywhere from 100 GEL to 150 GEL. Taxis waiting at the north end of the Tergi bridge often ask lower fares than those on Kazbegis moedani. Shared taxis usually charge 15 GEL per seat to Tbilisi's Didube bus station.

Vladikavkaz (Russia) is 45km north through the Dariali Gorge. To go through the Larsi border point, 15km from Stepantsminda, you must be in a vehicle, or at least on a bicycle – no pedestrians. Taxis from Stepantsminda to Vladikavkaz cost around 100 GEL. Driving time is under an hour, but the border itself can take anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours depending on traffic and how slow/fast the Russians are processing people.