Tbilisi in detail

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Accessible Travel

Tbilisi is a tough city for those with mobility issues; its narrow streets are often steep, with uneven pavements and locals who often don't make an effort to avoid collisions, which can make getting about on foot quite a struggle. However, taxis are cheap and modern hotels now have excellent disabled access.

Dangers & Annoyances

Tbilisi is generally a very safe city, with little street crime to worry about. The usual big-city dangers are present, so you should use common sense.

  • Pickpockets operate in busy places such as markets and the metro, and you should be careful in bars and on the street late at night.
  • Georgia has very strict anti-drug laws, so don't bring, buy or consume illegal drugs here – it's not worth the potential penalties if you are caught. Possession and consumption of cannabis was legalised in 2018, though its sale or cultivation remains against the law.

Police Stations

Embassies & Consulates

Emergency & Important Numbers

Ambulance112
Fire112
Police112

Internet Access

Tbilisi is superbly connected – you'll find free, fast wi-fi in all hotels and restaurants as well as at many cafes, bars and public spaces.

LGBT Travellers

Despite being Georgia's biggest and most progressive city, Tbilisi is far from LGBT friendly and homophobia is still common. That said, there's some excellent queer nightlife and a thriving, if disparate, LGBT population that still harbours many differing opinions about how helpful it is to be out in a society as conservative and patriarchal as Georgia's.

LGBT visitors to the city should exercise caution and discretion, but have no need to fear for the most part. Hotels, hostels and guesthouses are generally well used to same-sex couples, but if you're worried, contact your accommodation and ask them directly if they welcome LGBT guests. Hotels of the Adjara Group, which include Fabrika Hostel, Rooms Hotel Tbilisi and Stamba Hotel, are the only hotels that actively market themselves to LGBT travellers at present.

There's just one officially gay venue in town, Success Bar, but many others are LGBT friendly and have queer nights, such as Horoom Nights at Bassiani and Kiki at KHIDI. For security reasons, you'll need to register online for most of these parties with your Facebook URL and get pre-approval to attend.

Money

  • Tbilisi is full of ATMs issuing lari on MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Maestro cards.
  • Plenty of exchange offices (including at every metro station and the main bus stations and train station) provide lari in exchange for cash euros, US dollars and sometimes roubles and other currencies.
  • Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants and at shops and hotels.

Opening Hours

Banks 9am–1pm and 2.30pm–5pm Monday to Friday

Restaurants noon–11pm

Cafes 9am–11pm

Bars and Clubs 10pm–6am

Shops 9am–7pm Monday to Saturday

Post

Telephone

The three main mobile networks all have central shops where it's quick and easy to buy a local SIM card and load it with data. Bring your passport.

Beeline

Silknet-Geocell

Magti

Travel with Children

Tbilisi may not be an obvious destination to travel to with kids, but it's perfectly child friendly if you discount the narrow, steep streets that are often unevenly surfaced, which makes pushing a pram down them a nightmare. Nappies are easy to find and baby-changing facilities are quite common.

Kids will love the cable car and funicular rides, taking a sulphur bath at the Abanotubani, the funfair at Mtatsminda Park and seeing a puppet show at the Gabriadze Theatre.

Tourist Information

Tourism Information Centre Helpful staff can find the answers to most questions you throw at them. The airport desk is open 24 hours.