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Air

Tbilisi International Airport is 15km east of the city centre. Direct flights head to/from over 40 international destinations spread from Paris to Ürümqi (China). Many flights arrive and depart at unholy early-morning hours.

Within the South Caucasus, Georgian Airways flies to Yerevan, and domestically to Kutaisi and Batumi. AZAL and Qatar Airways fly to Baku. Direct flights to Aktau (Kazakhstan) are operated by SCAT.

The terminal has ATMs, three 24-hour bank branches offering currency exchange, and car rental offices.

From Natakhtari Airfield, 25km north of Tbilisi, Small-plane flights depart for Mestia.

Bus & Marshrutka

Marshrutky may leave after or before scheduled times, depending how quickly they fill up, and all schedules are subject to change!

Didube The sprawling main hub for national services. Areas close to the metro exit have marshrutky to Akhaltsikhe, Bakuriani, Batumi, Borjomi, Kazbegi, Kutaisi, Mtskheta and Vardzia. Along a road to the right you’ll find the Okriba bus station on your left, with more Batumi and Kutaisi marshrutky plus Zugdidi services, and a yard opposite with Gori marshrutky.

Ortachala Ortachala, 2.5km southeast of the Old Town, has services for Kakheti, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Greece and Russia. Marshrutky to destinations in Kakheti, and Zaqatala and Qax in Azerbaijan, leave from out the front; other services, including comfortable Metro Georgia buses to Batumi, go from inside.

You can reach Ortachala on bus 50, 55 or 71 from Baratashvili in central Tbilisi. Heading into town from Ortachala, catch these going to the left on the street outside. Marshrutky 108 and 150 run between Ortachala and Didube.

Navtlughis Avtosadguri About 300m west of Samgori metro station.

Sadguris Moedani In front of the main train station.

Avlabari Minivan Stand Outside Avlabari metro station.

Isani In the street behind the State Audit Office building behind Isani metro station.

Georgian Bus & Gareji Line Minibus Stop

Domestic Marshrutky & Buses from Tbilisi

Akhaltsikhe

Departure Point

Didube

Cost (GEL)

8

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency

hourly 8am-7pm

Bakuriani

Departure Point

Didube

Cost (GEL)

10

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency

9am, 11am

Batumi

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost (GEL)

25

Duration (hr)

6

Frequency

6 Metro Georgia buses daily

Departure Point

Didube

Cost (GEL)

20

Duration (hr)

6

Frequency

2-3 hourly 7.30am-8pm

Borjomi

Departure Point

Didube

Cost (GEL)

6

Duration (hr)

3

Frequency

hourly 8am-7pm

Dedoplistskaro

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost (GEL)

7

Duration (hr)

3

Frequency

about hourly 8.30am-5pm

Gori

Departure Point

Didube

Cost (GEL)

3

Duration (hr)

Frequency

half-hourly 7am-7.30pm

Kazbegi

Departure Point

Didube

Cost (GEL)

10

Duration (hr)

3

Frequency

hourly 8am-7pm

Kutaisi

Departure Point

Didube

Cost (GEL)

10

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency

2-3 hourly 7am-7pm

Lagodekhi

Departure Point

Isani

Cost (GEL)

7

Duration (hr)

Frequency

1-2 hourly 7.40am-6.15pm

Mestia

Departure Point

Sadguris Moedani

Cost (GEL)

30

Duration (hr)

9

Frequency

7am

Departure Point

Navtlughi

Cost (GEL)

30

Duration (hr)

9

Frequency

7am

Mtskheta

Departure Point

Didube

Cost (GEL)

1

Duration (hr)

30min

Frequency

every 15min 7.30am-8.30pm

Sighnaghi

Departure Point

Navtlughi

Cost (GEL)

6

Duration (hr)

2

Frequency

every 2hr 9am-5pm, 6pm

Telavi

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost (GEL)

7

Duration (hr)

Frequency

1-2 hourly 8am-6pm

Vardzia

Departure Point

Didube

Cost (GEL)

15

Duration (hr)

6

Frequency

10am

Zugdidi

Departure Point

Sadguris Moedani

Cost (GEL)

15

Duration (hr)

Frequency

every 1½hr 9.30am-8pm

Departure Point

Didube

Cost (GEL)

15

Duration (hr)

Frequency

every 1½hr 8am-8pm

International Marshrutky & Buses from Tbilisi

Athens

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost

US$100

Duration (hr)

42

Frequency

1 bus daily

Baku (via Tsiteli Khidi & Gəncə)

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost

35 GEL

Duration (hr)

10

Frequency

bus 3pm *

Istanbul (via Trabzon)

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost

US$40 **

Duration (hr)

26

Frequency

5 or more buses daily

Moscow

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost

200 GEL

Duration (hr)

32

Frequency

2 or more buses daily

Qax

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost

10 GEL

Duration (hr)

4-5

Frequency

marshrutky 8.40am, 11am, 1pm

Vanadzor (via Alaverdi)

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost

20 GEL

Duration (hr)

Frequency

marshrutka 9.20am

Vladikavkaz

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost

30-40 GEL

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency

2 or more buses daily ***

Departure Point

Didube

Cost

70 GEL

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency

minivans leave when full

Yerevan (via Ijevan, Dilijan, Sevan)

Departure Point

Avlabari

Cost

35 GEL ****

Duration (hr)

6

Frequency

minivans every 2hr 9am-5pm (reservations 593229554)

Yerevan (via Alaverdi, Vanadzor)

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost

30 GEL *****

Duration (hr)

6

Frequency

marshrutky 8.20am, 9.10am, 10am, noon, 3pm, 5pm

Departure Point

Sadguris Moedani

Cost

35 GEL *****

Duration (hr)

6

Frequency

marshrutky every 2hr 9am-5pm

Zaqatala

Departure Point

Ortachala

Cost

10 GEL

Duration (hr)

3-4

Frequency

marshrutky 8.30am, 5.30pm

* Alternatively, take a marshrutka to the border at Tsiteli Khidi (Krasny Most; Red Bridge; 4 GEL, one hour, hourly 5am to 5pm from Sadguris Moedani), and pick up onward transport on the other side; start early in the day.

** Trabzon US$25 to US$30 (10 hours)

*** Also several buses weekly from Ortachala to several other southern Russian cities.

**** Ijevan 30 GEL; Dilijan or beyond 35 GEL

***** Same fare to any point along route.

Car

  • Self-drive car rental is viable if you're willing to cope with some local drivers' erratic behaviour.
  • Rental rates with local firms can be half what the international companies charge, though vehicles and backup may be correspondingly less dependable.
  • Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended anywhere off main highways.

Jeep Rent A well-established, well-reputed local company, renting sedans (US$40 to US$60 per day) and higher-end 4WDs (US$80), with a dependable repair and replacement service. Pick-ups and drop-offs at Georgia’s airports and road borders, and rentals into Armenia, are available at extra cost.

Minimum driver age is 23 and you’ll need to leave a warranty deposit of US$200 to US$300.

Sixt Also has a branch at the airport.

Train

  • Tbilisi’s main train station is the railway hub of Georgia. Ticket counters, open 7am to 11pm, are on level 3 (the top floor) – there's usually someone who speaks English. You can buy tickets here for train trips starting anywhere in Georgia. Always bring your passport when buying tickets. Platforms are on level 2.
  • Schedules change often: some information is given in English on the Georgian Railway website under 'Passenger Operations' – click 'Traffic Schedule' and/or ‘Online Tickets’: the main Tbilisi train station is listed here as Tbilisi-pass.
  • Train information is available in English on 1331.
  • For trains to Baku, Yerevan, Batumi and Zugdidi, it’s advisable to book tickets a day or two ahead, and as far ahead as possible for July and August.

International Trains

  • The only international trains are the sleepers to Baku and Yerevan, though this should change when a new line to Kars in Turkey opens (conceivably in 2016).
  • The Baku train (3rd/2nd/1st class 41/62/120 GEL, 15 hours) leaves around 4pm or 5pm daily.
  • The Yerevan train (4th/3rd/2nd/1st class 32/44/70/100 GEL, 11 hours), via Vanadzor and Gyumri, normally departs around 8pm every two days. From mid-June to the end of September it's usually replaced by a quicker 10-hour daily service, also leaving in the evening.
  • Fares can fluctuate with exchange rates and how far ahead you book.

Domestic Trains

  • Overnight services depart around 9pm to Zugdidi (seat/2nd/1st class 7/21/30 GEL, nine hours), and around midnight to Batumi (4th/3rd/2nd/1st class 24/35/50/80 GEL, six hours, daily mid-June to end-September, every two days otherwise).
  • Morning departures (between about 8am and 10am) head to Batumi (2nd/1st class 23/40 GEL, 5½ hours), Kutaisi (seat 7.50 GEL, 5½ hours) and Zugdidi (2nd class 15 GEL, 6½ hours). Extra trains to Batumi run during the summer holiday season.
  • Elektrichky (slow trains with seating only) run to Borjomi (2 GEL, 4½ hours) in the morning and afternoon, and to Kutaisi (4 GEL, six hours) in the afternoon. For these, pay on the train.