Bus & Marshrutka
Yellow city buses and marshrutky provide an above-ground complement to the metro. Electronic boards at most bus stops list the destinations of approaching buses in English as well as Georgian. Buses only stop at predetermined stops, but you can get on and off marshrutky anywhere along their route. To get the driver to stop, shout ‘Gaacheret!’ (‘Stop!’).
Bus routes and schedules are listed and mapped, partly in English, at http://ttc.com.ge.
The efficient Tbilisi metro operates from 6am to midnight, and the two lines reach most important parts of the city, meeting at Sadguris Moedani station. Signage and announcements are in English as well as Georgian.
Metromoney cards, sold for 2 GEL at metro-station ticket offices, are essential for riding the metro, and also good for Tbilisi city buses and marshrutky (minibuses). You tap the card on a reader when you enter the metro or when you board buses and marshrutky. Fares are 0.50 GEL per metro or bus ride and 0.80 GEL for marshrutky. You can also pay with cash on buses (exact fare only) and marshrutky. Further metro or bus rides within 1½ hours of tapping in are not charged.
You can put credit on the card with cash at metro-station ticket offices or in ubiquitous orange Express Pay machines, which have easy-to-follow instructions in English.
Taxis are almost always unmetered. Agree on the fare before getting in. The standard cost for a shortish ride (up to about 3km) is 4 GEL or 5 GEL. Longer rides cost up to 10 GEL.