Currency

Lari (GEL)

Daily Costs

  • Budget accommodation per person 25 GEL
  • Two-course meal 15–20 GEL
  • Museum 3 GEL
  • Beer per bottle 2–3GEL
  • 100km marshrutka ride 8 GEL

Money

  • Georgia’s currency is the lari (GEL). It has been fairly stable since it was introduced in 1995. One lari is divided into 100 tetri.
  • Banknotes come in denominations of one, two, five, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 lari; coins run from one tetri to two lari.
  • ATMs, generally accepting MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Maestro cards, are plentiful in cities and towns.
  • There are also plenty of banks and small money-exchange offices in most towns and cities, where you can exchange US dollars, euros and sometimes sterling and the currencies of Georgia's neighbouring countries.
  • You can make purchases with credit cards at some hotels, restaurants and shops, though less frequently outside Tbilisi.
  • Common tipping practice in restaurants is just to round up the bill to the next round number.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$11.77 GEL
CanadaC$11.64 GEL
Euro zone€12.64 GEL
Japan¥1001.98 GEL
NZNZ$11.48 GEL
UKUK£13.61 GEL
USAUS$12.37 GEL