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Getting There & Away

The main marshrutka and bus terminal is at the train station. Departures (mostly marshrutky, a few buses) include the following:

Batumi (12 GEL, three hours, seven daily)

Kutaisi (7 GEL, 1½ hours, 10 daily)

Mestia (20 GEL, three hours, 8.30am)

Tbilisi (15 GEL, 5½ hours, about hourly, 7am to midnight)

Extra marshrutky to Mestia usually meet the trains arriving from Tbilisi (6.30am and 1.30pm at the time of writing), though they may not leave until they are full: Zugdidi's hostels can usually arrange for Mestia marshrutky to come and pick you up.

A night train to Tbilisi (seat/2nd/1st class 7/21/30 GEL, nine hours) departs Zugdidi at about 9pm (schedules can change). There’s also a day train to Tbilisi (2nd class 15 GEL, 5½ hours, departing 5.50pm at the time of writing).