Getting to Georgia

By plane  

We get many guests from Israeli (Arkia Israel) and Dubai (flyDubai) with regular flights operating to Tbilisi. The following airlines also operate flights to Tbilisi:

  • Air Astana
  • airBaltic
  • Alitalia
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Azerbaijan Airlines
  • Belavia
  • bmi (-Heathrow)
  • Czech Airlines
  • Donbassaero
  • Dniproavia
  • Estonian Air
  • Euroline
  • Georgian Airways
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Pegasus Airlines (-Sabiha Gokcen)
  • Qatar Airways
  • SCAT
  • Sky Georgia
  • TAM Air
  • Turkish Airlines (-Atatürk)
  • and Ukraine International Airlines (-Boryspil)

Bus 37 leaves from the right corner of the arrival area every 30 minutes, between 8:00 and 20:00 and then every hour until 23:00 to the city center. It travels via Avlabari, Freedom Square, Rustaveli, Republic Square and Tamar Bridge, to the main train station (Vagzal). The trip can take over 50 minutes. The fare is 0.50 GEL.

Taxis between the airport and the city cost 20-30 Lari. Standard rates are listed on a board by the taxi rank as you exit the airport, on the right hand side.

Trains from the airport to the main train station cost 2 GEL and are fast. As of Oct. 2013 there are only two trains daily: at 8.45 and 18.05.

If you are travelling to/from Mestia, there are flights available 5 days per week for 75 lari. You can reserve tickets in the Courtyard Mariott on Freedom Square from 9am-1pm in the Pegasus airlines office. Note that flights to and from Mestia are cancelled at least 50% of the time due to weather in the mountains; as a result, it's not recommended to fly to Mestia soon before an international departure.

By train

The main train station has been transferred into a shopping mall, with the odd train leaving from the upper levels (All Georgia English timetable[60]). Domestic trains run between Tbilisi and Batumi[61], Gori[62], Kutaisi[63] I + II, Marneuli[64], Poti[65], and Zugdidi[66]. An international train (no. 37) runs daily between Tbilisi (dep. 16.30) and Baku[67]. - Trains between Yerevan[68] and Tbilisi operate up on odd days of the calender (dep. 20.20). Coming back on even days, fares starting at 5600AMD ~$15 (Dec 2011). Tickets can be bought at the Yerevan train station, cash only. - The train from Baku to Tbilisi is not very nice and is pretty hot. The train will have to wait for a pretty long time at the border crossing, and you will have to pay fee for everything that you bring, mostly if it is for sale or in big quantities.

By bus

Luks Karadeniz[70] operates a daily bus from Turkey, costing 70 Turkish liras. Bus services from Russia have been suspended. - Regular buses or marshrutkas run between Tbilisi and Batumi[71] or Kazbegi[72] as well as Azerbaijan[73] and locations in Armenia[74]. - Neo-Turs' bus company offers bus transfers Tbilisi - Thessaloniki[75] - Athens[76] and back, starting from Didube bus station (price: 100 US$).

By minibus

Mini buses are generally privately owned vans. They operate at different frequencies depending on destination. They usually have leave-by time, but leave earlier if filled up.

Bus stations

There are three main stations in Tbilisi.

  • Didube bus station Didube metro stop. Once at the metro platforms, take the train on the right (going forwards). This direction takes you to the main station and center. There are no signs in English.- Alternatively buses 21 and 46 go there from the city center.). Northern and Western Georgia destinations (including private taxis to Russia[79], through Kazbegi[80]) are served. It's rather disorganised and sprawling, but you'll find minibuses to almost anywhere.
  • Samgori bus station  Ketevan Tsamebuli Ave (300 m from Samgori metro station). For minibuses to Eastern Georgia (e.g., Sighnaghi[82], every odd hour from 7am. Price: 7 lari. Duration: 1h30)
  • Ortachala bus station (Central bus station,  Dimitri Gulia St 1/Vakhtang Gorgasali St (marshrutka 70 and 81. Minibuses from Yerevan[84] (30 GEL, six hours), will also drop you off here. - Isani metro station go down the street heading to South, you come across the bridge, cross it and there is on left side.), â˜Ž +995 32 753433 ?. - serves Southern Georgia (e.g., Marneuli) as well as Armenia[85], Azerbaijan[86], Turkey[87] and even Greece[88]. Lines to Vanadzor and Sevan (hourly, 7.00-12.00).- It is serviced from the city by ATM inside the station. Staff speaks very limited English. No English sign, but some Cyrillic signs that might help you. Toilets (0,20 Lari, horrible). -
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