Georgia travel guide

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You're Going to Love Georgia

On the border of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Georgia has a diverse influence of cultures and the result is simply amazing. Residents are flatteringly kind and greet tourists with warm accommodation. The mountainous landscapes lend themselves to quaint villages where one can find "Supra" food banquets and exquisite natural wines.

What to do in Georgia

1. Adventure the Surroundings of Stepanstsminda

The picturesque valley town is bordered by Mt Kazbek and provides a wonderful array of winding trails to explore. Mountain biking, hiking, horse riding, and paragliding are just some of the outdoor activities that the steep hills offer.

2. Stoop Inside the Caves of Vardzia

Chiseled into the face of Erusheti Mountain, Vardzia is a cave monastery that dates back to the Bronze Age. Inside are wall paintings, meeting rooms, chapels, and buried wine bottles.

3. Let Tbilisi Bring Out Your Party Animal

Georgia's capital has developed a reputation for having one of the trendiest club scenes in the world. Get lost in the vibrant concoction of techno clubs, hipster bars and vodka taverns.

4. Shred the Slopes of Svaneti

A swarm of ski resorts surround the historic northwestern region, delivering a peculiar combination of medieval character and snowy slopes.

5. Soak in the Black Sea

The city of Batumi is a great destination for a summer vacation, with a long winding beach and buzzing atmosphere that builds with the warm weather.

1. Adventure the Surroundings of Stepanstsminda

The picturesque valley town is bordered by Mt Kazbek and provides a wonderful array of winding trails to explore. Mountain biking, hiking, horse riding, and paragliding are just some of the outdoor activities that the steep hills offer.

2. Stoop Inside the Caves of Vardzia

Chiseled into the face of Erusheti Mountain, Vardzia is a cave monastery that dates back to the Bronze Age. Inside are wall paintings, meeting rooms, chapels, and buried wine bottles.

3. Let Tbilisi Bring Out Your Party Animal

Georgia's capital has developed a reputation for having one of the trendiest club scenes in the world. Get lost in the vibrant concoction of techno clubs, hipster bars and vodka taverns.

4. Shred the Slopes of Svaneti

A swarm of ski resorts surround the historic northwestern region, delivering a peculiar combination of medieval character and snowy slopes.

5. Soak in the Black Sea

The city of Batumi is a great destination for a summer vacation, with a long winding beach and buzzing atmosphere that builds with the warm weather.

When to visit Georgia

Georgia in July
Estimated hotel price
₹ 1296
1 night at 3-star hotel
Georgia in July
Estimated hotel price
₹ 1296
1 night at 3-star hotel

The middle of summer can be particularly humid and thus it's best to travel during late spring (April to June) and early autumn (August to October).

How to Get to Georgia

Entry requirements

All European Union citizens can freely enter without restriction, while the majority of other nationalities are limited to one-year stays.

Plane

International flights are available to the cities of Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Batumi. Direct routes are possible from many departure locations throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East.

Train

Services can be caught from the neighboring countries of Azerbaijan and Armenia, departing from Baku and Yerevan.

Car

Border crossings from all directions are relatively straightforward; however, it is necessary to purchase an insurance policy at the checkpoint that covers the driver within Georgia.

Bus

Budget-conscious travelers may be inclined to take the long journey from Istanbul, which takes roughly 20h but only costs approximately ლ104 ($35). Non-stop trips are also available from Baku.

Boat

Ferry journeys across the Black Sea are possible from Odessa in Ukraine and Istanbul in Turkey, both landing in the southwestern city of Batumi.

Entry requirements

All European Union citizens can freely enter without restriction, while the majority of other nationalities are limited to one-year stays.

Plane

International flights are available to the cities of Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Batumi. Direct routes are possible from many departure locations throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East.

Train

Services can be caught from the neighboring countries of Azerbaijan and Armenia, departing from Baku and Yerevan.

Car

Border crossings from all directions are relatively straightforward; however, it is necessary to purchase an insurance policy at the checkpoint that covers the driver within Georgia.

Bus

Budget-conscious travelers may be inclined to take the long journey from Istanbul, which takes roughly 20h but only costs approximately ლ104 ($35). Non-stop trips are also available from Baku.

Boat

Ferry journeys across the Black Sea are possible from Odessa in Ukraine and Istanbul in Turkey, both landing in the southwestern city of Batumi.

Popular airports in Georgia

Popular airlines serving Georgia

Lufthansa
Good (4,685 reviews)
KLM
Good (837 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,234 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,566 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (484 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,602 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,103 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,414 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,994 reviews)
LOT
Good (678 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (840 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (740 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,571 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (192 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (192 reviews)
China Southern
Excellent (33 reviews)
Pegasus Airlines
Good (401 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (948 reviews)
airBaltic
Good (127 reviews)
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Where to stay in Georgia

There is a broad variety of hotels within large cities, such as Batumi and Tbilisi, including international chains and independent businesses. Throughout the countryside and remote villages, the options are reduced, and homestays are more common.

Where to stay in popular areas of Georgia

Most booked hotels in Georgia

ibis Styles Tbilisi Center
4 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
₹ 6,700+
Ambassadori Hotel Tbilisi
5 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
₹ 13,444+
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi City Centre
5 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
₹ 13,449+
The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi
5 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
₹ 14,910+
Hilton Batumi
5 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
₹ 17,434+
Iveria Inn Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
₹ 3,926+

How to Get Around Georgia

Public Transportation

All cities have a reliable network of buses, while Tbilisi additionally has a 2-line metro system. A single-use metro ticket costs approximately ლ0.50 ($0.20) and taxis are a readily available alternative.

Trains

Intercity services connect the west to the east, though trains are considerably old and lack amenities, such as air conditioning. Take one and enjoy the antique charm of what once made up the middle corridor of the Silk Road.

Bus

Regional daily routes link Tbilisi to Batumi and Zugdidi. The buses provide a smooth ride as they are modern and have considerable storage space, plus tickets can be purchased for roughly ლ30 ($10).

Car

Car rental offices are available at major airports as well as in cities and offer fantastic opportunities to explore Georgia's diverse landscapes. Roads can be trickier to navigate in mountainous regions and can be severely affected by rain during winter periods.

Plane

Domestic flights are available between the cities of Tbilisi, Mestia, Kutaisi, Batumi, and Ambrolauri. Vanilla Sky is one of the only airlines to offer these services, making it an impractical option for most travelers.

Public Transportation

All cities have a reliable network of buses, while Tbilisi additionally has a 2-line metro system. A single-use metro ticket costs approximately ლ0.50 ($0.20) and taxis are a readily available alternative.

Trains

Intercity services connect the west to the east, though trains are considerably old and lack amenities, such as air conditioning. Take one and enjoy the antique charm of what once made up the middle corridor of the Silk Road.

Bus

Regional daily routes link Tbilisi to Batumi and Zugdidi. The buses provide a smooth ride as they are modern and have considerable storage space, plus tickets can be purchased for roughly ლ30 ($10).

Car

Car rental offices are available at major airports as well as in cities and offer fantastic opportunities to explore Georgia's diverse landscapes. Roads can be trickier to navigate in mountainous regions and can be severely affected by rain during winter periods.

Plane

Domestic flights are available between the cities of Tbilisi, Mestia, Kutaisi, Batumi, and Ambrolauri. Vanilla Sky is one of the only airlines to offer these services, making it an impractical option for most travelers.

The Cost of Living in Georgia

Food and accommodation prices are rather cheap and in line with other Eastern European destinations. A sit-down meal at a comfortable restaurant will cost approximately ლ30 ($10) per person. Most point of sale registers accept credit cards in large cities, however, cash is almost exclusively used in regional towns.

Popular cities in Georgia