Sunday, September 22nd 2019

Georgia: Transport – How to

The main means of transport in Georgia so far is so called marshrutka, a minibus. They are usually old and shattered. Drivers are grim and swearing.

We took these minibuses all everywhere in Georgia: along the black coast, then to Kutaisi, survived 6-hour ride from Kutaisi to Svaneti on bad roads, as well as challenging ride from Tbilisi to Kazbegi and back.

georgia transport bicycle tbilisi

Trains are very old and slow. Only once we tool a train from Borjomi to Tbilisi. It cost 2Lari for 4 hours vs. minibus – 8Lari for 2,5hours.

The map where we went in Georgia:

View Travel Photo Report trip – Georgia in a larger map


Some tips:

  • Come to marshrutka early to make sure you get a seat, or ask your guest house owner if he/she knows minibus driver’s number and can book a seat for you
  • Some places you pay to driver, some to a old lady or at a cash desk; check other options before paying to a driver, they tend to overcharge
  • Prepare your backpack for wet or rainy weather as it might be travelling on roof

Some ticket prices:

  • Kutaisi – Mestia: 20Lari, 5-6 hours
  • Mestia – Zugdidi: 15Lar, 3 hours
  • Zugdidi – Borjomi: 15Lari, 3-4 hours
  • Borjomi – Tbilisi: 8Lari, 2,5 hours
  • Tbilisi – Kazbegi: 10Lari, 2,5 hours

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