Travel Guides

Getting Around in TBILISI

Metros: Tbilisi has a two-line metro system intersecting at the Station Square (Sadguris Moedani I). Buy a Metromani travel card to travel by the Metro (the cards can be bought and re-charged at all stations). For those who speak neither Georgian nor Russian, worry not: Station names are announced in both, English as well as Georgian. The metro system operates from 07:00 hours until midnight.

Buses: Yellow coloured buses provide cheap and easy transport in and around Tbilisi. Each bus displays its route number on the front, and travellers can pay by coins at the machines inside the bus, or use a pre-paid Metromani travel card.

Minibuses: Called marshrutkas by locals, these mini-buses are privately owned. Marshrutkas are also coloured yellow and they operate on established routes. Travellers can either pay by cash or through their Metromani cards.

Taxis: Taxis in Tbilisi are again privately owned, and they don't run on meters. It’s better to negotiate a price beforehand, and insist on paying after reaching your destination.

How to Reach TBILISI

By Air

Tbilisi International Airport, located 17 kilometres from Tbilisi’s city centre, is Georgia’s main airport. It serves as the hub for Georgian Airways, country’s national carrier, and connects Tbilisi to the rest of the world via direct or connecting flights. Those travelling to Georgia can catch direct flights from international destinations like Istanbul, Dubai, Doha, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, and Moscow among others.

Bus # 37 operating from the airport to the city centre and vice-versa every 30 minutes, is the cheapest way to reach Tbilisi from the airport. The journey takes about 30 - 40 minutes.

By Road

Tbilisi has three main bus stations operating to and from international cities located near-by – Didube bus station, Samgori bus station, and Ortachala bus station. It is well-connected to cities of Vladikavkaz (Russia), Istanbul (Turkey), as well as major centres of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Greece.

By Rail

Regular trains ply from Yerevan, Armenia and Baku (Azerbaijan) to Tbilisi Central Station, the main station in Tbilisi.

Visa Requirements for GEORGIA

Citizens of the United Arab Emirates need no visa to enter Georgia and will be issued a visa on arrival. Visitors holding visa or residence permits of other GCC countries can travel visa-free to Georgia for a duration of up to 90 days (note: the GCC resident permit should be at least 6-month old for Georgia visa exemption). 

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