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Many direct flights arrive and depart the Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport at early morning hours from various parts of the world. Formerly known as the Novo Alexeyevka International Airport, this is the main airport in Georgia and is located 17 km southeast of Tbilisi. Georgian Airways also flies to different parts of Georgia, like Batumi and Kutaisi. Qatar Airways and AZAL fly to Baku.

 

At the international airport terminal, passengers can find 24-hour bank branches for currency exchange, ATMs and car rental offices.

Quick facts about Tbilisi

Car rent

from $ 52 per day

Hotel booking

from $ 30 per night

Currency

GEL
Georgian lari
Reference average prices in Tbilisi

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

$ 5.59

🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

$ 18.62

🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

$ 1.12

🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

$ 0.19

🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)

$ 301.75

The weather and best times to visit

Tbilisi
The best time to visit is early July to late August for hot weather activities. Autumn harvest time can also be a fun period in Georgia.
Prices
Hotel from $20
Temperature
Temperatures typically vary from -2°C to 31°C.
Precipitation
The average rainfall in a year is 510mm.

Weather:

In Tbilisi the winters are very long and cold, however, the summers are warm and it is dry year round.

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Tbilisi is the largest city of Georgia as well as the capital

Discovered to be one of the world’s oldest settlements, Tbilisi is an absolutely picturesque city of Caucasus nature mixed in with art nouveau buildings. An ethnically diverse town, its history as an ancient Silk Road trading post, adds to its colour and distinct features.

 

Tbilisi is the city of approximately 1.5 million people, lies on the banks of the Mtkvari River, which paired with its remarkably mountainous scenery, paints a breathtaking picture.  With its eclectic mix of architecture, sights and sounds as well as its interesting culture from being at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Tbilisi offers fascinating vista at every turn.

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Things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia

This beautiful and charming city of history and culture is also a bubbling hub of creativity and there are lots to see and do. Its architecture alone is a mix of neoclassical, Art Nouveau, medieval, modern as well as Stalinist structures. A simple walk through the old town reveals mosques, synagogues, Georgian and Armenian churches, as well as the ruins of the Zoroastrian fire temple.

 

Here you can go on a tour with one of the locals, who will tell about the history of the city lively and enthusiastically. You can ride the cableway over the city or see everything from a boat. Those, who love the height will appreciate the view from the highest mountain Mtatsminda. And if height is rather your phobia you can go under the ground in one of the huge wine cellars to sip some great wine. 

 

Anyway,  you will hardly be able to find a city with more benevolent residents. From our side, will help you with the cost of air tickets to Tbilisi. Book in advance and catch discounts!

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Tbilisi’s Old Town

Best explored by taking long walks and wandering around, Tbilisi’s Old Town is a pretty maze of colourful houses, little streets and vineyards with cascading grapes; not to forget the wandering cats. The Old Town is built on the side of the hill that leads up to the Narikala Fortress where you can find spectacular views of the city. From vintage shops to churches, and lovely courtyards as well as the Jumah Mosque, there are lots to see while walking the streets of the Old Town.

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Thermal baths

Visit the Georgia domes of thermal baths in the Abanotubani district for a sulphurous soak. In the ancient days of the Silk Road, foreign merchants used to bathe in the waters outside of Tbilisi before entering the city walls. Following the Persian tradition, the baths allow hot sulphurous water to bubble up naturally, and visitors are allowed to soak in it for 15 minutes, before a scrub, massage, and then a cold rinse. Asides from being known to have healing properties, a bath in the steaming Sulphur springs is quite an experience for visitors. You can choose to shower nude with groups of strangers or order a private room. Either way, you will be getting a unique experience of Tbilisi.

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Mountaintop Lake

One of the less visited tourist attractions in Tbilisi, the waterfront at the mountaintop lake (also called turtle lake), is lined by several cafes and a small concert venue at one end. The six-minute ride on the aerial tramway that transports visitors from Vake Park to the mountaintop lake, gives you the best views of the city, especially when you get to the upper station. There is also a trail around the park where locals often jog or stroll during the day.

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Wine Tasting

With winemaking dating as far back to the year 6,000 BC, Georgia ranks as one of the oldest regions for growing and making wine in the world. Also, the ancient methods of production have been preserved in several regions of the country. Filling a large clay pot (also known as a Kvervri) with grape juice, and then buried in the ground until maturation. This is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

 

One of the fun things to do in the city is visiting the numerous wine shops for free wine tasting. The g most popular locations for this being the Karalashvili’s Wine Cellar and the VinoGround.

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Dezerter Bazaar

You cannot truly experience Tbilisi without a visit to the Dezerter Bazaar, which earned its name from soldiers of the 1920s who deserted their post and sold their weapons at the market. Located next to the Central Railway Station is this massive market with stalls that sprawl out well beyond its main building. Visitors can find kitchenware, fresh produce, spices, clothing, lots of fish and much more. The Bazaar is constantly alive with the activity where you can even play games of chess and have interesting conversations with the locals. The Bazaar is not an official tourist attraction, but it is definitely a must-see in Tbilisi.

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The Underground

Known as Uplistsikhe and located an hour to the west of Tbilisi, the underground is a vast cave city dating back to the 2nd century BC. Remember to take walking shoes, and consider hiring a guide to explore its complex pathways and steps, which wind their way between ancient buildings of a theatre, houses, a court, and even an old pagan church once used for sacrifices.

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Mtatsminda Park

The highest point of the city can be found here on a Ferris wheel in the small amusement park. There are also a lot of bars and restaurant; a popular location for couples to hang out and enjoy the views of the city. Mtatsminda Park can be reached by the Funicular railway or by bus.

Tbilisi Cuisine

Meat is used in almost every dish, and every meal is quite a feast in Georgia. Visitors can enjoy khinkali, which are spicy meat dumplings, and also the popular khachapuri, which is local cheese bread filled with the local cheese and egg yolk for gooey deliciousness. There are also bean stews sprinkled with coriander and salads with walnut dressing.

Another popular delight is the churchkhela, pressed grapes filled with walnuts and rolled into a long sausage. You can also try the marinated kebab meat called shashlik. While meat is a staple, Georgian cuisine is also vegetarian-friendly, and a vegan café can be found in the city.

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