Your trip to Georgia should never end without spending a couple of days in Batumi, a major city of the seaside region – Adjara. There are several means of transportation available from Tbilisi to Batumi.
GEORGIAN RAILWAYSThe trip lasts about 5.5 hours. The train departs from Tbilisi at 8:45 and arrives in Batumi at 14:10. For your return trip, the train departs from Batumi at 18:20 and arrives in Tbilisi at 23:45. All places are seated. There are two categories of tickets and the price ranges from 12 to 22 USD for the first category and 9 to 12 USD for the second category. During the sea season, June-September the prices are at the peak. You can get the tickets in the Georgian Railway Station booking office, or online.
METRO GEORGIAoperates buses and offers one of the cheapest and most comfortable ways of transportation for this long trip. These modern buses are equipped with HD monitors and free Wi-Fi. Coffee, tea and water are offered. One way trip costs around 12 USD. The buses depart 6 times per day and the trip lasts about six hours. You can get the tickets in sales offices or online.
GEORGIAN AIRWAYSoffers 35 minute direct flight from Tbilisi to Batumi. The price ranges from 70 to 110 USD per person.
If you prefer travelling by car, you can rent a car on average for 60 USD per day, or hire a taxi – from 75 to 100 USD. The trip will last about 5 hours. Taking into account driving habits of Georgians, the road is not safe. However, if you still decide to drive and need a quick break, first stop could be on the highway, near the city Gori, at the supermarket Smart. Wendy’s Georgia and Dunkin Donuts are also located here.
oh, don’t worry ! It’s OK to see cows on the roads in Georgia Photo Credit: Karol Werner
Next car stop has to be in Surami. Here you will notice women waving bread in their hands. These breads are not usual, they are spicy and baked in Tone – a huge clay oven – according to Georgian tradition. You can taste sweet (Nazuki) and salty ones (“Dedas Puri“- Mothers Bread.) At the same place one can buy very special pine marmalade in small jars.
Nazuqi on the road Photo Credit: Karol Werner
If you are already hungry, please, wait until you enter Rikoti Gorge. Here you can find many restaurants offering traditional dishes. – Zgapari, Jargvali, Edemi, Malkhazi, etc. Some of these restaurants are placed right on the river side and you can enjoy the landscapes. Dishes are extraordinary and served quite fast. Don’t miss Mtsvadi (barbecue) and in summer the very special Nikvi (mushroom). Most of these restaurants offer free Wi-Fi. The Rikoti Gorge is also known for its handmade souvenirs. One can find the handmade wooden and clay accessories and dishes for a decent price.
Handmade clay souvenirs on the road Photo Credit: Karol Werner
Lately, well-brewed coffee in the city Zestaponi has become quite popular. People say the coffee has another aroma here.We are sure that the trip to Adjara will be an exciting journey. Prior to planning this trip, don’t forget to check our list of Top 10 places to see in Batumi.
2017-09-09T00:22:11+00:00 June 16th, 2016|