Taxis are the most convenient and inexpensive mode of transportation in Georgia. Trips inside Tbilisi cost 3 to 5 lari, depending on distance, and you may bargain with the taxi drivers. Previously, the overwhelming majority of taxis in Georgia were unauthorized “gypsy cabs” operated by anybody seeking to earn a quick buck. In Georgia, such unmarked cab services were safe and frequently utilized by foreigners living and visiting the nation. Drivers, on the other hand, would inflate the price for foreigners—it was essential to know your location and price before getting in the taxi. The situation changed a few years ago when all official cabs were required to have meters with set prices installed.
Minibuses are known as marshrutkas, and they run on predetermined routes. After determining your route number, flag down a marshrutka on the street by putting out your hand, palm facing down.
There are also minibus routes that connect cities. Their routes often terminate at bus terminals and city marketplaces. On a sign in the front window, their destination is inscribed in Georgian. If you can’t locate the minibus you’re searching for, ask a marshrutka driver.
Georgia has a reasonably large railway network. The train company’s website is http://www.railway.ge. Trains are sluggish, but they are also inexpensive. So, if you are planning a trip from Tblisi to, say, the Black Sea coast, it is well worth your time to consider taking a sleeper train rather than spending x hours in a Marshurtka.
Because the terrain is quite hilly, you might think about renting a mountain bike. Many roads are still unpaved. However, riding a bike enables you to access more distant areas. Mountain bikes may be rented in larger cities, such as Tbilisi’s Jomardi club.
Tbilisi now has new Dutch buses on the road. They are the cheapest method to travel, whether they are pleasant or not (they do not have air conditioning) (for 40 tetri). However, buses in Georgia’s countryside and outside of Tbilisi are outdated and sluggish.
Buses and taxis will only carry you so far in Georgia’s most rural areas (e.g., Dusheti, Khevsureti, etc.) if you don’t have a tour company. Hiking, catching a ride on a goods-transporting truck, or hiring a jeep will all be required at some time. To catch a truck, you must be flexible in your travel arrangements. Hiring a jeep may be very costly due to the high cost of gas caused by shortages in distant areas. Inquire at the bus station or central market of the final town on the bus or marshrutka route about either choice.