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Key information about Tbilisi

Population

1,108,700

Country
Georgia
Money
Currency
GEL - Georgian Lari (₾)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 3.12 GEL
ATM fees

1-2% (plus your own bank's fees)

Credit cards

Accepted everywhere

Tipping

10% usually included in bill, not expected at bars or cafés.

Airport
Main airport

Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)

Airport to city center

Bus #37 (0.50 GEL), Taxi (30-50 GEL), Train - only 2 trains a day (0.50 GEL)

Other options

Kutaisi has the city's second largest international airport (KUT) and is about 4-5 hours from Tbilisi by rail and road.

Transportation
Taxi apps

Yandex, Bolt

Public transportation

Bus: 0.5 GEL per ride with Metromoney card
Minibus: 0.8 GEL per ride with Metromoney card
Metro: 0.5 GEL per ride with Metromoney card
Train: Cost depends on destination. Buy ticket at train station.

Getting around

For buses, metro, and minibuses the "Metromoney" card can be purchased for 2 GEL at any station and recharged there also. Train tickets can be bought at the Central Station.

SIM card
Best options

Magti GSM, Geocell, Beeline

Expected cost

12 GEL for 5GB of data valid for 1 month

How to buy

You can buy a SIM card in Tbilisi at any mobile network branch for about 5 GEL. Passport needed.

Language
Official language(s)

Georgian

Level of English

Low

Food
Tap water

Not drinkable

Overall cuisine

Cuisine of the Caucasus meets regional diversity in Georgia. Emphasis on spices and meats (poultry, beef, pork and mutton) as well as soups and creams.

Local food specialities

Kachapuri, kuchmachi, khinkali, chikhirtma, kharcho with gomi, jonjoli

Eat like a local

Small local restaurants, open bars, terraces and wine bars

Vegetarian / vegan options

10 options on Happy Cow

Food delivery apps

Wolt, Glovo

Supermarkets

Goodwill: Easily found across the city and with good prices and variety of local and imported goods, this is a favorite among locals and expats.
SmartLarge stores across the city with good organic and "safe produce" standards. Higher prices reflect good variety and service.
Nikora: Found almost everywhere in town, Georgia's largest supermarket chain offers a variety of goods at reasonable prices. Good local and fresh produce options.
Spar: With a wider presence in Georgia, Spar offers a wide range of imported and local goods at reasonable prices in stores easily accessible around the city. Not so great for higher-end goods or fresh produce.
Carrefour**: Larger stores with higher prices containing a range of good branded local and imported goods, fresh produce and bakery.