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Useful Tips

The Tbilisi International Airport [TBS] is conveniently located 20 kilometers away from the city center. There are several ways to get to downtown and back:

  1. The convenient option is  to pre-order a transfer, especially if your flight arrives late at night. For more info see:  Airport-Transfer
  2. Also bus #37 transfers passengers from Tbilisi International Airport from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's the cheapest transportation means and  costs equivalent of just 50 GEL (0.25$)  in the local currency.  Please note it doesn't provide a door- to-door delivery service. However, as it gets to the city center, you then change pick another public bus or taxi and reach your final destination.
  3. There is the railway station near the international airport of Georgia. A very comfortable and modern train with the capacity of 100 passengers will move on the rail road taking them to the central railway station. Traveling from airport to the central railway station will take only 20 minutes and it leaves in every 40 minutes according the following schedule:
    • Tbilisi-Airport 7:55 AM
    • Airport-Tbilisi 8:45 AM
    • Tbilisi-Airport 5:20 PM
    • Airport-Tbilisi 6:05 PM

    The ticket can be purchased at…. at a price of just 2 GEL-(about $1.5)
  4. Taxi is the best and fastest way to travel though. Upon leaving the arrivals terminal, taxi drivers are the first locals you see. Naturally, be ready to pay more,  starting from from 15 GEL (about $10-12), depending on the destination. We strongly recommend you negotiate the price with the driver beforehand, because as elsewhere, Tbilisi cabbies are keen on charging more and not to use the meter. To be fair, once you have negotiated the price, they always stick to their word.

The airport services include:

On your way back home, be mindful of 3 Duty Free stores located in the Departures Terminal . They sell the famous Georgian wines and some food stuffs at a price higher than in the town, of course. For information about your flight status go at Tbilisi Airport site.

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Company Name Field of Service Location Phone
1 Bank Republic Branch office Currency Exchange Office Departures/Arrivals Hall +995 322 433 181
2 Bank of Georgia Branch office Currency Exchange Office Departures/Arrivals Hall + 995 322 444 117
3 TBC Bank Service Center Currency Exchange Office Departures/Arrivals Hall + 995 322 310 015
4 Procredit Bank Service Center Currency Exchange Office Departures/Arrivals Hall + 995 322 202 222
5 Liberty Bank Cash Office Currency Exchange Office Arrivals hall + 995 322 143 161

Currency

Though an ex-Soviet republic, no, Soviet rubles are no more useful in Georgia. Georgian currency is Georgian Lari (Gel) and you can have your own currency exchanged right at the airport. Walking through the city you can find plenty of exchange offices easily recognizable by currency rates tableaus above them.

Language

გაუმარჯოს! No clue? But this is Georgian, buddy. How can you survive if you don't speak Georgian?  No worries, You survive as many locals speak at least some English and are typically fluent in Russian.. To help you out, here is a useful vocabulary of essential words and phrases for you to brave. Check it at Info- Tbilisi site.

Nightlife

If after an intense intellectual exercise at the APTLD Meeting you still are up to clubbing, Tbilisi has much to offer. Just call on  Akhvlediani (former Perovskaya), Kiacheli and Chardin streets. The latter is situated in the old part and historical district of with sightseeing lot of amazing places to see. Check out bars  and nightclubs at Info-Tbilisi site.

Safety

You know what? All police precincts in the city, and even the Ministry of Interior are made of glass. So much for transparency and accountability. The police are patrolling the streets 24/7 and unlike other ex-Soviet states, they do Serve and Protect, so feel safe at any time of the day, surefire, but still, do watch your belongings.

Reading the local cultural code

Embassies

You can find the list of the embassies operating in Tbilisi on the following link.

Dining

The capital of Georgia for more than 500 years, Tbilisi has witnessed some of history’s most important moments, and is a blend of ancient, medieval, classic and European influence. Its dining scene is similarly eclectic, with upscale venues serving organic wines, vintage cafés and traditional Georgian dining establishments making waves among locals, expats and tourists.

To make the most of Tbilisi dining, try the Parisian-style street cafés on the city’s main Rustaveli street and enjoy the most relaxing atmosphere watching passers buy over a glass of local wine and fresh local fruits or a full-fledged dinner.

You can check ten of the best cultural restaurants and eateries in Tbilisi here. (and remember, we have warned you, better have guts for that, for Georgian hospitality…enough said, better try it yourself and manage to survive (many did and a few lucky were able to report their sensation afterwards, actually)

Shopping

There are two international-style shopping malls in Tbilisi  at different ends of the city  by the name of East Point and Tbilisi Mall. A shopping gallery, Merani, can be found right on Rustaveli Avenue, and you'll also find a few shops sprinkled around Freedom Square and the Vake area, Rustaveli Avenue, Kote Abkhazi Street, Pekini and Aghmashenebeli. Stores such as Zarapkhana and Pokany (both chains with a number of locations around the city) offer Georgian artisans items. The real place to find souvenirs though (especially from the Soviet era) is the flea market on Dry Bridge. Samoseli Pirveli is the best place for traditional Georgian clothing, while as for wine,- most of the best shops are concentrated on Kote Abkhazi Street.

Here is a nice list of the most popular shopping places for you, including souvenir shops, clothing, wine and specialties, vintage and fashion, big malls and small local shops:

Visa

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has launched e-Visa portal allowing short-term visitors to get a visa in effortless way.

Prospective travelers have a possibility to obtain the short-term visa without visiting Georgian Embassy or Consular Office, following three simple steps: applying, making online payment and printing out ready e-Visa.

Applying for a visa through this portal has lots of advantages. No need to make an appointment or present original documents to the Embassy or Consular Office.

An e-Visa can be obtained easily anywhere with an internet connection and it grants the same right to enter Georgian territory as ordinary sticker-visa in the passport.

All you need is internet connection, credit or debit card and scanned copies of your documents.

You must be able to present all the required documents at Georgian state border

Evisa.gov.ge provides the full information about VISA requirements and services.

Electricity

In Georgia the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Your need for a power plug adapter depends on the power plugs used in your own country.
You can use your electric appliances in Georgia, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small deviations into account. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V - 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Georgia. You can find voltage converters at Amazon. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.

If the frequency in Georgia (50 Hz) differs from the one in your country, it is not advised to use your appliances. But if there is no voltage difference, you could (at your own risk) try to use the appliance for a short time. Be especially careful with moving, rotating and time related appliances like clocks, shavers and electric fan heaters.

To be sure, check the label on the appliance. Some appliances never need a converter. If the label states 'INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz' the appliance can be used in all countries in the world. This is common for chargers of tablets/laptops, photo cameras, cell phones, toothbrushes, etc

For more specific information, select your country of residence at Power Plugs & sockets of the World.



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