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About Tbilisi

Tbilisi, located on the banks of the Kura River, is the capital and largest city of Georgia. Located on the historical Silk Road, the city has been one of the most important industrial, commercial and cultural centers of the region throughout history. Power generation and trade is one of the most important lines of business in Tbilisi, which is one of the cities where the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan Pipeline passes through. The city, which witnessed many power conflicts and wars in the history, was dominated by Iranians, Arabs, Turks and Russians. Today, it is one of the cities that attracts the most visitors to the region known as Caucasia having many historical sites and natural beauties.

Climate / Weather Conditions / When to Go?

One of the most important factors shaping the climate conditions in Tbilisi is the Kura River which passes through the city. The mild and semi-tropical climate is seen throughout the year as a result of the land forms and the tempering effect of the river. The best time to visit the city is April and May, when the weather starts to warm up but is not too hot to overwhelm you.

How to Go?

You can go to Tbilisi from many cities in Turkey by transferring since there is no direct transportation to Tbilisi from many cities. You can directly go to Tbilisi from Istanbul. The duration of flying from Istanbul to Tbilisi is approximately 3 hours.

Dishes / Restaurants / What to Eat and Drink?

Tbilisi is a city where you can taste the most delicious Georgian dishes as well as samples from the world cuisine. One of the most important representatives of the Georgian cuisine, where especially the dishes prepared with red meat and potatoes are served, is the dish called “Khachapuri''. If you do not want to spend too much time for eating, we should remind you that it's a tradition to have quick bites in the city while walking around. Shops that sell “Börek” minced with ingredients such as meat and potatoes can be found in almost every corner of the city. You can also taste delicious Georgian wines in Tbilisi. The city is a complete paradise especially for red wine lovers.

Important Places / Sightseeing

Garetubani: Located in the old part of Tbilisi, this region is one of the places that attract tourists’ attention most. There are spectacular historical buildings and small shops where you can buy souvenirs.

Narikala Castle: Although much of the castle is in ruins, it is still visited by many tourists. The Kartlis Deda Monument, around the ruins and built for honor of the 1500th anniversary of the city’s establishment, is considered as the symbol of the city.

Old Tbilisi: The historical city center of Tbilisi is home to many old buildings and historical streets. There are also many cafes for visitors who want to eat and drink something while travelling around the city center.

Peace Bridge: Although it is not a historical bridge, it is one of the places that should be seen in Tbilisi. Thanks to its colorful lighting at nights, it offers an ideal view for visitors who want to take pictures.

Tsminda Sameba Cathedral: It is one of the largest and most eye-catching structures that can be seen from almost every corner of the city. The cathedral, which has a historical and religious significance for Georgians, is worth seeing with its unique atmosphere.

National Botanical Garden of Georgia: The garden is home to a stunning range of tree collections. It is one of the most attractive places for tourists. It is just like heaven for having a relaxing day and taking photos.

Georgian National Museum: In the museum, where you can see the most important works of the city and the history of the country, especially the works made from gold are very attractive. Moreover, the shop in the museum is ideal for buying souvenirs.

Turtle Lake: It is one of the most beautiful places where you can rest in the city and stay alone with nature. This is the right address if you want to see the turtles naming the lake or swim in the lake in the summer months.

What to Do?

In general, Tbilisi is a quiet city where you can relax and find peace. The best thing to do in the city is to tour around the city, which is not too big. In the meantime, you can see old and historical buildings, take pictures and do some shopping in the souvenir shops especially common in the old neighborhoods. The city is not too big, so it is possible to travel the whole city in a few days. Other alternatives you can do in the city are to taste the delicious Georgian dishes and try the Georgian wines, which are almost as famous as the city itself. If you want to see the most important and most spectacular places of the city with a quick program, you can join one-day trips and if you want to get to know the wines more closely you can also consider joining wine tasting tours which are usually organized daily.

Nightlife / Bar / Entertainment

When we say nightlife, the first thing that should come to our minds is the Rustaveli Street. On the street, there are numerous cafes, bars and nightclubs reflecting both world and Georgian culture. For those who like live music, there are different alternatives in the city. There are places like Buddha Bar, Dublin and KGB where you can choose to have fun at nights.

Shopping / What to Buy?

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is famous for its local souvenirs specific to the region as well as its wines. One of your first alternatives when shopping in the city is wine. Before leaving the city, you can buy tasty wines that you can find in almost every part of the city. In addition, the carpets, rugs and woodenwares specific to the city are among the other options.

Festival / Fair

The International Film Festival, held every October, is among the most popular festivals in the city. In addition, Tbilisi Jazz Festival and International Theater Festival are also among the activities that are impatiently waited by the culture and arts enthusiasts. Tbilisi, which is one of the important cities of the region in terms of fair tourism, is home to many fairs every year especially in the fields of automobile, construction and education.

Holidays / Fests / Important Days

New Year (January 1)

Noel (January 7)

International Women’s Day (March 8)

Holy Monday (April)

Independence Day (May 26)

Easter (March/April)

Assumption of Mary (August 28)

St. George’s Day (November 28)

Noteworthy and Important Information

Although Tbilisi is a safe city and does not pose any danger for tourists in general, it is important to be careful about the troubles that can be caused by excessive alcohol especially during late hours at night. While taxis are generally affordable and comfortable alternatives for transportation, taxi drivers may demand higher amounts from foreign tourists. Before getting on a taxi, you should agree with the driver on the fare you should pay. You should be prepared when going out in the city for possible surprises because the weather can be very variable, especially during the spring months.

Transportation

In Tbilisi, the most comfortable and fast means of transportation that you can use is taxi, although there are public transportation vehicles to travel to many central regions of the city. What you need to be careful is that the taxis don’t have a taximeter and as a result of you may have to pay higher fares. For this reason, you can find out how much you will approximately pay to the driver by asking help from your hotel before going anywhere or you can bargain with the driver in advance. Other alternatives you can use to travel from the airport to the city center are trains and buses. After reaching the city, apart from taxi you can also use metro that passes through almost all the central places to be visited by tourists.

Transportation to Tbilisi City Center from Airport

Located 17 km from the city center, Tbilisi Airport offers many transportation options to get form the airport to the city center like busses, trains and taxis, and apart from these it is possible to go via your own vehicle. After about a half hour trip you can get to any point in the center you wish.

Taxi

You can get from the Tblisi Airport to the city center with taxis. The fastest transportation method you can choose, with taxis you can think about how busy the traffic at that particular hour is and use them accordingly. Offering services 24 hours a day, taxis may be a good option for you.

Bus

You can also get from the Tbilisi Airport to the city center by busses. Cheaper in accordance to the taxis, you may find yourself at the city center after a trip lasting about 20 minutes by bus. Immediately after getting off your plane, you can get on a bus and get to where you want without waiting.

Train

Another option you may choose to get to the city center are trains. These trains that are both cheap and will provide fast transportation to the city and the stop is just 70 meters from the airport. After a trip of about 20 minutes you will arrive to the city center. 

Airport Information

At Tbilisi Airport, domestic and international terminals provide service. In the airport you may find a health center, lost and found, baby change unit, information desk and apart from this, there are also many places where you can shop and satisfy your hunger. In the Duty Free shop within the terminal building you can get gift souvenirs and various cosmetic products, toys and alcohol. As for places to eat, there is T&G cafe, Cappadocia, Beer Port and Burger City providing service to you.

Last Updated: August 02, 2017
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