Visitors to Tbilisi have a few options for getting around the city and to other cities around the country with public transportation.

            There is an underground train network that connects most major areas around the city of Tbilisi. Like the metro systems of most former Soviet countries, the metro is grand built mainly from marble.  Unlike the metro in Moscow or St Petersburg trains are not quite as frequent (ie. approx. every 5 minutes) and are not well maintained - a quite bumpy ride.  Although the metro can be an efficient way of getting around Tbilisi, one should take into consideration that all stops are announced in the local Georgian language, so be prepared for this. All signs in metro stations are in Georgian also and impossible to identify for someone not familiar with this language. The best way to identify your stop is to get a map with english translations and count the number of stops.

NOTE: Get a Map of metro stops (if you can find one) in english and you'll be good to go.  Map 1; Map 2 

            The city is also serviced by a network of mini buses that drive set routes around Tbilisi.  These buses are called Marshrukas in the local language.  For more information, ask the reception at the local hotel or visit the tourist information center in town.

            Taxis are one of the best ways of getting around the immediate city, as they can be found almost anywhere.  Fares are very affordable, and should never cost more than a few dollars USD.  Generally, taxis will be waiting outside of major public areas such as airports, train stations, bus stations, and large hotels.  If outside of these areas, the best way to get a taxi is to ask a hotels or restaurants for their help in arranging a ride.

NOTE: Some taxis are regulated.  Most on the streets are not.  ALWAYS verify the cost of the trip before you get in the car; some of them are used to ripping off westerners.  Most of the legit taxis are 40-50 tetri ($0.28) a kilometer.  For prearranged pricing, unless you are going 30min or more away you should not have to pay more than 5 lari ($2.85); 3 Lari is average for just heading 5-10min within the city.  Taxis that hang around the pricey hotels like Sheraton and Marriott gouge riders like it's their job.  Taxis are EVERYWHERE on the main streets, so don't be shy about shluffing off a cab for another one - just keep flagging them until the price is right!  Check out some Taxi Info Here.

There are also newer large western-style yellow buses that have designated stops (only in Georgian script).  Get a list in english at your hotel or online and use them!! They are clean and safe....and at the same price as the metro 20 tetri ($0.14) the price CANNOT be beat!  Get on in the back, and drop your money to the driver as you exit at your stop via the Front door.  See attached Bus Line List Below.

            For more information about the public transportation in Tbilisi, check out this Getting Around Tbilisi page, and this Tbilisi Travel Information page.

 

Public Bus Routes are available at infotbilisi.com