Travel Guide Georgia: All you need to know!

Aktualisiert am: 19/05/2023

Georgia is one of the latest trend travel destinations. In recent years, the country in the Caucasus has become one of the most interesting destinations in the region. But how to travel such a relatively exotic country? In this post you’ll find travel tips and helpful information for your Georgia trip – and don’t worry, it’s not that complicated!

Travel tips for Georgia

So if you’re in the mood for an exciting destination that’s (still) off the beaten path and has a few surprises in store, this is the place for you! Georgia’s landscape is a dream for outdoor fans and hiking enthusiasts, and city lovers will ravel about the capital Tbilisi on a trip to Georgia! So why not take a vacation in Georgia?

Are you specifically looking for information on Tbilisi? ➜ C lick here for the Tbilisi Guide

Welcome to my travel blog!

Hey, I’m Tatiana, a German-Brazilian living in Berlin & the author behind The Happy Jetlagger. I’ve been writing about my travels since 2014. In addition to my job as a flight attendant, this blog is my passion project!

Best time to visit Georgia

Winter is harsh and very cold in the mountains. In the capital Tbilisi, temperatures are more pleasant and somewhat warmer than in Central Europe. In summer , it can get really hot in Tbilisi as well as in the rest of the country, so a beach vacation at the Black Sea might be more suitable.

Travel guide for Georgia with travel tips
In Tbilisi you can still find many charming old buildings!

How to get to Georgia

From Germany, Lufthansa and Georgian Airways fly directly to Tbilisi, Ryanair is planning to establish a regular flight. Turkish Airlines offers connections via Istanbul. Georgian Airways offers direct flights from several German airports. The duration of the flight is about 4 hours.

Check in at Tbilisi airport and entry Georgia
Not particularly crowded: The spacious airport of Tbilisi
With Georgian Airways to Tbilisi Georgia
With Georgian Airways to Tbilisi

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Transportation within Tbilisi and to other places

You can get from city to city in Georgia by bus, train or so-called Marshrutkas (minibuses). You can also hire a private guide and driver! Read more ➜ Language & Understanding.
Within Tbilisi, there are buses and a metro network that is easy for tourists to use even without knowing Georgian.

You can learn more about the capital Tbilisi in my Tbilisi Guide.

Photo booth in van in front of Fabrika Hostel Tbilisi Georgia

Money

The currency in Georgia is the Georgian Lari. 1 Euro is equal to about 3.25 Lari. 1 Lari is divided into 100 Tetri.

The price level is somewhat lower than in Germany, with eating out and local food in particular being less expensive.

Withdrawing money with ➜ the DKB credit card* works without any problems.

Travel tips for shopping carpets in Georgia
You should set aside some money for typical souvenirs (also relatively cheap), e.g. carpets or other handicrafts.

Accommodation

Especially in the capital Tbilisi there are now really chic small boutique hotels with very good value for money. I can recommend for example the Museum Hotel Orbeliani* or the Fabrika Hostel* for the small budget.

Restaurant Fabrika in Tbilisi Georgia
The restaurant of the Fabrika Hostel is also open for non-guests – absolute recommendation!

Food & Drinks

Georgian cuisine

Georgia is famous for its varied cuisine. Eating out is very affordable. However, Georgian cuisine is very meat-heavy, so vegetarians may experience some restrictions. Vegan cuisine is not very widespread or even known.

Typical dishes in Georgia
Dishes are often served in such a way that they are divided at the table

Georgian wine

Besides the numerous specialties such as Khachapuri and Chinkali, Georgia is also known for its wines. Georgia is one of the first countries in the world where wine was grown. The special aging in underground clay amphorae gives the traditional Georgian wine its special bouquet.

Georgian wine

Language & Communication

English is not very widely spoken in Georgia. Even in the capital Tbilisi, it is sometimes difficult to communicate. The Georgian language belongs to the South Caucasian languages and even uses its own script, which makes it all the more difficult if you want to learn the basics.

With language skills, travelling is definitely easier! Many Georgians with foreign language skills have recognized this shortcoming and offer themselves to tourists as tour guides for the entire trip. So if there is still room in your budget for this, I highly recommend hiring a local guide for your stay!

Language and writing in Georgia
I have never been able to decipher anything, but I loved the Georgian script!

In Tbilisi, for example, we met Irina, who, in addition to touring Tbilisi, also shows tourists around the whole country. Irina even speaks German. I have already recommended her frequently and have received very positive feedback. So if you need a tour guide, write to me under contact and I’ll forward you her details (she doesn’t have her own website etc, so this is a real first hand recommendation!).

Safety

Petty crime and road traffic

I felt safer in Tbilisi than in many bigger European cities. However, one should exercise the usual caution here as well.
Basically, I found the road traffic in Tbilisi much more dangerous, both as a pedestrian and as a passenger: Georgians maintain a very fast driving style!

Unsafe regions in Georgia

Many might think of possible unstable political situations in the Caucasus and resulting dangers, but I didn’t notice anything of that in Tbilisi, and according to our Georgian companions it should be the same in other tourist areas like Batumi or Swanetia.

Travel to the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, however, is not advised. (Source: German Federal Foreign Office)

Solo female travel in Georgia

I was not traveling alone, yet I wouldn’t worry about traveling to Georgia alone as a woman. Also, I have not heard of any major problems of women traveling alone.

Vaccinations & Health

Georgia may still be an exotic destination, but you are safe from tropical diseases. Particular care should be taken when coming into contact with the many street dogs and with hygiene in simple restaurants.
Medical care often does not meet European standards. A private travel health insurance is advisable, also in case of a possible return transport for better care!

Street dogs in Tbilisi Georgia
There are many street dogs in Tbilisi, but they are chipped by the city administration.
Street dogs characterize the cityscape and are tolerated even in front of official buildings – Georgians seemed to me very relaxed and animal-friendly

Internet & WiFi

Free Wi-Fi is offered in many restaurants and cafes. In Tbilisi there is also a public network of the city with several hotspots in the center. The network quality in Tbilisi is very good in general.

Restaurant tips for Georgia and Tbilisi
You will find Wi-Fi everywhere in restaurants and cafes in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi in particular is emerging as an international hotspot for digital nomads, thanks to the low cost of living. Co-working spaces like Fabrika are a good place to start.

Good read before your trip:

Brand new published and researched. Especially for Georgia there is not so much literature yet. My recommendation:
Stefan Loose Georgia*

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