Georgia is one of the latest trend travel destinations. The country in the Caucasus has become an exciting destination in recent years! In this post you will find travel tips and helpful information for Georgia!
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? ➜ Read my Tbilisi Travel Guide!
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.
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.
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 & Communication.
Within Tbilisi, there are buses and a metro network that is easy for tourists to use even without knowing Georgian.
➜ Read my Tbilisi Guide
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.
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 a small budget.
Food & Drinks
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.
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.
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!
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!).
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. According to our Georgian friends, 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!
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.
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.