Tbilisi Tourism

Perched on the banks of the Kura River, Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia. The city is surrounded by mountains all around and is home to plenty of hot springs. Founded in the 5th century AD, Tbilisi has a rich history that is rooted deep into the lives of the people. Being located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Tbilisi is an interesting mix of the Western and the Asian culture. From Zoroastrian temples to Armenian & Roman Catholic churches to Mosques to Synagogues, Tbilisi is an amalgamation of different religions, different cultures, and different ethnicities. Fascinated by the variety and the richness, plenty of tourists visit Tbilisi and the city is slowly becoming one of the most favorite destinations.

Dramatically set, the city of Tbilisi is vibrant and possesses an eternal charm that is catchy and compels people to stay for longer. Given the proximity of Tbilisi from the eastern and the western cities, Tbilisi acts as an important transit route helping traders and international businesses to function properly without any setbacks. And the prime location of Tbilisi is also the reason for the place to be occupied by different empires during different times of the history. This is truly reflected in the architecture of the city which is a combination of medieval, art nouveau, neoclassical, Middle Eastern, and modernist style.

Although Tbilisi has undergone drastic transformations over the years, the old, Gregorian style of atmosphere still exists, thanks to the cobbled streets, picturesque views, and live arts & culture scene. Visit this hidden gem of a city, set in the heart of the world and soak yourself in the fascinating Gregorian architecture. 

Essential travel information and Tbilisi tips for your visit

General info:

  • Time Zone: Georgia Standard Time (GET). UTC/GMT +4hours.
  • Currency: Currency used in Tbilisi is lari (GEL).
  • Electricity: The electrical voltage in Tbilisi is 220 Volts 50 Hertz Alternating Current. The power sockets used in Tbilisi are of type C and F. Check your electrical devices for their voltage consumption and use adapters if necessary.
  • Internet: Almost all the hotels in Tbilisi provide free WI-FI connectivity and there are plenty of free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city, especially in the major public spots.
  • Languages: Georgian is the official and the widely spoken language in Tbilisi. And some people do speak Russian.

Security: 

  • General Emergency: 112
  • Hotline: 272 22 22
  • Property Security Police: 126

Tipping: There is no tipping culture in Tbilisi and it is not mandatory too. But if you are interested in tipping, you can.

Tourist Traps: Be wary while riding in a private taxi. The drivers may charge you extra. It is advisable to negotiate before starting on with your ride.

Customs

  • When meeting someone for the first time, the people of Tbilisi usually greet them by shaking hands while saying 'Gamarjoba' (Hello). While a kiss on the cheek in the public is accepted. Intimate hugging and kissing on the lips in the public are frowned upon.
  • Be sure to look after your belongings; especially when you are walking alone in the night. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Tbilisi

  • Know the pollution level of Tbilisi before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 78.85 (High)
    • Water Pollution 47.63 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 67.17 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 58.93 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29.8 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 55.93 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 66.83 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 68.04 (High)
  • How safe is Tbilisi for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Tbilisi.

    • Burglary and Theft 17.32 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 16.13 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 17.15 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 26.49 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 10.58 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 18.13 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 19.14 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 29.83 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.74 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 77.58 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 21.84 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.55 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 24.89 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Tbilisi is 114.03 (High)

    • Safety Index 79.36 (High)
    • Climate Index 84.2 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 75.21 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38.25 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 27.53 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 51.52 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 14.11 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 29.5 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Tbilisi

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.08 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.03 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.84 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 75.98 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.92 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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