Cheap Flights to Tbilisi, Georgia
- Area City : 720km² (280 sq mi)
- Area Codes : +995 32
- Currency : Georgian Lari (GEL)
- Population City : 1,118,035 (2014)
- Official Language : Georgian
- Time Zone : Georgian Time (UTC+4)
- Airport : Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)
TBS formerly known as Novo Alexeyevka International Airport is 17km south-east of Tbilisi. It’s Georgia’s primary airport serving 30 plus airlines. Passengers can travel by train, bus, taxi, shuttle service or hire a rental vehicle to the city. Taking the train is comfortable, cheap and takes just 20 minutes to Tbilisi Central Railway Station. A bus can be taken from in front of the Arrival Hall, take route No. 37 to reach the city centre. Taxis are available on the curb outside the Arrival Hall and depending on traffic take between 20 to 30 minutes. The shuttle service is available 24 hours a day. Passengers can hire vehicles from Europcar, Sixt, Avis and others.
Travellers can fly from Cape Town, South Africa to TBS with one or more stops with the following airlines:
Additional airlines touching down at TBS include:
- Ozard Air Lines
- Air astana
Reasons to Visit Tbilisi, Georgia:
- Founded during the 5th century AD, Tbilisi is capital and the largest city of Georgia, a former Soviet Socialist Republic, and lies on both sides of Mt’k’vari River, surrounded by mountains on three sides. It’s a beautiful lush country with some of the oldest towns on the globe. The old city of Tbilisi is renowned for its mix of architectural styles that include medieval, Art Nouveau, Stalinist and Modernist along with its wonderful cobblestone streets. The city has experienced invasions, numerous rulers, the plague and being destroyed by fire.
- The city affords splendid attractions of cathedrals, castles, monasteries, monuments, museums, art and verdant parks. There’s a good variety of bars, lounges and clubs for a night out including Casino Iveria Tbilisi and the Moorish Revival styled Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theatre that opened in 1851. With such a plethora of marvellous attractions, book one or more tours that include: walking; day trips that cover the Kazbegi region or Mtskheta, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world; food & cooking tours, ‘Old Town’ tours with wine tasting and a range of others that ensure the best of this city isn’t missed.
- For shopping over the weekend meander through the open-air Dry Bridge Market for original art, accordions, shepherds hats, knick-knacks, Soviet collectables and more. Wine lovers will find a few shops along Kote Abkhazi in the ‘Old Town’. ‘Gocha’s Winery’ has a good selection and permits a few tastings to help you decide. Bookworms shouldn’t miss ‘Prospero’s Books’, an English-language bookshop with a superb selection of South Caucasus and Georgia titles including maps. Add some Georgian cheeses to your picnic basket from Aristaeus including jams and sauces.
- The city offers a variety of accommodation that includes high-class and budget hotels, hostels and a resort hotel. ‘Rooms Hostel’ is a stylish hotel with 135 rooms and friendly staff that’s located 400m from ‘Freedom Square’. Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel offers a bit more chic. The only resort, Hotel Beaumonde Garden is just 10 minutes’ drive from the city set in over 5000m² of lush gardens. It affords a natural sulphur spa, swimming pool and an outdoor terrace with a lovely waterfall. Room are elegant, air-conditioned with a TV, free Wi-Fi, a minibar and balcony. Guests enjoy a scrumptious buffet breakfast and Georgian dishes and can arrange for a packed lunch to take out on excursions. Hostels include Namaste Hostel, the Skyhostel with 24 hour reception and security, no dormitories but with a shared kitchen and sitting room.
When to Visit Tbilisi, Georgia:
The country has a mostly sub-tropical climate with no high or low season. But the best time is during summer between June and August with pleasant sunny days and temperatures averaging between 20 and 30°C and lots of visitors. Spring from March to May provides short rainfalls but ideal weather that’s not too hot or too cold. Hotel bookings need to be made well in advance. Winter from December to February gets cold with temperatures around between 2 and 4°C.
Places to Visit Tbilisi, Georgia:
- The city affords plenty of museums: Located in over 50ha, the Tbilisi Open Air Museum of Ethnography displays examples of craftwork and folk architecture from numerous regions in the country; for art enthusiasts there’s Art Museum of Georgia, Moma Tbilisi and Georgian Folk Art Museum; the Tbilisi History Museum; the Georgian National Museum’ the Silk Museum; the David Baazov Museum of History of the Jews of Georgia and the Jewish Museum of Tbilisi; the Tbilisi AutoMuseum and still more!
- The Sulphur Baths located in the Old Town are deemed as the source of the city’s existence.
- Not to be missed, the National Botanical Garden of Georgia comprises gardens that have existed for centuries. Previously the Royal Gardens it was changed to the Botanical Gardens in 1845. The gardens are located below the reconstructed 4th century ‘Narikala Fortress’ in a gorge with a river flowing through that divides its 128 hectares. Over 4,000 species of flora from Georgia and around the globe can be seen.
- The beautifully designed Holy Trinity Cathedral is the tallest church in Georgia. In the Avlabari area of Old Tbilisi is the 18th century Ejmiatsin Church. The Great Synagogue of Tbilisi was founded between 1895 and 1903. The Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a key monument from the 11th century. Another ancient monument is the Metekhi Church of Assumption from the 12th century, built by King St Demetrius II. A noticeable equestrian statue of Vakhtang Gorgasali stands just below it. A must experience is Sioni Cathedral, completed during the 6th and 7th century and renovated in the 13th, 17th and 18th centuries with an interior that’s absolutely exquisite. Samtavro Transfiguration Orthodox Church and Nunnery of St. Nino were built in the 4th century by King Mirian III and reconstructed during the 11th century. Its south-west corner is the burial place of King Mirian and Queen Nana. On Shavteli Street in upper Kala is the Anchiskhati Basilica that dates back to the 6th century. View beautiful frescoes inside Jvaris Mama church from the 5th century that was rebuilt in the 15th century.
- A major attraction is Jvari, meaning Monastery of the Cross that was completed in 605 AD in Tetraconch style and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Betania Monastery nestled in scenic surroundings was built during the 12th and 13th century. The 6th century Shio-Mgvime Monastery is located about 30km from Tbilisi in a limestone canyon on the north bank of the Kura River.
- The monument of Kartlis Deda was erected in 1958 atop Sololaki Hill when the city celebrated its 1500th anniversary.
- Rustaveli National Theatre is one of the oldest of Georgia and the largest that opened in 1887.
- The beautifully designed steel and glass Bridge of Peace is a pedestrian bridge and a famous tourist attraction.
- Vorontsov’s Palace also referred to as the Children’s Palace was built in 1868.
Getting Around to Tbilisi, Georgia:
Purchase a Metromoney card to travel on the Metro, the Tbilisi city buses and marshrutky (minibuses). Cash can be used on buses and marshrutky provided it’s the exact amount. Taking additional rides by bus or the metro within one and a half hours of tapping in are not charged. Metromoney cards are sold at the metro station ticket offices.
The Metro is efficient with two lines and operates from 06h00 to midnight and reaches major parts of the city with announcements and signage in Georgian and English.
Mostly unmetered, always agree on the fare before getting in.
Rentals available in Tbilisi include Hertz, Mimino, Cars 4 Rent and others.