Plan Your Trip

Planning your trip can be hard, there are so many things to consider, and so much planning to do, but do not worry, we are here to help you!

Here, you can easily find information about how to get there by car or by foot. Explore our itineraries, events calendar and Samtskhe-Javakheti deals to get the most out of your experience. In addition, you can find some practical information before traveling in order to be ready for your trip and avoid any kind of inconvenience.

Feel free to contact the Samtskhe-Javakheti DMO for any questions that may not be answered here! We will do our best to provide you with the most updated information and help guide you through your amazing journey!

 

Transport

Driving routes

In Georgia flights land at the following airports:

  • Tbilisi International Airport
  • Batumi International Airport
  • Kutaisi International Airport

You can directly rent a car or taxi from the airport and drive to Samtskhe-Javakheti. Though this will be relatively expensive. Hiring a taxi from Tbilisi will cost around 150-200 GEL.

Bus Routes

The most convenient means of transport are Minibuses, or ‘Marshrutka’ in Georgian. Marshrutkas leave Tbilisi almost every half hour for Borjomi, Bakuriani, Aspindza, Akhaltsikhe, Vale, Akhalkalaki, Ninotsminda, Abastumani, and Adigeni.

The earliest Marshrutka departs at 8:00 am.
Address of the Tbilisi Didube Bus Station: 4 Karaleti St., Tbilisi
The current cost of the ticket is 12 GEL, but it is subject to change.

Minibuses which depart from the Kutaisi Central Bus Station are; #67 Chavchavadze Str. Kutaisi; it also leaves from the Batumi Central Bus Station.
Ticket price is 15 GEL (Kutaisi)
Ticket price is 25 GEL (Batumi)

Citizens of Armenia can use buses to get to Samtskhe-Javakheti or the railway to get to Tbilisi and then from there to Samtskhe-Javakheti.
Buses to Armenia depart from Akhaltsikhe Central Bus Station.

Citizens coming from Turkey can use Metro Georgia or buses which depart from Akhaltsikhe Central Bus Station.
Contact details of Akhaltsikhe Central Bus Station: +995 599952101

 

Weather

The climate of the country is quite diverse due to the overall landscape. The average annual temperature in Samtskhe-Javakheti it ranges from -8 to 27°C.  Samtskhe has a moderately dry, subtropical mountain climate with light snowy winters and warm long summers. Javakheti has a moderately dry climate, with cold winters and long cool summers. The average annual rainfall varies from 490 mm in the Mtkvari Gorge to 1800 mm on Meskheti Ridge.
Summers are hot with a dry climate, and the mountainous regions are characterized with a relatively lower temperature.
Winter is quite cold, especially in Javakheti and in the mountains. Sometimes the snow cover reaches 40-50 cm in the highlands.

Currency

Lari (GEL) is the Georgian National Currency. All payments in the country of Georgia are carried out in GEL. Cash is the most frequently used method of payment in Georgia especially in the smaller regions and villages.

Language

The official language of Georgia is Georgian. But in Samtskhe-Javakheti you will meet people speaking Armenian or Russian. In the southeast of the region around Akhalkalaki, Armenian is widely spoken, even more so than Georgian. But in the rest of the region the Georgian language speakers predominate. Russian is also widely spoken, especially by older generations.

Useful words:

  • Gamarjoba – Hello
  • Nakhvamdis – Goodbye
  • Madloba – Thanks
  • Diakh – Yes
  • Ara – No
  • Ra girs? – How much is it?
  • Sad aris? – Where is it?
  • Ukatsravad – Excuse me
  • Bodishi – Sorry
  • Ra gqvia? – What’s your name?
  • Romeli saatia? – what time is it?

Contact Information

Tourist Information Centers

Akhaltsikhe
Address: #1 Kharischirashvili Str. Akhaltsikhe
Tel: (+995) 365 2250 28
E-mail: ticakhaltsikhe@gmail.com
Working days: every day
Working hours: from 09:00 to 18:00

Borjomi
Address: Rustaveli Str. Borjomi
Tel: (+995) 367 221397
E-mail: ticborjomi@gmail.com
Working days: every day
Working hours: from 10:00 to 18:00

Bakuriani
Address: #17 Davit Aghmashenebeli Str. Bakuriani
Tel: (+995) 593 335 058
E-mail: ticbakuriani@gmail.com
Working days: every day
Working hours: from 10:00 to 18:00

Georgian Post

№0800 Akhaltsikhe service center
Postal Code: 0800
Address: Akhaltsikhe, Queen Tamar str.№9
Working Hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00, Sat: 09:00 – 14:00, Sun: closed

№3400 Ninotsminda service center
Postal Code: 3400
Address: Ninotsminda, Karl Marks str.№22
Working Hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00, Sat: 09:00 – 14:00, Sun: closed

№0700 Akhalkalaki service center
Postal Code: 0700
Address: Akhalkalaki, Rustaveli str.№19/1
Working Hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00, Sat: 09:00 – 14:00, Sun: closed

№1200 Borjomi service center
Postal Code: 1200
Address: Borjomi, Rustaveli str.№103
Working Hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00, Sat: 09:00 – 14:00, Sun: closed

№0300 Adigeni service center
Postal Code: 0300
Address: Adigeni, Queen Tamar str.№1
Working Hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00, Sat: 09:00 – 14:00, Sun: closed

№0500 Aspindza service center
Postal Code: 0500
Address: Aspindza, Rustaveli str.№10
Working Hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00, Sat: 09:00 – 14:00, Sun: closed
CALL CENTER +(995 32) 224 09 09; https://www.gpost.ge/

 

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