Palnning to travel around Georgia and Armenia

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1. Posted by Katy Beardy (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I'm new here! Not so new to travelling though. I'm planning a short trip to Georgia and Armenia later in the year - a stay of around 2 weeks. It's not much time. So I want to cover as much as I can. My thought is fly in to Tbilisi in Georgia and fly home (Scotland) from Yerevan in Armenia. I was curious how easy it is to travel by public transport around each country. Has anyone completed a trip like this. I'd love to hear from you, trips, etc. Thank you in advance!! Happy travels.

Katy

2. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 133 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

If there is a train, thats the most comfortable way, but to many places can be reached only by crowded minivans. The roads to most places is now quite good. Food is good, but on the heavy side. 2 weeks is a bit short, but try to See Mestia (mountains and fortified farms), Kutaisi (churches and nearby monasteries, Wizz Air has from many european towns cheap planes), Gori (only If interrested in Stalin), Mtskheta (historical town, as a daytrip from Tbilisi), Kazbegi (also mountains), in Armenia Echmiadzin (the religiose center).

3. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 195 posts) 6w 2 Star this if you like it!

I did exact the same trip back in 2016. Starting in Kutaisi, Georgia and travelling across in to Armenia and finishing in Yerevan.

The infrastructure and public transport did surprise me a lot in a very good way as was much easier to get around than expected.

Please feel free to ask any specific detail of each part if you wish. Happy to help. :)

My trip:
https://www.travellerspoint.com/map/#/trip/901643

4. Posted by Katy Beardy (Budding Member 3 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thank you UIis and ToddP - lots of helpful information there.

I'll check out that itinerary too!

Happy travels.

Katy

5. Posted by NT01 (Budding Member 57 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Katy Beardy

Hi everyone,

I'm new here! Not so new to travelling though. I'm planning a short trip to Georgia and Armenia later in the year - a stay of around 2 weeks. It's not much time. So I want to cover as much as I can. My thought is fly in to Tbilisi in Georgia and fly home (Scotland) from Yerevan in Armenia. I was curious how easy it is to travel by public transport around each country. Has anyone completed a trip like this. I'd love to hear from you, trips, etc. Thank you in advance!! Happy travels.

Katy

Hi Katy,

I visited Tbilisi and Yerevan in February and used public transportation to get around the city. Here's an approximation of costs:

Bus to/from TBS airport - 0.50 GEL (Georgian Lari, 1USD = 2.70GEL) - blue bus no. 37 same fare for all sectors
Metro (depends where you go but usually within the city) - also 0.50 GEL per ride
Marshrutka - these are mini-vans that seat 8-10 passengers and go between Tbilisi and Yerevan - 35 GEL

Metro in Yerevan - 100 AMD (Armenian Dram, 1USD = 480AMD)
Taxi is a bit expensive, generally from 600 AMD to 1500 AMD depending on distance
Mini bus - also 100AMD - these seat about 19 people (yellow) or are slightly bigger than Marshrutka size (white)

Overnight train from Yerevan to Tbilisi - almost 20,000 AMD in first class cabin (note these are old Soviet era trains)

So, local transport in Georgia and Armenia are relatively cheap - but the train is way more expensive than the marshrutka but then it's an interesting overnight experience. The Metro (subway) is also interesting in the sense that their stations are about 50-60 meters underground, as they served as makeshift bunkers during the Soviet era.

Of course, at the main square you will find vehicles (cars, SUVs, etc.) for rent for excursions out of the city, and you will have to negotiate with the driver for the rental.

Hope this helps.

6. Posted by Katy Beardy (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hey NT01

Thank you!! Really appreciate the details. Sounds very similar to travelling around Central Asia (did that about 4 years go). Love those old trains.

Thank you

Katy

7. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 133 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Katy Beardy

Hey NT01

Thank you!! Really appreciate the details. Sounds very similar to travelling around Central Asia (did that about 4 years go). Love those old trains.

Thank you

Katy

It is definitely more simple then in Central Asia (was in both), but there are similaritys.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Apr-2019, at 08:27 by UliS ]

8. Posted by NT01 (Budding Member 57 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Katy Beardy

Hey NT01

Thank you!! Really appreciate the details. Sounds very similar to travelling around Central Asia (did that about 4 years go). Love those old trains.

Thank you

Katy

You're welcome, Katy.

Definitely some similarities with Central Asia as they're former Soviet republics, but the land area of Armenia and Georgia combined (under 100,000 sq. km.) is way smaller than any of the Stans. So likely easier to get around those two countries.

Taking the marshrutka between Tblisi and Yerevan is a more direct route than the train that still passes close to the Turkish border, which saves you about 3-4 hours travel time.

Nolan

9. Posted by StyleW (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Tbilisi to Yerevan, better with marshutka, it's about 30-40 lari

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Apr-2019, at 01:36 by StyleW ]

10. Posted by charleyroots (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Tbilisi is great! I think it's actually better than Armenia!

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Apr-2019, at 01:49 by charleyroots ]