Zugdidi

Travel Guide Europe Georgia Zugdidi

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Introduction

Zugdidi is close to the only border between Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia. While Zugdidi is not a very popular city with tourists for itself, many pass through it on their way up to Mestia in Svaneti. It does have a few things to see, though, and is located near a national park.

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Sights and Activities

  • Museum Dadiani, 2, Zviad Gamsakhurdia str. (500m beyond the north end of Zviad Gamsakhurdia), ☎ +995 415 5 06 42, +995 415 5 16 95, e-mail: beraialili@mail.ru. Tu-Su 10:00 – 18:00. Exhibits of natural cultural heritage of Georgia – Tagiloni treasure materials, Mother of God holy vesture, the icon of queen Bordokhan – mother of queen Tamar of Georgia, manuscripts from 13th – 14th centuries, miniatures, memorial relics of Dadiani dynasty, and objects connected to emperor of France Napoleon Bonaparte – brought to the palace by the husband of David Dadiani's daughter, prince Achille Murat, grandson of Napoleon's sister, Carolina. Adult 2 lari, students and schoolchildren 1 lari.
  • 2 Botanical garden (east of the Dadiani Palace).
  • Zugdidi bazaar, Between the new train station and the center of town, sells mainly vegetables

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Getting There

By Train

Trains run to Tbilisi and all stops on the way. Night trains are also available, and are the most popular way to get from Tbilisi to Zugdidi, since the marshrutkas to Mestia are coordinated with them (see Go next section). Arrival in Zugdidi is at 6:25 (as of 2014). Marshrutkas and buses are also available to most major cities in Georgia.

By Bus

There are several minibuses per day to Kutaisi (7 Lari and 2 hours), Mestia in the Svaneti region (20 Lari and 3 to 4 hours) and Batumi.

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Sleep

  • Zugdidi Hostel, Rustaveli 8 (10-15 min walk from city centre, bus/train station), ☎ +995 591654036, e-mail: zugdidihostel@gmail.com. This is a place where people get together, party and have a good time, storytelling and Georgian wine tasting. Soft beds, a vineyard, cozy old Asian atmosphere and funny staff; tips on travelling, tours of the region and maps are also available. Hostel: 15-25 lari, bed in dorm: 20 lari, bed in single/double room: 25 lari.
  • Mymoon Hostel,67 Rustaveli str, 2100 Zugdidi (main road that the new train station is on, across town past the tourist information center) friendly home style hostel, often full of local travelers, has computer, services available, about 30 lari/night

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés, locally called "internet clubs", are common and cheap in Tbilisi and Batumi but scarce in Kutaisi. Some places offer free WLAN to their customers. At least in Tbilisi, all hostels have free fast WLAN.

There is free Wi-Fi network all over the Tbilisi. Other places might have some hotels, restaurants etc. with (free) wifi.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

International calling code for Georgia is 995. The emergency number is 112.

Many Georgians have now have access to a mobile phone and as such public payphones are becomming obsolete in the bigger cities, although there are many places offering phone services, usually attached to an internet cafe of 'Xerox' shop.

Georgia uses GSM (900 MHz and 1800 MHz) for mobile phones and has three mobile operators. Magti, Bee Line and GeoCell. The best coverage is offered by GeoCell which covers most of the country and a fair bit of the mountains. SIM cards can be purchased from all the networks and topped up with scratch cards purchesed from shops or various touch screen 'kiosks' in the bigger cities. It usually works out a lof cheaper compared to roaming with your own cell phone, especially regarding internet costs.

Post

Georgian Post offers a range of services, but don't count on it being very reliable or quick. On top of that they are relatively expensive. It is advisable to post letters in central post offices rather than using the post boxes in the street. Opening hours are usually from 10:00am to 6:00pm from Monday to Friday, some larger ones at Saturday and most are closed on Sunday.

"Georgian International Express Mail Service" is a member of the World Network of "Express Mail Services". It sends letters and parcels to 200 countries and delivers inbound items received by EMS network to all Georgian regions. EMS has branches in Kutaisi, Batumi, Poti, Gori, Marneuli. All items are insured by insurance company "IC Group". Nevertheless, you might use international courier companies lik TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx, as they are reliable, fast and comptitively priced as well.

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