Public transport in Tbilisi is one of the advantages of the city: whenever I travel, I find it very hard in other cities to go from one point to another- as not all of them have subway stations, buses or any kind of public transportation and for a person that does not drive, it can get rough.
Public transport in Tbilisi has a long history, it started operating in 1966, when the Tbilisi Metro was opened, but of course the story did not end there: In 2009 buses and microbuses got into the hands of Tbilisi governance and in 2012 Tbilisi aerial cable car was opened as well.
For a local that has spent her lifetime in this city, public transport plays a huge role for everyone who does not own a car, does not know how to drive, looks for a cheaper transportation or for someone that just takes care of our ecological environment, as more cars automatically mean more carbon emissions that damage our health dramatically.
More than 6400 people work hard everyday to give the residents the best, safest and the most comfortable transportation service. During covid-19 lockdown, non-existence of public transport made importance of it very clear, as most of the people could not even get to their working places.
I decided to write an article about public transport in Tbilisi, as this topic is one of the most spoken ones in Georgia and people willing to visit the city(after the virus is defeated) will get very important information too.
#1 Tbilisi Metro – The Fastest Public Transport In Tbilisi
Metro is the transport I use almost everyday- it is the safest, cheapest and the fastest way to your destination. It was officially opened on January 11th, 1966 and only had 6 stations, which has definitely changed as today the Metro counts 23 stations with 2 lines, which makes it very easy to figure out your direction. Modern interior and safe vehicles will guarantee your transportation being very pleasant.
Another great thing about Tbilisi Metro is its price- paying 0.5 Lari and getting anywhere you wish for is amazing, isn’t it? It takes approximately 2 minutes to get from the one station to another, which is time-saving.
All of the metro stations differ from each other with their unique design and long escalators that speak for our history. Metro, without a doubt has to be one of the top public transports in Tbilisi.
Very efficient, cheap and easy to get around the city. As it is only one line in both directions you will figure it out without an issue. Stations are in English, and there are people everywhere to help you out, so no need for a taxi!A review from Tripadvisor
#2 Minibuses (Marshutkas)
Minibuses or Marshutkas as Georgians would call it are one of the widely-used public transports in Tbilisi and the country in general: They are used to transit people between cities as well as inside the town like Tbilisi. You can definitely find a marshutka that goes to your destination: good thing is, they do not have any designated stops, you can request the driver to let you off at any point.
Signature of Tbilisi is its yellow marshutkas that you can find anywhere you go. I would recommend checking the route sign or asking the driver/people where the marshutka goes as the numbers on them do not correspond to regular bus route numbers. The price is 0.5-0.8 Lari, which is super cheap for the distance that marshutka covers.
Yellow buses as well as yellow marshutkas have always been big part of public transport in Tbilisi, but in 2016 the city bought 144 new, Eco-friendly buses that meet the highest European standards. It was a big move for Tbilisi, as carbon emissions have been drastically reduced.
Besides being ecologically beneficial, new buses are fully adapted for the people in special needs, as their comfortable transportation is very important. From 2016 the governance of Tbilisi started changing old buses with these Eco-friendly, modern and comfortable buses.
You might ask about cost too- it is not more and not less than 0.5 Lari, which is definitely worth for your cool and comfortable ride on a hot summer day.
#4 Aerial Cable Car
Aerial Cabin Car In Tbilisi connects Rike Park to Narikala Fortress and has gained massive popularity in the locals as well as in tourists since the day of opening. Besides being a form of transportation, it gives an amazing opportunity of observing mesmerizing views of Tbilisi.
It connects modern and historical parts of the city, which is one of the biggest tourists’ attractions.
If you want to take a ride on an aerial cabin car or Sabagiro as the locals would call it, you will need a “Metromoney” card(you also need it in Tbilisi Metro and buses), which you can buy at the entrance. Price for the card is 2 Lari and one way to Narikala Fortress costs 2.5 Lari; This ride is worth your money as an aerial cabin car is one of the most unique forms of public transport in Tbilisi.
protecting guardians of the city and its inhabitants. “Narikala” is a 4th century fortress, with impressive walls and courtyards. Board one of the modern cable cars and after a short 10 minute ride you’ll reach “Narikala Fortress”, at the inexpensive fee of Lari 2,5 per person. It is strongly recommended to visit in late afternoon, waiting Tbilisi’s lights to be on. Awesome views” Enjoy!A review from Tripadvisor
After the world is safe place for travelling again, now you know how to save money on transportation as these were examples of the cheapest public transports in Tbilisi, take our advice for the best experience.
Learn more about Georgia:
- Real Estate In Batumi- Is it worth it?
- Amazing Things To Do In Georgia
- Drooling Georgian Cuisine
- How to travel by trains in Georgia