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About Tbilisi

Tbilisi is the colossal capital city of Georgia. With approximately 1.5 million inhabitants, it is the largest city in the country. Tbilisi is the abundant opportunity to experience diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Touristic attractions of this dynamic city, includes Freedom Square, Tblisi State Opera, Peace Bridge, Dry Bridge Bazaar and the Georgian National Museum.

Cheap flights to Tbilisi are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to be fascinated by this river valley city! Tbilisi is home of Tbilisi International Airport (TBS), which is located a short 25-minute drive from the city centre. Tbilisi International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airlines and Azerbaijan Airlines. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 13 hours and 25 minutes!

Why visit Tbilisi

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Arts and Culture

Co-dependent on each other, Tbilisi’s arts and culture thrives congruently. Tourists can see laundry hanging from wooden balconies, which are embellished with trendy vines. Art Nouveau meets century-old buildings!

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Underground Dance Music

Passionate crowds and conscious music, the Georgian capital has become a favourite for many house and techno DJs. The underground music scene is fuelled by the city’s turbulent political history.

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Sulphur Baths

The sulphur baths are at the heart of the city. With a constant temperature of 38 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius, locals spend their free-time relaxing here!

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Georgia
Currency Georgian Lari
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.19 GEL
Language Georgian
Hub Airport Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)
Airline Georgian Airways
Time Zone GMT + 4
Travel Adaptor Type C and F

Best time to visit Tbilisi

Tbilisi enjoys a sub-tropical climate. The best time to visit Tbilisi is during spring (March to May). The average temperature during summer (June to August) ranges from 20 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. Many resorts are overcrowded with tourists during summer. For visitors who are keen to hike the mountains, June to September provides the ideal weather. For cheap flights to Tbilisi, autumn (September to February) is a swell time to travel to Tbilisi. The heat decreases and so does the flow of tourists and prices in the city. During the autumn months, tourists can see the inspirational cooking process of Georgian wine.

Weather & Climate in Tbilisi

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -1°C 0°C 3°C 8°C 12°C 17°C 20°C 20°C 15°C 10°C 5°C 1°C
High °C 7°C 8°C 13°C 19°C 23°C 28°C 31°C 31°C 26°C 20°C 13°C 19°C
Rainfall (mm) 19 26 30 51 78 76 45 48 36 38 30 21

Overview

Tbilisi is a majestic city, nestled between Mount Sololaki and Metekhi Cliff. It is rich in warm sulphuric springs. You are treated to a union of historic architecture and natural beauty, which makes Tbilisi incredibly unique. Queer narrow-curved streets run up the slopes and round the mountain ranges. This ancient city transports you to simpler times, and permits you to fall into a deep state of relaxation!

The locals generously welcome all travellers who enter their bountiful city! They believe, “every guest is a Godsend.” The heart of the city pulsates in the Old Town. The mesmerising ruins of old monasteries, houses with wreathed vines, churches and long-established Georgian yards are compelling sights. Tbilisi is a city which affords you the break to cleanse your soul and allows you to voyage, wide-eyed and blissful!

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders enjoy a visa-free regime for travelling in Georgia, for the period of 1-full year! Ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your return. There should be at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.

The closest South African Embassy to Georgia is located at:

9/2 Velyka Vasylkivska Street 01004, Kiev Ukraine.

Phone: +380 44 289 8840

Health & Safety

All travellers should be up-to-date with their routine vaccinations; these include Tetanus - Diptheria, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are recommended for all travellers.

Tbilisi is a safe city. However, it is in your best interest to take caution in any major city. Safety tips for travelling in Tbilisi:

• Driving can be hazardous – there are few pedestrian crossings, pavements and sidewalks.

• Do not carry large amounts of cash. • Do not wear eye-catching jewellery.

• Take extra care when visiting popular touristic areas like Vake, Saburtalo and Akhvlediani Street.

• If possible, avoid travelling alone in unfamiliar areas.

• Be vigilant of your possessions in public spaces – as pick-pockets and bag-snatchers tend to target people in busy touristic area.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Tbilisi
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R86
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R12
Cappucino (regular) R23 R22 R20
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R3
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R39 R40 R20
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