Fly To Tbilisi, Georgia
Loaded with history and set dramatically on hillsides on either side of the Mtkvar River, Tbilisi is the cultural, political, economic hub and capital of Georgia; not surprising when you learn that the city is nearly ten times the size of any other city in the country.
Currently there are no direct flights between South Africa and Tbilisi, Georgia. However, you can use Travelstart to search and book flights to Tbilisi on all airlines such as Emirates Airlines (flights via Dubai – DBX), Qatar Airways (flights via Doha – DOH) and Turkish Airlines (flights via Istanbul – IST). Simply enter your trip details into the flight search to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for cheap Tbilisi flights with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Tbilisi do not require a Visa to enter Georgia for a stay up to 360 days. You will need to ensure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your return and has a couple of free pages 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.
See and do
Enjoy a multitude of museums in Tbilisi, Georgia including:
- The Numismatic Museum which exhibits coins dating back to the IV century BC.
- G. Chitaia Ethnographical Open-Air Museum where household devices and samples of local crafts are displayed.
- Galaktion Tabidze Museum depicts the life and times of Georgian poet, Galaktion Tabidze.
Old Tbilisi is an absolute must-visit. Walk through the old City and take in the ancient churches, old-style balconies and quaint shops. There are a variety of churches and mosques as well as sulfur baths and charming old houses amongst the sub-neighbourhoods.
Sulfur baths can be found in the bath district of Abanotubani on the south side of Metehki Bridge. You’ll recognise it by the small domes at ground level. Right next door are the Royal Baths which some visitors say are an even better experience.
A great day out can be had at Turtle Lake on the hilly outskirts of the city. It’s a popular weekend getaway with families and offers wholesome activities such as pedal-boats. The Saturday flea market by the river is another weekend favourite where you can pick up antiques, jewellery and even electronics and musical instruments. Have some fun haggling for your goods before settling on a price!
Buses and minibuses are the main form of public transport around Tbilisi and all signage is in both English and Georgian. The city buses are yellow and the routes are usually stated on signs in the bus windows. Try out authentic ‘marshrutkas’ which line the side streets of the city and are vans that travel certain routes around the city.
Tbilisi Airport – TBS
The airport is situated 17 kilometres from Tbilisi and in 2007 it underwent an extensive revamp to accommodate a new international terminal, as well as a car park and various runway improvements.
Food and beverage: T&G Café, Cappadocia, Beer Port and Burger City.
Currency Exchange: Bank Republic, Bank of Georgia, TBC Bank, Procredit Bank and Liberty Bank.
Lost Luggage: The lost luggage office is in the baggage claim area in the arrivals hall.
Car Hire: Avis, Sixt, Honk.
Airport Hub: Tbilisi Airport (code TBS) is a hub for Air Caucasus, Fly Georgia, Georgian Airways and Georgian International Airlines.