Batumi is a seaside destination popular as a holiday break for local and international visitors alike. Read on to see several transportation options for getting to and around Batumi.
Getting To Batumi
Batumi International Airport (TAV) is just 7 km (4.3 mi) south of the city. International and domestic flights arrive here. The terminal was newly constructed in 2007 and ATMs, cafes, and travel agency information is available.
A taxi is the fastest way to get from the airport to the city center. It will cost you around 15 GEL ($4.76). Alternately, you can take Bus #10 which stops right outside the terminal. It costs 0.4 GEL ($0.13) and you can buy a ticket from the driver.
Kutaisi International Airport (KUT) is 131 km (81 mi) east of Batumi. Wizz Air offers really affordable flights from various European cities to Kutasai. The airport here is much more basic than in Batumi but there is a small cafe, a 24-hour information desk, and ATM available.
Catch a bus outside for around 20 GEL ($6.35). The ride takes 3 hrs. Or you can hire a private taxi for around 180GEL ($57.14).
Marshrutka from Tbilisi: marshrutkas leave often from Tbilisi’s Didube Bus Station and cost 25 GEL ($7.94). The journey takes over 6 hours. Riding by marshrutka is not always the most comfortable but this is definitely the cheapest option.
Metro Georgia from Tbilisi: Metro Georgia operates full-sized buses between Tbilisi and Batumi. This option is slightly more expensive at 30 GEL ($9.52) but is much more comfortable. They operate 7 trips a day and leave from the Ortachala Bus Station, arriving at the New Batumi Bus Terminal on Gogoli Street.
Marshrutka from Kutaisi: minibuses run frequently between Kutaisi and Batumi. It costs 10 GEL ($3.17) and takes about 3hrs.
By Train from Tbilisi: This is a slightly faster option than a bus at 5hrs. Trains depart from Tbilisi Central Station, but only a couple leave a day so check the timetable beforehand. Second class tickets are 25 GEL ($7.94) and first-class tickets are 61 GEL ($19.37).
You can buy tickets from the station a couple of days in advance. Once you arrive in Batumi, you can take a taxi from Makhinjauri Station into town for about 5 – 7 GEL ($1.59–2.22). Or Bus #10 will take you to Rustaveli Av. while Marshrutka #20 will get you to Chavchavadze Street.
By Train from Kutaisi: There is only one train per day leaving from Kutaisi to Batumi. You can catch it at Kutaisi I Train Station in the center of town. It will drop you at the same train station as the one from Tbilisi.
Ferry From Sochi: Batumi Express connects Batumi and Sochi, Russia. Runs two times a week. Ticket price is about 250 GEL ($79.37). The approximate duration is around 6 hours.
Ferry from Illichivsk: UKRFERRY is a passenger and transport ferry that runs between Illichivsk, Ukraine and Batumi. The approximate duration of the trip is 2 days. Ticket price is about 400 GEL ($126.98).
Getting Around Batumi
Buses are plentiful around Batumi. You can get a bus card at the “Metro Service +” center located at #55 Gorgasali Str. Batumi. Or you can get one from Express Pay Terminals (24 hr Bank of Georgia kiosks). The cost of a bus ride with the card is 0.3 GEL ($0.10). You can also pay the driver directly but you’ll have to buy two rides at a time.
Routes 1/1A and 7/7A are circular and provide a nice city tour.
Minibuses are available in Batumi as well. They cost 0.5 GEL ($0.16) for a ride within the city. Pay the driver when you exit.
Some taxis have meters with fixed rates (1 km is about 0.5 GEL), but not all. There are also private taxis in the city that don’t use meters. Make sure you agree on the price before you get in.
You can rent a car in Batumi for about 120 – 150 GEL per day ($38.10–47.62). Check out the Batumi Discount Card. There might be a coupon for car rentals included. Pick up cars at the airport or city center.
There are various bicycle rental shops around Batumi Boulevard.
BATUMVELO operates city bikes for rent throughout town with various stations to pick up or leave a bike. You’ll need to get a refillable card beforehand. They’re available at the Tourist Information Center on Ninoshvili St. Read more about BATUMVELO bike share here.