public transport & hitching
Buses to Pasanuri (a vilage close to Ananuri) from Didube are quite a rara avis, so if you are in a hurry or want to save the day, it’s worth paying a little extra, hop in a Kazbegi bus and then ask to stop an hour later at Ananuri.
For the return to T’bilisi however, you’ll need to hitchhike until the first village, around 20 km, from where there are regular masrhrutkas to T’bilisi. I waited about 20 mminutes until i got the ride.
By public transport
Ananuri lies on the Georgian Military Highway, so there is plenty of traffic passing the monastery, although as there is no village at Ananuri, there are no specific buses. If you don't have a car, you could hop on a bus heading for Pasanauri, Gudauri or even Kazbegi, and ask to be let off at the church. The return journey to Tbilisi would have to be done by hitching...it is a nice place to wait, although somewhat bleak in the rain I would think! The journey from Tbilisi takes just over an hour.
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