How to travel and where to stay in Batumi, Georgia
Favorite thing: By the Sea: For getting to Georgia by sea is one of the options. Batumi port is a remarkable port of the country. It is of universal type – receiving and sending all types of sea vessels and serving passengers in high standards.
By Plane: Batumi International Airport is located 2km south of the city and Hotel EraPalace is just 5 Kms from the Airport offering the best of cost and convenience. There are many good airlines operating services to/from Batumi International Airport like: Euroline, Sky Georgia, and Turkish Airlines.
By Bus: Buses and minibuses (known as marshutkas in Batumi) operate regularly between Batumi and Tbilisi. Travel time is 6 hours and the minibuses are more comfortable than the local marshrutkas in the city. The scenery along the way travelling by road is breathtaking.
Daily buses also operate between Batumi and Trabzon, Turkey, with stops in Rize and the border crossing at Sarpi. Make sure you meet all visa requirements before crossing the border into Georgia. There are two Marshutka stations. One has long distance minibuses to Kutaisi, Tbilisi, Poti, etc. The other, on Tbilisi Square, has marshutkas to Sarpi.
By Train: Georgian Railways operates trains between Batumi and Tbilisi. First class costs 40 GEL, second class costs 23 GEL. In first class, there are two people per cabin, the berths are a little short, narrow and hard but rather comfortable, and linen is provided. Train tickets can be bought at the station or in Batumi at the office on Z. Gamsakhurdia str. Reserve your seats in advance on the weekends, as many Georgians flock to the seaside.
Women travellers who travel alone are advised to travel first class to have a safe journey, although every carriage, including both first and second class, has a watchman/woman, who protects the passengers from drunks, so you can feel safe.
Where to stay
Hotel EraPalace offers the best Georgian Hospitality and is conveniently located in the city centre, 200 meters from the sea, 5km from the airport, 6km from the railway station and just 20 km from the Turkish border. EraPalace is an eight storeyed building that offers ample space with choices in suites, deluxe rooms, double rooms and triple rooms priced in the range of 100 USD per night. A conference hall well equipped with projection camera, conference table among other amenities like restaurant and a cafe-bar.
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