Marshutkas depart from Tbilisi at 8.30 from the so-called “Okriba” bus station located near Didube undergraound station (Tbilisi), the last trip runs at 8 p.m. and the ticket price is 10-15 GEL.
There is only one bus trip that costs 7 laris. All the buses stop far from the centre, though there is a great variety of the so-called circular shuttle buses (No1 or No2) going downtown tha cost just 30 tetris. You’d better take a taxi as it is not very expensive.
Bear in mind that as probalby anywhere else when the drivers realise one is a foreigner, they might charge you twice the actual price. So, keep in mind that the average price for the ride is about 5 laris.
Getting around Kutaisi on foot is no big deal, as the town centre is not so big. That’s the best way to get to know the city. However, bus no. 1 connects the railways station (Kutaisi I in LP) with the main town square (in picture) and with the main bus station (Kutaisi II in LP).
Kutaisi I is within 10 minutes walk from the main square.
Kutaisi II is a long walk from the centre. So, it's better to take the bus.
From Kutaisi, marshrutkas to Zugdidi leave from the main bus station (Kutaisi II as per LP). I don’t know how often, but there was one leaving around 11,30 AM.
Although it is sensible to suppose there will be more connections to Mestia in Svanetia from Zugdidi, I do not know if this is the case indeed.
Motsameta and Gelati are points of interest located close both to Kutaisi and one to each other in the same northern direction outside Kutaisi. However, if Gelati is located in a village, Motsameta is a few km off the main road, so there was little chance of public transport.
Having this in mind while wandering on the streets in central Kutaisi and seeing the imposing Mercedes taxis waiting for customers in the main square, I imagined they would charge more than elsewhere for the same trip.
This is how i turned hiring an old Lada cab in front of the railways station (aka Kutaisi I in LP), and paid 20 lari for the return trip & 90 minutes waiting. Besides, the driver was a charming old man in his seventies, and seemed not only happy about customers, but proud that i wanted to see the Motsameta.
I don’t know how much the mercedes would’ve charged.
From T’bilisi, marshutkas for Kutaisi leave from the main bus station Didube and from the railways station. I took a late afternoon marshrutka from the railways station which leaved around 18,00 and arrived in Kutaisi 4 hour later.
From Kutaisi, I found marshutkas leaving for T’bilisi as early as 07,30 from the platform in front of the Kutaisi railways station (aka Kutaisi I in LP). Because of less traffic at that hour, the journey back was half an hour shorter.
Cost = 9-10 lari