Kazbegi Transportation

  • On the Georgian Military Highway
    On the Georgian Military Highway
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  • Traffic on the Georgian Military Highway
    Traffic on the Georgian Military Highway
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  • To Kazbegi by shared taxi
    To Kazbegi by shared taxi
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    Road to Caucasus

    by kokoryko Written May 28, 2012

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    The famous “Military Road”, has been built by the Tsar’s troops in the 19th century after Russia annexed Georgia and colonised the Caucasus on a trail known since pre-Christian times. This is one of the only three roads crossing the Higher Caucasus and nowadays the border between Georgia and the Russian Federation is closed.
    This is an impressive and beautiful road leading you to Stepansminda and Mt Kazbeg (the third high Caucasus summit), and even squeezed in a mini bus, from the small windows, you cannot do else than admire and enjoy the views of the majestic mountains.
    As this road is featured in literary masterpieces like Lermontov’s “A hero of our time” (which I red when I was student but honestly do not really remember), in works of Pushkin, or the “Voyage au Caucase” (Ce gigantesque rempart, cette majestueuse forteresse, cette muraille granitique aux créneaux éternellement neigeux. . . ) by A. Dumas, and many other you can be sure that you will see something really beautiful when you will travel on this road.
    The mini buses usually stop in Annanuri where you have time for a look at the church, souvenir stalls and the lake (picture 1).
    From there the road begins to climb seriously and at some point (which by chance is also a place where are souvenir shops!) the minibus has to stop for cooling and water refill (picture 2).
    Then the road climbs up to the Gudauri winter sports resort before a last climb up to the Holy Cross Pass, and passes by a strange building (picture 3) . You then plunge in the Terek Valley; from the mini bus you just see the steep slopes (picture 4) and have to wait patiently it reaches Stepansminda (picture 5), the end of the journey.
    I am sure that with an individual car, taking time, the trip must really be beautiful from Tbilissi to the Russian Border.

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    To Kazbegi by shared taxi

    by HORSCHECK Written May 1, 2015

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    On the day I wanted to go to Kazbegi I arrived at Tbilisi's Didube bus station at around 14:00 h with a minibus (marshutka) from Kutaisi. For me it looked like the last minibus (marshrutka) to Kazbegi had already left, but there were still plenty of shared taxis for that route.

    One of the drivers got in contact with me and explained that he still needed at least 3 more people to make the trip for 15 Lari per person. He put my luggage in the car boot and while he was searching for more passengers I got me something to eat and drink.

    Meanwhile I realised that another driver had already two passengers, but I made clear to him that I already agreed with my driver. When he came back without having found any additional passengers he offered to take only me to Kazbegi for a price of 70 Lari, which I declined.

    He then offered me to go with the other driver. Again we agreed on a price of 15 Lari and we left Tbilisi at around 15:00 h for the 150 km trip to Kazbegi. I got in contact with the other two passengers who were construction workes going to a construction site at the Georgian-Russian border. One of them was a refugee from Abkhazia. They were quite friendly and even bought me a bottle of mineral water.

    After a few kilometres our driver picked up a local lady and her daughter, so that we were now 6 people in the 7-seater car.

    Already at the start of the trip I had asked the driver to take a little break at the Ananuri castle on the Georgian Military Highway. This wasn't a problem so I was quite happy to take some photos there.

    Communication in the car was in Russian only and as everybody knew that I was from Germany, the driver also stopped for me at a graveyard for the German Prisoners of War near the Jvari Pass.

    A last short stop was made at a sulphur mineral water spring, where everybody refilled their water bottles.

    The lady with her daughter left the car just before we arrived in Kazbegi. Then it was me who got off at the main square in Kazbegi, whereas the two other guys continued to the Russian border.

    The 150 kilometres trip from Tbilisi to Kazbegi took about 3,5 hours.

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    To Kazbegi

    by MalenaN Updated May 29, 2010

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    Are you going from Tblisi to Kazbegi the best way to do this is probably with a shared taxi. It cost slightly more then the minibus but is faster and more comfortable.
    For Kazbegi the shared taxi is leaving from Didube. They leave when the taxi is full (four passengers) or with less people if they are willing to share the price. I paid 10 lari (June 2003) for the drive Tblisi - Kazbegi. Can't remember how long it took. Maybe four hours.
    The family sharing the taxi had a lot of luggage (they were shopping big bags of hazelnuts and other things at the market before we took off).

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    To Kazbegi by minibus (marshrutka)

    by HORSCHECK Written May 1, 2015

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    I left Kazbegi by minibus (marshrutka) to Tbilisi's Didube bus station on a Sunday morning at 11:00 h. In the mornings the minibuses are said to leave Kazbegi's main square hourly at the full hour, but usually wait until they are almost full.

    I came to the main square about half an hour before the departure and there were already quite a few people waiting at the minibus. Still it wasn't a problem for me to get a seat, although it was in the back of the bus. The fare was 10 Lari and had to be paid to the driver.

    When we left Kazbegi at 11:00 h there were only one or two free seats left. As it was Sunday there was not much traffic on the Georgian Military Road down to Tbilisi, so the minibus made the 150 km trip in just 3 hours.

    The bus took an approximately 15 minutes break after about half of the trip. The stop was at a sort of road side restaurant, where some pay toilets on the other side of the road where available as well.

    Minibus in Kazbegi Traffic on the Georgian Military Highway Minibuses at Tbilisi's Didube bus station
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    Georgian Military Highway

    by maykal Written Feb 18, 2006

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    A grand name for a grand road, the Georgian Military Highway snakes its way through the mountains from Tbilisi over the Djvaris Pass and down to Kazbegi. The trip by bus takes around 3 hours and costs 8 Lari, leaving Tbilisi's chaotic Didube Station about three times a day, with the last one leaving around 4pm. Getting back to Tbilisi is fairly straighforward...go to the square and let people know you are going to Tbilisi ("me mivdivar Tbilis-shi" is a handy phrase), someone will put you in a taxi. Taxis, if shared, are only slightly more expensive than marshrutkas (minibuses), although be prepared for a white-knuckle ride, especially on the steep section.

    Sights en route include (from Tbilisi) Ananuri church, Zhinvali Dam, Pasanauri, the steep climb to the ski resort of Gudauri, and the Djvari Pass.

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    Getting to the big city

    by JohnniOmani Written Oct 29, 2006

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    If you want to get to Tbilisi and are worrying about the choices dont sweat it. Minibuses leave the square near the new hotel every few hours and cost 10 lari despite what the hawks in the square may tell you. The last minibus to Tbilisi leaves at 5pm while the early bus leaves at 9am but prepared for a bumpy but gorgeous drive!

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  • How to get to Kazbegi

    by Tobias_Plieninger Written Feb 4, 2006

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    The only public service to Kazbegi is the mini bus.

    There are daily connections from to Tbilisi.

    The journey take about 3-4 hours it is a great ride

    thorugh the georgian military highway.

    The roads are in not vey good condition everywhere.

    You will drive through dark tunnels and high passes.

    Don't be afraid the drivers are very experienced.

    The first bus from Tbilis starts at about 8:00 from Didube
    The last from Kazbegi starts at about 16:00 (sept 2003) from the main square

    But it is better to ask ahead perhabs the times have changed.

    We had a lack in the tire near Tbilisi.
    Good that this had not been at a mountain pass.
    The driver changed the tire in two minutes!

    So a daytrip is possible

    The journey costs about 5 $ One way.

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    To Russia

    by maykal Written Feb 18, 2006

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    The border between Georgia and Russia is most definitely open (look out for convoys of cars heading for sale in Tbilisi), although foreigners are not always allowed to cross. The Georgian Military highway extends a further 10 kilometres or so past Kazbegi, continuing over the border to Vladikavkaz in the republic of North Ossetia. If you can get a Russian visa which allows you to cross here, then there are shared taxis waiting to transport you from Tbilisi's Didube bus station to both Vladikavkaz and the famous spa of Mineralniy Voda.

    Aleksandr Kazbek points the way to Vladikavkaz Main road to Russia, Kazbegi Looking towards Russia
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    transportation by minibus

    by meriko Written Aug 31, 2009

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    So, I just wanted to add to these posts that I've been in Kazbegi this summer for just a one day trip to Gergeti Sameba Church and the transportation from Tbilisi is still the same. The minibus leaves from Didube bus station, the first at 9 am and is very easy to find. The last minibus from Kazbegi is at 5 or 6 as I remember, so don't be late there will be no more transport if you don't take the last one, or you will have to hire a taxi, which is usually expensive. The best solution about being late is staying at one of the guesthouses there. :)

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    Great taxi driver, who will not rip you off!

    by DinkaYa Written Oct 6, 2007

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    Yamze, who we stayed with in Kazbegi, arranged us a Taxi back to Tbilisi, late in the evening, for 60 Lari.
    The driver name is Beja, he owns an old Lada car. Does trips to and from Kazbegi, speaks some English and Russian, in addition to Georgian. He starts off from Didube, doesn't know Tbilisi to good, so if you are traveling with him from Tbilisi to Kazbegi its worth meeting in from of the metro station or something, otherwise you might have trouble finding him in Didube.
    He is relatively careful in his driving and can also stop in a great Hinkali place on the way to Hazbegi, stop for you to drink "Narzan", which is natural carbonated water spring on the way as well as tell you a bit about what you see on the way.
    To conclude - we liked the trip with Beja very much. Her is his cell phone number: 899773266
    You can also ask him to drive you to Yamze's place at Kazbegi, with whom we stayed in Kazbegi and where very pleased, details in here http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/e6f24/1a3910/3/

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    Getting from Kazbegi to Tbilisi

    by DinkaYa Written Oct 6, 2007

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    The last Marshrutka leaves at 17:00, when we were there it was full, so we decided to grab something to eat and then head back to Tbilisi. Unfortunately, when we decided to go back around 18:30 there was no way to get back, the square was empty of taxis and the only driver there claimed 150 Lari for the trip instead of 60. Eventually the owner of the homestay which we were staying in arranged us a driver for 60 Lari. So if you are tight on time, make sure you have a way to get back.
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    marshrutka for Kazbegi

    by josephescu Updated Dec 2, 2006

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    There are several Marshrutkas (minivans) per day from Tbilisi (Didube station) to Kazbegi in the summer time, from morning to early afternoon. The journey takes about 3-4 hours, with one stop.
    From Kazbegi, marshrutkas for Tbilisi leave from the main square, in front of Stepan Tsminda Hotel.

    At the time of my travel, a one way trip was 10 lari.

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    marshrutka rather than private car

    by josephescu Updated Dec 2, 2006

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    The last hour on the road to Kazbegi leads through the what's left of the “Georgian military highway”, a bumpy and virtually unpaved path climbing up mountains in narrow U-turns. Considering the poor condition of the road and the traffic on this only route to Kazbegi, I would not recommend you drive. Rather take a marshrutka.

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    A dead end

    by josephescu Written Dec 1, 2006

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    The collapse of the Soviet Union and the closure of the border with Russia to foreigners makes the “Georgian military highway” a dead end, at least for the time being. Although a few miles from the Russian border, no chance to reach Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, unless you travel under a Georgian or Russian passport.

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