Cost of Living in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2018

Cost of Living in Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi has 1.3 Million inhabitants and is the largest city and the capital of Georgia. It lies on the edge of the Trialeti Range, on the river Mtkvari. The town was founded in the 5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali. The sulfur springs gave Tbilisi its name, "tbili" meaning "warm" in Georgian.

The long history and the location on a crossroad between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East can easily be seen in the unique appearance of the city. The typical hospitality of the local population will make the traveler's experience perfect. The simple presence of a foreign visitor can already spark a spontaneous feast, a "supra" as Georgians call it, to show respect to the guest.

Places to visit in Tbilisi

Famous places to visit in Tbilisi include the old city, with cobblestone roads and charming old houses. The area between Meydan, Freedom Square, and Baratashvili Bridge is continuously renovated and contains several gems. There are the Sioni Church, the old Synagogue and the lively Chardeni Area with restaurants and bars.

South of the Meydan is the famous Abanotubani. The hot springs, which gave Tbilisi its name, are still in use today. One can splash in the sulfur water and get scrubbed, like in the old days. Next to the bathhouses is the Grand Mosque, and there is access to the botanical gardens and the Narikala Fortress. From there, one can get a view on Metekhi Church and the cliffs on the opposite side of the river.

The city has several significant museums. The Ethnographic Outdoor Museum in Lake displays dozens of traditional houses from various periods and Georgian regions, including a Svanetian Tower. From there, it is also easy to reach Turtle Lake and enjoy the view on the city.

Shopping opportunities are the massive amounts of shops on Rustaveli Avenue and the newly renovated Aghmashenebeli Avenue in the scenic Marjanishvili Area. Souvenir hunters can find a vast offer of local art and craft around Old Town. The flea market on the Dry Bridge features everything from precious antiques via bizarre soviet kitsch to old books.

Transport and accommodation in Tbilisi

There is a wide range of flights to Tbilisi available. Connections to many major cities in Europe are available by big airline companies. Taxis on Tbilisi Airport are readily available and a ride to the city center costs approx. 12 Euros. Besides flying, one has excellent connections by train and bus to a vast number of regional destinations and neighboring countries.

Accommodation in Tbilisi features every aspect desired by travelers, be it business or leisure. Hotels in Tbilisi include the luxurious Sheraton Metekhi Palace with swimming pools and conference rooms. The several high-class hotels come at prices from 200$ per room and offer many amenities.

Dozens of mid-range and budget hotels can be found across the city, and rooms can be from 35$. Backpackers can choose between many Hostels in Tbilisi, where it is easy to get in contact with fellow travelers to exchange tips. It is possible to spend the night in a hostel for as little as 10$ per night.

Apartments in Tbilisi are an option if one stays for a more extended period, but it is also possible to rent apartments by the day. They give more privacy and more inside view to the city while being less expensive than a hotel when staying for a week or more.

Country: Georgia

Last updated: November 2018

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Estimated budget for 1 person$GEL
A loaf of bread (400 g)*27 pieces, Potato (1 kg)*8.4 kg, White rice (1 kg)*5 kg, Onion (1 kg)*2.5 kg, Salad (1 kg)*2.5 kg, Tomatoes (1 kg)*5 kg, Apples (kg)*3 kg, Bananas (kg)*3 kg, Orange (1 kg)*2 kg, Beef (1 kg)*4, Pork (1 kg)*2.5, Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 kg)*6 kg, Milk (1 l)*20 l, Local cheese (1 kg)*2 kg, Eggs (12) *4 pieces, Mineral water (1.5 l)*30 l
150.57$ 398.92 GEL
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre*1, Internet (60 Mbps)*1
237.00$ 627.90 GEL
Meal for 1 person (Budget Restaurant)*4, Cappuccino (regular)*12, Coke/Pepsi (330 ml bottle)*10, Big Mac meal*4, Bottle of beer (local, 0,5 l)*5, Wine (700 ml)*1
76.90$ 203.74 GEL
Public transport (Monthly pass)*1, Taxi Start*5, Taxi (1 km)*20
25.50$ 67.56 GEL
Personal care
Tube of toothpaste*1, Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)*1, Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)*1, Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)*0.3, Visit to private doctor*0.4
19.54$ 51.77 GEL
1 ticket to the movie*3, 1 ticket to the theatre*1, Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult*1, 1 cocktail drink in downtown club*3
94.00$ 249.04 GEL
For 1 day, cheap varriant, per day$GEL
Hostel (for 1 person)*1 14.00$ 37.09 GEL
A loaf of bread (400 g)*1, Local cheese (1 kg)*0.1, Milk (1 l)*1, Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 kg)*0.3, Apples (kg)*0.3, Bananas (kg)*0.3, Orange (1 kg)*0.3, Potato (1 kg)*0.5, Eggs (12) *0.4 5.29$ 14.02 GEL
Public transport (1 way ticket)*4 0.80$ 2.12 GEL
For 1 day, mid-range varriant, per day$GEL
Budget hotel, 2-3 stars (Room/Night)*1 31.00$ 82.13 GEL
Meal for 1 person (Budget Restaurant)*3 18.00$ 47.69 GEL
Public transport (1 way ticket)*6 1.20$ 3.18 GEL
Food prices$GEL
A loaf of bread (400 g) 0.40$ 1.06 GEL
Milk (1 l) 1.30$ 3.44 GEL
Eggs (12) 1.50$ 3.97 GEL
Local cheese (1 kg) 4.00$ 10.60 GEL
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 kg) 3.80$ 10.07 GEL
White rice (1 kg) 0.94$ 2.49 GEL
Onion (1 kg) 0.50$ 1.32 GEL
Salad (1 kg) 0.48$ 1.27 GEL
Potato (1 kg) 0.55$ 1.46 GEL
Tomatoes (1 kg) 0.97$ 2.57 GEL
Bananas (kg) 1.50$ 3.97 GEL
Apples (kg) 1.10$ 2.91 GEL
Orange (1 kg) 1.30$ 3.44 GEL
Beef (1 kg) 6.00$ 15.90 GEL
Pork (1 kg) 5.10$ 13.51 GEL
Mineral water (1.5 l) 0.44$ 1.17 GEL
Meal for 1 person (Budget Restaurant) 6.00$ 15.90 GEL
Meal for 1 person (Mid-range Restaurant) 10.00$ 26.49 GEL
Cappuccino (regular) 1.60$ 4.24 GEL
Coke/Pepsi (330 ml bottle) 0.55$ 1.46 GEL
Water (330 ml bottle) 0.30$ 0.79 GEL
Big Mac meal 4.80$ 12.72 GEL
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 21.00$ 55.64 GEL
Bottle of beer (local, 0,5 l) 0.90$ 2.38 GEL
Imported beer (0,33 l) 1.30$ 3.44 GEL
Wine (700 ml) 4.50$ 11.92 GEL
Vodka, rum, brandy 7.00$ 18.55 GEL
Pack of cigarettes 1.70$ 4.50 GEL
Hotels and hostels$GEL
Hostel (for 1 person) 14.00$ 37.09 GEL
Budget hotel, 2-3 stars (Room/Night) 31.00$ 82.13 GEL
Mid-Range Hotel, 4 stars (Room/Night) 55.00$ 145.72 GEL
Luxury Hotel, 5 stars (Room/Night) 143.00$ 378.86 GEL
Apartments for rent$GEL
Apartment (1 bedroom) in Downtown 320.00$ 847.80 GEL
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 220.00$ 582.86 GEL
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in Downtown 700.00$ 1854.56 GEL
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 390.00$ 1033.25 GEL
Internet (60 Mbps) 17.00$ 45.04 GEL
Public transport (1 way ticket) 0.20$ 0.53 GEL
Public transport (Monthly pass) 13.00$ 34.44 GEL
Taxi Start 1.30$ 3.44 GEL
Taxi (1 km) 0.30$ 0.79 GEL
Taxi (1 hour Waiting) 3.00$ 7.95 GEL
Petrol (gas) 0.96$ 2.54 GEL
Personal care$GEL
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 5.80$ 15.37 GEL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 6.00$ 15.90 GEL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …) 3.00$ 7.95 GEL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 2.80$ 7.42 GEL
Tube of toothpaste 1.80$ 4.77 GEL
Visit to private doctor 25.00$ 66.23 GEL
Standard men’s haircut in expat area 8.00$ 21.19 GEL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 3.20$ 8.48 GEL
1 ticket to the movie 5.00$ 13.25 GEL
1 ticket to the theatre 25.00$ 66.23 GEL
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.00$ 26.49 GEL
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 36.00$ 95.38 GEL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 6.00$ 15.90 GEL
Other prices$GEL
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 65.00$ 172.21 GEL
1 Summer Dress (Zara, H&M, ...) 50.00$ 132.47 GEL
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 120.00$ 317.92 GEL
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 103.00$ 272.89 GEL
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