Your Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Georgia

Last Updated on December 24, 2022


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Written by Cal from Mountain Leon

Located at the edge of Europe and Asia, Georgia is a fantastic place for backpackers to explore.

And backpacking Georgia is both an affordable and incredibly rewarding experience no matter where you visit.

As well as plenty of activities like trekking, climbing, horse riding, and skiing in some of the cheapest ski resorts in Europe, you can also enjoy class beach resorts and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

And the best part? Georgia has some of the cheapest quality accommodation you can find!

There is truly something for everyone: solo travelers searching for your next adventure, couples looking for a romantic getaway, or friends eager to experience a new country together.

So if you are planning a trip to Reorgia, read on to find out how much it costs backpacking Georgia!

Your ultimate travel guide to backpacking Georgia

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Accommodation Costs in Georgia

There are plenty of hostels and budget hotels across Georgia. Booking.com is a great resource, as you’ll have access to the best deals and it will probably be easier than trying to book directly in English.

The average price for a room with a shared kitchen and bathroom is 60 to 75 GEL ($22.45 to $28).

If you’re looking for something even cheaper, there are also many hostels with dorm rooms if you’re happy sharing your sleeping area.

It’s easy to find quality, cheap accommodation in bigger cities like Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, and Rustavi.

These cities also have some of the best hostels in Georgia where you can meet other travelers and make new friends.

It’s worth reading other traveler reviews and splashing out slightly more on accommodation that has better reviews.

During the peak season between July and early September, it’s usual for prices to be slightly higher, especially in popular beach destinations like Batumi.

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Getting Around Georgia

Public transport is a great way to get around when you’re backpacking Georgia.

Inner city buses usually cost 1 GEL ($0.38) for a one-way ticket, and there are good connections between major cities too.

For instance, the five hour trip from Tbilisi to Batumi costs around 20 GEL ($7.50), and the two hour trip from Kutaisi to Batumi costs 10 GEL ($3.75).

When traveling between major cities, you could also fly or hop on a train, but buses are often the easiest (and cheapest) way of moving around.

There are three international airports in Georgia. If you’re flying from Europe, Wizzair offers good prices and fly into Kutaisi.

There are plenty of buses into the city center and connections to other places like Tbilisi and Batumi.

In Tbilisi, there is an underground metro that connects up large parts of the city. You can pick up a metro card from a kiosk inside most metro stations.

The cost per journey per person (regardless of how many stops you’re going) in one direction is 1 GEL ($0.38) per person.

If you’re flying from Russia, Turkey, or other Eastern Europe countries, you can often find cheap flights into Batumi and Tbilisi.

English isn’t widely spoken, so if you fancy a slightly easier journey from the airport, you can book a taxi or contact your hostel to arrange for a pickup.

It’s always best to have some back-up taxi numbers on you, as they aren’t always reliable.

One great way to use taxis especially in the larger cities is to download the Wolt app. It’s easy to use, and it will tell you how much your journey will cost before you make it.

Just bear in mind that the price might go up slightly during your journey.

This could be due to a number of factors, such as the need for a route change or if the driver has to wait to pick you up for some reason.

Of course, this is a more expensive option than using public transport; you can expect to pay between 25 and 50 GEL ($9.35 and $18.70), depending on the driver.

Eating and Drinking in Georgia

One of the things I’m asked most is how much is Georgian food? Because let’s be honest, every Georgia itinerary should include a few days of eating as much as possible!

Luckily, even if you’re on a budget, you’ll be pleased to know restaurants across Georgia offer similar dishes at reasonable prices.

If it’s meat you’re after, try a local dumpling with a spicy meat filling called khinkali. Vegetarian khinkali are also available, typically filled with a mozzarella-like cheese or vegetables.

They usually cost 0.7 GEL ($0.30) a piece, and you can fill up with 6 or 7. Bear in mind that most restaurants add a 10% surcharge for service.

Bakeries are also very common and a cheaper alternative to eating out if you are backpacking in Georgia.

Khachapuri, a traditional pie filled with local cheese, is a tasty option for breakfast (or any time of day), but won’t be great for your waistline as they’re filled with plenty of butter.

You can expect to pay 2 GEL ($0.75) per piece in bakeries and 6 – 8 GEL ($2.25 to $3) in restaurants.

If you’re backpacking Georgia between June and October, make the most of the fresh fruit and vegetables available in markets and make your own meals (if where you’re staying has a kitchen).

You can buy a kilo of tomatoes, cucumbers, and a variety of fruit for as little as 2 to 2.5 GEL ($0.75 to $0.95).

As you can see, even with a strict Georgia travel budget, you should be able to enjoy plenty of local cuisine without breaking the bank.

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Restaurant Prices in Georgia

Water (0.33L bottle) = 0.5 GEL ($0.20)

Soda = 1.3 GEL ($0.50)

Cappuccino or Latte = 3.9 GEL ($1.50)

Local draught beer (0.5L) = 2.3 GEL ($0.86)

Imported bottled beer (0.33L) = 4 GEL ($1.50)

Meal for 1 in a local restaurant = 15 GEL ($5.60)

3 course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant = 50 GEL ($18.70)

Market Prices in Georgia

Loaf of bread = 0.9 GEL ($0.35)

Local cheese (1Kg) = 9 GEL ($3.35)

Seasonal fruit (1Kg) = 2.5 GEL ($0.95)

Water (1.5L) = 1 GEL ($0.38)

Local beer (0.5L bottle) = 2 GEL ($0.75)

Imported beer (0.33L bottle) = 3 GEL ($1.12)

Bottle of wine = 12 GEL ($4.50)

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Other Expenses

Depending on the type of traveler you are and what you enjoy doing when you’re in a new destination.

Other expenses for your Georgia travel budget will include entrance fees for museums and other attractions, beach clubs, or exploring the culinary and bar scene. So I’ll leave that up to you.

If you’re interested in buying a local Georgian sim card with a data plan, Magti offers good service even in the remotest of places.

You can build your own monthly plan with Magti, called a “cocktail”. If you do this, the cheapest one starts at 5 GEL ($1.88) with just calls and no internet.

Or you can get unlimited everything (internet, calls and texts) for a whole month for 60 GEL ($22.45).

Final Thoughts About Backpacking Georgia

Georgia has a lot of to offer, and you can easily get by on 70 GEL ($26.20) per day while backpacking in Georgia.

Do this by booking a room with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, preparing a few meals yourself as well as eating out in restaurants, and using public transport for getting around.

If you’d like to make your money go even further, go for a shared dorm, make most of your meals yourself, and avoid splashing out on coffees and alcohol. 

🛎 TOP TIP: Wondering where to stay in Georgia? Check out Booking.com for the best deals on hotels, guesthouses and hostels.

Frequently Asked Questions

✅ How many days is enough for Georgia (the country)?

Two weeks (around 10-14 days) is a good amount of time to explore Georgia. If you plan to cross a lot of the country on foot while backpacking Georgia, up to 21 days should be enough to see a lot of the beautiful landscape.

✅ What is the best month to visit Georgia?

Spring and fall are the best periods for backpacking Georgia. April – June and September – October are perfect to avoid the cold winter and boiling hot summer!

✅ Can you drink alcohol in Georgia (the country)?

Yes you can. In fact, Georgia has a high reputation when it comes to alcohol production. Georgian wine specifically is a proud product of the country and should be at least tried whilst backpacking Georgia!

Let me know below if you are thinking of backpacking Georgia! Is there anything else you want to know about prices in Georgia or backpacking in Georgia? Leave any of your own tips about Georgia backpacking in the comments!


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About The Author: Cal Bailey runs Mountain Leon – a travel blog he started after two years on backpacking around the world. If you want to learn more about life on the road or tips for travelling, you can read his latest post about choosing the right sleeping bag.


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