The map for printing out and providing taxi driver for easy reaching the hostel
Tbilisi Public Transport Usage Guide
If you take a taxi from the airport it will cost you 35 LARI which you should exchange money at the airport (withdraw money from a cash machine at the airport). Don't let the taxi drivers cheat you - the rate is 35 LARI to our hostel.
Another way is to take bus #37 which costs 50 TETRI per person which you also should have. The bus is round-the-clock: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. it runs every 20 minutes and from 12:00 p.m. till 7:00 a.m. the interval is 35 minutes. You can exchange some money (including coins) also at the airport at the bank office.
Georgian Lari is a currency of Georgia. ISO code is GEL. Georgian Lari is subdivided into 100 Tetri.
If you pay cash on a bus you should have change - 5, 10, 20 or 50 tetri coins. You can use 1 lari coin to purchase 2 tickets and 2 lari coin to purchase 4 tickets. If you pay in mini-bus - you pay to a driver. But this does not play in the metro. You can't pay cash in the metro - you must have a plastic card. In general, it would be advisable to buy a plastic card which is good for buses, metro and mini-buses ("marshrutka"). You can purchase the card at any metro station. It costs 2 lari (keep payment check if you are going to return the card within one month and get your money back) and you should credit it (in metro or with the use of payment terminals which are set on any bus stop and in the streets) when necessary. You can return your plastic card (in metro cash office) within a month after purchase upon submission of payment check and your ID card or passport and get your 2 lari back. One metro or bus trip at any distance costs 50 tetri. The payment fee for additional use of the same plastic card within 1.5 hours is 0. After 1.5 hours you pay again 50 tetri and enjoy 1.5 hours more free of charge traveling. There are paperless terminals installed on some buses (see picture). You should just bring your plastic card to the device and when the display is green that means your plastic card is charged. Official ticket collectors have special device which could check your plastic card of you use the paperless terminal. One trip in mini-bus, so-called "marshrutka" is 0.8 lari (80 tetri) and any next trip within one day will cost you 65 tetri if you pay with a plastic card. But the use of the plastic card on a bus or metro does not provide the right of discount for mini-bus and vise-versa.
Schoolchildren use the metro and bus for free, but a zero ticket on the bus is still taken and the passage to the metro also requires a bank debit card that is tied to the bank account of one of the parents and you can transfer the amount to it there is a need to pay taxi minibusses that for children are paid as well as for adults.
If a child doesn't have a ticket when checking by the collector on the bus, the one-time fine is 5 lari and his parents pay it. If the fine is not paid within a month, a new fine of 50 GEL is charged. If it is not paid, then the case goes to the court and then to the bailiffs. Students and pensioners pay 20 tetri in the metro and bus. There is a category (veterans of war, refugees, etc.) of citizens who use zero payment (but still must take a ticket).
The collectors have special technical means for identifying the person and with their help have access to the state register.
According to the available information, since 2020 fares for public transport will be significantly increased.
If you are a group of tourists it makes sense to purchase one plastic card and use it to buy a relevant number of tickets (no discounts and free 1.5 hours are applicable for the whole group in this case). Actually guests and tourists can't use credit or debit cards issued abroad for payment.
Don't attempt to travel without a ticket - the authorized inspectors are very strict and they are monitoring all the buses day and night. The fine is 20 lari and if not paid at a bank or payment terminal in the street within a month the fine increases up to 40 lari. If you don't pay the fine, you might face problems at the customs when leaving the country - you will be asked to pay fines right there which sometimes is not fully convenient for tourists.
If a child under 16 years old is a foreign tourist, to enter the subway, as well as all other citizens, he must only use a plastic card (for example, METROMANI, which, as I already wrote, can be purchased in the subway) on general grounds, i.e. with a payment of 50 tetri per entry with a preferential 1.5 hour period. However, he does not need to take a ticket on the bus, although it is necessary to have a document proving that a child is no more than 16 years old and a document (passport) that he is a foreigner. Controllers will not fine him.