Located around 17 km southeast of the city, Tbilisi airport is a modern glass terminal offering international flights around the world. Although small, the airport offers useful services like ATMs, sim card shops, and a tourist information desk. Trains, buses, and taxis ferry passengers frequently from and to the center of Tbilisi.
Tbilisi airport has routes to 50+ destinations in Europe and Asia.
Many visitors fly to Kutaisi international airport as it often has cheaper flights through Wizz Air. Located 4 hours from Tbilisi, you can take a train or marshrutka to Tbilisi.
useful services like ATMs, sim card shops, and a tourist information desk.
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Transport to and from the airport
Tbilisi international airport is around 20 km east of the city. Traveling from and to the airport is possible with bus number 37, train, shuttle bus, or taxi.
At the airport, taxis are located on the curbside outside the arrival and departure halls. They can take you to any part of the city throughout the day and night. Expect to pay around 30 lari (20USD). You can call them on +995 32 78 78 78.
A taxi from the center of town to the airport should generally cost 25 lari. Although it’s more expensive compared to rides in the city, locals pay the same rate. To avoid being overcharged, ask your accommodation to book a taxi over the phone or use a ride-hailing app like Taxify or Yandex.
Public bus from center to the airport
The 37 (or 137) bus from the city center to the airport runs every 20 minutes from 7 am – 10.45pm and takes around 45 minutes. There are also night buses if you need to travel outside of these times.
The route: Station Square 1 –> Queen Tamara Ave.–> Heroe’s Square –> Meliqishvili Ave. –> Rustaveli Ave.–> Freedom Square –> Baratashvili Str. –> Queen Ketevan Ave. –> Black Sea Str. –> Kakheti Highway –> Airport
A popular place to catch the bus is from Freedom Square. The stop is just outside Griboedov Theater on Rustaveli Avenue.
You can find the schedule here.
Public bus from the airport to center
To take the bus from the airport to the center of Tbilisi, look out for the yellow number 37 bus at the bus stop just outside the arrivals hall. The bus takes around 45 minutes and runs every 20 minutes from 7 am – 12 am. A night bus is available between 7 am – 12 am.
The route: Airport –> Kakheti Highway –> Black Sea Street –> Queen Ketevan Ave. –> Baratashvili Str. –> Rustaveli Ave. –> Kostava Str.–> Queen Tamara Ave. –> Station Square 1
Although the information on the night bus was removed from the website, it is still running. The N37 bus runs from 10.45 pm – 7 am (Tbilisi center to the airport) and 12 am – 7 am (airport to Tbilisi center). Buses depart every 35-40 minutes. The N37 follows the same route as the 37 bus.
Paying for the bus
Tap your metromoney card when you enter the bus or pay the driver directly in change. You can exchange notes for change at the tourist information in the arrival hall. The bus costs just 0.50 lari. If you take the metro within 90 minutes of riding the bus with your metromoney card, the bus will be free!
Arriving at the airport, walk two minutes from arrivals to the right-side of the departure hall. You can take a blue shuttle bus to Tbilisi center from the bus stop. A small screen with a digital display shows the time of arriving buses. The buses are comfortable with a USB port at almost every seat.
The bus stops at three places in Tbilisi: Freedom Square, Heroes Square, and 26 May Square, Sport Palace. At 10 lari per person, it is more expensive than the public bus, but a cheaper alternative to a taxi. It runs 24 hours a day. You can call them on +95 53 22 51 15 11 although they may only speak Georgian or Russian.
Shaped like a white storm trooper helmet clad with golden glass and located 70 meters from the airport building, the train station is easy to find. Trains run to and from Tbilisi central railway station. The 20 minute journey is the fastest way to travel to and from the airport. However, since the trains only run four times daily and don’t coincide with most flights, it may be better to travel by bus or taxi. You can take the train for 0,50 lari with your Metromoney card.
Tbilisi -> Airport 7:55 AM and 4:55pm
Airport -> Tbilisi 8:35 AM and 5:40pm
Most hotels offer a private transfer service – at a cost. Normally the most expensive way to travel, expect to pay from 13 – 30 USD per person. Transfers are also bookable online.