The ferry service between Sochi and Batumi is served by a hydrofoil : the Comet. Only Russians, Georgians and other nationals of CIS countries can use this form of transport. Others need to go overland via Vladikavkaz or take an airplane.
If you are looking for info on other ferries on the Black Sea, head to the Black Sea Ferries overview page.
Schedule, prices and booking
The Comet only sails in the summer season, roughly from April-May to October-November. In 2017, service started on May 15.
It is scheduled to sail twice a week from Batumi to Sochi and twice a week the other way round. A succesful sailing takes 5 hours. However, like other ferries on the Black Sea, this is highly dependent on the weather. Be aware that it could take you twice as long.
Compared with flight tickets, the ferry is cheaper, but slower. Compared to the car the ferry is more expensive, but faster.
- Full adult ticket: 100$
- Children from 2 to 12: 50$
- Children up to 2 years: 13$
In Sochi, the ticket is paid in rubles; in Batumi you pay in lari.
You cannot buy tickets in advance. You have to book by phone or e-mail, and then pick up your tickets at the port at the day of departure.
The operator, Batumi Express, can be reached here:
- Batumi: +995 593 33 39 66
- Sochi: +7 918 409 12 96
- [email protected]
You are allowed to take 20 kg of luggage.
The hydrofoil has a capacity of 114 passengers. The ship develops speeds of up to 65 km/h. If you tend to get seasick, we suggest you take precautionary measures.
We found 2 testimonials of the trip and translated them for you. Russians know how to exaggerate, that’s for sure, but we do believe it says something about the state the boat is in and what you can expect from your trip.