When is the best time to fly to Tbilisi?
No matter when you take a flight to Tbilisi, there is plenty for the travellers to enjoy, as the city has a thriving cultural scene and modern advances – such as shopping malls and fine dining restaurants that continue to make their way into the Georgian capital.
July and August are the warmest months in Tbilisi, and this is when the city expects its largest influx of tourists. Flights to Tbilisi can be at their most expensive during these months, too. Cheap flights to Tbilisi are more likely to be found during the cold months of December, January and February. October is a good time to visit the city, as the jovial festival of Tbilisoba brings plenty of wine and music to the city’s streets. The festival is a celebration of the diversity and history of Tbilisi and is a great time to be in the city and soak up the culture.
The Georgian city of Tbilisi has managed to escape the predictable signs of modernity that plague so many cookie-cutter capital cities around the world. Here, travellers won’t find skyscrapers towering over a sea of concrete buildings. Built right on the Georgian mountainside and set against the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi embraces nature and tradition first and foremost, and it’s obvious from first glance.
Stepping into Tbilisi, there’s an intriguing mix of Art Deco architecture, traditional balconied houses and charmingly narrow alleyways that twistingly lead to countless markets, restaurants and inns just waiting to be discovered. For those who want to explore the city by foot, the Old City is a fantastic place to start discovering the heart of Tbilisi. The towering, golden-peaked monument at Freedom Square is another must-see, as is the Nariqala Fortress that looms over Old Town.
The Museum of Georgia and the Open Air Museum of Ethnography are both worthy stops, the former displaying the country's archeological treasury and the latter displaying folk architecture and crafts in a recreated Georgian village.
Thanks to its location between Asia and Europe, Tbilisi offers the best of both worlds when it comes to dining – not to mention the budget-friendly Georgian fare that can be found in traditional eateries throughout the city. After dark, there is also plenty to do, from enjoying the many nightlife options to partaking in Georgia’s famed local wine.
Getting around Tbilisi
The city has a solid network of public transportation options to help you get around Tbilisi. A metro system and bus system make it simple to get around the city. There are also local vans, called marshrutkas, which maintain routes throughout the city. Taxis are also available, though they typically do not run on meters and prices should always be negotiated before entering the taxi.
Getting from the Airport to the City
Flights to Tbilisi are served by Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) is about 6 miles (9.6 km) outside of the capital city, and it’s well connected to Tbilisi, as well. Both trains and buses take passengers to and from Tbilisi International Airport. For those who prefer a more direct route, taxis are available 24-hours a day.