Tbilisi Overview

Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and the biggest city in the country too. The city rarely sleeps and is always buzzing. Tbilisi is the kind of city that draws you in, reveals itself slowly, then gets right under your skin. Dripping with tradition yet effortlessly cool, Tbilisi is suave and chaotic, charming and eccentric all at once.

For most travelers, Tbilisi becomes the main gateway to Georgia.

Tbilisi attracts tourists with its historical places in Old CityRustaveli and Agmashenebeli avenues, Sololaki, and other historical districts of this very old city with a dramatic history. Many locals and tourists enjoy the ambient cafes and nightlife of the city. Tbilisi buzzing bazaars are one more thing you should never miss. What are you looking for? You will find it at the “Dry Bridge” market – fly market and modern painters exhibition under the open sky. Other bazaars are different, traditional, nontourist food bazaars spread around the city.

The old city was renovated at beginning of 2010-th and got second birth. We must mention the eclectic architecture of the city too, where old is mixed with very modern and gives Tbilisi a special charm.

Legend about Tbilisi

Our capital is a very old city. According to the common legend it was founded by the king of Georgia Vakhtang Gorgasali in the late V century. King was keen on falcon hunting. One day he and his men were hunting near river Mtkvari. King’s favorite falcon captured a pheasant and injured it. The pheasant managed to fly from falcon, but fell in a hot sulfur spring and got boiled. Falcon, who was cheesing its victim also fell in hot water and didn’t survive. So kings men found hot sulfur springs near the river. King ordered to build of a new city and called it Tbilisi – as Tbili means warm in Georgian. Tbilisi, by king Vakhtangs order, became the capital of Georgia and so it is now.

Tbilisi or Tiflis?

Tourists from some countries are often confused with the name Tbilisi and often ask – how it is correct Tbilisi or Tiflis? Let’s go through this interesting topic.

As I mentioned above Tbilisi stands for warm in the modern Georgian language, in old Georgian pronunciation was TFili. The combination of two consonants TF is very difficult to pronounce for Turkish linguals, so in Turkish Tbilisi was named Tiflis, and in many other languages, including Russian in the XIX century this name was adopted. Before 1936 official name of Tbilisi also was Tiflisi, but in 1936 name changed according to Georgian pronunciation and became Tbilisi.

7 useful tips about the city

  1. Don’t come with the intention to explore the city in July-August. These are the hottest months and walking in the city is very unpleasant, unless you come from a very hot country. In August city becomes empty. All theatres are closed, many bars and clubs also close their doors and locals try their best to leave the city. Read more in When to travel in Georgia.
  2. Avoid taxi in the airport. Scams are very often. So either use a taxi application or order a transfer to the hotel.
  3. Avoid nightclubs with doubtful reputations, scams are often there too.
  4. Buy a local SIM card. You can do it at the airport itself. There are 3 mobile operators in Georgia. They offer more or less the same tariffs, so get where will be fewer queues.
  5. Take good walking shoes. Tbilisi is a hilly city, makes your walking comfortably.
  6. The central part of Tbilisi doesn’t wake up early. So it is advisable to get breakfast at your accommodation, as many cafes don’t open until 10 o’clock.
  7. Be aware of the “church dress code”. If you are interested in religion, medieval architecture or just planning to visit churches, note that rules are strict, dress modestly, and have a scarf.

Check one-day tours.

Tours around Tbilisi

Unforgettable old tbilisi city tour
Unforgettable Old Tbilisi city tour
Discover the hidden gems of Tbilisi! Join us on a thrilling city tour and uncover the beauty, culture, and history of Tbilisi. Don't miss out! Book now.
Unforgettable Old Tbilisi city tour
Discover kazbegi tour from tbilisi – georgian military road 1 day
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Discover Kazbegi tour from Tbilisi – Georgian military road 1 Day
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Kazbegi on a thrilling tour. Explore stunning mountain landscapes, ancient churches, and local culture. Book now!
Discover Kazbegi tour from Tbilisi – Georgian military road 1 Day
Marvelous mtskheta tour - a journey through time
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Marvelous Mtskheta Tour - A Journey Through Time
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Mtskheta, Georgia's ancient capital city. Join a tour to discover its stunning architecture, cultural landmarks, and fascinating stories.
Marvelous Mtskheta Tour - A Journey Through Time
Organic wine tour in kakheti
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Organic wine tour in Kakheti
One day Wine tour in Kakheti, Georgia to Alazani valley best known winemaking region in eastern Georgia. Homeland of famous wines.
Organic wine tour in Kakheti
Charming mtskheta, gori and uplistsikhe tour
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Charming Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe tour
Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe tour covers the most important historical places near Tbilisi. Day tour possible any season.
Charming Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe tour
David gareja and sighnaghi tour
David Gareja and Sighnaghi tour
David Gareja and Sighnaghi tour in Kakheti, includes Lavra, Udabno caves and also wine tour and lunch. Best season spring and fall
David Gareja and Sighnaghi tour
The first europeans – dmanisi and bolnisi tour
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The first Europeans – Dmanisi and Bolnisi tour
The first Europeans – Dmanisi and Bolnisi tour
Kakheti tour in one day – town of love
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Kakheti tour in one day – Town of love
Explore the charming town of Sighnaghi, the heart of Kakheti, on a one-day tour. Admire 18th-century walls, taste wine, & immerse in Georgian culture.
Kakheti tour in one day – Town of love
Discover the magic of winter in georgia: an unforgettable adventure awaits!
Discover the Magic of Winter in Georgia: An Unforgettable Adventure Awaits!
Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the magic of winter in Georgia! Book your trip today and prepare to be enchanted by this beautiful country.
Discover the Magic of Winter in Georgia: An Unforgettable Adventure Awaits!
Vashlovani and signagi tour
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Vashlovani and Signagi tour
Vashlovani and Signagi tour in south Kakheti will let you enjoy wonderful nature, ancient fortress, cozy town Signagi and taste real Georgian wine.
Vashlovani and Signagi tour
One day horse riding tour in tbilisi
One day horse riding tour in Tbilisi
One day horse riding tour near Tbilisi, in village Gvevi you will find fantastic ranch and they are offering day trips around Trialeti range.
One day horse riding tour in Tbilisi
One day horse tour in algeti national park
One day horse tour in Algeti national park
One day horse tour in Algeti national park

Places in Tbilisi

  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Parks
  • Historical places
  • Theatres
  • Restaurants and clubs
  • National treasury
  • Georgian National Museum
  • Doll museum in Tbilisi
  • Money museum
  • Ethnographic open air museum
  • Museum of national musical instruments
  • Historical district Bethlemi
  • Bath district
  • Narikala fortress
  • Shardeni street
  • Caravan Sarai in Tbilisi
  • Baratashvili avenue
  • Rustaveli avenue
  • Freedom square
  • Marjanishvili street and David the builder’s avenue
  • Rustaveli theater
  • Marjanishvili theater
  • Tbilisi concert hall
  • “Nabadi” folklore theater
  • Tbilisi Opera
  • Rezo Gabriadze Marionette theatre


Tbilisi photos Gallery


Tbilisi international Airport
There is one airport in Tbilisi, where all international and domestic flights are taking place. Airport is located in the east part of the city. Airport’s website – www.airport.ge. From airport to the city one can get by bus, train, taxi or order transfer.

There are 3 railway stations: Central station, Didube station and Navtlukhi station. From the central station leaves all local trains, most important of which is Tbilisi – Batumi train and international trains – to Yerevan and Baku. Check out Georgian Railways website – www.railway.ge.

Bus stations
In Tbilisi there are several bus stations: At central railway station, Didube station, from where leaves buses and minibuses to the north and west Georgia and region Samtskhe-Javakheti, at Isani and Samgori subway stations can be found minibuses to Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli region and Ortachala bus station, where are buses to Yerevan and Kakheti. Price of ticket depends on distance.
Buses and minibuses

Most popular public transport is buses and minibuses. Bus ticket costs 1 GEL.


Tbilisi subway has 2 lines. To use subway person needs to buy special card – metromoney, which also can be used in buses and minibuses. One ticket costs 1 GE?L. Metromoney card costs 2 lari

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