To SVANETI - Tbilisi Mestia flight, Kutaisi Mestia, Zugdidi Mestia, Batumi Mestia | Bus, train, marshrutka.
Getting to Svaneti, Georgia, a famous mountain region is possible by car (bus, marshrutka/minivan, taxi) or Tbilisi Mestia flight / Kutaisi Mestia flight by plane (helicopter not flying anymore) to Mestia Queen Tamar airport.
Travel to Svaneti Mestia by train is not possible, there is no railway directly to Upper Svaneti, but you can reach Zugdidi.
All public ground transportation goes via Zugdidi city.
About 120 kilometers of Zugdidi Mestia road was recently renewed.
If you travel from Batumi to Mestia or getting from Kutaisi to Mestia, normally you passing Zugdidi.
Tbilisi Zugdidi train (night or day time) can be used to reach Zugdidi from Tbilisi.
If you are already in Georgia and have any urgent question regarding Svaneti transportation, you can call 24 hours Hotline:
Georgian tourist information : 0-800-800-909 (can call from mobile)
Landscapes of Mazeri, Upper Svaneti
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Tbilisi Mestia flight, Kutaisi Mestia flight (+ Tbilisi Kutaisi ) To SVANETI by Air!
[Updated on May 2016]
- Good news!
Since March 10 2016 - new domestic flights are launched, including new flight to MESTIA from KUTAISI airport.
Currenlly, you can enjoy a regular plane flights from Tbilisi to Mestia and from Kutaisi to Mestia airport on Czech L410 aircraft, operated by a local airline ServiceAir.
As for now this is a fastest, not expensive and exciting way to get to Svaneti, that's why it is so popular and demand always exceeds the capacity of Mestia flight.
The aircraft can bring only 17 passengers (luggage 15 kg).
Children under 3 years can fly to Svaneti free of charge).
By airline rules, the ticket is non-changeable and non-refundable ( but they can refund in case of flight cancellation due to weather conditions)
Flight ticket price:
Flights schedule 2016:
How to book and buy tickets on SVANETI flights.
To book a flight to Svaneti please fill a form below and very soon we will get your tickets from airline office here in Georgia.
Currently there is no online reservation system allowing you to check the flight availability and book your tickets instantly.
This year we are glad to offer this opportunity for Svaneti guests as we were asked for help many times. Due to constant delays in remote communication with airline it is possible to miss your tickets to Mestia, as there is a very high demind already.
This is especially critical now when too many people wish to book this 17 passenger flight, planning summer and spring tourist season.
Last year flights were full almost a month in advance!
If you travel to Svaneti with a group of more than 4-5 people it can be more complex to find dates with available seats and more advisable advance booking. Just send us your request.
How it works?
How much is this cost?
We need to spent some time for visiting the airline office and receiving your transfer in a bank, so we will ask you 30% of tickets price (minimum 20 EUR for order). If need only 1 ticket - fee is 10 EUR.
In case of flight cancellation you can refund your ticket price excluding this fee.
Example of E-ticket we send to you
What info need to send for reservation request ?
1. Dates of departure
2. How many passengers
2. Names and Passport numbers (* Mandatory) of ALL passengers
3. Optional but highly recommended - you can send alternative dates to check.
To make request please *fill the form on this page* or drop us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
After arrival to Mestia airport - we can pick up you there and transfer directly to our Svaneti Guesthouse doors.
If you will need transfer don't forget to mention in our accomodation booking form.
Tip: Please have in mind that this flight to Mestia can be cancelled according to weather conditions.
SVANETI Flights Booking
[Update 13 July]
We temporary stopping flight booking service.
All confirmed orders will be done as promised.
We resume the servise as soon as it can be possible.
Winter view. Guesthouse at the foot of Ushba.
Our hotel "backyard". Mt Ushba. Not bad?
Tbilisi Mestia, Svaneti. Flight Train Marshrutka
A distance from Tbilisi to Mestia is about 450 km. There are several ways to get from Tbilisi to Svaneti, Mestia.
Flight can bring you 4 times in a week to Mestia airport.
Or you can take a night train to Zugdidi then catch a marshrutka(minibus) at Zugdidi railway station.
Another option is to get a daily direct marshrutka Tbilisi Mestia early in the morning.
Or finally you can take a taxi or book a transfer to Svaneti by our minibus.
Tbilisi Mestia flight 2016. Mestia airport
Natakhtari airport is not far from Tbilisi and airline company offers a free transfer to/from Tbilisi. To be picked up in Tbilisi you should come to Rustaveli metro station, near a fontain (blue Mercedes Sprinter), about 1,5 hours before flight.
Tbilisi-Mestia Flight Schedule:
Mazeri offers wonderful opportunities for hiking, trekking and horse riding.
All routes begin from our guesthouse doors.
Here is a list of several treks. Allmost all are possible to do with horses.
Half day hikes:
Also, in Mazeri:
Tbilisi Mestia bus. Timetable Price Location
Every morning you can take Tbilisi to Mestia marshrutka.
Buses depart from a bus station near Tbilisi central Railway station starting from 5:30 - 6:00 AM.
Again, there is no any timetable for this buses. The system is departure as soon as the bus will be full of passengers. The quantity of marshrutkas to Mestia depends of season, there can be from 1 to 10 cars every day.
So it's recommended to be there at 5 AM, especially at low season.
It might be useful a map of hotels in a walking distance from the place.
If you are going to our Svaneti hotel in Mazeri, you need to get out of the bus 15 km before reaching Mestia. From here we can pickup you for free.
Tbilisi Zugdidi train. Schedule Ticket Price
Georgian railway runs daily trains from Tbilisi to Zugdidi. Every day you can take a morning or night train. Time to go is 8-9 hours. The ticket price is really low, about 4-9 USD.
You should get a night train to catch a mini-bus from Zugdidi to Mestia next morning, otherwise you need overnight in Zugdidi or get a taxi to Mestia.
How to buy:
It is possible to purchase e-ticket by internet. Visit a Georgian railways website and register. Then login, select your tickets and pay by credit card.
You will need to provide passport/ID numbers and names for all passegers.
Passenger, traveling with E-ticket, boards the train upon presentation to the conductor of a code of E-ticket purchase and the document proving the identity of the passenger, which was specified during the ticket booking.
Necessary condition: Passengers are allowed to board the train being accompanied by the person who has booked the railway tickets in his name.
Cancellation: Ticket fare is fully refundable if you cancel your ride not later than 15 hours before departure. Some penalties are taken if you do it later. Cancellation should be done on the same website, and not later than 2 hours before departure time.
Tip: In the booking form select "Wagon Class" as ALL and try different "Wagon category" field values. Results may differ.
(!) During the high summer season it is recommended to book the train tickets 1-2 weeks in advance.
Right after arrival to Zugdidi by the night train at the morning, you can catch a marshrutka to Mestia (mini-bus) in front of Railway station.
Drivers come here to pickup passengers from the train and there is no any schedule, the bus departs when get enough passengers.
One more place in Zugdidi where you can find a minibus to Mestia is a bus station near Svan Tower (the location on map), which is in short walk from the Railway station.
See more about Zugdidi Mestia and directions to the guesthouse.
Tbilisi Zugdidi bus
If for some reason, you didn't get the night train to Zugdidi, you have an option to go by night (or day) Tbilisi Zugdidi bus.
The night bus from Tbilisi to Zugdidi departs from the central railway station (see on the map) and arrives to Zugdidi early in the morning.
You can buy the ticket at the station. Time to go is 6-7 hours.
Another location for buses to Zugdidi is Tbilisi bus station near 'Didube' metro (the place on the map). But as we know there are only 'day' marshrutkas going till 5 PM.
Flight to Georgia prices calendar:
Kutaisi to Mestia, Svaneti. Bus Marshrutka Taxi Flight
A distance between Kutaisi and Mestia is about 230 km.
Time to go by land: about 4-5 hours
From Kutaisi to Mestia by Air
Kutaisi-Mestia Flight Schedule:
Please read more about flights here.
Kutaisi Mestia bus from Kopitnari Airport
Getting to Svaneti, Mestia from Kutaisi airport.
There is a transport company called Georgian Bus (www.georgianbus.com)
They have regular buses from Kutaisi airport to Mestia and other cities of Georgia including Tbilisi and Batumi.
Buses schedule: Linked to airplane arrivals. Several times in a day.
Buy ticket: In Kutaisi airport or purchase online on the website* (Update 2016 - no more online booking for Mestia route) .
Ticket cost 40 GEL (lari).
(!) Seems sometimes they work unstable. In a phone call they said, a bus can go to Mestia in case of the minimum amount of 4 passengers (this is not a problem in summer high season).
Becides, they said that currently there is no buses to Mestia after 8 PM. Our advise is to contact them in advance
(hotline 24h +995 555 397 387, email@example.com)
or find Georgian Bus representative in Kutaisi airport and ask about transfer to Mestia.
Kutaisi airport Kopintari is located just near the main road to Kutaisi city.
In case you don't want to go directly to Mestia, you can catch a cheap public bus to Kutaisi from airport or from the main road.
The distance to the city is 20 km and about half an hour to go.
Public bus to Kutsisi can cost just about 2 GEL.
Our mountain hotel rooms are clean and cosy.
Kutaisi Mestia bus from Kutaisi city
If you want to catch a direct bus Kutaisi Mestia - marshrutka from Kutaisi city (not from airport) departs from Kutaisi bus station near McDonalds.
See Kutaisi bus station on the map .
How to find the bus station:
There is only one station in the city, but no any main building or ticket office. You should bypass McDonalds on the left, then turn left again to the street with lot of cars.
City bus № 1 or marshrutka № 1 (circle route) will get you to the station.
Kutaisi Mestia marshrutka schedule: 9-10 AM,
ticket price is 25 GEL (Lari)
(if passengers is more than one bus can bring, then one more car is possible)
Kutaisi Mestia taxi price is about 250 GEL (2-4 people car).
Also you can book our cheap private transfer to our hotel in Svaneti by our 16-passenger minivan.
One more option to get to Svaneti from Kutaisi is to catch a bus to Zugdidi then change a car to Mestia there.
But if you want to get to Mestia same day, better to arrive to Zugdidi as soon as possible (before 11-12 AM).
Marshrutka Kutaisi Zugdidi departs every hour form early morning till 6-7 PM at the Kutaisi bus station (see info above), ticket price is 7 GEL (lari).
Time to go is about 2 hours.
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Zugdidi Mestia marshrutka, taxi
Zugdidi is a main transportation hub on the way to Upper Svaneti.
There is about 130 kilometers of good road between Zugdidi and Mestia.
But there is still one inconvenience - all public buses to Mestia are going only in the first part of day.
Time to go: about 2,5-3 hours with one stop on the way.
There are two bus stations in Zugdidi.
A first one and main is at the Zugdidi railway station square. Here arrive all buses from Kutaisi, Tbilisi, Batumi and other cities of Georgia.
A second one, Zugdidi bus station near a Svaneti tower is a special place for transport to and from Svaneti.
From the first to the second place is only 7 minute walk.
You can see this route on the map.
Arrival to Zugdidi by night train from Tbilisi
Right after arrival by Tbilisi Zugdidi night train (6-25 AM), you can find marshrutka to Mestia in front of railway station.
Marshruka drivers come here this time to pickup Tbilisi train passengers.
Departure time - as soon as the car will be full of people.
For our guests: If you arrive by this train, we can ask the driver to meet you at your train coach and help you to find his car to Svaneti.
Arrival to Zugdidi different way
If you are coming to Zugdidi from Kutaisi, Batumi or Tbilisi by marshrutka or bus, the arrival place is a bus stand near railway station.
To get to Svaneti, make sure it is not too late (not later than 11-12 AM). But anyway you can try to find a public minibus.
First, ask somebody near the railway station.
If there are no cars, need to walk several minutes to a bus station near Svaneti tower and ask there. You can find a map of this route above.
Zugdidi Mestia minibus ticket price is 20 GEL (lari)
Batumi Mestia marshrutka, taxi
From Batumi to Mestia is about 250 kilometers and 6 hours to go.
To catch a direct Batumi Mestia bus (marshrutka) need to come to bus station near 8 AM. The bus will wait till it be full of passengers and may depart even about 10AM.
In case if you cannot find the bus or don't want to wait - you can first get a bus to Zugdidi then change a bus to Mestia there.
More info about Zugdidi-Mestia.
Batumi bus station address:
A square near Chavchavadze and Shavsheti streets crossing, not far from city center.
Look at point on the map.
A phone number of the Bus station is (+995 422) 278547
Batumi Mestia taxi can cost 300-350 GEL for a 3-4 passenger car.
Directions. How to get to Mazeri and find our Svaneti Hotel.
Going towards Mestia by public transport.
Tell your bus driver that you are going to Mazeri.
You should go out of your bus or marshrutka about 15 kilometers before Mestia, near the turning to Becho on the main road.
The foot of Ushba and village Mazeri is about 5 km from this place.
Here our car can pick up you for free.
Please ask about this in your booking request.
* You can even ask the driver to drop you to Mazeri directly, and sometims it works. Just pay him additional 5 Gel.
Going by your car
Turn to Becho from the main Zugdidi-Mestia road, then go straight till you reach Mazeri, a last village by this road.
Our guesthouse is almost last house in the vallage and only nature is around at the foot of mount Ushba..
Use this point on google map.
Transfer to Svaneti. Prices.
We can offer our guests group transfers to our hotel by low price.
Our 15-16 passenger comfortable minibus is ready to get your group to our guesthouse doors from almost any location of Georgia!
Our driver can pickup you in airport, railway station or any address!
We Looking forward to your visit
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Transport from Svaneti Mestia to Zugdidi, Batumi, Tbilisi or Kutaisi.
Every day minibuses are going from Mestia center to different locations of Georgia.
But getting a public transport is possible only at morning time.
Mestia - Tbilisi bus departs near 6 AM; 8-9 hours.
Mestia - Batumi bus departs near 7-8 AM; 5-6 hours.
Mestia - Kutaisi bus departs near 7-8 AM; 4-5 hours.
Mestia - Zugdidi bus departs near 7-8 AM; 2,5-3 hours.
Drivers are waiting till their car will be full enough.
If there is too much people - it can be several cars one after another.
We are helping our guests to get a bus they need.
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