A detailed budget report on how much it costs to go backpacking in Georgia. Includes a city-by-city breakdown, average costs for common expenses, and recommendations for accommodation.
For such a small country, Georgia packs a lot of punch. And luckily, Georgia is incredibly affordable. Below you can find out exactly how much it costs to travel in Georgia.
Exchange rate at time of writing: €1 = 2.68 GEL
Here’s how much it costs to go backpacking in Georgia
We stayed in Georgia for three weeks. In those three weeks, we spent €826 between the two of us.
- For two people: 2,214 GEL / €826 / $875
- Per person: 1,107 GEL / €413 / $438
Average costs per person
- Total per day: 53 GEL / €19.67 / $20.85
- Food and drinks per day: 6.50 GEL / €2.50 / $2.65
- Accommodation per day: 15 GEL / €6 / $6.35
Note: Prices for rooms in Georgia are often per room. Solo travelers might have to shell out a bit more for sleeping.
- Marshrutka between cities: 10-25 GEL / €4-10 / $4.25 – 10.60
- Innercity marshrutka: 0.30 – 1.5 GEL / €0.10 – €0.60 / $0.11 – 0.65
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Below is a city-by-city breakdown of how much it costs to travel in Georgia. We’re included budget and mid-range accommodation recommendations for each city.
Tbilisi: 54.63 GEL / €20.29 / $21.50
Tbilisi is a very affordable capital city, in part because getting around by public transport is cheap. There are also pastry shops everywhere, selling delicious breaded delights for a couple of GEL. Accommodation is reasonably priced but more expensive than in other parts of the country.
- We recommend BHM Hostel for budget travelers – Book BHM Hostel now!
- We recommend Gallery Hostel Tbilisi for mid-range travelers – Book Gallery Hostel Tbilisi now!
Batumi: 46.15 GEL / €17.22 / $18.25
Batumi is a place of extremes. In the off-season, it’s possible to stay here for very little money, but prices skyrocket in the summer season. We visited in the off-season, so expect prices to double if you come during the holidays. To keep within your budget, we recommend getting food from bakeries and getting drinks from the supermarket.
- We recommend Hotel Verona for both budget and mid-range travelers – Book Hotel Verona now!
Kutaisi: 50.63 GEL / €18.89 / $20
The best thing about Kutaisi is that the sights are free, and you can easily walk around the town. And because Kutaisi is a student town, there are plenty of cheap places to eat.
- We highly recommend Sun Guesthouse for both budget and mid-range travelers – Book Sun Guesthouse now!
Mestia: 71.88 GEL / €26.81 / $28.40
Mestia’s accommodation prices are a bit higher than in other parts of the country. Expect to pay more if you want to go skiing or go on a guided walk. Most accommodation includes food.
- We stayed at Villa Gabliani, which is okay for budget travelers – Book Villa Gabliani now!
- We recommend Svan House for mid-range travelers – Book Svan House now!
Zugdidi: 35.75 GEL / €13.34 / $14.14
Zugdidi doesn’t have much to do, but staying in Bagrationi Guesthouse is reason alone to visit. If you stay here, food is included, your host can give you a ride to the train station.
- We highly recommend Bagrationi Guesthouse for its homestay experience – Book Bagrationi Guesthouse now!
Kazbegi: 41.08 GEL / €15.33 / $16.25
There are plenty of hikes in and around Kazbegi. Most of these are straightforward and can be done independently. But expect to pay more if you go on a guided tour. Most restaurants cater to mid-range budgets, but hostels and guest houses usually allow you to use their kitchen.
- We recommend The White House for budget travelers – Book The White House now!
- We recommend Uptown Boutique Kazbegi for mid-range travelers – Book Uptown Boutique Kazbegi now!
Telavi: 63.88 GEL / €23.83 / $25.26
Walking around Telavi is free and half the fun of visiting. The other half involves wine. Prices increase in high-season. Many guesthouses include food.
- We recommend Guesthouse Medea for budget travelers – Book Guesthouse Medea now!
- We recommend Neli & Zaal Guesthouse for mid-range travelers – Book Neli & Zaal Guesthouse now!
Signagi: 55 GEL / €20.52 / $21.75
Most sights in Signagi are free to visit, and there are several cheap eateries around town. Most homestays and guesthouses can arrange homecooked food for a decent price.
- We recommend Abramichi Guesthouse for budget travelers – Book Abramichi Guesthouse now!
- We recommend Guesthouse Honeymoon for mid-range travelers – Book Guesthouse Honeymoon now!
Akhaltsikhe: 57.82 GEL / €21.57 / $22.86
The city itself is nothing special, but the surrounding sights are definitely worth the visit. You’ll have to bargain hard in high-season to get a good price for a taxi to get around.
- We recommend Mirage hotel for both budget and mid-range travelers – Book Mirage hotel now!
How you could spend even less when traveling to Georgia
- Eat pastries/fast food for dinner as well. We typically went out to (cheap) restaurants for dinner. Gotta have something that isn’t breaded every once in a while…
- Sleep in dorms. Sometimes dorms were not any cheaper than private rooms given that there were two of us, but on occasion they were.
- Go camping. Weather permitting, Georgia offers ample opportunity for camping.
- Don’t drink so much coffee. We’re kind of addicted to caffeine.
- Cooking your own meals in hostels in the smaller towns, where there are fewer food options.
- Completely sacrifice your need for quality. Sometimes, there was a marginally cheaper option for sleeping, with terrible reviews. In those cases, we chose the slightly more expensive (but still cheap) option that had good reviews. It was worth it! We had a lot of great times with people/families running guesthouses.
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