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.
Financial planning is often boring and annoying. To save the world of a few unnecessary headaches, we tracked our expenses for the entirety of our 3 weeks in Georgia so you can see exactly how much it costs to go backpacking in Georgia. Without further ado, our Georgia budget report!
Exchange rate at time of writing: €1 = 2.68 GEL
Here’s how much it costs to go backpacking in Georgia for 21 days
- 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: 6.5 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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Average amount spent per day in each city, for one person. Includes transport to the city. We found that booking accommodations online was usually cheaper than booking in person.
- Tbilisi: 54.63 GEL / €20.29 / $21.50
- Batumi: 46.15 GEL / €17.22 / $18.25
- We recommend Hotel Verona for both budget and mid-range travelers – Book Hotel Verona now!
- Kutaisi: 50.63 GEL / €18.89 / $20
- We highly recommend Sun Guesthouse for both budget and mid-range travelers – Book Sun Guesthouse now!
- Mestia: 71.88 GEL / €26.81 / $28.40
- Zugdidi: 35.75 GEL / €13.34 / $14.14
- We highly recommend Bagrationi Guesthouse for its home stay experience – Book Bagrationi Guesthouse now!
- Kazbegi: 41.08 GEL / €15.33 / $16.25
- Telavi: 63.88 GEL / €23.83 / $25.26
- Signagi: 55 GEL / €20.52 / $21.75
- Akhaltsikhe: 57.82 GEL / €21.57 / $22.86
- We recommend Mirage hotel for both budget and mid-range travelers – Book Mirage hotel now!
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How you could spend even less
- 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.
- 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 less 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.
Context/how we roll
We’re your typical wanderin’ backpacker duo:
- Always walk or take public transport… unless there is none. (Or we’re reeeally lost…)
- Usually eat cheap meals and fast food for at least 2 meals a day
- Drink beers every couple of days
- Sleep in the cheapest accommodation we can find that isn’t crawling with bedbugs or covered with old vomit. Usually opt for a private double rather than dorms.
- We don’t like museums.
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