How much does it cost to go backpacking in Georgia?

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

Not convinced Georgia is the destination for you? Here’s why you should definitely travel to Georgia.

 

The city of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia at sunset.

Akhaltsikhe at sunset. Don’t skip this one! The sights outside of the city were some of our favorites.

City-by-city breakdown

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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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A full breakdown of how much it costs to backpack through Georgia, complete with a city-by-city breakdown, average costs of items, accommodation recommendations, and more.

 

Alex Reynolds

American by birth, British by passport, Filipina by appearance. Addicted to ice cream. Enjoys climbing trees, dislikes falling out. Has great fondness for goats which is usually not reciprocated.

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7 thoughts on “How much does it cost to go backpacking in Georgia?

    Dave Watson says:

    Thank you 🙂 I go to Georgia in July 2017.

    Have a great trip! Cheers.

    Kaycee says:

    I am planning to go to Georgia,hope your blog may help me to make a good travel plan
    Thanking you

    Sebastiaan says:

    We hope so too! Have fun.

    Eman says:

    Hi
    Planning to travel to Georgia on November 2017 for two weeks. Is it safe to travel alone?! Is there anyone planning to visit Georgia on November?!
    Thanks

    Sebastiaan says:

    Georgia is definitely safe for solo travel. It does help if you learn some Russian phrases, or pick up a phrasebook. November will be cold, so prepare for that. For travel buddies, check out the forum of http://www.caravanistan.com

    Pink panda says:

    HI
    I will be travelling to Georgia 16 to 23 December . can you please help out with places to visit and activities to do?
    Looking for a mid range budget. Nothing very fancy but want to enjoy the country.

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