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.

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

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

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.

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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.


Yay transparency! There are affiliate links in this post. If you buy something after clicking on one of the links, we get a small commission, at no extra expense to you. We haven’t sold our soul to or anything–we honestly found booking rooms through their website to be the cheapest option throughout Georgia.We stayed in all budget options listed, and picked the mid-range options based on recommendations by other. This is how we manage to keep this blog running. It takes a lot of time and effort, after all! If you’ve found our content helpful, we’d love it if you’d do us a solid and book through one of these links 🙂 Cheers!


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.



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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:

    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?!

    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

    Pink panda says:

    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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