A car rental is the most comfortable way to explore not only the city of Tbilisi, but also other great destinations across Georgia that public transport can’t serve. With a vehicle you’ll be able to plan your road trip freely and make as many scenic stops as you please. Head to the many natural parks surrounding Tbilisi or embark on a road trip to the Dashbashi Canyon, which is only about 68 miles from the capital.
All the big car rental agencies, including Avis, Alamo, and Hertz, can be found at Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport (TBS), which is located just over 17 kilometers (10 miles) southeast of the city center. The car rental desks are situated in the Arrivals Hall of the airport’s main terminal, just after you go through baggage claim. The roads around the airport can be quite confusing, so make sure you ask for a GPS device that’s in English.
The roads in Tbilisi can also be slightly challenging in the sense that many large intersections don’t even have traffic lights, so you should always drive defensively. Georgians are famously reckless drivers, and they will perform seemingly random maneuvers without warning, so stay alert. Free-roaming livestock on the streets can also be a road hazard, and it’s rather common in the city.
The city of Tbilisi experiences quite heavy traffic during rush hour, so avoid driving between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and then again between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. if you want to avoid adding extra time to your travels. The city center is particularly challenging, with streets such as Baratashvili Street experiencing traffic jams. The route to the airport can also get quite crowded, so plan your journey in advance when heading there.
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FAQs about renting a car in Tbilisi
Some car rental companies in Tbilisi which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Avis, Budget and Europcar
On average a hire car in Tbilisi costs C$ 71 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Tbilisi. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Tbilisi is C$ 4.42 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 53 and C$ 71, depending on the car size.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Tbilisi.
A Compact car rental in Tbilisi costs C$ 57 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Tbilisi costs C$ 51 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Tbilisi costs C$ 70 per day, on average.
In Tbilisi, cars are most frequently rented at City Rent a Car Tbilisi International Airport (15 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Tbilisi costs C$ 497 per week (C$ 71 per day).
On average a rental car in Tbilisi costs C$ 2,132 per month (C$ 71 per day).
If you’re only planning on driving throughout the city and don’t require much space, a small, compact car is ideal. But if you’re visiting other places around Georgia, a mid-size sedan or SUV will offer more room and comfort in longer journeys. If you’re planning on heading to the mountains or some more remote locations, a four-wheel drive is recommended.
The speed limit in urban areas across Georgia is typically 60 kilometers per hour (37 miles per hour), but certain roads, such as the George W. Bush route that goes to the airport, have higher limits. The speed limit on rural roads is 90 km/h (55 mph), and highways have a speed limit of 110 km/h (68 mph).
The average gas prices in Tbilisi are approximately 9.08 GEL (around $3.40) per gallon. You can find lower prices of around 8.33 GEL ($3.12) per gallon, and the higher prices are usually 9.84 GEL ($3.69) per gallon. There are several gas stations on the way to the airport in case you need to fill up the tank before returning your vehicle.
Most street parking in Tbilisi is owned by the City Council and you’ll have to pay for a permit, which you can get at any bank. You can get daily, weekly, or monthly permits. Daily ones cost approximately 1-2 GEL ($0.37-0.75), while weekly permits cost between 4 and 10 GEL ($1.50-3.75). You can also leave your car at other public parking lots, such as the one at Rike Park.