The capital of Georgia's western part

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Facts Kutaisi

Georgia  Country:
150000  Population:
3th century BC  Founded:
Georgian  Languages:
Universities and academies, hydropower, chemicals industry, tourism  Economy:
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Region: Imereti

After Kutaisi was recently replaced by Batumi as Georgia's second-largest city, the capital of the region Imeretia is now in third place. As the former capital of the kingdoms of Georgia and Imeretia (Middle Ages) and because Kutaisi has been home to the Georgian Parliament since 2012, the city is still the second most important place in the country.

In addition to the beautiful city center, there are numerous historical, religious and cultural sights in and around Kutaisi, such as the Bagrati Cathedral, the church of Dedamschoblis Charebis Tareba, the church of St. George (Tsminda Giorgis Eklesia), the Historical Museum, the Parliament building or the three synagogues. Just outside the city are the Gelati Monastery, the Motsameta Monastery, the caves of Prometheus and Sataplia including the Sataplia Nature Reserve and the Okatse Canyon.

Panoramic view of Kutaisi

Panoramic view of Kutaisi, the main city in the Imereti Region.

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How to get to Kutaisi

Kutaisi by car

By car

The 230 km from Tbilisi to Kutaisi will take you about 3 hours. Batumi is a bit closer; it takes around 2.5 hours (155 km) to Kutaisi.

Kutaisi by minibus

By minibus

There are marshrutkas every hour connecting Tbilisi and Kutaisi. They leave at the railway station or Didube station and the trip costs 10 GEL (4 USD).

Kutaisi by plane

By plane

The International Airport is situated 25 km west of Kutaisi. WizzAir connects Kutaisi with numerous European cities. VanillaSky offers flights to Mestia in Svaneti.

Kutaisi by train

By train

The train ticket from Tbilisi to Kutaisi costs 9 GEL (a bit less than 4 USD). There are train connections to Kutaisi from nearly every city in Georgia.

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Impressions from Kutaisi