With the increase of Wizz Air flights to Kutaisi from all over Europe, more and more travellers are starting or ending their Georgia itinerary in the third-largest city. This means that travellers who want to spend some time at the Black Sea are looking for the best way to get from Kutaisi to Batumi or back from Batumi to Kutaisi.
Wondering about how you should travel between these two cities? Let us break down all the possible options for this route including by bus, train, taxi or car and the best way to get directly from Kutaisi Airport to Batumi or back.
How to travel from Kutaisi to Batumi
If you’re spending a few days in Kutaisi (and you absolutely should!), there are four main options for how to get from Kutaisi to Batumi: bus, train, taxi or car. The distance from Kutaisi to Batumi is 151km.
Kutaisi to Batumi Bus
Like almost everywhere in Georgia, Armenia or Azerbaijan, the easiest way to travel between cities are local minibuses known as marshrutkas. If you’re in the centre of Kutaisi, it will cost around 4GEL to get to the main bus station. You can use the Maxim Taxi app to order a taxi or, alternatively, ask your guesthouse or hotel to call one for you.
Tell your taxi driver that you want to go to Batumi and they will drop you off at the exact location where the marshrutkas depart. This is the same place that you would go if you want to travel from Kutaisi to Tbilisi.
The bus from Kutaisi to Batumi costs 10GEL and they depart regularly throughout the day when full. The journey time is around 2.5-3 hours and you will pay the driver when you get on board.
In Batumi, you will get dropped off in the central bus terminal which is where marshrutkas depart regularly to other cities in Georgia. If you need to get a taxi in Batumi, then you’ll need to use either the Bolt or Yandex taxi apps.
If you’re travelling from Batumi to Kutaisi by bus then the marshrutkas also depart regularly when full and cost 10GEL per ticket.
Kutaisi to Batumi Train
At the time of writing, there is only one daily train from Kutaisi to Batumi that departs at 5:50 pm and arrives in Batumi at 9:52 pm. You can see the latest schedules on the Georgian Railways website.
The train departs from Kutaisi I Train Station which is within walking distance of the city centre. There doesn’t appear to be an option to buy the tickets for this train online so you will need to buy them directly at the station.
The train from Batumi to Kutaisi leaves in the morning at 8:15 am. With only one train per day for this route, it’s obviously not the most convenient of options so I suggest taking the marshrutka if you want to have more flexibility.
Kutaisi to Batumi Taxi
If you prefer to take a taxi from Kutaisi to Batumi then expect to pay around 120GEL for a whole taxi though this is obviously negotiable depending on the mood and urgency of the taxi driver.
You can also find shared taxis departing from the bus station where you would just pay for a seat in the taxi for a fraction of the whole price. As the marshrutkas are fairly comfortable on the main routes in Georgia, I would advise against taking the taxi unless you’re planning on arranging stops along the way.
Kutaisi to Batumi Car
A great way to see Georgia is by renting a car and having the ultimate freedom to stop when travelling between major cities. If travelling from Kutaisi to Batumi by car it’s possible to detour to a number of places such as Prometheus Cave or Martvili Canyon. You could also consider spending a few days in the Svaneti Region, basing yourself in Mestia and enjoying some day hikes or even tackling the Mestia to Ushguli Hike!
If renting a car in Georgia, I suggest browsing RentalCars.Com to find the best deals on car rentals. They aggregate results across a number of suppliers so you can see what is the best deal for you. There are also plenty of opportunities to rent cars directly from private individuals, especially in Tbilisi.
If you decide to rent from a car hire company, I suggest taking out an excess insurance policy from a third party like iCarHireInsurance to ensure you don’t need to pay a hefty excess if making a claim.
Kutaisi Airport to Batumi
If you’re arriving at Kutaisi Airport and want to head straight to Batumi then you’ll be happy to know that there is no need to head into the city centre. Georgian Bus operates full-size coaches that are timed to depart with flight arrivals. You can book a spot in advance online or once you clear customs, simply look for the Georgian Bus booth and buy a ticket.
Tickets cost 15GEL with the journey taking around 2 hours. In Batumi, you are dropped off in the centre of town next to the Radisson Blu Hotel. There is a 10% discount if you book a round trip from Batumi to Kutaisi as well.
If you’re planning on spending a few days in Kutaisi then you can also book a minibus with Georgian Bus from Kutaisi Airport to Kutaisi centre for 5GEL which will drop you off close to wherever you’re staying.
When organising your transport from Kutaisi Airport, it’s also a good opportunity to pick up a local SIM card as the two major telecom companies – BeeLine and MagtiCom – have booths next to Georgian Bus. It took us about 10 minutes to organise a SIM card from Beeline when we arrived which can later be recharged online.
Where to Stay in Kutaisi or Batumi
Wondering about the best places to stay at the start or end of your journey? Here are some recommendations for accommodation in Kutaisi and Batumi.
Where to Stay in Kutaisi
Pospolita Guesthouse – A family-run guesthouse in the centre of Kutaisi that offers a few different private rooms and is a great choice if travelling in Georgia on a budget. The owners are incredibly friendly and there is a great breakfast served every morning. Click here to check their latest prices
Guesthouse Panorama — Another great budget family-run guesthouse that offers private rooms most suitable for couples. Breakfast is included in the daily rate and you are within walking distance of all of Kutaisi’s main attractions. Click here to see their latest prices
Hotel Veneto– A modern hotel located in the centre of town. They offer a range of private rooms including single rooms suitable for solo travellers and larger rooms that can accommodate families. Breakfast is included in the daily rate and the hosts can organise transfers and tours. Click here to check their availability
Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other hotels in Kutaisi!
Where to Stay in Batumi
Dzveli Batumi — A boutique hotel that is located a couple hundred metres from the beach and within walking distance of the centre of Batumi. They offer a range of private rooms suitable for couples and families with breakfast included in the nightly rate. Click here to see their latest prices
Light Palace Hotel — Another great modern hotel that is also well located within walking distance of the beach and the main Batumi attractions. Their private rooms are clean, comfortable and contain all the modern amenities. Breakfast is also included. Click here to see their latest prices
Airbnb — Airbnb is also a great option for Batumi, as there are a large number of rooms and apartments that are available for short term let such as this stylish apartment right next to the beach. Click here to browse the best Airbnbs in Batumi.
Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Batumi hotels!
Travelling from Kutaisi to Batumi is a straight forward journey that is possible to do by a number of transport options!
When travelling in Georgia, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have a travel insurance policy so you’re covered for any unfortunate events! We like WorldNomads and always use them for our trips – click here to get a quote from WorldNomads
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