Reaching the Georgian capital by air makes a lot of sense, and the city is well within reach for UK travellers. Planes depart all-year-round for Tbilisi, and flight times aren't too long, even when passengers need to make a stop along the way. So exploring the resorts, churches and mountains of Georgia can be easily planned.
There's only one international airport in the Tbilisi area. All flights to Tbilisi will arrive at Tbilisi International Airport, which is around 11 miles outside the capital. From the airport, travellers can take the 37 bus, which departs every 30 minutes, terminating at Station Square. Taxis are also a possibility and will likely offer a quicker route to the city centre.
If passengers need to fly directly to Tbilisi, they can take flights with Georgian Airlines. The airline offers direct flights all year-round from London Gatwick; expect a journey time of around four hours 50 minutes. Alternatively, indirect flights are available from BlueAir, LOT, Pegasus, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa.
Flying is almost always the best way to reach Tbilisi. The Georgian capital is thousands of miles from the UK and other western European cities, making train and bus connections impractical. Flights are really the only viable alternative. Flying is convenient, with services available throughout the year, and the journey time tends to be manageable, hovering around five hours for direct flights, and six to seven hours for indirect services. Flying indirect has advantages of its own, offering the chance to spend a day or two at stopover cities like Berlin, Riga or Istanbul.
Georgia's capital city is fast becoming a popular city break destination and is well suited to tourists. The city has a good urban rail network, which is especially cheap when travellers purchase a rechargeable Metromani card. With that in their wallet, visitors are free to explore freely. Must-sees include the dramatic Narikala Fortress and the neighbouring Metekhi Church, which dates to the 5th century. Trinity Cathedral is spectacular, while the underground printing shop used by Stalin offers a fascinating window into the revolutionary era. However, best of all may be simply wandering districts like Abanotubani, the oldest neighbourhood in the city. With its carpet sellers, restaurants and elegant townhouses, it feels like a gateway into another era.