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Airport of departure: Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)
Airport of arrival: Kutaisi International Airport (KUT)
Flight time from Istanbul to Kutaisi: 2 hours

Kutaisi, one of the world’s oldest settlements, will intrigue you with its pastoral colors, fabulous sites and historic symbols. Located 121 km. to the west of Tbilisi in Georgia, Kutaisi reflects Caucasian, Anatolian and Asian motifs both in streets and daily life. The third largest city of Georgia will give you a reason to travel the whole year. You can find flights from Istanbul to Kutaisi at very competitive rates.

How to Travel to Kutaisi

You can search for direct flights to Kutaisi if you plan a trip to Georgia and the northeastern beaches of the Black Sea. You can easily combine your flight from Istanbul to Kutaisi with a short train journey to those destinations. Alternatively, Batumi takes 2 hours and 20 minutes on E692 highway. You can reach the capital Tbilisi via a 3-hour drive on Senaki-Leselidze highway. See Pegasus car-hire tips to rent a car in Kutaisi at best rates.

Transportation from Kutaisi Airport to City Center

Kutaisi International Airport is located 14 km. to the west of the city. You can get to Kutaisi city center by either taking a marshrutka or the airport bus in front of the terminal. The bus operates hourly and you can pay the fee on the vehicle. Marshrutkas may have more frequent, yet unstable schedules during daytime. If you prefer a taxi, it takes about 24 minutes to get to the city. Do not forget to bargain the price before getting into it.

Public Transport in Kutaisi

Kutaisi is a pedestrian-friendly city like other major cities in Georgia. You can go sightseeing by starting from the Royal District and go up the hill to the cathedral or just go over the bridge to get to the residential areas and one of its five universities. If you need to go to suburbs and villages, you can get on a public bus or a minibus called ¨marshrutka¨. Chavchavadze Avenue is the last destination for intercity buses. You can get on bus nr. 1, minibus n. 1 and 20 to get to downtown near the Red Bridge. Be aware that bus schedules may vary and there may not be any circulation after 22:00 on the majority of lines. You can take a train to Tbilisi, Batumi and other cities from the northern Railway Station.

Accommodation in Kutaisi

You can find luxury hotel chains near the Old Town and Ukimerioni on the east banks of Rioni River. For modern buildings and more peaceful streets, you can go to the western part of the city. Daily travelers and explorers may find affordable accommodation at Bzholebi, district of cafes and pubs, and Balakhvani, the student neighborhood.

What to Eat in Kutaisi

The perfectly blended gourmet tradition in Kutaisi will highly satisfy your appetite. As Georgian cuisine is well-known for khinkali dumplings with fresh meat, you will be astonished by tasting much more herbs, vegetables and wild berries in Kutaisi restaurants than anywhere in the country. You can taste claypan mushrooms smoked on flame with mchadi cornbread. Never miss the chance to try a Georgian specialty called ¨khachapuri¨ in a local restaurant here. These salty and creamy cheese filled doughs will become a fulfilling supper menu. If you like meat cuisine, kuchmachi cooked with either chicken, liver or heart will become an excellent main menu. Walnut and pomegranate suse will make it much lighter and tastier for you. Don’t miss your chance to try local drinks at the pubs on Tabidze Street in Bzholebi.

Useful Information about Kutaisi

Fix your plans to get a cheap Kutaisi flight while checking what you need to know before arriving there. Note down the emergency numbers like 111 for brigade, 112 for medical assistance and 126 for police and inspection. In Kutaisi, you can use Visa and Matercard for shopping at restaurants and hotels. For local shopping in the market and for public transport, take some Georgian laris in your purse. Although US dollars are the most frequently used foreign currency in the market, local retailers may prefer their local currency for trading..

Visa and Security Regulations in Kutaisi

Visa, passport control and customs regulations are bound to Georgian laws. Turkish passport holders are able to enter Georgia visa-free and even with Turkish ID cards.

Schengen visa holders are allowed to enter and travel throughout the country freely up to 90 days within 180 days a year. If you have US citizenship, you may travel and even live in Kutaisi on a visa-free status for up to 365 days.

If you are a citizen of Kosovo, Taiwan and Palestine, you should check the most recent visa regulations in your country before starting your journey.

Top Places to See in Kutaisi

Kutaisi, the administrative center of the Imereti region in Georgia hosts splendid views on both banks of the Rioni River. The third largest city of Georgia has a lot to see in the Old Town. Walk through the Royal District, take a pause at the Colchis Fountain and Central Park. Explore the Old Jewish and Catholic districts to see the mosaic. historic spots, you should go up the hill, ¨Aka Gora¨ in local language, where you'll find the Bagrati Cathedral with its blue stones and UNESCO heritage site Galati Monastery. If you prefer experiencing wildlife on the beautiful landscape, you can visit the Botanical Garden and wander around Choma District and go far to the Martvili Canyon. See our best top recommendations by clicking the Kutaisi Travel Guide.


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