Surrounded by stunning peaks and ancient structures, there are few places as lovely as Kasbegi Georgia. But if you’re planning a trip there you’re going to need to know how to get around! Here’s information straight from other travelers about Kazbegi transportation, whether by taxi or bus.
Mini busses are by far one of the most popular ways to get to and from Kazbegi. In the mornings the mini busses are said to leave Kazbegi’s main square hourly, but they usually wait until they are almost full before they head out. If you make it to the main square about half an hour before the departure there may already be quite a few people waiting at the minibus, but it shouldn’t be a problem getting a seat. However, if you don’t arrive early you may end up in the back of the bus. On Sundays there wont be much traffic on the Georgian Military Road down to Tbilisi, so the minibus will make the 150 km trip in just 3 hours. This may be longer on a busier day of the week. The bus takes about a 15 minute break about halfway, often stopping at roadside restaurants or near some pay toilets for travelers to use.
Tip: There are many mini busses each day from Kazbegi to Tbilisi leaving just about every hour. The first minibus departs at 07:00 and the last one at 18:00. The fare is around 10 GEL paid directly to the driver.
If you want to get around Kazbegi locally, or to drive out to see the Russian border or visit sites like the Gveteli Waterfall, you may need to order a taxi. You can also find drivers who do trips to and from Kazbegi, and who speak some English and Russian, in addition to Georgian. However, if your driver doesn’t know an area very well you may want to have them pick you up from a prominent landmark or station.
Another option is a shared taxi, but the drivers may choose to wait until they have more passengers before embarking on a long drive. Once they have enough passengers they will charge around 15 GEL per person. If you need to wait around for more passengers, you can ask to put your luggage in their trunk and go get something to eat nearby while you wait. Cars may get a little cramped with multiple passengers, but if you get a good driver they’ll take breaks when you need them on long trips.
Tip: Taxis in Kazbegi are often identified by a simple white sign in the dashboard. This typically contains the city they are local to and the number to call to arrange a ride.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Kazbegi Transportation – Taxi, Train, Bus & Airport Trips.